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William Peacock, Esq.

William Peacock, Esq.

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  • Is Your Marketing Plan Working? 3 Ways to Tell

    Every lawyer knows that marketing is important. But few spend the time to evaluate the success of their marketing campaigns. Most will try a few things and if they fit in the budget, and there are enough clients coming in the door, they will look no further. Your integrated marketing strategy most likely contains multiple avenues of attack: billboards, newspaper ads, phone book ads, a website, TV and radio ads, in-person networking, sponsorship of community activities, and more.

  • Lessons From 4 Lawyers Who Made Fools of Themselves in 2014

    Happy 2015. We have many thing to be thankful as the new year begins, not the least of which is this: We didn't make this list. Last year, we talked about the biggest legal fools of 2013 on social media, and fortunately for our industry's sake, we're going to have to expand that a bit to all of the fools: criminals, pornographers, hooker-lovers, stabbers, and photoshoppers. Here are five lawyers who really wish 2014 didn't happen: 5. UConn Adjunct Law Professor Nabbed in Prostitution Sting.

  • Jonathan Martin Tackles a Shoplifter: Citizen's Arrest Basics

    NFL offensive lineman Jonathan Martin (who will unfortunately always be known as the guy who quit football temporarily after being bullied by a fellow teammate) is back in the news, but this time he wasn't a victim -- he was the man. According to Yahoo Sports (and Martin's own tweets), Martin subdued an alleged shoplifter in a Versace store last week.

  • Want a 'Quickie' Wedding Like Ludacris? 5 Lyrical Legal Lessons

    You may have heard by now: Rapper Ludacris (aka Christopher Bridges) married his longtime "lover and friend" Eudoxie Mbouguiengue a mere two weeks after proposing. According to the New York Daily News, Luda proposed to Eudoxie on December 26 by lighting up the question "Eudoxie, will you marry me" in blue on a grass field while their plane flew overhead. Then, in his own words, he "did the thing before 2015" in a private ceremony over the holidays.

  • This Is How I Got a Free Vanity Phone Line for My Law Firm

    Phone numbers are hard to memorize. True story: At one point, I didn't even know my own cellphone number. Everyone used my Google Voice number, which forwarded to the prepaid cell phone that I carried at school. So when I decided to open my practice, I wanted a phone number that was a little bit easier to memorize. And my old GV number, part of which spelled out the word "CHUNKY," wasn't going to cut it for a law firm.

  • Virtual Law Office 105: Processing Credit Card Payments

    How complicated is getting paid by credit card? In an ideal world, one would only need a credit card processor, such as the many ones we've talked about that handily operate via an attachment to your smartphone. If a food truck can take plastic, lawyers certainly should be able to do so too, right? Except IOLTA accounts. Damn trust accounts.

  • Harvard Law Plagiarist Loses Defamation Claim Against School

    Megon Walker is a Harvard Law graduate and was on a journal. One would imagine that those two notes on her resume alone would guarantee her a high-paying position in BigLaw. Except there's a little note on her transcript: a reprimand for plagiarism. In 2009, she submitted a journal article for editing that, according to the school, had significant portions of previously published articles included without proper citations.

  • Operating a Business Without a License: What Can Happen?

    Anyone who has ever started a small business knows there's always another piece of paperwork that needs to be filled out. Leases. Licenses. Supplier agreements. Receipts and contracts with customers and clients. And that isn't even touching on costs: Federal taxes. State taxes. City taxes. Sales taxes. After a while, you may begin to feel like you're paying all of your profits off to the tax man.

  • Virtual Law Office 104: Using Google Forms for Your Practice

    Sick of transcribing paper intake forms into your computer after every consultation? Want a free, paperless, electronic option? Well Google Forms might be your new best friend. The idea is simple: Create online forms, such as an intake form, that you can send to potential clients, embed in an email, or include on your website.

  • #DearFindLaw: Fall Grades Are In. Now What?

    It's the moment law students have been waiting for (and dreading): grades. All that work, all that studying, all those tests are long-since past and your all-important grades lie before you on the screen -- teasing, taunting, rewarding, and punishing you for the past few months. Your grades are here. Now what?Expect Surprises Sometimes, the result is predictable. My Mass Media final felt like a bad night in prison and, sure enough, it was my worst grade in law school.

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