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We're a week into 2017 and you're already regretting that new gym membership. Your plans for a "Drynuary" (that's a booze-free January) probably won't survive the weekend. And those thoughts about making your life more hygge-full? Forget them. (Please, let's all forget hygge.)

Stop wasting your time on silly resolutions and unattainable life changes. Instead, let's use this time to focus on things that really matter: making your practice better. Here are seven resolutions we think solo practitioners should adopt for 2017.

Tips for Advising Lottery Winners

Admit it, you too have dreamed about winning the lottery. It's OK. Everybody who has purchased a lottery ticket has dreamt about it. Even if you didn't dream about the lottery with a scratch ticket, as a lawyer you probably imagined winning that one big case or getting that golden client. Yeah, that lottery.

Whatever your dreams, it is more realistic than you may think to spend some time thinking about the lottery. Because chances are, you will have a client who wins it one way or another. Some lawyers have actually carved out a practice for such clients.

Three Tips for Preserving Electronic Evidence

Everybody knows discovery -- including electronic discovery -- can be a virtual hole into which many lawyers have disappeared and for which many clients have paid dearly. But if there is a necessary evil in modern law (besides opposing counsel) it is the need to preserve electronic evidence.

So here are three obligatory tips, linked to some icebergs of information about eDiscovery.

Tips for Using a Third Party to Help With Your Job Search

If you're looking for an attorney job, maybe you should stay away from the headhunters because you'll need that head in the future. I speak from personal experience because my head was hunted once by a job recruiter and I barely got out alive.

To be serious, job recruiters surely provide a valuable service to law firms and companies looking for specific lawyers. That's why they get the big bucks, which headhunters apparently charge for finding those attorneys. It's typically a 30 percent contingency fee of the new hire's salary.

Carol Kanarek, a lawyer, psychotherapist, and author, explains that search firms are used only by those law firms and companies that are seeking lawyers with very specific expertise. "Consequently, if you are seeking a change in practice focus, or are looking for a non-legal job, a search firm won't be able to help you."

With the U.S. relaxing its longstanding embargo against Cuba, the island nation is suddenly the place to be. Everyone from hotel chains to fruit importers to Jimmy Buffett (really) is looking into expanding to Cuba. And when Buffett shops around Havana for a good spot for his Margaritaville restaurant chain, he can already stay in one of thousands of Airbnb rentals. This is not exactly the Cuba of Che Guevara anymore.

But doing business with Cuba isn't a free-for-all, either. While Cuba is implementing market-oriented reforms and has allowed for foreign investment, doing business on the island still involves negotiating a host of Cuban and American laws and restrictions -- with the help of a skilled attorney, of course.

Cross-Examination Tips That Will Help Your Case

Many litigators have described the process of cross-examination as one of the more satisfying aspects of courtroom litigation. It's easily one of the more combative components of being in court, and certainly a crucial one at that. If you impeach the right witness and thoroughly discredit the other side's case, you can not only seal a case, but have fun doing it.

Of course, cross-examination is only fun when you're winning. Below, we'll get into the basics of cross examination and hand out tips that will help you craft your next one.

The de Blasio administration announced yesterday that it was beating its affordable housing goals, but if you're a New York City resident, you might be forgiven if you haven't noticed.

Rents continue to skyrocket in NYC, and if you're a legal professional, that means more than just struggling to find an affordable apartment this side of Jamaica, Queens. The rental market in New York has led to a host of landlord and tenant issues, from disputes over gentrification to disputes over short-term rentals.

You don't have to be a major foodie to know that American food and agriculture has been undergoing some significant changes recently -- and we're not just talking about the demand for gluten-free everything.

There's such a strong demand for organic crops these days that major food brands are paying conventional growers to make the shift. At the same time, developments in genetic modification are allowing some farmers to take a much more high-tech approach to their produce. And these shifts are driving major changes in agricultural law, in everything from labeling regulations to genetic and chemical drift.

Our definition of family has changed greatly since Eve was fashioned from Adam's rib, Athena sprung fully-formed from her father's head, or Oedipus gouged out his eyes -- even since Ward and June Cleaver settled down together.

Just last year, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples are entitled to equal marriage rights, expanding the range of families protected by the law. And the concept of family remains in flux, as changes in social norms and reproductive technology displace the nuclear family as our primary family model. How will this impact family law practice today?

Tracking Client Communications in the Digital Age

There are two major components to practicing law: handling the case so the client doesn't have to, and communicating with the client just what it is you're doing. Both can be overwhelming.

Now add the fact that you have to keep track of what you told the client just to make sure you're following best practices. This underscores something that every lawyer should know -- but not all lawyers do: documentation of client communications.