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With the release of Formal Ethics Opinion 482 in September of 2018, the ABA finally made it quite clear. Lawyers do indeed have an ethical duty to develop a disaster recovery plan.  Just consider the import of how the Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility concluded their opinion when they stated: “Lawyers must be prepared to deal with disasters.  Foremost among a lawyer’s ethical obligations are those to existing clients, particularly in maintaining communication. …
We’re feeling a little crazy generous in 2019.  It’s fall. That means it’s back to school. Time to learn, educate ourselves, expand our minds and put all that knowledge to use in exciting, creative and profitable ways. And we’re all about the exciting, creative and profitable ways for you to finally be your own boss. In keeping with our mission, we’d like to pave the yellow brick road for even more lawyers who want to…
Susan Cartier Liebel is the Founder & CEO of Solo Practice University®, the only online educational and professional networking community for solo lawyers and law students who wish to create and build their own solo/small firm practices. It is her personal mission, through education and authorship, to change the way law schools educate their students and the way the legal community receives solos. Website | Bio | Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn |
7 out of 10 law firms who come to us are frustrated with clients not paying them on time (statistically speaking, that’s probably you). Out of those 7, all seven are missing one or more of the requirements for an airtight system (a possible two for two) that yields high timely payment rates and minimal collections cases. Julie and I were working together to develop a comprehensive accounts receivable aging process for her firm and…
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock of late, I suspect you are well aware of the rise of the attorney wellness movement within our profession.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  I’m not here to challenge the importance and value of all that’s going on.  While I will admit I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around this mindfulness thing, and when it comes to yoga, well let’s just say I’m more comfortable in…
Think back to that feeling you had when you made up your mind to start your own law business, before you even told anyone that you were going to make the switch from employee to owner. The bottom of your gut knotted up like a rock but you felt like you were flying at the same time, off into the unknown but excited at all the ideas that you had about how you were going…
This question is one I do get asked now and again.  I am always surprised by it because I honestly don’t understand why a lawyer would ever decide not to; but more than a few do just that. The reasons I hear are many. Some try to justify their decision by declaring malpractice premiums are beyond affordable. Others will share if they are ever sued and an adverse judgment is entered against them, they’ll just…
Free Guide: What Can LPMS Do For You? It’s not uncommon for law firms to view technology as being grafted onto existing, offline office systems. Yet, one of the major advantages of a law practice management system (LPMS) is that it’s a holistic solution for your law firm. In this ebook, Jared Correia Esq covers 5 key processes in practice management that can be addressed through the consistent use of a law practice management system.…
Getting real with your numbers can be a difficult journey. What you think is going on financially in your firm can come into question very quickly once you crunch the numbers and they’re staring you in the face. We love the numbers because they don’t lie. There is no opinion and no bias, if the numbers don’t add up they simply don’t add up. Which is also why they make for a great scapegoat. “Sorry…
A call came in today that is one worth sharing because the learning it provides serves as a good reminder about the perils that can arise from a failure to follow through.  Here’s the short version.  A long-term client reached out to his attorney to ask for a favor.  While away on cruise vacation, the client’s daughter had been struck in the face by a falling object that resulted in substantial damage to her teeth. …