On at least one level, most legal services are transactional.  Lawyers enter into representation agreements with clients to perform a service: drafting an estate plan, representation in a DUI case, negotiating separation terms and a settlement for a divorce.  Some engagements are completed in a matter of weeks while others can go on for years. …

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Rewind five months ago to the early days of the pandemic, when courts shut down, work moved home and you were content to turn your kids over to ten hours of screen time each day because you thought it would be temporary.  Back then, you had big plans: to add a new practice area, to …

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To paraphrase an old Yiddush saying, men and women plan, pandemic laughs.  Take a look at some of completely unexpected winners…and losers recently anointed by the pandemic: With the population housebound, rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft have seen declines of 70-80 percent in usage.  Instead, folks are substituting bicycles for public transportation and uber…

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A couple of months before the pandemic hit, tidy-up evangelist Marie Kondo released a new book, Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life , which applies Kondo’s decluttering principles to the workplace context.  As this article describes, Kondo advises readers to decide what to keep and what to cull by asking themselves a particular  object…

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In one fell swoop, COVID-19  put an end to salad bars, hot-food buffets and other types of self-serve operations that have become popularized in takeout restaurants and grocery stores over the past decade.  And even as establishments reopen, self-serve buffets may be thing of the past because it’s nearly impossible to control the spread of…

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Have you ever considered a new practice area or business model for your law firm but weren’t sure whether it had legs? If you’re looking for a quick way to figure out the NBT, you might try the “rule of three” – which is how Chris Wilson, founder of Lululemon knew that a company focused…

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As we roll into the second month of pandemic, many of us are slowly realizing that the crazy ad hoc schedules — with Parent No. 1 working 6 am through 10 am, then homeschooling junior while Parent No. 2 works, then swap at noon and so on — that we once viewed as stop gap…

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As we start on Week Number 4 of the pandemic lockdown, everyone is growing restless and nervous.  For many solo and small firm lawyers, the reality of at least another month’s worth of case postponements and reduced intake has settled in.  Meanwhile, if my personal email box is any indication, vendors, marketers and coaches galore…

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