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I am going to blame it on the natural highlights that are making an appearance at my temples, but for the first time in more than a decade of practice a client asked me, “So what happens if something happens to you?” I had an answer for him because my co-author and I had previously […]

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In the Stacks offers a peek at the resources available to Colorado Bar Association members via its Lending Library. Are you interested in more information about alternative forms of payment from your clients? Frederick Miller uses hypothetical examples to break down the best payment methods for your clients (i.e. transfers, credit cards, checks, PayPal, etc.) in […]

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In the Stacks offers a peek at the resources available to Colorado Bar Association members via its Lending Library. Getting clients to pay, like everything else in a well-run practice, is about running your practice right. Edward Poll explains how to collect your fee by selecting the right clients, setting client expectations, and running a strong back […]

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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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The Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct require that all lawyers protect client confidentiality. Colorado Bar Association Law Practice Management and Risk Management Director Reba Nance discusses quick and easy things lawyers can do to ensure that their clients’ data is protected.

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Whether you are a newly licensed attorney or a seasoned professional, there is one thing you have in common with your peers—being asked for legal advice. Legal advice is your work product; it is how you’ve built your career and how you’ve made a living. Frequently, attorneys are asked for legal advice from all walks […]

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Every week this month, in celebration of Legal Professionalism Month, the Colorado Bar Association will share a tip on professionalism. This week, CBA Professionalism Coordinating Council Co-chair Peter Goldstein discusses the importance of having a streamlined intake process to ensure a good start in relationships with new or prospective clients. Client Intake by Peter Goldstein […]

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Every week this month, in celebration of Legal Professionalism Month, the Colorado Bar Association will share a tip on professionalism. This week, Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Richard L. Gabriel explains why it doesn’t pay to be a bulldog in the courtroom and how professionalism can boost your credibility, relationships with those involved in the […]

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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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In The Lawyer’s Guide to Records Management and Retention, authors George Cunningham and John Montaña provide a clear and comprehensive guide to the creation and maintenance of an effective and efficient records management and retention program. They emphasize that although information is paramount to lawyers, a rare few practitioners properly manage this critical resource. The […]

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