Practice Advice

Best Practice: Ask your Clients how you Did

By at 26 November, 2013, 12:37 pm

I’ve long been an advocate of surveying your clients on how you did when you complete their representation. My friends at AttorneyatWork recently carried an article from Josh Lenon, an attorney and Director of Communications at Clio on this very topic. Josh reinforces what most of us that advise lawyers and firms already know – most firms don’t ask for client feedback on how they did.

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When You Go To Heaven, Will Your Digital Assets go to Hell??

By at 17 April, 2012, 10:36 am

As a lawyer, I always urged my clients to get their estate planning documents (wills, powers of attorney, trusts) in order and to update them on a regular basis. With the increased use of online banking, bill payment, email, etc. what will happen to these digital assets on your death? Will your significant other, agent, executor or trustee be able to access these assets and fulfill their due diligence requirements to the estate? Or will they face their own version of Hell because these assets were overlooked? Luckily, someone has thought about this and have shared their answer to this issue.

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Is Marketing the most Important Function You Have in Your Law Firm?

By at 29 December, 2010, 11:14 am

A post on the Lawyer Marketing Blog believes that marketing is more important than the accounting and management aspects of running a law firm. In his post Marketing, More Important Than Accounting, Finance, and Management, Gyi Tsakalakis of AttorneySync (“legal web strategy professionals”) advocates this premise based on an article in the New York Times and his own experience working with law firms.

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IOLTA accounts no longer receive unlimited FDIC Insurance under Dodd-Frank Act

By at 20 December, 2010, 6:26 pm

Many US attorneys have started receiving letters from their IOLTA providing banks that the IOLTA accounts no longer receive unlimited FDIC insurance as they had since enactment of the FDIC’s Transaction Account Guarantee Program. This change and the reason for the notices is a direct result of the new Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act as IOLTA accounts were not included in the enacting provisions for accounts that received this insurance.

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Full of Sound and Fury, but Signifying Nothing: Why Comparing Federal Judges to Simon Cowell isn’t a Good Idea

By at 7 December, 2010, 12:43 pm

Interesting piece from the ABA Journal By Debra Cassens Weiss 7th Circuit Says Plaintiffs Lawyer ‘May Wish to Moderate His Fury’ in which the 7th Circuit chastises Illinois class action attorney Clinton A. Krislov for making statements in his motion for rehearing such as this one: “Indeed, the panel’s role as the self assured Simon Cowell of the circuits demeans not just us, but the court as well.” Obviously, this wasn’t the right tactic to take in his attempt to obtain a rehearing as the Court reacted to what it feels is, a certain lack of civility shall we say, from Attorney Krislov: Unknown Object

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