Most people understand the basic concept of Conflict of Interest, but it’s actually more complex than it may at first seem. Competing Interests In its simplest form, a Conflict of Interest arises when an attorney represents a client who is
Only about 10% of filed lawsuits make it to the courtroom; many disputes that could lead to lawsuits are settled before litigation ever starts. One of the primary reasons for this is the concept of settlement. Once the parties bring the facts out and lay out their respective views of the situation, it is often discovered that there is a solution the defendant can offer and that the damaged party is willing to accept to resolve the dispute. The question of whether or not to accept a settlement offer always rests with the client.
Everyone’s keeping a file on you; why aren’t you keeping a file?
I received an inquiry from an administrative assistant in a client’s office today, and it was disclaimed with a note saying, “If you’ll charge a fee to answer this question, please ignore this message.” As I set about explaining how I decide what to charge for, it occurred to me this would make a good “open letter” to clients explaining about how I decide to bill or not bill.
Upheaval in the legal profession has spawned much discussion in the press about how the practice of law is changing. In particular, a great many newly minted lawyers are disillusioned (to put it lightly) at their dim prospects for finding
Welcome; here’s how I intend to use my blog.