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…

Obtaining online reviews for your law firm

Like it or not, online reviews are a part of the legal industry these days.  The vast majority of directories (legal or non-legal) allow for online reviews of lawyers and law firms.  The number of online directories out there where lawyers can end up up with reviews is also almost infinite at this point. It…

SEO scams: Marketers who promise to get you on page one

If you are running a law firm, getting new business can be important.  It used to be important to be on the front or the back of the phone book.  It also used to be, and still is to some, important to be on the big billboards in the area where your law firm is…

Avoiding the me-monsters in the hiring process

Recruiting new employees in a law firm is an important ask.  It is vital that when you make hires, you get the right employees in your law firm.  No matter whether it’s a lawyer, paralegal or other administrative staff member, you want employees who are selfless, who care about the firm’s clients, the firm itself…

Do not compare yourself to other lawyers and firms

Trying to market for new clientele is an important part of any successful law firm.  Obviously, it is important to bring in new business no matter the area of law and no matter the firm. New business ensures that the law firm doors can remain open.  It can ensure that salaries paid, obligations met and…

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….

Are you afraid to ditch the free consultation?

In a previous blog entry, I talked about the potential pitfalls in overly highlighting a free consultation.  I talked about how the some law firms opt to do free consultations (and that this is a judgment call), but the word “free” should not be placed in high-profile spots on a webpage or advertisement. By overly…

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…

Asking open-ended question in interviews

Most attorneys probably understand that they should ask open-ended questions on direct examination.  During cross-examination, that is generally the time to ask leading questions.  The reality is that a job interview is much like a direct examination where open-ended questions are preferable. A good job interview consists of what, where, when, why and how questions.  The…

What is a tenant improvement allowance?

If your law firm is looking for office space, one item you want to familiarize yourself with is the Tenant Improvement Allowance.  This is often referred to as TIA.  This is an allowance given to the tenant by the landlord to build-out office space. For many office leases, TIA might not be that important.  This…