Category Archives: Ethics

No Will, No Way: Prince apparently dies without a Will

The untimely death of the artist finally known as Prince is an important lesson for everyone.  It seems Prince died without a Will, “intestate” as they say, so apparently he made no provision for handling his valuable estate, including not … Continue reading

Posted in All CGL, Civilian's Guide to Lawyers, Client Tips, Devil's Advocate, Ethics, Hiring a lawyer, Legal Commentary, Legal Fees, Legal Fees: Law & Management, Legal News Notes | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on No Will, No Way: Prince apparently dies without a Will

Bully Pulpit: Lawyer threatens suit for missing $2.25 side order

There are people who love to threaten litigation over trivial, non-justiciable slights that should be thrown out of court, probably with sanctions.  This is pretty common with certain insecure or uneducated fools, especially bullies like Donald Trump, who rarely (if … Continue reading

Posted in All CGL, Civilian's Guide to Lawyers, Client Tips, Devil's Advocate, Ethics, Lawyer Advertising, Lawyer Management, Legal Commentary, Legal Fees: Law & Management, Legal News Notes, Trial Practice Checklists 2d | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Bully Pulpit: Lawyer threatens suit for missing $2.25 side order

Abandoned in Place: Global law firm dropping DC and NY back office operations

In the old “Perry Mason era,” a law firm was mostly lawyers (almost all men), each with a secretary (almost all women) — the more wood paneling on the walls, the better.  And each lawyer had a fairly big, personal … Continue reading

Posted in All CGL, Civilian's Guide to Lawyers, Client Tips, Devil's Advocate, Ethics, Hiring a lawyer, In-House Lawyer Notes, Lawyer Advertising, Lawyer Management, Legal Bill Reviews, Legal Commentary, Legal Fees, Legal Fees: Law & Management, Legal News Notes, Trial Practice Checklists 2d | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Abandoned in Place: Global law firm dropping DC and NY back office operations

State Legal Lotteries: States hire private firms for gigantic contingent fees

Here’s a report about a new law in West Virginia to shine a light on the mysterious, fabulously expensive practice of state government agencies contracting to hire outside plaintiff law firms to handle big claims for the state on a … Continue reading

Posted in All CGL, Civilian's Guide to Lawyers, Client Tips, Devil's Advocate, Ethics, Hiring a lawyer, In-House Lawyer Notes, Lawyer Management, Legal Bill Reviews, Legal Commentary, Legal Fees, Legal Fees: Law & Management, Legal News Notes | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on State Legal Lotteries: States hire private firms for gigantic contingent fees

Two Wrongs Dept.: Keep calm & carry on

From time to time even the best lawyers and law firms are accused of legal malpractice.  Sometimes that idea comes from the client trying to explain a disappointing result.  Sometimes things happen — like missed deadlines — that the lawyer … Continue reading

Posted in All CGL, Civilian's Guide to Lawyers, Client Tips, Devil's Advocate, Ethics, Firing a Lawyer, Hiring a lawyer, In-House Lawyer Notes, Lawyer Management, Legal Bill Reviews, Legal Commentary, Legal Fees, Legal Fees: Law & Management, Trial Practice Checklists 2d | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Two Wrongs Dept.: Keep calm & carry on

Smiling Clients: You’re not a comedian, just be the lawyer

Many clients, even those with in-house lawyers and doing lots of work with lawyers, have bad experiences with law firms, even if their legal matter ends relatively well.  Sometimes the cost is just too high, so the “victory” or “less … Continue reading

Posted in All CGL, Civilian's Guide to Lawyers, Client Tips, Devil's Advocate, Ethics, Hiring a lawyer, In-House Lawyer Notes, Lawyer Management, Legal Bill Reviews, Legal Commentary, Legal Fees, Legal Fees: Law & Management, Legal News Notes, Trial Practice Checklists 2d | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Smiling Clients: You’re not a comedian, just be the lawyer

User Beware: Online lawyer directories rarely reliable

We’re still living in the first “internet” age, when a couple of dropouts with some cash from their parents can “launch” a miniature business based on some basic technology, usually with some connection to “technology,” especially the “internet,” like an … Continue reading

Posted in All CGL, Civilian's Guide to Lawyers, Client Tips, Devil's Advocate, Ethics, Hiring a lawyer, Lawyer Advertising, Lawyer Management, Legal Bill Reviews, Legal Commentary, Legal Fees, Legal Fees: Law & Management | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on User Beware: Online lawyer directories rarely reliable

Get Certified: “Exert influence without authority”

In a world where most colleges are giving out bachelor’s degrees for doing work less challenging than what you’d find in a serious high school honors class, and master’s degrees for bachelor’s-level work, another fad is the “certificate” game.  Instead … Continue reading

Posted in All CGL, Civilian's Guide to Lawyers, Client Tips, Devil's Advocate, Ethics, In-House Lawyer Notes, Lawyer Management, Legal Commentary, Legal Fees: Law & Management, Legal News Notes, Trial Practice Checklists 2d | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on Get Certified: “Exert influence without authority”

Sending Blind: NY Bar addresses risks of copying clients with emails

When I started out, the high tech way for lawyers to communication was by fax — a step up from mail or phone.  Anything within 30 or 40 miles might be reached by couriers — a business model that’s long … Continue reading

Posted in All CGL, Civilian's Guide to Lawyers, Client Tips, Devil's Advocate, Ethics, In-House Lawyer Notes, Lawyer Management, Legal Commentary, Legal News Notes, Trial Practice Checklists 2d | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on Sending Blind: NY Bar addresses risks of copying clients with emails

QC for Lawyers: To maintain quality, lawyers should do stuff good

Most law in the US is based on the English legal system, from two or three centuries ago.  In the English system, “barristers” try cases and “solicitors” do most other legal work, even prepping the barrister’s “brief.”  [Like most Americans, … Continue reading

Posted in All CGL, Civilian's Guide to Lawyers, Client Tips, Devil's Advocate, Ethics, Hiring a lawyer, In-House Lawyer Notes, Lawyer Management, Legal Bill Reviews, Legal Commentary, Legal Fees, Legal Fees: Law & Management, Legal News Notes, Trial Practice Checklists 2d | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on QC for Lawyers: To maintain quality, lawyers should do stuff good