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Dealing with mistakes
Today I outed myself for a mistake I made during litigation, and I did it right on Lawyerist. Doing so got me thinking about how lawyers handle mistakes. I general. I think most of us make mistakes pretty regularly. Most are small and have little or…
I'm wondering how many of you are practicing (or regularly trying to practice) the Inbox Zero principles of Getting Things Done and Merlin Mann?
The New York Times has an article this week entitled Don't Call Me, I Won't Call You. The article discusses how rapidly people-- not just teenagers-- have given up using the phone as a primary way to communicate. From the article:
In the last five …
Tyler White, a practicing attorney and one of Lawyerist's newest contributors, has a post coming out next week on networking groups, pro and con. The one I'm most familiar with is BNI, though not because I joined it or used it. It's because, acnecdo…
Things That Will Doom Your Practice
Over the holiday weekend I posed a question on the Lawyerist Facebook page, as follows:
If you could pick up to five (only five), what five things will almost always doom a law practice?
Its interesting to see the responses, which are summariz…
So I don't want to get too geeky here, but I think this is worth a mention for anyone, especially lawyers, who publish online.
http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=1229920) you need to add:
I'm on the verge of signing a confidentiality agreement/protective order stipulation for discoverable material in one of my civil litigation cases. I don't see anything problematic about doing so, but am wondering if anyone has any idea…
Best Practices for Working with a Virtual Assistant
Just a heads up that I'm now actively working on a new LAB Report "Best Practices for Working with a Virtual Assistant." Tim Evans suggested this as a topic here, and we thought it was a great one to take on. We have other LAB Reports in the works a…
Microsoft Office "Quick Parts"
Lawyerist contributor Deborah Savadra again has an awesome post on Lawyerist today on using Microsoft Word's Quick Parts and AutoText features. It really is a great and thorough snapshot on how to use these features to make your legal drafting muc…
I'm starting work on a Lawyerist post on various MiFi units, those tiny little boxes that you can carry around with you in your pocket and can connect via broadband to the internet anytime you want (OK, provided there is a signal). I currently use a…
Getting a Performance Review . . . From a Judge
Lawyerist contributor Andy Mergendahl has a post today entitled Make Allies of Court Staff (or Else), which is a good reminder of how to handle yourself around court staff.
Recently, I moderated a panel of judges and their staff about how to appea…
Firing your client
I just had one of those horrible conversations with a client where we are deciding to go our separate ways and we are arguing about breech of contract. I don't know how you guys deal with this kind of legal garbage every day this has only ever hap…
Video for Lawyers?
I just received an email from a friend suggesting that I think about using a local film-making company once I can afford it. I watched a video or two, and although they are nice, I have trouble thinking of times when such films would really be of mu…
If you have not already read it, check out Deborah Savadra's post from yesterday on Meta Data Defense in Microsoft Word. Here are some of the features/options she says you should enable or disable in Microsoft Word 2007/2010:
ActiveX Settings. At …
I have read many times that you should concentrate on one or two practice areas instead of being a generalist. Obviously, in some rural areas, you will probably need more generalists. Is there any rule of thumb for when to do that?
What has me…
Webinar: "How to Start a Law Firm for $3,000 or Less"
Here's the link to our How to Start a Law Firm webinar available only to LAB members:
Feel free to ask questions or provide feedback in this forum thread.
Getting a Handle on Email
Aaron posted in the forum before on Inbox Zero, something I've routinely failed to do (I just left my prior employer and had the satisfaction of going to inbox zero for the first time ever -- by deleting 2,800 emails in my inbox).
LAB and Lawyeris…
Following up with prospects who didn't choose you
Just curious if anyone ever follows up when a prospect chooses another lawyer to find out what influenced their decision.
That seems like something that you would definitely want an assistant to do so the prospect wouldn't hold back as much as i…
"Of counsel" arrangements
I'm a solo who is looking for some advice/assistance/guidance on what to include in an "of counsel" agreement with an attorney who will be assisting me with specific projects as an independent contractor. The attorney involved is someone I've known …
home office -- address
I'm looking at going to a home office to save some overhead. What do lawyers who work from home do for an address? I have a P.O. Box, but it looks strange to me to just have a P.O. Box on letterhead and stationery without some physical address.
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