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Flat Fee or Hourly? Pros and Cons of Billing Options

By | Jun.20.18 | No Comments

I’ve been practicing law for nearly seven years, both as a solo and with a firm. During this time, I’ve tried different billing arrangements with varying degrees of success and learned plenty of lessons (often …Continue reading »


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Lawyers and Vacations: It’s a Necessity

By | May.17.18 | No Comments

I haven’t taken a vacation in over two years. In 2016, I took my dog Rosie to Flagstaff, Arizona, for a few days. We relaxed in front of the fire at our Airbnb and I …Continue reading »


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Blogging for Search Results Domination in Your Niche

By | Apr.19.18 | No Comments

If you’re wondering whether blogging helps with your search engine results, it does. Here’s what happened when I started blogging about a new law. Six Blog Posts to Page One A new law regarding internet and digital …Continue reading »


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Scott Sigler’s Productivity Secrets: Creating a System

By | Mar.26.18 | No Comments

Being a lawyer and an entrepreneur can be two full-time jobs in one. While we’re zealously representing clients, we also have to market ourselves to keep new clients coming in the door and manage the …Continue reading »


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How Do You Combat Mental Gremlins?

By | Feb.27.18 | No Comments

I have a group of mental gremlins that live in my head. Other people I know call their gremlins “the girls” or “the committee.” These are the voices in my head that tell me I suck …Continue reading »


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When to Raise Your Rates

By | Jan.15.18 | No Comments

How do you make more money? The two obvious ways are work more hours or charge more money. Toward the end of last year, I was debating whether I should raise my rates and, if so, …Continue reading »


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What’s Your Theme Word for 2018? Looking Back and Looking Ahead

By | Dec.28.17 | No Comments

This time last year, many of us were anxious for 2016 to end. But instead of smooth sailing ahead, I feel like the universe started 2017 by saying, “Hold my beer” and it has spun …Continue reading »


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Disrespectful Clients Don’t Get to Stay Clients

By | Nov.15.17 | No Comments

You know what feels good? Firing a client. My firm was hired to help a client with multiple applications for registering their intellectual property. We tell every client there’s no guarantee that we’ll be able to …Continue reading »


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What to Write? Ways to Find Ideas for Your Law Firm Blog

By | Oct.10.17 | No Comments

Figuring out what to write about on my blogs is a challenge I face every week, especially with our firm’s patent blog. (I practice intellectual property, but not patent law.) I worry that my posts won’t …Continue reading »


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Speaking and Lawyering: Balancing the Jobs

By | Sep.13.17 | No Comments

As a lawyer and businessperson, you have two jobs in one. Some of us, including me, add the job of professional speaker to our already teeming calendars. Maybe you’ve considered taking on some speaking jobs …Continue reading »