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We are so very pleased to announce that Solo Practice University and the American Bar Association General Practice/Solo Division  (ABA/GPSolo) have created a new strategic alliance to benefit their membership  with a reduced tuition to Solo Practice University. In addition, all Solo Practice University blog readers and podcast fans will get a benefit of their own!  Every month we will present a new and free podcast from the ABA/GP Solo’s roster of experts, including Gary…
As with any cyber threat, prevention starts with awareness of the risk and, as a road warrior, I see people taking an unnecessary risk far too often.  This one involves smart phones. Here’s the problem.  The cable you use to charge your phone is the same one you use to transfer or sync your data.   This reality creates an attack vector that someone could take advantage of during the charging process.  In short, if…
We just finished month three of this relaunch journey (I shared a report for my first two months here and here). The ship keeps sailing along. These monthly reports are the most popular thing I write, but I worry they’ll become mundane. “Another month of mostly the same thing…” And maybe there’s a lesson in there. Success rarely comes with sex appeal and clickbait headlines. It’s a slog. And maybe that’s why so few…
Boundaries are important.  In sports, they define the area of play.  In real estate, they designate what one owns.  And in personal relationships, they mark the emotional and physical limits everyone establishes in order to protect themselves from being manipulated, used, or violated by someone else. In short, personal boundaries mark the place where one individual ends and another begins. Problems can arise, however, when one or both individuals in any kind of relationship, professional…
Last month I shared my first monthly report. The response really surprised me. That post has had three times as many views as anything I’ve ever written. Some people called it brave, others called it unwise, but it definitely generated interest. I believe it’s because we lawyers are so inclined to hide or posture or self-deceive. Transparency inspires us because we are so disinclined to be transparent. I don’t intend to shake up the industry…
Join us for an incredibly informative guest lecture with Maddy Martin of Smith.ai discussing how the right virtual receptionist and intake service can vastly improve productivity and profitability of your solo/small firm.  But it’s more than this.  How you present to the world is part of your branding and credibility.  Listen and learn about what potential clients and current clients are really looking for when they reach out to a lawyer for the first and…
The truth is not all legal work must be performed by an attorney; there’s plenty of opportunity to strategically spread around the workload without forfeiting quality or momentum. Enter effective delegation, which allows your busy firm to increase its output significantly despite limited resources — all naysaying to the contrary. Download “How to Delegate Efficiently and Effectively” to learn: The top reasons to delegate 5 steps to effective delegation Legal ethical concerns…
My son, like every other teenage boy I know, is totally involved in the online game Fortnite.  Because he’s pretty good at it, he has gotten shout outs from the founders and some of the top ranked players in the world who make millions from playing the game.  These players have multi-millions of followers.  However, because my son is very good and has received these powerful shoutouts, he has amassed close to 45,000 followers…
(This is a very exciting 3-part adventure tracking a relaunch of a law practice with Attorney Mike Whelan. He shares everything from income to costs.  We hope you benefit from Mike’s efforts.) I’ve shared a lot about my firm’s progress. That’s what my blog is built for. But I don’t think I’ve shared enough. After reading this post about sharing from Ken Grady, I’ve decided to act on an idea I’ve carried for a while:…
As I’m apt to do, I have a story to share.  A solo employment law attorney, let’s call her Betty, has substantial trial experience and she sometimes agrees to step into a co-counsel relationship with a personal injury attorney who, in Betty’s mind, is a good friend and a competent attorney.  This friend, whom I’ll call Richard, asked Betty to get involved in a new matter solely for the purpose of acting as trial counsel…