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two lawyers create their business plan for their law firm

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Insurance Coverage Every Small Law Firm Should Consider

When you think of protection from malpractice as an attorney, we hope you think of ALPS. For over 35 years ALPS has focused exclusively on the professional liability needs of solo and small law firms throughout the country. At ALPS we not only...

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a lawyer saying

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Why It’s Important To Be Able To Say "No"

Some people seem to struggle when it comes to saying no. Perhaps they view it as requiring them to be confrontational and confronting someone can be...

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A lawyer learns his lesson with regards to engagement letters and points at the lesson with his hand

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A Properly Drafted Engagement Letter Can Help Defend Legal Malpractice Claims

At ALPS, we strongly encourage you to use engagement letters — so much so that if a claim is made against you and handled under certain policy forms,...

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Cookies

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How Little Things Can Turn Into Big Problems

When I was young, I tried to bake cookies on my own as a surprise for the rest of my family who was away for a few hours. I had yet to appreciate the...

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Communication Tips You Didn’t Hear In Law School

Spare Yourself Headaches In Your Law Practice by Following these Helpful Communication Tips: Hard to believe that around this time 20 years ago I...

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a lawyer looks into a maze because he can't find his client

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But What if You Can't Find Your Client?

There is no shortage of ethics articles reminding you to pay attention to the occasionally overlooked question of who is the client and when a ...

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lawyers discuss conflict waivers

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Joint Representation Conflict Waivers – Why You Can't Have It Both Ways

An estate planning firm asked me to review several sample Consent to Joint Representation forms they were using with their clients; and what I found...

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Lawyer receiving notice of a malpractice counterclaim.

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How to Avoid the Legal Fee Suit Counterclaim

You finish a client matter. You feel good about the quality of your work, and you are pleased that you got such a good result for your client. Then,...

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thank you letter from an attorney sits on a wooden desk

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Don't Underestimate the Importance of Closure Letters

Over the years, I have found that the use of closure letters varies greatly, not only between firms, but even between attorneys practicing at the...

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lawyers make their business plan

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Lawyers: How and Why to Implement a Business Plan to Guide Your Firm

Successful businesses of all shapes and sizes often take time once a year or so to review and update their mission statement, strategic plan, and...

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A social media happy lawyer is forgetting to ponder whether their law firm's social media marketing strategy is ethical

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Is Your Law Firm’s Social Media Marketing Ethical?

As firms close out the year, plans are being finalized for next year’s marketing campaigns. Indeed, firms are planning many creative ways to market...

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Passive Management: Is Your Law Firm Lacking Leadership?

After having consulted with over twelve hundred law firms over the years, trust me when I say that more than a few small law firms around the country...

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