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The Importance of Recognizing Personal Boundaries in the Practice of Law

Boundaries are important. In sports, they define the area of play. In real estate, they designate what one owns. And in personal relationships, they mark the emotional and physical limits everyone establishes in order to protect themselves from being manipulated, used, or violated by someone else. In short, personal boundaries mark the place where one [...]

When Tempers Flare

Transcript: We work in a high-pressure field where people’s lives and livelihoods are often at stake. When tempers flare and someone gets angry, what should you do? Here are three suggestions: Stay Calm. Adding your own emotions to the situation rarely results in a better outcome for anyone. Be aware of your client’s safety and [...]

By |2019-03-27T17:02:42-06:00March 28th, 2019|Managing Your Practice, Women in Law|0 Comments

Selecting Your Backup Attorney

A solo attorney recently reached out wanting to know how to select a backup attorney. Having now addressed his concerns, I thought it would be worthwhile to share my answer for the benefit of others who may have similar questions. Here’s what I had to say. I see the process of selecting a backup attorney [...]

A Dose of (Self) Coaching

If you want to achieve a goal, finding someone who will coach you will help make that goal a reality. But, if you’re not ready yet to commit to someone else you can still get started. Practice self-coaching and you’ll get an idea of what it’s like! There are two ways to change the momentum [...]

By |2019-03-17T16:18:32-06:00March 13th, 2019|Attorney Wellness, Managing Your Practice|0 Comments

Back To The Basics: To Report Or Not To Report? When in Doubt — Call ALPS

If you are an ALPS-insured firm and are unsure if you should report a situation, but it is on your mind, just call us and we can talk with you about your concerns and the issues involved in your specific fact pattern. Ultimately, it is your decision whether to report a potential claim but failing [...]

Trusting Your Co-Counsel is a Good Thing, Until It Isn’t

As I’m often apt to do, I have a story to share. A solo employment law attorney, let’s call her Betty, has substantial trial experience. In light of this, she is sometimes asked to serve as co-counsel with a personal injury attorney who she views as both a good friend and a competent attorney. This [...]

ALPS In Brief Podcast — Episode 29: Falling in Love with the Cloud

On this special Valentine’s Day episode of ALPS In Brief, Mark sits down with Joshua Lenon, lawyer in residence and data protection officer for Clio, to hear firsthand how cloud products can make your law practice more secure and efficient. Fall in love with new features of law practice management and growth software that will [...]

Creating More Productive Days

Here’s the scenario…as you read the next few lines, ask yourself, “What would I do?” It’s 4:35 pm, on a Thursday afternoon. It’s not raining or snowing outside, but there’s still a winter chill in the air. Your email inbox notification just blinked, there’s a file on your desk you haven’t looked at all day, [...]

By |2019-02-12T18:04:50-06:00February 13th, 2019|Attorney Wellness, Managing Your Practice|0 Comments

Since the Aging Process Never Stops, the Day Will Come When…

In the middle of a conversation with one of our insureds on the topic of the difficulty of learning to say no, the fine gentleman I was conversing with did a jump shift on me. For whatever reason, he felt it was important to acknowledge that he was cognizant of his age and he wanted [...]

Lawyer Advertising, Ethics, and Geo-fencing

In the good old days, plaintiff lawyers hoping to find a few new clients would place ads on billboards located near hospitals. From an ethical perspective, as long as these lawyers followed through with their obligations set forth in the advertising rules of their respective jurisdiction’s Rules of Professional Conduct (RPCs), it was all good. [...]