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Retooling your Practice for the Future – Join the conversation

The old economy is not coming back, neither is yesterday. A wise man once advised, “Give up all hope of a more perfect past.” It’s not about more protections, rebuilding the lawyer monopoly or crushing the non-lawyer legal service uprising. Let’s change the conversation. It is about creating a business model for law firms that […]

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Forming Your Own Firm

LLC, PLLC, PLLP, or PSC? If you’re considering forming your own firm, read this post for a breakdown on law firm structure. If you’re considering starting your own practice in Washington state, how you decide to structure your firm may have a large impact on bookkeeping, maintenance, and your bottom line. Below you’ll find the […]

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WSBA Sections: A Road to a Niche Practice

Learn more about WSBA Sections at Open Sections Night on Jan. 16! An attorney who holds a valid Washington State Bar license is, technically, qualified to render legal advice to a client concerning any subject. But the “womb-to-tomb” general practitioner seems to be in decline; the information age has given rise to savvier clients who […]

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10 Things You Should Tell Your Client

Share this info with your client early on to avoid damage to the your client relationship and communications. In the Sunday section of the Tacoma News Tribune, there is a regular feature called “10 Things ________ Won’t Tell You.” It didn’t take me long to come up with 10 things that we lawyers should tell […]

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Navigating the Affordable Care Act — 10 Ways Women Win

Learn how about the ACA’s strides in women’s healthcare in this ongoing series from LOMAP. Read other posts from our Navigating the Affordable Care Act series.  Women made great strides in equal treatment under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), though it seems this is one of the best-kept secrets about the health care law. A recent […]

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4 Pitfalls of Novice Soloing

Solo attorney Autumn T. Johnson offers words of caution and advice for hanging your shingle. In the process of hanging my own shingle, I must have participated in at least 100 informational interviews. The following are the four largest pitfalls I have found for new solos. 1. Overhead. Low overhead is critical for any new startup, […]

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Alternative Fee Arrangements

NWLawyer editor Michael Heatherly explains common alternative fee arrangements, with their pros and cons. Dramatic shifts in the business of practicing law, some hastened by the Great Recession, have led some to believe that the conventional hourly billing system is going the way of the powdered wig and quill pen.  Attention has turned to AFF […]

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What is ReInvent Law and Why Should Washington’s Young Lawyers Care?

Learn more about ReInvent Law, a series of “free, open conversation-sparking exchanges”. Disruption and change are constants in the legal industry today and many law students, young lawyers, and seasoned partners have been personally affected by the ongoing shifts. The legal industry in Washington has been no exception, but some see these challenges as an opportunity. […]

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Buying/Selling a Practice: Is it a transition or a transaction?

Learn more about the Practice Transition Opportunities program and your ethical obligations under RPC 1.17. Are you interested in buying or selling a law practice? The WSBA has created a new Practice Transition Opportunities program where lawyers can sell or transition their practice and others can buy a practice. Lawyers on both sides of the […]

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