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From the client’s perspective, getting a big legal bill long after the service was performed has the effect of feeling like a big nasty surprise. That can lead to uncomfortable discussions and, worse yet, often results in haircuts on your bill. The bigger and “lumpier” the bill (that is, the more things thrown in together), the further it is away from the time you provided the service, the more likely a discount negotiation is forthcoming.
To see if your state permits CLE Reciprocity with Florida, please check out Tim Baran’s excellent CLE Reciprocity Guide. You may also fill out a Uniform Certificate of Attendance and file it with your CLE commission within 30 days of your session. Make sure you attend the entire duration of our webinars, as CLE requirements […]
Failing to send out bills on time can be one of the most costly aspects of a law practice. It can contribute to all kinds of practical problems, from firm-related operational issues to client communication troubles.
Think you know your legal trust accounting rules? A flat fee is **not** a non-refundable fee. Nor can you artificially front-load all of your work. You have to legitimately earn the money.
The uncertainty about when cash is coming in can lead to a lot of unwelcome additional pressure. However, it’s all probably a lot more manageable and predictable than you might otherwise think.
Case Management Software. Matter Management Software. Legal Practice Management Software. All of these terms and more are frequently used to describe law firm software which, most people agree, does a bunch of stuff. The problem is, most lawyers I talk to don’t know what that stuff is. In fact, many of them never even heard […]
The Golden Rule of Legal Trust Accounting: The money in your trust account is not yours. You can’t touch it til you earn it. The following image sums it up:
The idea of using a 5,000 year-old rule to combat 21st century information overload was definitely intriguing. And upon reflection, if Joe Lieberman could take a day a week off during a presidential campaign, couldn’t I at least take a day a week and live without the Internet or TV?
Engage a practice management advisor, or “PMA”, in support of the effectual running of your law office. They’re cheap. And often free.