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Brenda L. Speer

My law practice motto is: “I’d rather not work and not get paid, than work and not get paid.” Of course, this is a motto borne of my personal, unfortunate experience. Although my unfortunate experiences have diminished greatly over the years, I still occasionally find myself unpaid in part (at least that’s somewhat better than […]

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On the email listserv of the Solo and Small Firm Section of the Colorado Bar Association, a question was recently posed: “Does anyone send thank you notes anymore, or even an email, to acknowledge referrals?” I also have discussed this same question offline with colleagues regarding business referrals and friends and relatives regarding gifts. Based […]

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I have never been one to make resolutions, so don’t let the title fool you into thinking that I have made one for this year. Rather, it’s just that the new year gave me a nice, clean, date-certain going forward from which I have decided to make my office and home as paperless as possible, […]

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It seems that at least once a week my business associate, Danette Lilja, and I experience conduct by our colleagues that causes us to exclaim to each other, “And we worry about committing malpractice!” Based on numerous instances we’ve witnessed committed by other attorneys just in the past few months, I wonder if we’re some […]

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Practicing Thanks

by Brenda L. Speer on November 21, 2012

It’s the time of year when we give thanks, assess the year that has passed and plan for the year ahead. Although I am thankful for many people and events in my life, I have never really reflected on whether I am thankful for being an attorney. Upon reflection, I find that I am. I […]

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Some days I cynically think that I should answer my office phone, “Free Legal Information Central.” You probably have days like that, too. I just had one of those calls and it provoked me to gripe about it in this blog post. Here’s how it went: “BL Speer & Associates, how may we help you?” […]

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On the email listserv for the Colorado Bar Association‘s Solo and Small Firm Section there have been postings lately relating to phishing scams. These postings are by colleagues asking for sanity checks or confirmation of their suspicions that an email inquiry from a potential client is a scam. So far, they’ve all been phishing scams. […]

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If you haven’t cruised around the Colorado Secretary of State’s website lately, then I suggest you do. It’ll be worth your time. I do quite a bit of business law in my practice. Part of my new client enrollment checklist is to subscribe to notifications from the Colorado Secretary of State related to the client’s […]

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Not this solo in Colo. A recent blog post titled “LegalZoom’s War on GPs and Solos” by Larry Bodine on his LawMarketing Blog commented on LegalZoom’s recent IPO filing. Larry stated that LegalZoom “is capitalizing on consumers’ willingness to buy cheap, do-it-yourself forms as opposed to paying a lawyer to do the job right in […]

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