Doctor holding medical marijuana

5 Things to Consider Before Starting a Marijuana Practice

In November 2012, Washingtonians voted in favor of Initiative 502 (I-502), which legalized the possession of certain amounts of marijuana by adults 21 and older. I-502 also legalized the commercial cultivation, manufacture, and retail sale of marijuana. While I-502 created a legal marijuana economy in Washington, it had no effect on the federal Controlled Substances […]

Read More…
Legal Tech Startup Weekend

Legal Tech Startup Weekend Post-Mortem

When you last heard from us, we were in the buildup to Seattle’s first-ever Legal Technology Startup Weekend, held the weekend of Oct. 10, 2014, at WeWork. As a refresher, Startup Weekend is a nonprofit organization that hosts three-day competitions where teams develop and launch startup enterprises.

Read More…
Man on rock in ocean

More Business Plan Magic: Part Two

No matter how good you are or how brilliant your idea for a firm is, there will be surprises after you start. You think one set of clients will flood in, but instead you get another set. You are impressed with one online marketing strategy at the beginning, only to be horrified six months later […]

Read More…

The Mighty Business Plan: Part One

In the June WSBA Legal Lunchbox CLE, a poll was taken. One of the questions was, “How many of you have a business plan currently?” After 495 people responded the numbers were tallied. Less than 20% of the viewers had a business plan. Some of that could be attributed to the viewership not all being business owners […]

Read More…

Top Tech Books for Lawyers

Whether you embrace technology or grudgingly tolerate it, it’s an unavoidable part of the modern law practice. But incorporating technology into your office doesn’t have to be painful. Our tech-book guide, featured in the July/August issue of NWLawyer, is full of books that will show you how to create a LinkedIn profile, run a virtual […]

Read More…
finance

Does Your Bookkeeper Know IOLTA?

As a former IOLTA auditor, I saw a large variety of skill levels in bookkeepers. People who call themselves bookkeepers are not all cut from the same cloth. There is no licensing requirement in our state for bookkeepers. Plus, not all bookkeepers understand that the rules of IOLTA record keeping are not the same as keeping the firm’s […]

Read More…
Citations crash course

Succession Planning for the Law Firm

Recently, someone told me that succession planning for her firm didn’t sound interesting at all and she didn’t need it because she was a millennial. I hadn’t bought into the “millennials think they are invincible” theory completely until that moment. Well, I’m here to tell you the bad news: Unpredictable things happen to everyone — […]

Read More…
what am i supposed to do?

Selecting the Correct Professional Services Entity

It is important for a lawyer to select the correct professional services entity. Otherwise, a lawyer may be in violation of the following statutes (for example, Chapter 18.100 RCW, RCW 25.15.045 and RCW 25.05.510). The selection of the wrong entity could also violate the Washington Rules of Professional Conduct (for example, RPC 8.4 for misrepresentation […]

Read More…

Friday 5: Keys to Marketing the Rural Law Practice

Marketing in a small town can present unique challenges to the solo or small firm practitioner. You have a smaller pool of potential clients from which to draw. You also have a product — or, in this case, a service — which doesn’t necessarily lend itself to the traditional advertising and marketing methods of other […]

Read More…
Pasco

5 Keys to Getting Paid for the Work You Do

Few of us became lawyers without incurring substantial debt and forgoing opportunities to earn a living during those years of studying. Further, most of us entered the profession with the expectation of earning at least an above-average income. Providing pro bono, low bono, and other charity services is noble and should be encouraged. That said, you cannot […]

Read More…
office workout

Windows XP: After the Funeral

April 8, 2014, marked the end of support to Windows XP. Microsoft says it will push some security updates until 2015, but it is time to be proactive and decide what to do to protect your system, if you still have Windows XP. Option 1: Install an alternative operating system. “Upgrade” to Windows 8.1. Be […]

Read More…
Pasco

Friday 5: Keys to Successful Hiring

Perhaps you are a solo practitioner ready to hire your first assistant, or a small firm practitioner whose practice is thriving and it’s time to add an associate. Whatever your reasons for bringing a new person on board, here are 5 key components that can help make the process a success. Craft an up-to-date, well […]

Read More…
Heartbleed bug

Heartbleed and Passwords: What Lawyers Need to Know

Heartbleed (a cooler name for a computer bug was never found!) has blown our sense of Internet security. Not only did it leave a wee backdoor open on nearly any site using OpenSSL, giving hackers potential open season on collecting your passwords to many of the sites you use regularly, but it potentially made your […]

Read More…