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Is It Bad to Lose Your True Solo Status?

True solo practitioners work entirely alone -- no lawyers, no staff, no kidding.

The true solo is a one-person operation. It requires at a minimum: a lawyer, a laptop, a smartphone, and usually a car and court clothes.

Solos can have an office and all the accoutrements, too, but they stop being true solos when they take on others. Is that a bad thing?

Why Sometimes Lawyers Should Work Alone

It wasn't necessarily a compliment if somebody once said: "You should become a lawyer."

That's because being good at argumentation is not the same as being argumentative. It's the difference between being a good talker and being an annoying chatterbox.

It's also a reason why sometimes lawyers should work alone. It's hard to get into an argument when nobody is talking to you.

If you haven't already, you will eventually have to interact with a client who doesn't share your values, or one that might even want to do something that runs contrary to your personal beliefs. And while you're not supposed to be a judge of morals, looking out for the best interests of an individual client can often involve more than just advising about the legal consequences of an action.

But what do you do when a potential client comes in with a winner of a case that runs contrary to your personal beliefs? (Like this one being championed by the ACLU on behalf of a high-schooler who is a pro-gun advocate mistreated during a school-sanctioned walk-out/anti-gun rally, after the Parkland school-shooting.)

Is It Time to Open a Pot Practice in the Big Apple?

A pot practice used to be for small firms and solo practitioners, not big city lawyers.

But that is changing as legalized marijuana use continues to take over the country. Most states have approved it for medicinal purposes and nearly a dozen for recreational use.

Now New York is ramping up to legalize weed. Is it time Wall Street lawyers got some of that?

As reported by Bloomberg, billionaire Wall Street investor George Soros has found a way to make a good return on low-level, low-risk personal injury lawsuits. Unfortunately, what Soros is doing isn't likely to be something that attorneys will be able to get in on, but there could be some benefits down the road.

Soros Fund Management has backed Mighty Group, which works at the level directly above the small litigation finance operations advancing money to plaintiffs in personal injury actions. Mighty Group bundles up all those advances to sell to investors, and what may seem baffling to many lawyers, investors are actually buying.

Fee-Shifting Statutes Can Help You Get Paid

There's nothing quite like slaving for a client only to get stiffed on your bill.

Fee-shifting statutes can help with that. While they often tie-in to speciality practice areas, it's good to know when you can tap a statute for those fees your client can't afford.

The gateway to those fees is to prevail in court. It won't work for everybody, but some lawyers make a good living at it -- especially when fighting in the public's interest.

What Are the Weirdest Law Office Amenities?

'Weird' is a relative term when it comes to law office amenities.

For a law firm courting Silicon Valley startups, for example, an in-office volleyball court would be completely normal. At a traditional Wall Street firm, not so much.

Whatever your firm prefers, it's about feeling comfortable in your own skin. Here are a few unusual amenities, including some that might make your skin crawl.

When Should a Lawyer Flip on a Client?

Everybody's asking if Michael Cohen will flip, when perhaps the question should be will he get disbarred?

Sure, Cohen is more concerned about a jail sentence than his law license. But for most attorneys, that's not important right now.

Lawyers -- especially those who don't stand a chance at a presidential pardon -- ought to think about the real world ramifications of flipping on their clients.

In national news this week, London-based GW Pharmaceuticals has just secured the nation's first ever FDA approval of a marijuana-based prescription medication.

While a synthetic form of THC (the active psychoactive ingredient in marijuana) has been available for decades for chemo patients, and others with debilitating conditions, the new drug actually is derived from CBD, a chemical found in both marijuana and hemp and has no psychoactive effects. The new drug, Epidiolex, is meant to treat children ages two and up who suffer from two different rare medical conditions that cause severe seizures (that are often resistant to other drug treatments).

So Many Clients, Two Ways to Bill Them

When it comes to billing in the modern law firm, practitioners have two choices.

Use billing software or practice management software with billing tools. Sure there are a thousand different programs, but they basically fall into these two categories.

So here are some ways to vet those many programs to help your firm make the best choice. It's a lot easier when you narrow it down to two.