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Ideas for Complying With the Legal Professional Code From Computer Coders

May 12, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

A couple of weeks ago, I embarked on the long journey of learning and mastering computer code for several reasons. First, as I approach a milestone birthday (and work through the concomitant midlife crisis), I’ve felt compelled to try something new. Second, since I so frequently criticize  many of the legal tech startups for not […]

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Tips For Solo Lawyers, Courtesy of Our Freelance Cousins

May 7, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

In many respects, we solo and small firm lawyers have more in common with freelancers than the big firm attorneys who set the bar associations’ agendas. Frequently, when foraging for blog fodder, I find the advice, tips and trends covered at freelance or tech start-up sites are more compelling and relevant than what’s available at […]

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Is the Future of Solo Medicine the Future of Law?

May 5, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

In reading this article about physicians feeling pressure to join hospital or health network systems, I wondered whether this might be the future for the practice of law as well. The article describes the experience of Dean Pollack, an OBGYN, in practice for thirty years, who is committed to maintain an independent practice – notwithstanding […]

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The Busy Week

May 5, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

For the first time in a very long time, I went a full week without posting at MyShingle. Needless to say, last week was busy – but here are some of the highlights: I had my fifteen seconds of fame (quite literally) in this appearance on The Daily Show, which grew out of this pun-filled […]

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Want to Ensure Solo Success? Obsess Yourself.

April 25, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Don’t Express Yourself – Obsess Yourself! Over the past few years, passionate has been one of the most overused modifiers of entrepreneurs and startups. If you don’t believe me, check out LinkedIn, where “passionate” turns up 872,400 times in various profiles. Increasingly, solo and small firm lawyers, in an effort to distinguish themselves from their […]

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Uber Thoughts on Premium Pricing

April 24, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Last night, I stayed late at the office. By D.C. standards anyway.  Meaning that when I departed at 1:30 in the morning, the metro trains that I use to commute to the office were no longer running so I had to find alternative transportation home. At that late hour, I wasn’t sure that I’d be […]

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Walmart Law’s Noble Roots

April 23, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Via Solo Practice University’s Susan Cartier-Liebel, I learned that $99 wills and have documents notarized  — at least at two Walmart locations in Canada. The services are offered through Axess , a bonafide law Canadian law firm, through small branch offices located at the entrance of two Walmart stores. Currently, customer-clients can access Axess for […]

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Are Solos Priced Out of SEO?

April 16, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Last week, I shared some of the internet marketing lessons learned by online marketing companies. The bottom line: internet advertising can be pricey especially for small companies. This week, I’m publishing an article by Conrad Saam, founder of Mockingbird Marketing who asks whether solo attorneys are priced out of SEO.  What do you think? Last […]

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Second Circuit Seeks Second Opinion on the Meaning of “Office” for Purposes of Non-Resident Lawyers – Update

April 15, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

For nearly three years, I’ve been tracking solo Ekaterina Schoenefeld’s challenge to the constitutionality of New York Judicial Code 470, which imposes an in-state office requirement – but only on nonresident lawyers. Schoenefeld won round one, when a federal district court judge ruled that the statute infringes on nonresident attorneys’ right to practice law in […]

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An Indiana Ethics Opinion That May Kill Legal Start Ups

April 14, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Via the Legal Profession Blog, comes a recent Indiana ethics decision reprimanding a lawyer who’d practiced 41 years without incident for participating Law Tigers , a site that helps members of the public find a motorcycle attorney.  Trouble is, in pursuit of a single Tiger that may purportedly cause harm to the public, the Indiana […]

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