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How A Retainer Agreement Gaffe Cost One Lawyer $469,000

If you’ve seen my promotion for Rocket Retainers & Power Pacts: Engage Clients Faster, Get Paid Quickly and Innovate Without Risk, you’re probably wondering how a retainer agreement can earn you money. Conveniently, this recent news story — about an Illinois attorney who’s out a $469,000 referral fee because the retainer agreement with the client…

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Legal Ethics: Can Law Firms Pay for Their Clients To Uber?

With so many  articles about whether a new platform is the next Uber for lawyers  or whether legal services can be Uberized at all, lawyers are missing out on something even more obvious: how we can use the real Uber or other similar ride-sharing platforms to better serve our clients.  For example, if a client doesn’t own a…

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What Makes A Great Client?

Tales about  clients from hell abound. Visit any lawyer listserve and you’ll encounter weekly threads populated with complaints about crazy clients or advice on how to fire them. Bad clients aren’t exclusive to the legal profession either – doctors deal with them and one designer even set up a Clients from Hell website dedicated to them.…

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A New Reason To Limit Free Consultations

I’ve long been a fan of free consultations for a couple of reasons. First, given the importance of the attorney-client relationship, it never made sense to put up obstacles  to clients seeking to vet different attorneys by forcing them to shell out a couple of hundred bucks for each meeting. Second, for some practices –…

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Getting Past Fired

This post is part of the MyShingle Solos summer series which will run between June 17 and July 3, 2014.   This post is written by MyShingle Guest Blogger Denise Nichols For my second contribution to the MyShingle Solos summer series, I was planning to share my story of returning to law school after a 20…

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Why I don’t charge a “trial fee”

This post is part of the MyShingle Solos summer series which will run between June 17 and July 3, 2014.   This post is written by MyShingle Guest Blogger Alex Freeburg  I am a criminal defense attorney and I don’t charge a trial fee. Most attorneys in my area do. The standard procedure is that the…

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