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Lawyers Suck at Listening

By | Dec.03.14 | 5 Comments

Listening

Oh, don’t act so shocked. You know it’s true. Even if you’re an exceptionally sensitive lawyer, you’re still stuck dealing with other lawyers. And you’re not exactly a fan of being cut off, condescended to and treated as though your time isn’t as important as theirs. How would you feel about paying someone hundreds of dollars an hour to treat you the same way? All while trusting that person to solve one of the biggest problems you’ve ever had.

No wonder attorneys are among the least trusted professionals.

Want clients to view you as an exception to this stereotype? Then it’s time to put on your listening hat. … READ THE REST

One of a Kind

Bad Growth: Destructive to Your Law Practice

By | Dec.02.14 | 0 Comments

One of a Kind

The focus of this “One of a Kind” series has been on growth. Growth that’s good. The steps and strategies identified in prior posts, which include establishing a niche expertise, a compelling personal brand and a robust content marketing strategy, will lead to more clients, more revenue, more staff and more opportunities. Exciting stuff.

But growth — unbridled — can be dangerous. Things can get out of control. If you’re not careful, your practice can get on a “bad growth” path that is, at best, counterproductive and, at worst, personally and professionally destructive. READ THE REST


2014 What’s Hot and Not in the Legal Profession

By | Dec.01.14 | 1 Comment

What's Hot and What's Not 2014

Every year, like clockwork, Bob Denney takes the temperature of the legal profession and shares his firm’s observations on the most important business trends in the practice of law. Once again, this year Attorney at Work readers are the first to receive his latest report on “What’s Hot and What’s Not in the Legal Profession.” So what’s the outlook for a profession in what’s starting to feel like a permanent state of flux? Here’s the scoop. … READ THE REST


Happy Thanksgiving

Lawyers, Give Thanks: You Have It Better Than You Think!

By | Nov.26.14 | 1 Comment

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Thanksgiving is traditionally a time to take a step back and reflect on what we have to be thankful for. For busy lawyers, taking the time to do this doesn’t come naturally. So I’m going to make it easy for you. I’m here to remind you of some things you should be grateful for. … READ THE REST


HIPAA-Compliant File Sharing for Lawyers

By | Nov.25.14 | 0 Comments

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Cloud-based file-sharing services like Dropbox, Box and Google Drive may help streamline the way we store and share sensitive documents, but they require an additional layer of security to ensure that confidential files stay safe.

Recently, I was chatting with a forensic psychiatrist who consults on criminal and civil cases. He told me that lawyers regularly send him clients’ medical records, sometimes 100+ page documents at a time, without protecting the information and preventing it from falling into the wrong hands.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires that health records be strictly safeguarded, with security measures put in place to store and transmit electronic medical information. Lawyers who are not compliant with these rules could expose themselves to liability. … READ THE REST


Effecting Misuse Can Affect the Effectiveness of Your Writing: Sound-Alikes

By | Nov.24.14 | 0 Comments

Get to the Point

Similar-sounding words can have very different meanings. Sound-alike words have tripped up many a scribe. Because you may be spelling the word correctly but misusing it for the context, spell-check is of no help. Watch out! Incorrect usage will reflect badly on your legal writing and distract the reader from your message. READ ABOUT THE MOST COMMON SOUND-A-LIKE MISTAKES