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Clients who come into a law office generally aren't in the best of moods. Either they've just been sued -- in which case, they're stressed out -- or they're contemplating suing someone, which means something stressful has just happened to them.

This means that to best support your clients, your office should set a somber, relaxing tone that's free of the stress that you might normally find in an office. Here are some tips on how you can set the mood.

This article contains spoilers aplenty. If you're not up to date on the TV version of "Game of Thrones" as of April 29, 2015, go watch that before you get any advice.

Jon Snow may know nothing when it comes to ... well, most things, apparently, but it turns out he's a pretty good manager. (Barely) voted the 98th Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, Jon has the unenviable task of keeping White Walkers, Wildlings, and Stannis Baratheon's ego at bay.

Believe it or not, there's a lesson for lawyers to be learned from all this -- and it's not that winter is coming. What can you learn from Jon Snow?

You want your office to be tailored to your work style and needs. But don't forget that your office is also a calling card -- it lets people who walk in know a bit about you and who you are.

You don't have to be a skilled designer in order to make sure the impression your office gives is a good one -- that your work space represents the skilled, put-together professional you are. Here's five easy ways to make your office, and you, look more professional:

The legal secretary is the backbone of any law office, handling a lot of the logistical functions like taking calls, mailing, and scheduling. Because the legal secretary's work is the foundation for the business side of the law firm, hiring a bad secretary affects everyone in the office.

When you're hiring a new legal secretary, avoid these three mistakes lawyers make so that your new legal secretary is, in a word, awesome.

Gone are the "Mad Men"-esque days where everyone wore suits to the office. While many offices still have "dress down" or "casual" Fridays, reportedly invented by Dockers in 1992 (though possibly going back to Hewlett Packard in the 1950s, claims Business Insider), lots of offices have done away with suits and ties altogether.

The modern office is as casual, or as formal, as it has to be, and what it has to be is determined by its geography, its clientele, and its size. Where does your firm fit in?

For a solo attorney or small firm, a shared office space can provide the benefits of a larger practice, without the cost of setting up shop all on your own. A nice conference room and some shared staff can really beat working off a laptop in your kitchen.

But off course, with any benefit, there are also risks. Office sharing can also impose unique liability risks for attorneys, something any office sharer should be aware of before their shared office becomes a shared liability.

Uh oh. You forgot that tomorrow was Administrative Professional's Day (again)? You've probably missed out on the chance to get your admin something meaningful, like that Napa Valley wine gift basket, or that spa day.

Don't worry, though: There's still time to get a good gift that doesn't say, "I forgot and bought this at Walgreen's on the way to work," like a Whitman's Sampler. Here are some last-minute gift ideas to save your bacon.

Back in law school, we did a cursory class or two -- by which I mean, we spent a day or two of class -- on using paper research materials. You know the ones: federal reporters, state reporters, and those West key reporter things.

These days, all those books are relegated to propping up the short leg of your desk or appearing as props on lawyer TV shows (why would someone have a single copy of the U.S. reports on his desk? Was that his favorite year?). Even with the march of technology, are there still times when you need to research on paper?

If you've decided to lease office space rather than go the virtual route, congratulations! You're well on your way to looking professional.

Before you get that office space, though, there are some things you want to think about that will make your whole experience better in the future. They might not seem important before you sign that lease, but if you don't take these things into account, they'll slowly nag at you until you wish you had.

It's the first day of spring -- unless you live on the East Coast, in which case, you might be in for continued snow storms. Still, with the technical beginning of spring comes spring cleaning.

If you're like me, you've got piles of things hanging around the office that don't need to be there anymore. Time to get rid of all that old junk!