Do not ask leading questions in job interviews

Hiring law firm employees is a vital task. The employees you hire (or candidates you pass on) can go a long way toward the success of your law firm. One way to hire the best possible candidate is to hone your interviewing techniques. How an individual conducts a job interview is a critical skill for…

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….

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…

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…

What is the average pay raise?

When you employ law firm employees, the question often arises about what is the kind of raise employees should be given. Oftentimes, the question can arise at the end of the year because many employees expect yearly raises. The question of what is the average raise is problematic. Law employees often have expectations. Many of…

If you are different, you won’t be liked

The legal industry is a pretty conservative industry. Most lawyers and law firms run their law firms in a very similar manner. It is what other lawyers, law firms and courts often expect. Some in the legal industry expect that lawyers will not advertise much at all. The viewpoint of some is that advertising is…

Do you match a better job offer an employee receives?

In almost any business setting, including a law firm, your employees might get a better offer elsewhere at some point. For some employees, they might not even seek out the job offer. In other words, if you have a law firm with great employees, many of these employees will be sought after. They will be…

Your employees will need to learn from their own mistakes

It would be nice if you could simply tell your employees what to do and what not to do. It would be great if they would always take this advice happily. After all, if you are a law firm manager or owner, you have inevitably made many mistakes (and also learned lots of things) over…

The problem with using personal devices in a law firm

With technology today, there are lots of electronic devices law firm employees can use to communicate and to complete legal work. From desktops, laptops, cell phones and tablets, all of these devices can be used to perform legal duties or communicate with clients. Some law firms are tempted to let employees use personal devices to…

Initial consultations: Don’t count on them coming back

Initial consultations are an important part of most law firms. In lots of areas of law, repetitive business is critical to the success of the law firm itself. Initial consultations can sometimes come from referrals or word-of-mouth. Initial consultations can also come the marketing or advertising. Making an important impression at an initial consultation is important….

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…