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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…
I'm stuck in what looks like a settlement deadlock right now, wherein neither side seems interested in budging any further. Mediation occurred 2 months ago, and the mediator has still been trying to help us settle via email (with no fur…
Office hours announcement thread
Next office hour: Thursday, January 27th, at 3 p.m. CST
Click the link on Thursday afternoon for GoToMeeting goodness: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/join/158307017
Or call in:
Dial +1 (646) 558-2102
Access Code: 158-307-017
Meeting ID: 158-307-0…
The new forum
We're eager to hear your feedback about the new forum.
What do you think so far? Are you confused about anything? What could be better?
Engagement Agreement for Annual Packages
Sam, Aaron, others:
Inspired by Sam & Aaron's approach, I have decided to try annual packages for my business clients. I am super excited and will be sure to let you all know how it turns out.
In the meantime, is there anything special that I sh…
Taking Cases in States Not Admitted
Have a question for everyone regarding thoughts on working on out of state client cases. In order to work in a state in which you are not admitted, you have to associate with counsel that is admitted in that state and split the fee (can't…
As I'm getting my new practice up and running, I know that I need to get out in the community and meet more attorneys...for both knowledge and possible referral sources (and because I like people).
My interpersonal style works much better in one-o…
SEO Strategy & Costs
I am starting to get emails from firms that do SEO offering their services. Its something I have been thinking about. I talked to one marketing firm and they said it would be about $2,000/month. I am not willing to pay that amount.
My SEO strategy…
Cash Flow Management
As a solo practitioner who has been in full time practice for just under
three months, I am starting to run into some cash flow issues (both with the
business and for my family's income). So I was wondering if anyone has any
Cost of starting a law firm
I wrote this post on the cost of going
two years ago. I've been looking it over in preparation for the
seminar this Friday, and I think it's still good, but I th…