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Essential Project Management Skills for Small Firms

In professional football, 53 players can make the team.

Because only 11 can play on the field at a time, they typically divide up into offense, defense, and special teams. Each of these teams has a specific purpose under the guidance of an assistant coach.

Project managers are like assistant coaches. Their job is to make sure everybody executes projects effectively and inefficiently.

How to Deal With Crazy Law Partners

When explosive attorney Marc Kasowitz sent profanity-laden messages to a public relations professional, the law firm had to duck and cover. Ronald Rossi, a partner at the law firm handling President Trump's personal matters, explained the meltdown to reporters this way: "As crazy as this might seem, it's been very much business as usual."

"Crazy" too often is a given at busy law firms. But how should you deal with partners who are emotionally out of control?

When Does Another Lawyer's Computer Bill Become Yours?

When you think about how much your law partner's new computer cost, you know instinctively that the bill is also your bill.

It's Partnership 101. But different rules apply with your "other partner." We're talking about when a spouse's computer bills become yours -- even if you are not in business together.

That's the problem that faced attorney Grant Brooks. It didn't turn out so well in Direct Capital Corporation v. Brooks.

How to Minimize Risk of Malpractice as a Solo Lawyer

One of the hallmarks of good advocacy is to see a case from both sides.

Like being the devil's advocate, it helps to see the strengths and weaknesses of a situation. This is especially appropriate when it comes to assessing the malpractice liability of your law practice.

So consider your liability from an insurer's point of view because virtually every carrier will ask these questions to assess your risk of malpractice:

How to Manage Yourself at Your Law Firm

When it comes to law firm management, wouldn't it be great if there were an app for that?

Actually, there are dozens of software programs and management systems that you could employ. In a few years, a robot will be able to take over firm management. But what about you?

This post is about managing yourself and understanding that self-management leads to better firm management. It's a little old-school lesson in self-discipline:

A lawyer's desk can definitely leave a lasting impression on clients and colleagues. But only the junior associates are really going to be impressed with how high you can stack pleadings on your desk.

You, and those that know you, might be able to excuse your messy desk as a personality trait, or as evidence of your non-traditional, outside the box thinking. But what about new clients, or opposing counsel?

To help you find your system for keeping a clutter-free desk, below you'll find a few handy tips. After all, you have to find something that works for you, your working style, and your level of required clutter.

When Should a Solo Lawyer Outsource Work?

If you are thinking about whether to outsource legal work, it's about time.

A solo practitioner cannot do it all alone, despite what My Cousin Vinny said. You need at least two "yutes."

In other words, it's never too late to get a little help in the practice of law. Outsourcing is one of the best ways to do it. Here are some pointers:

Let Out a Battle Cry: How to Motivate Your Law Firm Team

Before a game, basketball players huddle up, touch fists, and let out a battle cry.

Football, baseball, volleyball, soccer, and virtually all team players do the same. It is a ritual, perhaps born in a time when tribes assembled before going out to hunt or battle.

So what's that got to do with managing a law firm? Well, maybe it's time to huddle up and motivate your team. It has to start on the inside because it's a war out there.

Want to be a lawyer and work from home? We don't blame you. The commute is shorter, the dress code is looser, and your family (or at least your pets) are right by. Luckily for you, working as a lawyer from a home office is fairly common, and becoming commoner. Even the biggest firms are letting attorneys work from home some of the time these days.

So, if you want to locate your law practice down the hall from your living room, you can. Here are some tips to help you out, taken from the FindLaw archives.

In the spring, a young man's fancy might turn to thoughts of love, if you believe Tennyson, but for the rest of us, well, we'll content ourselves with a little extra sunshine and a healthy bout of cleaning. For lawyers and legal professionals, the season, which officially started last Monday, is a good time to take stock of your practice, straighten things up, and maybe finish up some housekeeping items you've put off over the past months.

So, to help you out, here is some of our best spring cleaning advice, from the FindLaw archives. For the thoughts of love, though, you're on your own.