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Articles on Law Practice and Office Management

Sharpening Your Pencil: Financial Basics for Law Firms By Maria Kantzavelos February 2013 Article, Page 76 Are your employees getting the tax relief they deserve? Are you? Should you process your own payroll? A CPA tells lawyers a thing or two about the business side of running a practice.
Chicago-Kent’s solo-attorney incubator nurtures new lawyers By Adam W. Lasker January 2013 LawPulse, Page 10 An innovative law school program gives a group of new admittees office space and real-world experience under the guidance of former profs.
For Sale by Owner: Getting the Most for Your Law Practice By Maria Kantzavelos October 2012 Article, Page 524 How much is your practice worth? How can you maximize its value? How do you find buyers? Even if you aren't ready to sell, experts say the time to ask yourself these questions is now.
The Dangers of Litigating in the Media By Richard L. Miller, II January 2012 Article, Page 42 A look at the risks your client takes by publicly discussing an ongoing case and why doing so is usually a bad idea.
The Ethical Office: Managing Nonlawyer Staff By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2011 Article, Page 614 The Rules of Professional Conduct make managing nonlawyer staff a high-stakes business. Find out which rules are most directly implicated and learn how to be a better boss.
Hey, Kids, Let’s Start a Law Firm By Karen Erger December 2011 Column, Page 640 An interview with a lawyer who did just that.
Planning to Succeed By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2011 Article, Page 560 How many lawyers have a strategic plan, complete with a mission, goals, action points, and a system for measuring success? Here's why you should be one of them.
Does Your Law Firm Need a Virtual Reality? By Peter R. Olson October 2011 Article, Page 516 Is it time to move your practice online? Internet-based legal software innovations offer practitioners ways to cut costs while expanding their potential client base.
OK Computer By John G. Locallo October 2011 Column, Page 488 Technology is changing the world of lawyering. Can we keep pace?
Why Calendars Matter - and Why I’m Going Back to Analog By Karen Erger October 2011 Column, Page 534 Sometimes the best technology is good old pen and paper.
Exile on Face Tweet: Lawyer Networking on Social Media By John G. Locallo September 2011 Column, Page 432 You can't afford not to use Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
The Five Biggest Business Mistakes Lawyers Make By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2011 Article, Page 444 Too many lawyers - especially new ones - undervalue their services. It's a short-sighted approach that can lead to big trouble, this lawyer argues.
To Tweet or Not to Tweet? By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2011 Article, Page 396 Don't get Twitter? You're not alone. But lawyers are using it to reach out to fellow practitioners and communicate with the public.
Tweeting the law By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2011 LawPulse, Page 382 Lawyers, bar associations, courts, and others use Twitter to push out news, cases, job openings, and more.
Experience by Appointment By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2011 Article, Page 238 Though there isn't much money in it, serving as appointed counsel is a way to gain invaluable courtroom experience and remind yourself why you went to law school in the first place.
Finding Your Way to in the Courthouse By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2011 Article, Page 184 How to learn those all-important unwritten rules of courthouse and courtroom practice that vary from circuit to circuit.
Hiring How-Tos, Firing Fundamentals By Helen W. Gunnarsson March 2011 Article, Page 130 Recruiting employees and letting them go are both fraught with legal pitfalls. Here's how you can help your clients and your own firm avoid HR missteps.
Selling Out By Helen W. Gunnarsson January 2011 Article, Page 20 The 2010 update of Illinois' ethics rules make it easier to sell a law practice. But what about practical issues like valuation and transition planning? Seasoned solos offer advice.
Succession Planning and the Duty of Diligence By John Cesario January 2011 Column, Page 46 Succession planning might just be part of your ethical duty of diligence.
Notes from a Legal Assistant By Mark D. Hassakis November 2010 Column, Page 556 Not every law office VIP has a law license.
Unbundling Explained By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2010 Article, Page 512 Limited scope or discrete task legal representation - aka "unbundling"- is a client- and lawyer-friendly idea whose time has come, proponents say.
Family law software: not exempt from the rules of evidence By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2010 LawPulse, Page 394 Make sure you understand how support calculators work before relying on their results, and don't forget to lay a foundation for the report if you seek to enter it into evidence.
Market yourself to existing clients By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2010 LawPulse, Page 394 Don't hide your lamp under a bushel, experts warn, or your clients may head for lawyers with better self-promotional skills.
Virtual law firms: the new reality of lawyer collaboration By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2010 LawPulse, Page 394 The keynote speaker at October's ISBA Solo and Small Firm Conference will tell participants how to thrive in a tough economy and changing practice landscape.
Bankruptcy lawyers are “debt relief agencies,” high court rules By Helen W. Gunnarsson July 2010 LawPulse, Page 342 As such, they may not advise clients to incur additional debt and must label themselves "debt relief agencies" in ads.
DIY practice management software: a point-counterpoint By Helen W. Gunnarsson July 2010 LawPulse, Page 342 ISBA lawyers offer differing views on the wisdom of using free or low-cost practice-management applications.
Controlling Case Expenses: Lawyers’ Duty to Clients By Robert L. Fogel, Michael S. Young, and Katie M. King May 2010 Article, Page 244 A look at the trial lawyer's fiduciary and ethical responsibility to disclose, monitor, and control reimbursable case expenses incurred on behalf of clients.
Your (Mostly Free) Private Investigator By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2010 Article, Page 184 An amazing amount of information about parties, witnesses, clients, businesses and more resides on the Internet. Here's how to find it.
You’re the Boss - Now What? By Helen W. Gunnarsson March 2010 Article, Page 132 Supervising employees, meeting a payroll - more things they didn't teach you in law school. Find out some of what you need to know.
Your Responsibility for an Impaired Partner By Karen Erger December 2009 Column, Page 638 Ethics rules oblige you to protect your clients and the profession.