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Running Your Law Practice Like a Well-Oiled Machine

  • March 03, 2020
  • Karl Kremer, business coach at The Peak Potential

A law practice is a business and needs to be treated like one. The great lawyers that are running them need to learn to be great business owners. Here are five steps to help you get your practice running like a well-oiled and profitable business.

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Staying Organized: Tips for Personal File Management

  • November 12, 2019
  • Marisa Lau, associate at Grinhaus Law

A lawyer’s time is their most important asset. Therefore, having the right tools to help you manage your workload efficiently at the office is crucial.

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Work Perks: Incentivizing Lawyers at the Small-Firm Level

  • October 17, 2019
  • Chris Chu, principal at Chris Chu Law

In a competitive legal market, many bright minds gravitate to large and multi-national firms, often taking a cut in their social lives for larger salaries and swanky corporate benefits packages. Even for lawyers who desire a more balanced approach to their career and personal life, the sacrifice of a high wage can’t come without gaining well-positioned benefits packages.

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What's Your Brand?

  • October 11, 2019
  • Adaline Huang, associate at Chris Chu Law

With every interaction you are establishing your “brand”. Whether you are dealing with a client, service provider, administration staff, colleagues or superiors, how you react in each situation tells those whom you are dealing with what kind of lawyer you are.

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Making Money: Billable Hours vs. Flat Fees – How should a firm decide?

  • January 08, 2019
  • Andrew Di Lullo

The question of money is central to all firms – new or established. Without cash flow, you can’t make your overhead; you can’t pay your salaries; you can’t invest in marketing initiatives or take advantage of expansion opportunities. And so, when lawyers begin thinking about a new practice - along with choosing a name, a logo, finding a location, researching software tools and setting out a marketing plan - they must also think of the fees they will charge.

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Le Dain and Mental Health in the Legal Profession

  • January 08, 2019
  • Ayushi Kiran, student member-at-large

The CBA has been actively working towards undoing the injustice done to late Justice Gerald Le Dain. Addressing mental concerns of legal professionals is the need of the hour. In fact, the Law Society of Ontario’s Mental Health Strategy Task Force has included mental health initiatives as a strategic priority for the 2015-19 governing term.

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Go Solo, Life is (More) Balanced There

  • January 03, 2019
  • Omar Ha-Redeye

Solo practice is increasingly the preferred alternative for the millennial lawyer.

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Dealing with Difficult Clients

  • January 03, 2019
  • Robert Shawyer

If you are a professional providing some kind of service to the public, you may come across a couple of clients who may ruin your day. If you are a lawyer, it is very possible that through the course of your practice you will eventually have to deal with some clients who are unreasonable, demanding, un-cooperative and overall difficult.

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Reasons for Judgment: A Lawyer’s Guide to SEO

  • October 31, 2018
  • Jeremy Hessing-Lewis and Marni McLeod, Skunkworks Creative Group Inc.,

How do you know if you are actually in need of a little SEO TLC? To understand whether you need to embark on an SEO strategy or whether there is something actually “wrong” with your online presence it is helpful to review some basic concepts.

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