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Six Tips to Maximize Your Bar Dues

Like most who eked out a living during the lean years of the Great Depression, my grandmother believed strongly in frugality—and she could stretch a dollar as far as anyone I’ve ever known. Today, dollar-stretching is once again a valuable ...

Erik Mazzone - February 1, 2011

The Art of “We”

I had lunch recently with a partner of a Big Four accounting firm, a conversation that was illuminating less for what he said than for how he said it. Whenever he talked about his work and objectives, it was always based on the firm’s work and ...

Jordan Furlong - January 27, 2011
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Get Out of that Money Mess

Everyone knows you’re good at anything you put your mind to. And if you just had the time you could untangle your personal finances just like that. But it’s just too distracting to ponder that credit card debt, student loan and mortgage payment ...

Merrilyn Astin Tarlton - January 20, 2011

Make Sure the Check Is in the Mail

Having a little trouble with accounts receivable? If you take care to spell out your ground rules up front—and secure signatures on engagement letters—clients will find it much harder to dispute your bills. But it doesn't end there. Follow these ...

Frederick J. Esposito Jr. - January 19, 2011

Turn Trends to Your Advantage

Creating a successful, lucrative law practice requires keeping up with trends, and knowing which ones create opportunity. There are over 60 trends listed in the current “What’s Hot and What’s Not in the Legal Profession” report, including ...

Bob Denney - January 18, 2011

Fire a Client

When you are a new lawyer, it seems any client should be welcomed with open arms. More mature lawyers know that’s not necessarily so. Which brings me to a friend of mine who used to practice law in Columbia, SC, and his New Year’s ritual ...

Simon Chester - January 4, 2011

Being Kind

At Attorney at Work, we propose that 2011 is the year to explore kindness as a universal business principle. Acts of kindness not only bind clients and colleagues to you, they can be the key to improving employee (and practice) performance. ...

The Editors - December 29, 2010

Bad Check Frauds: ‘Tis the Season to Be Wary

Don’t be the victim. Scammers have become more brazen in their attempts to lull unsuspecting lawyers into trusting them, and bad check frauds targeting lawyers are on the rise. But you don’t have to let it happen to you. Learn how to ...

Sheila Blackford - December 19, 2010
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Calming Down an Angry Client

You know the scenario. It’s the end of the day. The phone rings and you pick it up knowing you really shouldn't. You should just let it go to voicemail, pack up your laptop and go home. “What the bleep is this?” are the first words you ...

Merrilyn Astin Tarlton - December 13, 2010

Delegating Done Right: Context Is Key

You’re overbooked, overworked and overwhelmed. You need help from an associate or two, or perhaps a team of lawyers. You need to delegate. Here are a few key things to keep in mind.

Steven Taylor - December 6, 2010