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I've been building my contact list for years without any real strategy. It is full of over 1,000 contacts, many I barely (or don't) recognize from their names, and I'm not sure have any reason to contact them.
I'm trying to clean it out, but I'm re…
Virtual Telephone Assistant Logistics
I am seriously considering an arrangement where I hire someone to help me return phone calls. I use phonetag.com to transcribe my voice mail to email and I don't worry about not having someone answer my phone calls if I am not available. I don't wa…
I'm currently in the midst of representing a pretty good client in two different lawsuits. They have been going fine, but we are in the discovery phase in each, which is causing the fees to rack up pretty quickly.
My client's retainer…
The Great Cloud Debate
Depending on whether you've been checking in on Lawyerist in the past week, you may or may not have seen our rather heated debate about whether lawyers can trust client data to web-based "cloud" software and backup applications.
The finer points…
Being a human
We've had a few posts on Lawyerist.com this week about responding to angry emails and being nice. Sometimes it seems as though people missed these lessons in kindergarden, or did they? Maybe I'm a conspiracy theorist or influenced by the Joaquin Pho…
Popular from Lawyerist.com: Stock Images
I wrote this article about stock photography and earlier this week. As recent as yesterday I had a client ask to "throw in some images of columns or gavels" because it's obviously the easy answer. While I feel strongly about using these ultra generi…
Being in the Media Spotlight
I was recently contacted about being interviewed for a radio show in San Francisco this Saturday regarding a recent blog post, called Commonalities in Contracts.
I'm really excited for it, but there is no list of questions---we're jus…
Uncontested Divorce Client Intake Form
I took on two uncontested divorce cases for friends while business was slow. Of course, immediately after doing so a plethora of business law cases came in! Anywho, I am stuck with these uncontested divorces. Does anyone have a client i…
If you haven't read them yet, the ABA's position papers:
Client Confidentiality and Lawyers Use of Technology & Lawyers Use of Internet Based Client Development Tools
Shutting down a practice
This is sort of the opposite of this group's focus, but the other topic on when to expect a steady income has made me give serious thought about shutting my doors.
I'm almost three years in to being a solo. The first year was a struggle, and for th…
I was talking about blogging with other lawyers over drinks last night, and wondering how many LAB members want to blog, but haven't started.If that's you, what is holding you back? If you had to add a line item forblogging to your budget, how much …
Law Blog Domain Names
In response to our discussion on starting a law blog, I thought it was worth breaking apart the sub-discussion of how to choose a domain name.
Hanging out Jenny Moser's shingle
For those who don't know, our own Jenny Moser just got her license a couple
of weeks ago, and is getting her law firms legs under her. On today's call,
she asked for some tips to get up and running with marketing. I am posting
her to-do list here so…
Someone to pull it all together?
I'm a Lawyerist contributor and list observer. I was recently approached by an attorney who's going out on his own after 15 years in a small firm. He could really benefit from all the advice here (I'm suggesting he join Lawyerist Lab), but…
Using Twitter effectively
I've been thinking a lot lately about how lawyers "should" use Twitter for networking. It strikes me that it is more effective to build relationships as yourself (@samglover) than as a lawyer or law firm (@flduilawyer). After all, when I meet people…
Lawyerist.com Site Design
Sam and I (mostly Sam) spent a big part of the past three days redesigning the layout of Lawyerist.com
We would love your feedback (especially if there's anything you would still like us to change, or any changes we made that you don't like).
Suggest a webinar topic
We're always looking to bring you great webinar topics, and while we've got our own ideas, we'd love to hear from you.
What do you want to hear about?
Who do you want to hear from? (We're happy to go find presenters!)
What kind of inspiration are…