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I started Lawyerist because I have a lot of strong opinions that I think everyone should know about. Also, because I got tired of sharing those opinions with one person at a time. I had an idea that Lawyerist would become a repository of my answers to frequently-asked questions about law practice, so that I […]
A: No. For two reasons. First, because holiday cards are a great example of lawyers doing business just like everyone else. That’s why, between Thanksgiving and a week or so into the next year, nearly everyone sends holiday cards. It’s a great way not to differentiate yourself or your firm in any way. Your card […]
This is a world you’ll never understand. And you always fear what you don’t understand. — Carmine Falcone, in Batman Begins A: Yes, essentially. And although your local rules may vary, it is probably fine under the ethics rules. Most of what you may have heard to the contrary comes from people who don’t understand […]
A: It doesn’t matter. Fans of each system (and let’s not leave out Linux’s rabid fan base or Chrome OS’s growing one) have a litany of reasons why their choice is the only one that makes sense. But it really doesn’t matter. You can run a law practice just fine on any computer with an […]
A: Among lawyers dissatisfied with their current occupation (hereinafter “Evil Day Job” or “EDJ”), it is a popular fantasy that it is a good idea to start a law practice in one’s spare time. Undoubtedly, some lawyers have done so successfully. This does not mean it is a good idea. The problem boils down to […]
A: Part-time law practice comes with its own set of challenges, but you can absolutely make it work — and it is a heckuva lot smarter than trying to have a law practice in your spare time. In fact, if you can balance the competing demands of a law practice and whatever you need to […]