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Posts from the ‘Solo and Small Practice Section’ Category

23
Feb

When Polite Letters Go Unanswered — Procedures for Collecting Unpaid Legal Fees

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Here are some basic tips and procedures for collecting fees and voiding unpaid balances from piling up in the first place.

A billboard showing a legal a bill with "Thank you."Some lawyers avoid collecting unpaid legal fees because the process makes them acutely uncomfortable or they’re concerned about a bar complaint that could result. While some clients may indeed take offense at your efforts to collect money owed you, using appropriate, empathetic, and consistent follow-up can lead to better client communication and interaction, improved cash flow, and no retaliation. And even if a complaint does arise, allowing a client relationship to fester without directly addressing the issue is not an effective strategy. Read more »

18
Jul

Champagne Technology on a Beer Budget: Tips for Saving Money

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Solo and Small Firm Conference preview: Legal industry technology guru Barron Henley helps make law practice more efficient and productive.

Scale of justiceI recently attended legal industry technology guru Barron Henley’s presentation, “Champagne Technology on a Beer Budget.” We learned plenty of information to help make a law practice more efficient and productive — all while saving tons of money! Here are a few helpful tips. Read more »

4
Apr

Comics, Creators, Copyrights and Collaboration

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Representing comic book creators can be exciting: you get to use your JD to protect costumed heroes and villains!

A comic book image of a cosmic attorneyRepresenting comic book creators can be exciting: you get to use your JD to protect costumed heroes and villains! Given Hollywood’s love of the comic book property, attorneys who practice IP law and work in the entertainment industries should have a working knowledge of the legal issues comic book creators face each time they begin a project. Read more »

28
Mar

The Changing Contours of “Low Bono”

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Seattle attorney and WSBA section chair Forrest Carlson takes the “don’t know” out of Low Bono.

A man and female attorney signing a documentUp until very recently, whenever I asked other lawyers what they thought “low bono” meant, most ventured an uncertain guess along these lines: “Is it like pro bono, except instead of paying no fee, the client pays a low fee?” Read more »

2
Mar

Effective Communication in 3 Simple Tips

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Communicating with others is critical for becoming a successful lawyer. Doing it right is as easy as these three tips.

Two boys talking through cans connected by a string.Communicating with other people is an important part of what we do as lawyers. Here are a few suggestions that I offer to attorneys who want to communicate more effectively, whether it’s with clients, colleagues, or friends and family. Read more »