Do you need to be on the front-page of your webpage?

In a previous thread, I talked about the problems with using stock photos on your webpage. Unless you tell those who are designing your webpage not to use stock photos, the reality is that this is where most marketing companies want to go. Another direction many marketing companies will want to go by default is…

Your law firm does not need a whole new webpage

There are lots of online marketing companies out there. Many may claim they can help with search engine optimization. Many may claim they can help with webpage design.  If you have a law firm webpage, you likely get unsolicited emails and calls from these folks all the time. Many will claim to have SEO advice…

“Don’t advertise. Be patient and build your practice.”

Within the legal industry, there is still a mindset that attorneys should not advertise. Instead, lawyers should simply be patient and build their practice. For most lawyers, they have surely heard statements like this over time. For lawyers who have been practicing a long time, this is often the mentality. The idea is that a…

Can a lawyer only work 40 hours per week?

The 9 am to 5 pm work week is a staple in lots of industries. You come in at 9 am and you leave at 5 pm. You only work Monday through Friday. Mixed in you get a break in the middle of each work day. You then get to take the whole weekend off….

Who makes more: lawyers or doctors?

Many when the consider engaging in a professional career debate whether they should be a doctor and lawyer. These professions are two that many look at when their decide their path in life.  There is something about medical or law school that attracts many individuals to contemplate one career or the other. Obviously, the decision…

Do you need to upgrade your law firm office space?

Law firms and law firm owners are often tempted to upgrade their office space. The thought is that new office space might help increase morale. The thought is often that new office space might attract more clients. The temptation to upgrade office space is often very tempting. In some cases, a law firm ought to…

Advertise to other professionals or the public?

When lawyers and law firms decide that they are going to advertise, many struggle with whom to target their advertising efforts? Do they target their advertising to other professionals? In other words, do they advertise to other lawyers and other professionals who work closely with lawyers? Or do they focus their advertising efforts to the…

Employees want to get paid more, while clients want to pay less

Running a law firm can result in having to balance various competing interests. One of the most interesting quandaries that a law firm can face is realizing that employees almost always want to get paid more, while clients are almost always looking to pay less. This is one of the most interesting catch-22’s that are…

Does your law firm have a case of “the slows?”

During the Civil War, President Lincoln was frustrated with the performance of General George McClellan. One of his chief complaints with General McClellan, as he put it,  was that he had a case of “the slows.” Instead of marching forward to fight, he spent all his time preparing for battle versus actually marching his troops…

Do not overspend on law firm office space

When lawyers are selecting office space for their law office, the decision is often very difficult. For most lawyers, they want office space that sends a message. They want office space that is going to impress and attract clients. They want to feel great when they are sitting in their shiny office. At the same…

Do not expect pats on the back for employing people

Making the decision to start a law firm is a big decision. The time, energy, hours, stress and heartache that it takes to keep the firm moving in a positive direction is more than most would imagine. Many who contemplate starting a law firm, or see others who have started a law firm, have the…