Providing free and helpful information is kind of our thing -- blogs, cases, codes, and practice guides for lawyers, Learn About the Law and blogs for consumers, etc. But you don't always want to read online articles, or print out blog posts. And sometimes, you want a more comprehensive approach to a topic than 400 words of snark-filled brilliance. (Dusts off shoulders.)
That's why we have Mini Guides. Each of these free little e-books contains an in-depth discussion on a single topic. For lawyers, we talk about social media use, malpractice insurance, negotiating liens, etc. We also cover consumer topics for your clients, the list of which would fill my word count, and might lull you in to a deep sleep.
Here's the rundown:
Social Media for Attorneys
Okay, so you probably already know that rage-tweeting "Go f@ck yourself and die." to a major online publication is a bad idea. (If not, delete your Twitter account ASAP.)
But effective social media use for lawyer marketing goes much further than not dropping F-bombs in 140 characters or less. Our social media guide covers (deep breath): Websites, blogs, LinkedIn, Twitter, hashtagging, virality, ethics, and more. Plus, it's organized by headings, so you can easily skip past stuff that you don't care about. (Cough, Google+, cough, cough.)
Negotiating Liens in Personal Injury Cases
Personal injury isn't my thing, but I could have a reasonably intelligent conversation about liens. How? This mini-guide, which talks about negotiating liens on personal injury settlements while accounting for common fund, the made whole rule, comparative fault, attorneys fees, statutory caps, credit for co-pays, unrelated and unreasonable charges, and actual recovery of medical bills. There's also a great discussion of a recent Supreme Court decision on equity versus ERISA terms.
We know, you're excited -- we all are. It's okay, you can jump right in to learning about liens, for free, over on Scribd.
Should you get malpractice insurance? (Spoiler alert: yes.) Why? And how? And what about ethics, cost, and coverage amounts?
We're not going to spoil all the fun you could have by reading the guide.
What About Your Clients?
Okay, so you're mini-guided out at this point. But what about your clients?
We've got dozens of mini-guides available for consumers, on everything from bankruptcy to trademarks to family law. You could sit and explain legal basics to your clients, or, you could forward one of these guides to them before you meet and save the billable hours for legitimate work and discussions of case-specific information.
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