It’s okay to pull the ripcord on some employees

When you are a law firm owner or manager, it can be a tough task managing employees. Try as you might to get all your employees moving in the same direction, there are times when this can be seemingly difficult or impossible. At almost any given time, there is usually at least one employee —…

Do you have an accounts receivable problem?

Running a law firm costs a lot of money. From paying employees, rent, yourself, the cost of office supplies, utilities, insurance, taxes and other miscellaneous expenses, it is not easy for most law firms. This is why some attorneys choose not to tangle with owning a law firm — and instead work for others as…

Running a law firm is like playing whack a mole

Have you ever played the whack a mole game at the arcade?  This was a popular arcade game created where the player has a soft, black mallet.  From holes on the game, moles randomly appear.  The player whacks the moles as they appear back into the hole.  The quicker the moles are whacked, the higher…

Do you take a two weeks notice?

From time-to-time an employee is going to leave your law firm.  Sometimes, you may not even get two weeks notice of their departure.  Other times, you might get the courtesy of a two weeks notice. The question is whether or not you accept the two weeks notice or not?  This is an interesting question that…

The importance of setting an optimistic tone

Running a law firm can certainly be an enjoyable experience in many ways.  It can be satisfying when things are going well.  For example, it’s a great thing when you feel like your firm is providing representation to clients that delights them. It is always great times when a law firm is doing well from a…

Promote from within or hire from the outside?

In any law firms, positions are going to open from time-to-time that need to be filled.  It could be that somebody departs and an important position needs to be filled.  It could be that your firm is growing and you are creating a new, important position within your law firm that needs to be filled….

How the weather can impact your law firm

Many law firm owners spend little time thinking about how the weather can affect their law firm.  But the reality is that the weather can have a huge impact on the overall success of a law firm.  It can also have an effect on the morale of the employees. No matter where you are located,…

How do you motivate your employees?

If you are a law firm owner or manager, one of your most important jobs is motivating your employees.  Some of your employees may be relatively self-motivated.  Some may not be self-motivated much at all.  And some might fall somewhere in the middle.  But no matter the circumstance, one of your primary jobs is to…

Winter can be a time to tighten the belt

In a lot of law firms, winter can be a tough time.  During the winter and the holidays, many parties may be unwilling to move forward on pursuing a new case. They might not have the finances to move forward with pursuing a new legal matter.  This can be the case as parties are spending…

Do law firm employees feel as if they rent or own their job duties?

For any law firm employee, there is a job description for their position.  No matter whether they are a lawyer, paralegal or administrative staff member of some kind, there are job duties law firms want their employees to fulfill. Hopefully, you have spelled out these duties in an employment manual of some kind.  This way,…

Getting over the temptation to do it yourself

When you own a law firm, delegation is really important.  This is especially true the larger the law firm you have.   To make sure that your law firm is run efficiently, the reality is you just cannot do everything yourself. Whether it’s a legal task or a non-legal task, if you have delegated enough,…