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Tidying Up

Hands-on Help for the Disorganized Desk

By | Nov.16.15 | No Comments

Judging by the 50-plus weeks “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” has been on The New York Times best-seller list, Americans have a new fascination with getting organized. By my observation, lawyers as a class are …Continue reading »

Get to the Point!

How to Work With a Ghost (Writer)

By | Oct.29.15 | No Comments

You don’t have to be afraid of ghosts this Halloween. In fact, you might consider these five thoughts about working with one. 1. Why would I want to work with a ghostwriter? Most lawyers tend to …Continue reading »

Get to the Point

Specificity Avoids Calendar Calamities

By | Oct.06.15 | No Comments

“Your Honor, this is a motion to vacate the most recent order and request for rehearing. Unfortunately, our failure to appear was caused by a calendaring error in our office.” How embarrassing. Yet, “calendaring” or “docketing” …Continue reading »

Get to the Point

Stop Using Squishy Language

By | Sep.08.15 | No Comments

“One of the only”: the ambiguous phrase that keeps popping up. I don’t know what this means — and neither do your readers. A recent newspaper story about Martha Stewart’s sale of her brand quoted a …Continue reading »

The Friday Five

Five Sources for Professional Help in a Pinch

By | Aug.14.15 | No Comments

When you’re pressed for time, you may feel there aren’t enough people or hours to get everything done. You can’t do it all — but whether it’s administrative, marketing or legal work, professional help is available …Continue reading »

Get to the Point!

This Post Comprises Further Help for Your Systemic Writing Errors

By | Jul.15.15 | 1 Comment

Even the best writer can confuse words that sound almost the same — call them sound-alikes. A prior post reviewed many of the most common pairs. Here are some more. Comprise/Compose. Comprise means “include” or “contain.” …Continue reading »

Law Practice Skills

It Takes Two: Competence and Confidence

By | Jun.18.15 | No Comments

The joke goes that some lawyers lack both competence and confidence; call them newbies. Some lawyers have competence, but lack confidence. Some lawyers are competent and have the confidence to let others know about it. …Continue reading »

Get to the Point

How to Clean Up Your Writing

By | May.27.15 | 4 Comments

Maybe you’ve read the stories about the candidate who wasn’t hired because of spelling errors in the resumé. Or the firm that lost the bid in response to a request for proposal because of grammatical …Continue reading »

Business Development

Five Opportunities to Turn Gossip into Money

By | Apr.30.15 | 1 Comment

Even in the biggest cities, the legal community can be surprisingly small. Within a practice area everybody seems to know everybody else. Walk down your city’s legal Main Street or hang out at the courthouse, …Continue reading »

Getting Clients Online

The Big Three Internet Marketing Activities for Lawyers

By | Apr.07.15 | 3 Comments

“The Internet is the most powerful and pervasive platform on the planet,” said Federal Communications Commission Chair Tom Wheeler on February 26, 2015. Regardless of your area of practice, these three Internet-based actions should be the …Continue reading »