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How Do You Respond to 'You Cost Too Much'?

Something that many solo attorneys hear perhaps all too often is the interjection: "You cost too much!" We're sure you've heard this one before.

Even with the advancement in technology making a fair number of attorney services quickly obsolete, there are still a great many tasks that should only be handled by a competent attorney. Here are a few tips for handling sticker-shocked clients.

Lawyers Should Prepare for Two Seasonal Divorce Spikes

Are you a family lawyer that handles divorces? If so, the findings that were presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association may be of interest of you. Apparently, divorce could have a correlation with the seasons.

It's old news that divorces spike after the winter holidays. But the new findings indicate that there may be a second seasonal spike.

Augmented reality takes the real world and graphs a new universe on top of it. Unlike virtual reality, augmented reality doesn't remove the outside world, it just adds a new layer. You can use your phone to spot a Pikachu on the sidewalk, for example, or strap on some goggles and start crafting a virtual sculpture in your living room.

The most common AR application these days is, of course, Pokemon Go, the new AR app that lets you catch make-believe monsters in the real world. But by creating a new layer of reality, one that could lure users into potential dangerous situations, AR companies could be exposing themselves to liability for users' personal injuries.

Solo Expansion: Making the Giant Leap to Small Firm

Every solo attorney has at least entertained the idea of expanding from a single person operation into a full-fledged law firm. Dreams are good, but expansion should only be undertaken if you have a plan in place.

Here are a few tricks to help you create your plan for growth.

Is Your Law Firm Ready for 'Free Agent Season'?

Lateral hiring is becoming the standard hiring model within this industry. There was a time in the labor field where people would get hired by a particular firm, do well, and expect to stay there for the rest of their career. The reality is that this way of working is dying -- particularly for younger associates. It's basically the law firm absorption of the new gig economy.

Today, the top firms in the country are aggressively looking for ambitious young attorneys whose eyes are wandering for greener pastures outside of their current setup. Your firm may be looking for new talent, but remember, your talent could be looking for a new firm. How do you keep the current talent you have whilst growing in this increasingly cut-throat business?

After years of demand growth, things are starting to look down for BigLaw firms. Large firms are seeing their first drop in demand since 2013, according to a recent report from Thomson Reuters Peer Monitor. (Disclosure: Thomson Reuters is FindLaw's parent company.) Demand is down 0.9 percent, while productivity has dropped 2.8 percent, even as firm headcounts have grown.

What's that mean for smaller firms and solo practitioners? Could this legal demand slump impact you as well?

We've all been there. Someone, a partner, co-counsel, support staff, whoever, makes commitments at the onset of a project, and they never follow through. This isn't just a problem with unreliable associates or partners with conflicting priorities; it's something lawyers and law firms of all sizes experience.

You'll probably never get everyone to do everything they've committed to, 100 percent of the time. But there are some steps you can take to improve follow through. Here's how.

Knowing the law is one thing, being able to get legal work done well and efficiently is another. And plenty of attorneys could use a little help in the latter category. The solution may be in project management. Learning a few PM skills like effective team communication, budget management, and matter scoping can all help attorneys do their jobs better.

Here are some helpful project management tips you can start implementing today.

Tips for Incorporating Your Solo Law Firm

So you've decided to go solo? As you already know, it's tough out there, and getting clients can be a real chore. But now that you're committed, you're faced with a question that you may not have even considered when you decided to embark on this journey: "What kind of business entity am I?"

You have many choices, but unless you're a tax expert, making the right one can be a real challenge. Below we'll go into some of the considerations you should keep in mind in choosing a business entity for your solo firm.

Can You Still Get Paid Even After Losing a Case?

We've all heard of car insurance, but what about case insurance? Well, that's the basic service being offered by two personal injury lawyers out in Florida who launched their company Level Insurance last month.

It's too soon to tell if this is going to be a golden goose for them, but it does raise some interesting strategy (and ethics) questions. But with the shifting paradigms of litigation financing, we're hardly rattled anymore.