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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…
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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…
Practical Fee Considerations
We've talked somewhat about some general fee considerations, but as I have more clients coming in the door (Yay!) I am finding that I'm curious about how to determine what types of fees to use and how much ethical leeway I have to modi…
Good question. I have been letting people come to me for the past couple of years, but since I am trying to grow my practice, I am starting to be more purposeful in my marketing and networking.
Start by talking to the connections you already ha…
We have taken a couple of approaches to tire kickers.
I used to insist on a consultation fee for all clients. This kept the tire kickers away, entirely.
When we moved into our new office, Randall asked me to make the consultation fee discretiona…
For those of you who have their various websites, or logos, or other marketing devices completed and in their final forms, how did you go about putting together the graphics?
I went ahead an contracted with a graphic designer to do my logo, but I …
Credit Card Payments
Graham asked me about taking credit card payments. I have been using PayPal
for this for a few years, now.
PayPal charges you based on your monthly income. Here is PayPal's merchant
I am intrigued by the flat-fee concept every time I hear/see you discuss it. My practice is limited to family law and guardianship/conservatorship.
In the guardianship/conservatorship area, it's simple enough to set a flat fee. In family …
Flat fees in Domestic Relations
Dear Sam and Group,
I practice in Cleveland, Ohio and primarily focus on domestic relations
matters and criminal law cases. Having practiced for more than 30 years, I
have read the literature on flat fee billing and value billing in divorce
2010 Flat Fee Experiment
Until recently, I have given most clients the option to pay me by the hour, even if I also quoted them a flat fee. No more. It just doesn't make sense. In my debt collection defense cases, for example, I usually charge 20-30% (with minimums) as a fl…
Website Verbiage Ideas
I don't know if anyone else has struggled over this as well, but I am
working on re-working my website, and a big part of that is having it say
what I want it to say.
I put a lot of care into my writing (struggling with word choice, sentence
Local Lawyer Reinvents Himself as Middle-Aged Bearded Man
Local Lawyer Reinvents Himself as Middle-Aged Bearded Man - Bitter Lawyer A Cleveland-area lawyer has successfully reinvented himself as a middle-aged bearded man, according to legal marketing insiders familiar with the matter.
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