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Archive for May 2008

Rhode Island Family Lawyer Joyfully Goes 100 Percent Virtual

Back in 1999, seven months pregnant with my younger daughter, I surrendered the Washington D.C. office around the corner from the White House that I’d occupied for half a decade.  Though the rent was bargain basement cheap – around $500 including the phone line – I realized that I’d only used the space a dozen…

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Look Who’s Discounting Their Fees

If you’ve ever discounted your fees, either voluntarily to lure a client to your firm or involuntarily because  your client ran out of cash, you’re in strong company.  As I posted over at Legal Blogwatch, 76 percent of law firms discount their fees.  But what’s even more interesting is that 89 percent of the discounters…

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Stumbling Into Solo Practice

Some law firms start with fancy business plans and grand visions.  Others happen seemingly by accident – and yet if we look back, we can trace the result to a series of choices earlier made.   In this nostalgic post, New York Personal Injury Attorney Eric Turkewitz shares how his firm was born out of a…

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Real Life Marketing Lesson: Are You Charging Clients Like American Airlines?

Not surprisingly, many American Airlines customers expressed significant outrage over the airline’s recently announced plans to charge passengers additional fees for checking bags and for certain services related to reservations. Indeed, the news may have irked you as well. But before you start venting, ask yourself whether your billing policies “nickel and dime” your clients…

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If You Just Started a Law Firm, Hire A Summer Associate

OK, so I realize that my headline sounds crazy.   After all, you just started a law firm four or six or eight months ago.  You’re barely covering your expenses, you still have no idea what you’re doing, you’ve chosen – by design or necessity – to work from home so you don’t have an office…

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Still Time to Win A Copy of Solo by Choice

There’s still time to download a copy of an e-book and win a copy of Solo by Choice.  The contest closes May 15, 2008 (you have until midnight) and I’ll be drawing two winners on May 16, 2008.  I may (or may not) do a public drawing online, but I won’t announce the winners pubicly…

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