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LIfestyle Law Firms

Many small laws firms are uniquely “lifestyle firms.”

Planning Ahead

Whatever you have wished to do for your firm, the New Year is a good opportunity to plan ahead and avoid future difficulties or crises from ever happening.

A Few Secrets of Success

You can read about the secrets of successful people. There are also secrets behind the success of law firms. While knowledge, legal skills and professional talent can make an individual lawyer succeed, there are different ingredients behind the making of a successful law firm. What are those ingredients?

What Employees Can Teach Law Firm Owners

The goal of every law firm leader should be to hire and retain, for the long term, qualified and well performing employees. Losing employees is difficult on the employing lawyer and the firm.

What Age is Right for You?

Most adults in America would agree that the typical age to retire is 65. Having been involved in a legal career for several decades, I have always had the impression that the lawyers I knew intended to work forever. They never thought of retiring. “I’ll die at my desk,” is something I have heard more than once and even known it to happen.

Calling Young Lawyers

There are numerous opportunities for young lawyers to be employed. While large law firms in urban areas may be attractive for some, others prefer to be part of a governmental agency or corporate in-house legal department. Many “hang their own shingle” desiring to go solo. Another option, perhaps the least explored, is opportunities within small law firms.

Managing Law Firm Staff

One of the most common weaknesses in small law firms is the inadequate management of its staff members. Whether paralegals, associates, legal assistants or receptionist, all employees have certain expectations of their employer. Providing them with essential is often overlooked by busy lawyers.

Mentoring Associates

These two words are well known in large law firms, yet frequently unheard of in small firms. Large firms have a practice of mentoring incoming associates, often through formal in-house programs. The firms recognize it is important to have a plan in place to develop new lawyers towards becoming a future partner.

Why Paralegals? An Up-to-Date Brief History

Paralegals originated in the 1970s from needs that developed in law firms. Lawyers traditionally did all the work and clients paid a premium for it. With their rising hourly rates, lawyers needed assistance to contain the costs to clients. Colleges first began offering paralegal training courses, with degree programs coming along later in the 1980s. It was believed that well trained paralegals would provide a positive impact on client services, as well as increase the profitability for lawyers.

Paralegals' Highest and Best Use

Paralegals have important roles in law firms. Many lawyers will say they have one or more paralegals who are their right arm. Lawyers rely on these professionals for their knowledge, skill, expertise and a variety of key attributes, such as organization, multi-tasking and effective communication.