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The 10 most popular posts of 2014 on FindLaw's Strategist blog ran the gamut -- from things you could learn from Frank Underwood to a judge beating a public defender (not in a battle of wits; like, with his fists).

Did your favorite post make the cut? Read on to find out. (Note: My favorite post -- about lawyer typography -- came in at No. 12. But I got it in here anyway!)

Paralegals are the unsung heroes of the law office. They handle the logistical aspects of a case, like scheduling and docketing, as well as research and drafting.

If you're a solo practitioner, there's a fair chance it's just you, toiling away in quiet desperation, without a paralegal or a secretary. Do you need one? Here are some considerations.

It's an interesting question: Should you throw a Christmas party for your clients? Booze-filled egg nog, mistletoe, ugly Christmas sweaters, clients mingling with staff -- what could go wrong?

It's a chance to build relationships, to celebrate the season, and to connect with your clients on a less formal level than you ordinarily would. It also means booze and the celebration of one religious holiday to the exclusion of others.

Should you throw one? Let's talk this through, shall we?

Moving stinks, no matter what your budget or occupation. But for us, the lawyers, it's an even bigger pain: everybody, from the courts to the bar to clients, all need to be notified, there is no room for downtime, and everything needs to go according to plan so that you can get back to work ASAP -- doubly so if you have important case deadlines pending.

The key to a successful move, then, is organization. Advance planning, a big checklist, a free weekend, and enough luck to avoid any lost boxes or damaged equipment are what you need to close up shop at one office on a Friday and open back up the following week, without missing a beat.

Here's one of those things -- the checklist:

Smooth or crunchy? Sean Connery or Roger Moore? Free consultations or no? These are the debates that characterize our times. Because this is a legal blog, we're going to have to save the first two for another blog (although, off the record, the answers are "crunchy" and "Roger Moore").

We're qualified to help you answer the third question, though. Many opinions abound about whether you should offer free consultations, where the potential client comes in to explain his or her problem. What should you do? Here are a few points to ponder:

There is a lot of debate about what exactly a "virtual" law practice is: Is it someone who doesn't have a full-time office and primarily uses email? Or is it something more: online-only, using secure document portals for clients, perhaps using more than just e-mail (video chat, maybe)?

For now, we're going to go with the online-only lawyer. Think: someone who never meets clients in person and who could run his firm just as easily from North Dakota as he could from a motel in Amarillo, Texas. What are the pros and cons of such an unusual, "virtual" arrangement?

Lawyers often assume that clients know how things work, and when clients say, "You bet I understand!," the lawyer takes the client as his word. But the client doesn't always understand why, for example, you haven't called in three days to update him on his case. A lot of client frustration comes from not understanding what's going on or why something is the way it is, which can lead to unnecessary state bar complaints.

While this list is by no means exhaustive, here are five things you should explain to clients to avoid potential confusion:

You might think your firm's customer service is just peachy-keen, but you might be wrong. A recent FindLaw audit of 100 firms found that 73 of them didn't have any way to answer the phone after business hours. "Fine," you say, "but there's voicemail." That's true -- except that half of all the firms took more than 24 hours to respond, or simply never responded at all.

If you think you don't have a problem, that might be your first problem. So should you "secret shop" your own law firm to find out what your clients are really experiencing?

In the 1980s cartoon classic "Garfield's Halloween Adventure," Garfield sings a song about what he should be for Halloween. The same song could apply to new lawyers forming some kind of firm. There are just so many corporate forms to be!

Should you be a PC, LLC, LLP, or another type of entity? Thankfully, we're here to help you make some sense of this alphabet soup so you can decide what's best for you.

But first, here's Garfield:

Not every potential client who walks through the door is worth the trouble. There's the controlling "my uncle is a lawyer and he said..." client. There's the "can you bill me later... at a lower rate" client. And, of course, the overly specific herpes defense client.

When you start out, you'll be tempted to take every case that walks in the door. First of all, don't. And as you get further along in your practice, not only will that feeling subside, but you'll get better at learning when to say no, and more important, how.

For now, here are a few ways, each of which is inspired by the many times I've been rejected, for softening the blow while still getting the message across: