Fee Agreements: Say What You Won’t Be Doing

thinkstockphotos-493171033Many times you can anticipate related services that you don’t intend to provide under the existing fee agreement with the client, but that the client might want provided. Like when you’re retained to negotiate a dispute, but not to litigate it. Or a settlement may have tax consequences for the client, but you won’t be giving tax advice. Be fair to the client and protect yourself by stating any excluded services in your fee agreement. Continue reading

Don’t Take a Defendant’s Case Until Considering These Factors

Woman in white is thinking. Pros and cons concept.Plaintiff’s counsel always needs to consider whether the cost of litigation to the client is likely to outweigh the gain. Defense counsel needs to do a similar analysis: Consider whether the pros of taking a defendant’s case are outweighed by the cons. Continue reading

Should You Be Using Client Intake Forms?

158183881Most law offices that handle a significant volume of any particular type of case use client intake forms or questionnaires. These forms can aid in office efficiency, but are they really a good idea to use? Continue reading

Why You Should Mentor New Lawyers and How to Do It

skd258517sdcThe following is a guest blog post by Anabella Q. Bonfa. Ms. Bonfa is a litigator with Wellman & Warren LLP and has built a reputation for handling business and partnership disputes, theft of trade secrets, and unfair competition. She lectures extensively on trade secrets, networking, and using social media to develop business.

Are you one of those lawyers who roll their eyes whenever anyone suggests mentoring a new lawyer at your firm? If so, it’s time to rethink your position. You may find that mentoring is not only an economic advantage for your firm, but enjoyable for you. Continue reading

6 Ways to Multitask More Effectively

ThinkstockPhotos-148349636Many lawyers believe that their productivity gets a boost when they multitask. Sadly, it may be just the opposite. But because multitasking isn’t going away anytime soon, lawyers can learn ways to break bad habits and multitask more effectively. Continue reading

What to Tell Your Client When Litigation Is Over

ThinkstockPhotos-474217181When litigation is over and you’ve completed the representation, here’s what you need to tell your client. Continue reading

Implicit Bias: Solutions Not Guilt

ThinkstockPhotos-489205086The following is a guest blog post by Dawn Silberstein, a San Francisco attorney whose practice areas include insurance coverage, construction defect, and equal employment law. Ms. Silberstein became interested in the impact of implicit bias while studying psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

As attorneys, we want to see ourselves as fair, equitable, and rational, yet studies show that despite our best intentions none of us is free from bias. Implicit bias refers to unconsciously held bias that doesn’t necessarily reflect our conscious beliefs. Here’s a brief look at how implicit bias is measured, how it impacts our decision making, and what we can do about it. Continue reading

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