client-meeting-productivityMeetings are getting a bad rap these days, but I find them very useful to help me complete a project, especially when it has no clear deadline. Those kinds of tasks can end up sitting on your work plan for weeks, since they are always lower priority than the things due right now. But you can use meetings to get things get done sooner, rather than later.

Schedule a meeting with your client to finalize each important document or project. If it has a due date—discovery responses or an affidavit in support of a motion, for example—schedule the meeting a couple of days before the due date. If not, set the date a few weeks out, so that you will have plenty of time to prepare a draft.

Prepare a draft for the meeting, and modify it based on information and input from your client. Whether you are drafting a complaint or a contract, this will make the client feel involved, give you a due date when you know the document will be finished, and help you get things done.

Plus, if you draft documents with your client, instead of just sending them to the client to sign, you maximize your chances of avoiding those embarrassing moments during a deposition when your client says he or she does not recognize a key document—the complaint, for example.

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