The Practice Guide section of FindLaw's Law Firm Management Center provides free resources dedicated to operational and risk management issues encountered by solo and small law firm practices. Business issues such as Disaster Preparedness, Malpractice Insurance, Client Relations and Practice News are critically important to the success and survival of your law practice. Risk management limits business liability exposure and can put your practice on the road to recovery in the event of a disaster. Staying current on the news, events and trends in your practice area allow you to keep ahead of the competition. Managing the client relationship is a core issue and challenge for any law practice. As a small business owner, you need to understand these issues well enough to make informed decisions that impact your law practice. Browse, read, and share FindLaw's free collection of articles, news and tips that make up the Practice Guide.
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State of the Legal Profession: Client Driven Innovation
Innovation in the legal services industry is frequently driven by client demand. Over the years, large corporate clients, in particular, have had a substantial impact on the way law firms handle core matters, such as billing and staffing.Answers to Common Legal Malpractice Insurance Questions
Before you consider buying malpractice insurance, it is important to understand the basics of insurance.
Negotiating Better Results for Your Law Firm's Clients
One's behaviors at the negotiation table affects financial and other outcomes. For lawyers who negotiate on their clients' behalf day in and day out, understanding this connection could be highly beneficial, or failing to notice it, highly detrimental.Thinking About Law Firm Risk Management
If you're a good lawyer, you won't get sued for malpractice. This belief may be comforting, but it's a myth. Good (and bad) lawyers get sued. There is no simple way to predict if your client will sue you for malpractice.
How to Deal with Difficult Clients
Though no one will admit it, more than a few attorneys who are otherwise competent negotiators have returned to their office after a client meeting, closed the door, plotted revenge or, worse, wept (metaphorically speaking). Why do some clients have this aggravating effect?
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When fireworks light up a conference room and team members are ready to explode, it can be the true test of your Project Management and leadership skills.
Liens are a difficult aspect of personal injury law practice. But liens don't have to cause you a major headache.
Jurisdictions vary on the whether attorneys are required to carry malpractice insurance, but commonsense weighs strongly in favor of always carrying malpractice insurance, regardless of your state's requirements.
Many ERISA plans assert that they are under no obligation to reduce their lien claims, and purport that they are entitled to their entire reimbursement claim regardless of the circumstances of the case. How can you tackle these ERISA liens and try to negotiate them down?
If you have any experience in personal injury cases, chances are you groan with frustration at even the thought of handling a case involving a Medicare lien. But if you start early, and remain organized, you can prevent Medicare from holding up your settlement check at the end of your case, which can happen if you do not have Medicare’s final demand when it’s time for the adjuster to issue the settlement check.
Despite professional rules and guidelines, the practice of law does not have the best reputation for respectful behavior. Learn how can attorneys incorporate this much needed civility.