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Top Areas of Frustration Among Attorneys

Common Sources of Attorney Frustration

Nov 16, 2018

In almost every job or career—even the ones we love—there is usually some aspect of the job that we would rather not deal with, something that frustrates or annoys us. The same holds true with lawyers, even those who have their own firms. Fortunately, we can often find creative ways to mitigate those issues somewhat. […]

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5 Things We’d Love to See Law Schools Start Teaching ASAP

Oct 20, 2018

“Boy, they sure didn’t teach me this in law school.” How often do we hear these words from the mouths of rookie lawyers? Like so many other professions, the difference between law school and the “real world” is almost like being on two different planets. Most law schools train their focus so heavily on the […]

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Time Management 101 for Law Firm Owners

Sep 27, 2018

In running your law firm, do you feel like you’re burning the candle at both ends? Do you feel like the harder you work, the less you get done? You’re not alone—a lot of overworked attorneys share your plight. But the fact that this problem is common doesn’t mean it’s right. Much of your stress […]

How to Leverage CLE for Greater Revenue for Your Law Firm

Increasing Revenue for the Firm: When CLE Is Probably NOT the Answer

Sep 20, 2018

When treated as a strategic tool, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) can definitely create a revenue boost for your law firm. However, there may be other problems restricting your cash flow that CLE will not solve—and deferring to it in those cases basically amounts to procrastination from dealing with the real problems plaguing your business. Let’s […]

How to Leverage CLE for Greater Revenue for Your Law Firm

Increasing Revenue for the Firm: When CLE Might Be the Answer

Sep 13, 2018

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) is frequently a double-edged sword for attorneys. Some states require lawyers to take a certain number of CLE courses to keep their licensing current. In other cases, we need CLE if we want to focus on a particular concentration or to remain current. Even so, going back to school—even a little […]

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Doing LESS Can Make You a MORE Productive Attorney: Here’s the Science

Aug 29, 2018

In a previous post, we began debunking the notion that an overly busy attorney is a happy attorney—let alone a successful one. Lawyers who are too busy to enjoy life, by definition, are not enjoying life. The same holds true with any profession. Yet while productivity does lead to greater fulfillment, the science clearly shows […]

Debunking the Myth that Hard Work Makes You More Productive

Does Working Harder Make You More Productive as a Law Firm Owner?

Jun 21, 2018

We only have so much energy for our work, for our relationships, for ourselves. A smart person understands this and guards it carefully. —Ryan Holiday   If your law firm isn’t yet producing the profits you want, your natural impulse might be to work harder—put some more “muscle” into it, so to speak. But does […]

What They Don’t Teach You in Law School

4 Things They Don’t Teach in Law School—But Should

May 10, 2018

A question for you lawyers: How many of you felt like law school didn’t properly prepare you for actually being an attorney? (Hands up everywhere.) Law school is great for teaching us the principles of law in a theoretical environment (not to mention fulfilling a requirement for passing the Bar)—but as with so many professions, […]

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Running a Law Firm with a Spouse or Close Family Member (Part 2)

Mar 15, 2018

If your spouse or another close family member plays an integral role in running your law firm with you—whether as a fellow attorney, a business manager or in another important role—you’re obviously walking a bit of a tightrope. On one hand, mixing business and family can prove highly successful and synergistic; on the other, it […]

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Running a Law Firm with a Spouse or Close Family Member (Part 1)

Mar 8, 2018

For many people, running a small business also means running a family business—and this includes attorneys who start firms. Perhaps your spouse or brother also happen to be a lawyer, and you decide to co-partner. Even if your significant other or family member isn’t a member of the bar, perhaps she has excellent administrative skills […]

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The Skill of Chewing Glass: What Entrepreneurial Lawyers Can Learn

Mar 1, 2018

A friend of mine said running a start-up is like chewing glass and staring into the abyss. After a while, you stop staring, but the glass chewing never ends. —Elon Musk   This quote from noted entrepreneur (and forward-thinker) Elon Musk is worth “chewing on” in its own right. Essentially, the analogy refers to how […]

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3 Lessons Your Law Firm Can Learn from the Bitcoin Gold Rush

Feb 22, 2018

When the value of the crypto-currency Bitcoin went up 1000 percent last year—peaking last November at $20,000—a lot of people kicked themselves for not buying in sooner. The following month, some of those same people were kicking themselves again… when their $20,000 Bitcoin lost half its value within days. The volatility of virtual currencies like […]

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