Ntrepid Timestream Interactive Timeline Software Review

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on July 23, 2014. One hurdle for small practices is acquiring technology that assists in complex matters without breaking the bank.   Ntrepid Timestream is a budding resource for organizing factual material electronically at an affordable price ($995 for a single-user one year[…]

The Profession Must Actually Help Addicted Lawyers

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on December 6, 2016. John Grisham’s Wally Figg in the book The Litigators; Dustin Hoffman’s Danny Snyder in the movie Sleepers; Benicio Del Toro’s Dr. Gonzo in the movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas; Sean Penn’s Dave Kleinfeld in the movie Carlito’s[…]

Minimize the Risk of an Ethics Complaint

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on March 5, 2013. Some ethics complaints stem from the substantive practice of law — failing to research and argue well, failing to notify the court of an authority against your client, or other issues. Many ethics complaints, however, are at heart administrative[…]

The Attorney Client Relationship in California: Calling It Quits

We’ve talked before about the importance of maintaining a good attorney client relationship as well as when you, as a California lawyer, should attempt to repair a damaged relationship. Yet, there’s still an important concept related to the attorney client relationship in California: calling it quits. Can you just decide to stop representing your client?[…]

Billing to Avoid Ethics Complaints

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on April 30, 2013. When it comes to ethics complaints, nothing stirs the pot with a disgruntled client like a bill they believe is too high — and if they’re already unhappy, they are bound to think your bill is unreasonable. The trouble[…]

5 Legal Practice Management Insights to Reduce Your Ethics Risk

Legal practice management is an essential tool to reduce your risk of violating ethical safeguards put in place by the bar. As legal tech continues to improve, there are more options for lawyers that help them run a better practice while remaining in compliance. Here are 5 legal practice management insights that will help you[…]

How to Guide: Records Retention Policy Creation for Lawyers

It’s no secret that being a lawyer generates a lot of paperwork. Although there are some great online options available for storing documents (and even sharing them with clients), that doesn’t mean that it’s possible for every law office in the United States to become paperless. Many courts still require physical copies for filing as[…]

Yes, Even Small Matters Need a Signed Retainer Agreement

Retainer agreements are a common part of law firm life, particularly when the matters at hand can take a significant length of time. Yet, retainer agreements are extremely important in small matters, too. If you’re not using one for small or simple matters, you could find yourself in an extremely time consuming (and often expensive)[…]

How Intimidation Affects Your Law Practice Management Plan

Your to-do list just keeps growing. It seems like there’s never enough time in a day for you to get things done. And because you don’t feel like you’re getting enough done, you’re beginning to feel intimidated. Did you know that intimidation affects your law practice management plan? It’s true. Your law practice management plan[…]

5 Practice Management Moves Every Lawyer Should Make

Practice management is an important concept for lawyers. This isn’t just about keeping all your proverbial ducks in a row for your clients and for yourself (although that’s also extremely important). It’s also about protecting your practice from facing a devastating legal ethics investigation. Last week, we discussed what happens when an ethics investigation closes.[…]