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The Illinois Survival Guide: Best Practices for New Lawyers
Co-sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association
The Illinois Survival Guide is a manual for all new lawyers from Chicago to Springfield on everything they need to know to be successful. In two sections--How to Be an Attorney and Starting Your Own Practice---everything from communication to ethics to billing and best practice record-keeping is covered. Plus, the book features nearly 200 pages of indispensable forms and checklists, from a retainer agreement to an estate planning checklist to a sample request to admit.
How to Start and Build a Law Practice, Fifth Edition
This classic ABA bestseller has been used by tens of thousands of lawyers as the comprehensive guide to planning, launching, and growing a successful practice. It's packed with over 600 pages of guidance on identifying the right location, finding clients, setting fees, managing your office, maintaining an ethical and responsible practice, maximizing available resources, upholding your standards, and much more. If you're committed to starting your own practice, this book will give you the expert advice you need to make it succeed.
How to Capture and Keep Clients: Marketing Strategies for Lawyers
Ever try to run a law firm without clients? Your first job as a lawyer is to capture and keep your clients. The book is packed with strategies on how to overcome obstacles and position yourself for lifelong success. This step-by-step, how-to guide is so easy to use -- you don't even have to read the chapters in consecutive order to get the full benefit. Read the chapters that are most important to you right now, and implement those techniques. What is not-so-important today, may have greater meaning in a few months.
The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law
The Curmudgeon knows everything about the legal profession, and he's willing to share his keen observations from the corner office. He offers practical and honest, if blunt, advice for surviving and thriving in a law firm. He tells you what you need to know about billing, managing your assistant, drafting internal memos, dealing with clients and building your law practice. Read the Curmudgeon and find out what drives law partners crazy, what will impress them and what ten mistakes you should avoid. Concise, humorous and full of valuable (but curmudgeonly) insight, this is a must-read for every lawyer and law student.
A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, 2nd Ed
This new edition has been entirely redesigned and is much expanded--over 200 pages longer than the first edition. It covers in greater depth many topics addressed in the first edition, and it discusses many additional topics for the first time. With an unmatched level of practical detail, Adams highlights common sources of inefficiency, confusion, and dispute and recommends clearer and more efficient alternatives. With its wire binding and numbered paragraphs, this manual is designed for easy reference, and it illustrates its analysis with copious examples.
How to Build and Manage an Estates Practice, Second Edition
Specifically tailored to the unique needs of the estates and trusts lawyers, this updated second edition of "How to Build and Manage an Estates Practice" focuses on making your practice better. Written as a "book of ideas," you'll find guidance on marketing, effective client communications, fee agreements, and ethics, including the updates to the American Bar Association's Model Rules of Professional Conduct. Sample forms, checklists, and questionnaires, such as an Estate Planning Questionnaire, Estate Administration Schedule, and Will Execution Instructions, are included on an accompanying CD
Letters for Divorce Lawyers: Essential Communications for Clients, Opposing Counsel, and Others
Frequent, effective written communication with clients is vital to the successful practice of law. Set up chronologically following the usual life of a typical divorce case, this guide contains valuable, easy-to-conform samples including letters for: initial client contact, declination, retention letters and employment contracts, billing, withdrawal, pleadings transmittals, financial, discovery, depositions, scheduling, mediation, trial, settlements, closing matters, prenuptial agreements, and more.
Letters for Bankruptcy Lawyers: Essential Communication for Clients, Creditors, Opposing Counsel and Others
This book is written for every lawyer who practices or advises clients on consumer bankruptcy law. It contains the critical letters and forms you need to comply with the changes made by the new bankruptcy law. As a legal document, a letter memorializes a position or request and does so in a nonconfrontational manner. It also shifts the burden of going forward to the other party. Letters should be a key part of your bankruptcy calendar checklist, especially in the bankruptcy practice, when meeting deadlines is critical to the success of your representation.
Title Insurance: A Comprehensive Overview, Third Edition
This updated and expanded new edition of the bestselling Title Insurance: A Comprehensive Overview provides practical tools and information for real estate attorneys who need to understand title insurance coverage and who want to secure the optimum coverage for their clients. The book's practical tools include checklists of endorsements and coverages, financial checklists and charts, International and UCC Policies, and charts of title insurance related laws for all states. This new edition also includes a CD-ROM with all exhibits plus a comprehensive index.
The Criminal Lawyer's Job: A Survival Guide
This book was written from the trenches, by a practitioner with over 100 trials under her belt and received "not guilty" verdicts in cases involving murder, rape, sex crimes, drugs and DUI, among others. This guide will give you valuable "how to" advice for taking the initial client meeting to picking a jury and trying the case. It is not intended to be a summary of the law, but rather a cheat sheet. It is a guide that most senior criminal defense attorneys likely wish they had when they tried their first few cases.