Publications

Articles on Law Practice and Office Management

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.

Correspondence from Our Readers

October
2009
Column
Page 486
Dressing for distress - nylons and sandals;  Settlement agreements: do the release first.

How-to advice for rookie associates

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
October
2009
LawPulse
Page 490
Make sure you’re taking the steps that will help you thrive as a new member of the firm.

Telling a prospective client “I’m just not that into you”

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
October
2009
LawPulse
Page 490

From Sheepskin to Shingle

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
September
2009
Article
Page 448
Can you really go straight from law school into solo practice? What are the surest ways to succeed — or stumble?

Tech tools for solos

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
September
2009
LawPulse
Page 438
Every sole practitioner needs a smart phone, a laptop, a scanner, and a good backup system. Here's why.

Dress for Courtroom Success, Not Distress

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2009
Article
Page 402
Q. Whats the best way to dress for court?
A. The way the judge says you should.

Social networking 1.0

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
June
2009
LawPulse
Page 278
Despite the newfangled options, blogs and e-mail discussion groups are still excellent ways to connect with other lawyers.

Should You Use Fastcase and How?

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
April
2009
Article
Page 178
Whether you make it your primary online research tool or use it to supplement Westlaw or Lexis, Fastcase can save you money. Lots of it. Here’s how.

Lawyer Lincoln

By Daniel W. Stowell and John A. Lupton
February
2009
Article
Page 74
A look at Abraham Lincoln's legal practice in antebellum Illinois.

Weathering the Storm

By Karen Erger
February
2009
Column
Page 98
Don't make bad economic times worse with bad management decisions.

1099s for deadbeat clients?

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
January
2009
LawPulse
Page 10
 A law-office management expert puts forth the option of sending a nonpaying client a 1099 for the value of your services. Is it really OK to do so?

Taking Down Your Shingle

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
January
2009
Article
Page 20
Selling or otherwise closing your private practice? Don't forget to take care of important business before you do.

Bacon-Saving Support Staff

By Karen Erger
October
2008
Column
Page 536
Don't think your support staff can make or break you? Think again.

In the Wake of the Flood: A Reminder about Disaster Readiness

By Karen Erger
August
2008
Column
Page 422
Plan for disasters natural and manmade now, while the river is in its banks.

Law-Firm Compensation Systems Explained

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
June
2008
Article
Page 288
Wondering whether your firm's compensation scheme needs an overhaul? Here's a look at what others are doing.

A solo’s advice on going solo

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
March
2008
LawPulse
Page 118
 A young sole practitioner's take on the perils and pleasures of hanging out your shingle.

Are e-mail disclaimers really necessary?

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
February
2008
LawPulse
Page 66
They really are, some lawyers say. In fact, you should put them at the beginning, not the end, of your messages, other lawyers say.

Law Firm Marketing 101

By G. M. Filisko
January
2008
Article
Page 20
You didn’t go to law school to be a salesperson, but you still have to sell yourself to prospective clients. Here’s how.

Disciplining Attorneys and Other FLSA-Exempt Employees for Attendance Problems

By Jon D. McLaughlin
November
2007
Article
Page 600
Suppose your associate or paralegal shows up late for work. Can you dock her pay without transforming her fram an exempt to a nonexempt employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act?

Asked and Answered

August
2007
Column
Page 435
What kind of client file system is best for your firm?

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