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MUSINGS ABOUT BEING A TRIAL LAWYER

MUSINGS ABOUT BEING A TRIAL LAWYER

Poulsbo is a quaint town of about 9500 people and a drive of about one hour and a half from Seattle. It’s a Scandinavian seaport fishing town located right on the salt water. In 1983 I received the “Small Town Lawyer Made Good” award from the Poulsbo Bar Association. The award was the brainchild of  Paulsbo lawyer Jeff Tolman. As I recall, the Poulsbo Bar Association had approximately 13 members at the time. However, Jeff had created this award and then…

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YOU SHOULD BE AWARE OF THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA

YOU SHOULD BE AWARE OF THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Last Friday I spoke to the Idaho Trial Lawyer’s Association at their annual convention. On the program was Assistant Chief deputy Attorney General Brian Kane who talked about social media and  how it impacts lawyers. I thought I had a good grasp of the implications, but after listening to Brian decided I needed to talk to my partners about the subject, especially as part of our new client intake process. Brian said  that in 2012 some 800 million people are…

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Developing a case referral office policy

Developing a case referral office policy

If you are contacted about cases that you either can’t or don’t want to accept you should consider a standard office policy on referral of cases. Here is an example of a policy: A GENERAL POLICY 1. There are four types of cases we refer out to other attorneys: (1) Cases involving legal work outside of our area which have sufficient merit to justify a referral to a specific attorney (2) Cases with we don’t feel are substantial enough but…

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