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  • samglover
    Contact list
    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…
    samglover 1 view 1 comment Most recent by Karin Conroy
  • Rhonda Pagel
    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…
    Rhonda Pagel 2 views 2 comments Most recent by samglover
  • Graham Martin
    (Non?)-Deadbeat Clients
    Hi Friends. 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…
    Graham Martin 2 views 2 comments Most recent by Karin Conroy
  • AaronStreet
    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…
    AaronStreet 1 view 0 comments Started by AaronStreet
  • 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…
    2 views 14 comments Most recent by Eric Cooperstein
  • samglover
    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 …
    samglover 1 view 11 comments Most recent by AaronStreet
  • AaronStreet
    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.
    AaronStreet 32 views 8 comments Most recent by AaronStreet
  • Rhonda Pagel
    Problems syncing outlook contacts and calendar with Android phone
    I previously had a windows phone because I wanted to be able to easily sync with outlook.  I just got a new android phone since the windows one didn't work very well and I was told I could sync with outlook on the android.  My particular phone is a …
    Rhonda Pagel 1 view 1 comment Most recent by samglover
  • Karin Conroy
    Popular from Layerist: Transfer Your Old Phone Number to Google Voice
    This post about moving your phone number to Google Voice over at Lawyerist.com is getting a lot of attention. Are you thinking about using it? Have you tried it? What do you think?
    Karin Conroy 3 views 0 comments Started by Karin Conroy
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 4 views 6 comments Most recent by samglover
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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