Randall Ryder

Randall Ryder is a Minnesota consumer rights attorney who sues abusive debt collectors and is a publisher of Elder Parent Help. Follow him on Twitter @randallryder.

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How to Succeed on Law School Exams

How law student can prepare for and succeed on law school exams.

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Don’t Refer Bad Cases or Clients

Good lawyers want to help other lawyers by sending them good cases and good clients. Before you try and dump a problem client on another attorney, be sure to think about the long-term implications.

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Estate Map Review

Estate Map, a cloud-based tool for estate planning attorneys and consumers, embraces cloud-based technology and provides an easy way to store and share information about one's estate plan and related information.

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How to Ask Another Attorney for Help

Asking another attorney for help or insight on a case is usually the best way to get solid advice. However, be sure to respect the another attorney's time and insight when asking for their help.

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Be Cautious With Outsourcing or Expanding Your Practice

Many solo attorneys are too quick to add staff or another attorney. Before making that type of investment, make sure you can handle the short-term impact on your practice and pocketbook.

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Three Ways to Improve Client Intake

A successful law practice starts and ends with successful client intake. Here are three ways you can improve your client intake and improve your practice.

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News Flash: Read Before You Sign

Repetitive work can lead to attorneys becoming overconfident and even lazy when handling cases. Don't let yourself fall into that trap: make sure you read before signing a document.

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Is Dropbox Right for Your Practice?

Dropbox is an extremely popular cloud computing option. Just because it's popular, however, does not mean it's right for your practice. Here are some things to consider before using Dropbox in your practice.

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The Importance of Long Term Goals for Your Practice

Most solo attorneys operate with the business mantra of "just keep the lights on this month." That's a good place to start, but you need to set your goals higher. If you do, you are 100% more likely to develop the practice you want.

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How to Handle an Overflowing Inbox or Task List

Lawyers get paid big bucks to not only handle high pressure situations, but multiple high pressure situations. That can lead to overwhelming moments of "ten things need to happen right now." The next time that happens, here are some ways to try and manage the stress and the tasks at hand.

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Three Myths about Solo Attorneys (Part 3 of 3)

There are enough solo attorneys practicing law that you'd think other attorneys would understand their practices. Apparently, that's not the case. Here are three more common misconceptions about solo attorneys. It's go time.

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Are Free Case Evaluations a Waste of Time?

In an effort to get potential clients in the door, many attorneys offer free initial meetings or free case evaluations. But when an attorney spends most of their day meeting with potential clients that never become clients, is it a sound policy?

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Learn to Say No to Clients, Opposing Counsel, and the Court

In an effort to avoid conflict, many attorneys say yes more often than they should. Learn to say no to clients, opposing counsel, and the court.

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Your Personality Matters to Clients

Clients want to hire an attorney that will help them solve their problem. But they also want to work with a person, not a robot. Showing your personality will go a long way towards creating a more meaningful attorney-client relationship.

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Hi, I’m the Constitution, Remember Me?

For attorneys, the 4th of July is an ideal time to read and reflect on the Constitution. You swore an oath to uphold it, so there's no time like the present to remind yourself what it says.