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Five Reasons Lawyers Avoid Retirement

According to the 2021 ABA Profile of the Legal Profession, the COVID-19 pandemic prompted one-third of senior lawyers to change retirement plans — but that doesn’t mean they decided to retire. Instead, 53% of those lawyers decided to push the pause button. Disrupted income may be one reason — but as Camille Stell points out, […]

Originally published May 28, 2022
Last updated June 13, 2022
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opposing counsel

Shutting Down Uncivil Opposing Counsel

It's been said (often) that lawyers were genteel, professional and respectful of their colleagues in the past. But the last few decades haven't been good ones for the profession on that front. Intimidation, shabby lawyering, "over-papering" and arrogance seem to run rampant. In some cases, judges have even ordered civility training for lawyers. (And there were some big repercussions.) If you're going to be a lawyer today—and be a professional—it's best to arm yourself with some effective ways to react in the face of the incivility. To that end, here is advice about how to respond in two situations where bad behavior is most likely to occur.

Originally published May 28, 2022
Last updated May 30, 2022
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how to say no

How to Say ‘No’ When ‘No’ Is What You Want to Say

Merrilyn Astin Tarlton | Who knows why we do it, but most of us tend to say “yes” to things when we should say "no."

Originally published May 28, 2022
Last updated June 23, 2022
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reduce client stress

Seven Ways Lawyers Can Reduce Clients’ Stress

We can't alleviate all the stressors felt by our clients in the course of their legal matters, but when lawyers, law firms and clients work together, the stress can be reduced and effectively managed.

Originally published May 28, 2022
Last updated June 17, 2022
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lawyer-client relationships

Five Things Lawyers Hate to Hear Clients Say

Gerry Riskin | Although certain things clients say are sure to get your dander up, I respectfully suggest you put the sword away and resist the impulse to parry and thrust.

Originally published May 28, 2022
Last updated June 14, 2022
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trust account audit

Would You Pass a Trust Account Audit?

Every lawyer knows mismanaging a trust account (IOLTA) can have terrible consequences. However, most lawyers receive little or no training in how to manage a trust account before opening one of their own. Law schools don’t address this in enough detail — at least based on the blank looks received when I mention trust accounting to new grads. And only the enlightened bar associations conduct a hands-on, mud-up-to-your-elbows trust accounting class for all new lawyers. All of which begs the question, "Are your trust accounting practices sufficient?" If you are in doubt, here is a mini-checklist of items you can start implementing today.

Originally published May 28, 2022
Last updated June 7, 2022
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overworked lawyers

Escaping the Overworked and Overwhelmed Cycle

Jamie Spannhake | Overworked lawyers know how it goes: Overwhelmed working on numerous matters, we feel we can never catch up. It is time to explore changes.

Originally published May 28, 2022
Last updated June 3, 2022
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outsource it

Six Signs Your Law Firm Is Ready to Outsource IT

Technology issues can disrupt your firm's productivity. Here are six signs to help you pinpoint when it’s time.

Originally published May 28, 2022
Last updated June 20, 2022
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How to Set Follow-up Reminders for Email in Outlook

Video | Deborah Savadra demonstrates an easy method for setting up email reminders using Microsoft Outlook Tasks.

Originally published May 28, 2022
Last updated May 30, 2022
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esprit de corps

Five Steps to Increase Esprit de Corps in Your Law Firm

In French, esprit de corps means “spirit of the group.” It refers to the camaraderie that inspires each individual to work toward the group's shared success. Esprit de corps is the heart of a healthy law firm — it represents the passion, support and motivation that are vital for building your firm’s culture and long-term profitability. Large or small, almost every law firm wants to improve its esprit de corps. The challenge is finding the time when your schedule is already maxed out. Here's why it is worth the investment.

Originally published May 28, 2022
Last updated May 30, 2022
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