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From commenter Iwonprose on Randall’s post “Does More Pro Se Litigants = Fewer Clients?”: My experience with attorneys is that they don’t really care about you and only want paid. My opinion is they are overpaid and rarely ever do a good job. You know more about your case than they do. You are more […]
According to Ruby Receptionists, January second is the busiest day of the year for its call center. That sounds about right for my litigation practice. I always felt like we got mobbed in early January with people who were finally ready to take care of their problems after the holidays (and perhaps some holiday-related problems). […]
The new Communities feature of Google+ is a great way to connect, and we’re giving it a try with our new SoloSmallTech community. (Those of you who have been around for long enough may recall that SoloSmallTech was Lawyerist’s original name.) We’ll be geeking out over, er, geek stuff. Join us! Gyi has also started […]
CPA/attorney and LAB member, Jeff Vandrew, on the difference between entity choice and tax status: A single member LLC has a choice of the following tax statutes: disregarded entity (like a sole proprietorship), S-corporation, or C-corporation. A multi-member LLC has a choice of the following tax statutes: partnership, S-corporation, or C-corporation. A corporation has a […]
In the LAB, Nicole Black is (unsurprisingly) full of good information on ethics and the cloud: Also, the ABA recently revised Model Rule 1.1 to require lawyers to not only to maintain a knowledge of law and a level of skill in the practice of law, but it also now requires lawyers to have (and […]
Scott Greenfield on the importance of thinking — and the difficulty in getting paid for it. Try an experiment. Bill ‘em for thinking. Thinking. There’s no code for that. Why would that be? Thinking is a good thing. I try to do it whenever I can, and most of the time, it turns out to […]
This sentence, from young “virtual lawyer” Rachel Rogers, gives me the willies. There have been times when I’ve woken up in the morning and I have new clients. They’ve found me online somehow and I’ve never had any interaction with them, but now they’re my clients. It’s pretty sweet. I’m trying to decide if there […]
In general, I think Windows 8 is a step in the right direction. It makes sense to combine tablets and notebooks into a single class of computers that run a single operating system.1 Unfortunately, it’s a bit of a stumbling half-step. Much of it is poorly executed; many of the UI mistakes seem unprovoked, and […]
Greg Broiles may call himself a fuddy-duddy (he’s relucant to upgrade from Windows XP), but he’s got some seriously good advice for anyone looking to upgrade Windows:
The inimitable Scott Greenfield, calling it like he sees it: And if one wants to fix the problem of opaqueness in the legal profession, the solution isn’t deceit, puffery and omission of material facts, but accuracy and honesty. The one thing that stands out above all others are lawyers who omit dates from their websites […]
Scott Greenfield’s response to Clay Shirky’s Law Via the Internet conference keynote: The LII’s efforts to make law freely available isn’t at odds with Clay Shirky’s nonsense, but isn’t consistent with it either. Rather, Shirky takes the ball and runs sideways, toward a goal that doesn’t exist. People, meaning non-lawyers, want unfettered access to the […]
Another angle on Judge Kozinski’s aversion to block quotes: 2) Question: I have an appeal that will likely be heard by Judge Alex Kozinski on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. We have some bad facts in our case. How can I best downplay this information? Answer: Just put your bad facts […]
From Judge Alex Kozinski, 9th Circuit Chief Judge: You know what? I don’t read block quotes. I skip over them. To me, it’s yada yada yada yada. If there’s something good in there, I expect the lawyer to tell me what it is. So the bigger the block quote, the less I’m likely to find […]
I’m 100% in agreement with how Jordan Furlong Rushie views the value of social media for lawyers: So, this is my view on social media for lawyers: you’ll get business off of it just like you will from anywhere you hang out. But if you try and “leverage” it, or “accelerate it”, you just end […]
News flash: lawyers have strong opinions about minutiae. Like cover letters, judging from the comments on Roy’s post, A Personalized Cover Letter Should Accompany Legal Bills. It turns out Roy is not alone in his belief that changing the cover letter on your invoice is the key to client satisfaction. Read it and weep: What […]
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