Category: Management

Filing “Notice of Unavailability” during litigation

An effective tool of management is to assure that you are allowed to have your vacation without surprise attacks from your opposing counsel. When in litigation, preparing and filing with the Court (and serving opposing counsel) a “Notice of Unavailability” will go a long way to prevent sudden motions or deposition settings, etc. when you plan to be out of town for more than a few days. (more…)

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Teaching associates to be profitable

One topic very few law firms, small or large, ever discuss with associates is why and how they can/should be profitable.

When I was practicing as an associate, I had a conversation with the managing partner. The subject of profits and billing came up, though I don’t remember how or why. I showed him what percentage my billings were of the firm; I showed him what my expense to the firm was. (Most of these numbers were available at that time; they may be more difficult to get today.) And I showed him what my “profit” to the firm was (though I had no clue about the realization rate of my billings by the firm). (more…)

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Risk management tips

With rising malpractice insurance premiums, what can we do to keep our costs as low as possible?

Shop the carriers. But, this will go only so far because all carriers are facing the same issues of rising costs from earlier poor underwriting judgements, increased litigation against lawyers and a generally poor investment market.

What is in the control of law firms, however, which will help control this cost? Good client selection and good client relations policies! Here are some specific suggestions.

Be choosy. Select clients who can afford to pay for the services they request. (more…)

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The Paper-Less Office

Did you know that banks will, as of on or about November 1st, convert their paper check system to an electronic system? If my understanding is correct, vendors will be paid (e.g., by a paper check); they will then convert the check into an electronic transaction and either keep, return or, most likely, destroy the paper check. (more…)

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Moving Tips:

  1. As with construction, the move will take twice as long and cost twice as much. Consider this in your budget for cost of move as well as for time to get the task done.
  2. Create a list of items to be moved. Put everything in a boxes that can be; label each box. Tag each box and each piece of furniture and equipment. Be sure the marking on every tag is the same as the notation on your master list.
  3. Color code tags based on the space in the new facility to which each tagged item is to be moved.

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Welcome to LawBiz Management

The Business of Law�� continues to look for ways to help you become more profitable and more effective in the way you practice law. Our services provide solutions to your law practice management challenges and include coaching (weekly interactions), consulting (based on your specific needs), books, audiotapes, seminars (keynotes for retreats and MCLE), teleseminars and articles. (more…)

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