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How to Drop a Prospective Client Who Doesn’t Pay Your Retainer

Thumbs down icon for turning down a clientYou meet with a prospective client and explain that you’ll need a initial retainer fee to get started. The prospective client doesn’t pay the fee and you’re pretty sure this will be a pattern, so you decide not to take on this person as a client. Now you’ll need to inform him or her in writing.

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Civil Litigation Legal Topics New Lawyers Practice of Law

This Is a Great Way to Organize Your Case

Early and well-thought-out organization of a case is key to getting the best result for your client, whether through summary judgment, settlement, or trial. Not sure how to set up an organizing framework or want to find a better method than your current one? Check out this example and see if it will work for you.

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Civil Litigation Practice of Law

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.

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5 Tips for Reeling in Potential Clients

five_108523216A new study by the ABA Law Practice Division’s Social Media, Legal Blogs, and Websites Committee looked at the intake process at law firms around the country. Quite an eye opener! Learning from what they found—or rather, what they didn’t find—can give you a leg up on turning potential clients into actual clients.

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No Fee Agreement, No Service

ThinkstockPhotos-481542709Businesses often have basic requirements before they offer their services–think, “No shoes, no service.” Attorneys should be no different.

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Better Send a Letter Before the First Consultation

A prospective client makes an appointment with you to discuss his or her case. Immediately send a letter setting out some information and a few key points.

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New Lawyers Practice of Law

5 Ground Rules to Explain to Your New Client

The initial interview with a prospective client is the time to explain the ground rules of the attorney-client relationship. Here are five rules to make sure you cover.

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Be a Skeptic When a Potential Client Wants to Switch Counsel to You

bldtr040046Sometimes you should view a new potential client with skepticism. If the matter has been handled by another attorney and is now being referred or brought to you, there may be a reason you won’t like.

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5 Things to Cover in Your Initial Case Assessment

175914283When a prospective client brings you a case, they’ll want to know immediately what you think. It’s rarely possible or wise to give a firm, unqualified opinion as to the likelihood of success, or even to recommend a particular course of action at the first meeting. But you can and should outline possible results, risks, costs, timing, and alternatives.

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Interviewing a Prospective Client: Know What to Ask

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A prospective client is coming to you for an initial interview. Your mission is to get some basic information, so that you can figure out what legal issues are involved. Do you know what to ask and the best way to do it?