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How to Break Up With a Client

By Laura Temme, Esq.

In November, a federal judge granted Greenberg Traurig LLP's request to withdraw as Ye's counsel in a copyright action filed by Ultra International Music Publishing. The judge ordered the firm to personally serve him with their motion to withdraw, but in a December letter, Greenberg Traurig stated that Ye had stopped responding to communications. A process server couldn't find him at any of his known addresses. Eventually, his phone was disconnected altogether.

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4 Ways You Can Celebrate Pro Bono Week

By Laura Temme, Esq.

Every year, the last full week of October is the time for the National Celebration of Pro Bono. Whether it's recognizing the excellent work of other pro bono attorneys or finding new ways to donate your time, this week is dedicated to the positive impact lawyers can have on their community. We're kicking of Pro Bono Week with a list of ways you can get involved. 1. Check Out Events Near You The ABA's event calendar includes Pro Bono Week events going on in every jurisdiction.

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Four Tips for Managing Difficult Client Conversations

By Joseph Fawbush, Esq.

Just spent an hour explaining to a client why you do, in fact, have to charge for your services? Did your client forcefully accuse you of “not being on their side” because you insist on telling the truth? Did you maintain professionalism while a client hurled an insult or two derived straight from a lawyer joke? Problem clients can be a real burden - both on a law practice and on a lawyer’s psyche.

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Solo Sanity: 3 Mental Health Tips for Solo Practitioners

By Catherine Hodder, Esq.

There is no doubt that lawyering is stressful. And it is even more difficult for solo practitioners, who often do not have much of a safety net or support team. Stress is bad in and of itself, but it can also lead to other mental and physical problems. Here are a few tips to ease stress and boost your mental health.

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How Do You Feel About Your Client Intake?

By Catherine Hodder, Esq.

Good client intake is like a good handshake. Both people can feel something from the beginning. Back in the day, a firm grip might suggest a strong constitution and commitment. People were as good as their word. Today, however, client intake is not about handshakes. It includes intake forms, engagement letters, and fee agreements. It is harder to discern if the client relationship is a good fit.

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When Should A Lawyer Acknowledge a Client Is Wrong?

By William Vogeler, Esq.

Even when criminal defendants are guilty as sin, defense attorneys advise them to plead not guilty. Everybody knows that, and that's why laypeople hate lawyers. Well, it's one of the reasons everyone hates lawyers; we don't have time to go into all the reasons. We're going to look at just one issue from the public's perspective - how attorneys say one thing even when everybody knows (or thinks they know) the truth.

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