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  • Graham Martin
    Settlement Tips
    Hi Friends, 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…
    Graham Martin 3 views 3 comments Most recent by samglover Lawyering Skills
  • samglover
    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…
    samglover 1 view 7 comments Most recent by Karin Conroy General Discussion
  • When can I expect to start generating a steady income? (Read: At what point should I start freaking
    I am in month 5 of my practice and things are a bit slow at the moment. I am marketing incessantly: a monthly column on YFS Entrepreneur (young, fabulous and self-employed), my blog and guest articles on various websites, a commercial on an extremel…
    3 views 4 comments Most recent by Legal Technology
  • Karin Conroy
    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?
    Karin Conroy 2 views 1 comment Most recent by samglover General Discussion
  • samglover
    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…
    samglover 1 view 7 comments Most recent by samglover Legal Technology
  • Taking Cases in States Not Admitted
    Hey LAB,  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…
    1 view 4 comments Most recent by Legal Technology
  • Networking Strategies
    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…
    2 views 0 comments Started by Legal Marketing
  • 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…
    4 views 2 comments Most recent by AaronStreet Legal Technology
  • Graham Martin
    Cash Flow Management
    Hi Friends, 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 systems to…
    Graham Martin 3 views 6 comments Most recent by samglover Legal Technology
  • samglover
    Cost of starting a law firm
    I wrote this post on the cost of going solo nearly 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…
    samglover 2 views 6 comments Most recent by Rhonda Pagel Legal Technology
  • Graham Martin
    Practical Fee Considerations
    Hi Friends, 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…
    Graham Martin 1 view 1 comment Most recent by samglover Legal Technology
  • Graham Martin
    Networking Strategies
    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…
    Graham Martin 1 view 2 comments Most recent by Graham Martin Legal Marketing
  • samglover
    Tire Kickers
    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…
    samglover 2 views 1 comment Most recent by samglover Legal Technology
  • Graham Martin
    Graphic Design
    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 …
    Graham Martin 1 view 2 comments Most recent by samglover Legal Marketing
  • samglover
    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 fee chart: [image: ?ui=2&view=att&th=1268f4c221fa6af7&att…
    samglover 3 views 5 comments Most recent by Allison Shields Legal Technology
  • Patricia Buss
    Flat fees
    Sam, 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 …
    Patricia Buss 2 views 7 comments Most recent by Larry Rose Legal Technology
  • 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 cases an…
    10 views 3 comments Most recent by Legal Technology
  • samglover
    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…
    samglover 3 views 4 comments Most recent by Steph Kimbro Legal Technology
  • Graham Martin
    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 …
    Graham Martin 69 views 5 comments Most recent by AaronStreet Legal Marketing
  • Lawyerist
    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. Read the full sto…
    Lawyerist 152 views 1 comment Most recent by Lawyerist General Discussion

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