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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…
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.
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…
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…
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…
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