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On Balance

On Balance

When the Privilege Waiver Is Unclear

In the attorney discipline business, privilege waiver is a central issue. When a client files a state bar complaint against his attorney, privilege is waived, subject to nuances. (Of course, isn’t everything in law subject to nuances?) What this ...

Megan Zavieh - June 11, 2015
On Balance

Keeping Better Notes

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 identify work we have ...

Megan Zavieh - January 26, 2015
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Small Matters: I Never Said I Would Do That

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 clients sign a ...

Megan Zavieh - November 13, 2014
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You’re Not Hired! Rules of Non-Engagement (Letters)

When you speak to potential clients, your goal is to hear them say, “You’re hired!” — or words to that effect. Then out goes the engagement letter, in comes the retainer and off to work you go. Isn't that the point of a law practice, after all? ...

Megan Zavieh - October 20, 2014
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Attorney Misconduct — Time to Tattle?

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 person. Lawyers know a lot of lawyers, ...

Megan Zavieh - August 19, 2014
On Balance by Megan Zavieh

Credit Cards: Worth It to Work It Out

Accepting credit cards is just about the easiest way to ensure clients have no excuse not to pay your bills.

Megan Zavieh - June 18, 2014
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Attorney Discipline: Does Time in Practice Count?

When sanctioning lawyers who have violated the rules, ethics regulators typically consider a set of aggravating circumstances that can increase the punishment, as well as a list of mitigating factors that may reduce it. These factors may include ...

Megan Zavieh - April 30, 2014