Daily Dispatch


12 Ways to Get Your Head Straight

By | Oct.05.15 | 0 Comments

Organize Your Brain

You know that feeling you get when, brilliant as you almost always are, the words refuse to organize themselves into anything more than just ordinary? When the to-do list on your desk threatens to rise up and take over? When it seems that, in trying to please too many, you have pleased absolutely no one?

Yep, that’s stress.

Maybe it’s time for fine-tuning … READ THE REST

The Friday Five

Five Ways to Polish Off 2015

By | Oct.02.15 | 0 Comments

Friday Five

Getting it done. That’s where good ideas can fall short. Making a list of action items is one thing. It’s another to start — and finish — checking those items off.

Earlier this year, I rounded up a list of attorney “to-do’s” from law practice experts across the country. As we head toward the close of 2015, that advice (collected here in a pithy infographic) is seeming particularly relevant. Here are a few of my favorite tips. Keep them in mind as you stare down your own end-of-year to-do’s and make plans for the new year. READ THE REST

A Curmudgeon's Perspective

Experience Is the Best Teacher

By | Oct.01.15 | 0 Comments

Otto Sorts

When it was all over, I took a few days off. When I returned, the managing partner wanted to see me. I entered his office ready to be fired. It was the first big case I had led, and there had been quite a few problems.

“So, how did it go?” he asked.

“Some parts were okay,” I replied. “But others were a shambles.”

“Yeah,” he nodded, “that’s what I heard.” We sat in silence for a minute before I finally asked, “Am I fired?” READ THE REST

Law Practice Management

Give Your Clients the Most by Outsourcing

By | Sep.30.15 | 0 Comments

Freelance Outsource

My kids are loud, messy and often extremely annoying, but they’re awesome. They need a lot of things — to be loved, taught, fed, dressed and more. I try my damnedest to meet all of their needs, but I can’t do it all. So here’s my key to sanity as a parent: My job is to make sure they get all of the things they need, but I don’t need to be the one actually giving them all of those things.

Well, except the love part.

Lawyering can be a lot like parenting … READ THE REST

Getting the Lowdown

Every Lawyer’s Investigative Research Database

By | Sep.29.15 | 1 Comment

Research data wp

If you are just opening your practice or can’t afford to hire a private investigator when you need one, consider applying for a subscription to an investigative database such as TLOxp, and do your own investigating.

TLOxp’s database is made up of public records, publicly available information and proprietary information, including credit headers. TLOxp can be used to:… READ THE REST

Well Said

How to Speak to Your Dream Client

By | Sep.28.15 | 0 Comments

Well said 3_Attorney at Work

Recently, a lawyer who said he’d “been given the chance to meet with my dream client” asked for help preparing for that meeting. He allowed that, “they’re not adding any new panel counsel yet, but I was still given the opportunity to meet with the decision-maker!”

Many of you may have experienced this kind of elation at gaining an audience with a coveted prospect. You may also have experienced disappointment when nothing came of it. … READ THE REST