Solo Practice University

This article will improve your odds of hiring the right person at the right time for the right seat – and developing them into a rock star team member. Smart hiring will reduce: ibuprofen purchases, “why me” crying episodes, the rapid outflow of cash better spent on pepperoni rolls in Pittsburgh’s Strip or the Reading Terminal, and wasted time that could be spent watching the 1978 Steeler season with your bubble mates. Allow yourself a…
2020 has been filled with unprecedented craziness. We’ve read about walking sharks*, asteroids heading our way**, chocolate snow falling in Switzerland***, and even a nudist in Germany chasing a wild boar who stole his iPad**** And this is just the tip of the iceberg. So, it’s now back to school time and school is shaping up to look very different for everyone. Solo Practice University school has always been online and safe and secure from…
An insured recently called wanting to discuss third party payors because representation of his client had just ended and he didn’t know what to do with the excess funds that remained in trust. In light of that call, I thought it worthwhile to cover the basics. Afterall, when one person is asking, that implies others have questions as well. Written by Mark Bassingthwaighte
Many solo attorneys join professional membership organizations and formal networking groups in order to attract business through referrals by fellow members. Maintaining contact with members of the group via Zoom meetings is valuable, yet there are many other ways to interact with these colleagues on a one-on-one basis between meetings. Read and learn. Written by Janet Falk
I recently took two calls almost back to back, and was surprised by both conversations. One came from an attorney who was retiring in another month or so. He had a few general malpractice insurance questions. The second was from an associate attorney with a small firm that was about to be dissolved. This associate was quite concerned about some decisions the partners were making regarding the firm’s malpractice coverage. What struck me was, other…
2020 is proving quite the year and we’re only in the 2nd Quarter! What we are experiencing now is unlike anything we have seen in our lifetimes. Yet, life must go on and so must your practice. But how do you practice in the age of pandemics? Jared and I discuss the changes, the modifications, both technical and emotional. How do you pivot your marketing so as not to be insensitive but more human? What…
In a number of jurisdictions, the commentary to Rule of Professional Conduct 1.1 Competency states that lawyers are to keep abreast of the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology. Keeping this language in mind, allow me to ask if you actually take this language to heart? I ask because in my world while I often find that lawyers do a pretty good job of evaluating the benefits of any technology they are considering using…
The best risk management advice I will ever have to offer is simply this. Don’t ever forget to take care of yourself. I know it sounds simple; but for so many, it isn’t easy. I really do believe that taking this advice to heart can not only make a world of difference in every lawyer’s personal and profession life, it can also be an effective risk management tool. Written by Mark Bassingthwaighte