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June 17, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

If you read my column over at Above the Law, you might have noticed that I have vacation on the brain. For the next two weeks, I’ll be taking a break from my practice, this blog – and maybe even social media.  I know that I’ll be back with lots of new ideas and inspiration […]

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Did Clearspire Expire…or Conspire?

June 11, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Last week, one of NewLaw’s own, Clearspire expired. Or did it? Clearpsire says otherwise portraying the closure of Clearspire Law as one giant pivot from #AltLaw Firm model to a legal technology company. Clearspire explains that it plans to take the proprietary practice platform, Coral, developed by the non-lawyer owned business side of its operation […]

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How Should Seasoned Lawyers Prepare for the Future of Law?

June 6, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Over at Lawyerist, Sam Glover sparked some discussion with the question, How would you advise a new lawyer to prepare for the future of law?  Sam’s question generated several thoughtful responses that I commend you to read, but I think there’s an equally significant question that’s been overlooked. Specifically, how should old (or to be […]

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Why Aren’t Lawyers More Affordable?

June 3, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

A recent article in The Atlantic asks: Is There Such a Thing as an Affordable Lawyer?. A provocative title, but how accurate is it?  And how useful are most of the suggested solutions —- which involve automating services or forcing solos and smalls to offer reduced rates and eliminating the “guild mentality” which of course, […]

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Summer Session: Paid Back Up Writing Gig At MyShingle

June 2, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

I’ll be away from MyShingle from mid-June through July 4 weekend. But I can’t let the blog lie fallow for that long a period. So I’m looking for between one and three writers to help fill the gap while I’m gone. I’m interested in writings on all topics related to solo and small firm practice: […]

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Unethical Conduct, But Fee Splitting Is the Least of It

June 2, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

A recent Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Committee (ARDC), reported here misses the point.  The ARDC charged a solo estate planning attorney with ethics violations for splitting fees with a non-lawyer financial planner over a five year period between 2007 and 2012. During that time, the financial planner hosted six seminars each year, referring approximately […]

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Is Your Jurisdiction Wasting Money to Make the Ethics of the Cloud Clear?

May 30, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Last week, Bob Ambrogi posted an updated roundup  of state ethics decisions — 17 to date – that clear the cloud for use by lawyers. But while I appreciate the bars’ efforts, they’re a poor use of resources. For starters, every one of those 17 ethics decisions says roughly the same thing.  Lawyers can use […]

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Want to Lower the Cost of Legal Services? Let’s Ditch Trust Accounts.

May 27, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Last month over at Attorney at Work, practice management consultant Peggy Gruenke shared her Mini-Checklist for Trust Account Management. Gruenke’s list is an exhaustive compilation of the do’s and don’ts and best practices for trust account management and therein lies the problem. Because in a digital age when most firms accept electronic payments and credit […]

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Does Doing Work That’s Hard Work for Solos Seeking to Grow?

May 21, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Marketing god Seth Godin recently urged his audience to take up the challenge of doing what’s hard: In an industrial setting, the obvious plan is to seek out the easy work. You’re more likely to get it done with less effort and then move on[…] Today, though, it’s the difficult work that’s worth doing. It’s […]

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Planning for the Unexpected

May 19, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Today, MyShingle is pleased to host this guest post by Roy Ginsburg. Other posts authored by Roy at MyShingle are available here.  A frequent complaint of solo practitioners is that since they are alone and in charge, it is difficult to get away for a vacation.  But somehow, most seem to manage by finding another […]

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