One big office or multiple smaller offices?

Most lawyers and law firms are tempted to have one office in their locality. As their firm grows, they get rid of the smaller space and get bigger space. Or, they work out an expansion with their current landlord. The positives of having one office are that all the law firm personnel are in location….

Your law firm should podcast

In a previous article, I talked about the importance of blogging for lawyers and law firms. Blogging is a cost-effective and easy way to marketing and spreading the message out about a lawyer or law firm. Through blogging, a lawyer or law firm can show their knowledge about their practice area. They can also help…

Putting your practice area in your law firm name

An increasing number of lawyers are tempted to put their primary practice area in their law firm name. No matter their practice area, the firm name often says the area of law in it, like bankruptcy, personal injury, family law, criminal law, etc. They then end the firm name with the terms center, clinic, group,…

The not-so charitable lawyer

Giving back is something that is important for a lawyer. At the beginning of their career, many lawyers are concerned about paying back their student loans and other debts. They may be concerned about getting grounded in their careers. They may be concerned about being able to support themselves and their family. This can make…

Your potential clients may not be calling

Many lawyers and law firms are used to potential clients reaching out to them by telephone. For this reason, they install a great telephone system in their law firm to take these calls. They might hire receptionists or an intake crew to respond to these telephone calls as well. When telephone calls come in, they…

Photos of the city where you practice

In a previous article, I talk about ditching the stock photos on your webpage. The reality is that stock photos do not really tell the consumer much about your law firm. With the ability to quickly and easily take and edit photos these days, stock photos generally do not do anything to differentiate your law…

Where are the potential clients you want to attract?

Deciding where to put your law office is an important decision. Where your law office is located can have a big impact on the success of your firm. Whether it’s the only location for your law firm, or an additional expansion you are opening, you want to think about it carefully. There are always a…

“I can’t” versus “I can”

“I can’t” versus “I can” is an important mentality in any work environment. This is true as well within a law firm. No matter whether somebody is a lawyer, paralegal or other administrative employee of the firm, employees have job functions that they have to perform. The job functions sometimes have to be performed for…

What’s the fascination with flat fees?

Many clients complain about the fact that most lawyers bill by the hour. They often do not like billable hours because it results in the cost of their case being variable. In other areas of life, most clients are used to knowing what something is going to cost on the front-end. For example, if they…

Nobody wants Debbie Downer in initial consultations

Initial consultations are an important part of most law firms. Potential clients meet attorneys about their cases. They want an attorney who can help them achieve their goals. Most clients come in knowing generally what they want. Some attorneys, however, become naysayers who focus exclusively on worst case scenarios. They instantly become pessimistic about what…

Is your law firm available 24/7?

Many law firms think of availability as having somebody to take calls in the law office Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Once 5 pm hits in many law firms, business stops until the next day. The reality is that there are 24-hours in a  day. If your law firm is only…