Part 1

Get More Good Referrals for Your Law Practice

By | Mar.18.15 | 2 Comments

What are you doing now to get more of the referrals you want? You can build a steady stream of referral business — maybe not enough to abandon ads or stop worrying about your website, but …Continue reading »

Online Marketing

A Look into 2015 Ethics for Social Media

By | Mar.17.15 | No Comments

Like most lawyers, you probably would rather be cleaning your desk and reorganizing all your files instead of thinking about how you should be using social media. There is a significant reluctance from lawyers on …Continue reading »

Law Practice Management

Managing Risk: What If Your Assumptions Are Wrong?

By | Feb.19.15 | No Comments

Everyone makes assumptions. You might be surprised, though, at how many malpractice claims result merely from a lawyer working under a false assumption. Take the attorney who allows her workload to grow beyond a reasonable level — she …Continue reading »

On Balance

Keeping Better Notes

By | Jan.26.15 | 1 Comment

Yellow legal pads, containing what at least to a casual observer might seem unintelligible scribbles, abound in most lawyers’ offices. Of course, good legal business practice dictates that we take copious and clear notes to …Continue reading »

Create a Shared Vision for Your Law Firm

By | Nov.19.14 | No Comments

Businesses of all shapes and sizes set aside time at year’s end to review their mission statement, strategic plan and operational plan. Unfortunately, few solo and small law firms see the value in using these particular business-planning …Continue reading »

On Balance

Small Matters: I Never Said I Would Do That

By | Nov.13.14 | 1 Comment

In some high-volume practices, a typical engagement can be very small. Some solo lawyers make a practice out of hundreds of single-hour consultations. For lawyers in these consultation-heavy practices, it should be routine to have …Continue reading »

New Guidance for Lawyers on the Ethics of Social Media Use

By | Oct.23.14 | No Comments

Do you need advice about the ethics issues involved in social networking? Chances are your questions will be answered by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s recent Formal Opinion 2014-300. The 18-page opinion addresses issues that are …Continue reading »

Tempted by a Personal Injury Case?

By | Sep.11.14 | 2 Comments

I’m always cautioning lawyers about the hazards of dabbling, reminding them that there really is no such thing as a “simple” will or contract. It’s not that I want them to avoid taking on matters that …Continue reading »

Back to Basics

When Can You Pay a Referral Fee?

By | Sep.02.14 | 1 Comment

In most practice areas, a lawyer’s marketing efforts should focus on generating a strong referral pipeline — from both non-lawyers and lawyers alike. If those efforts are successful, you’ll probably need some guidance on referral …Continue reading »

On Balance

Attorney Misconduct — Time to Tattle?

By | Aug.19.14 | No Comments

Reporting another lawyer’s misconduct can bring on a mix of emotions. If the other lawyer is your adversary and you’ve been battling in the gutter, a bar complaint may be exactly what you wish on this …Continue reading »