August 2, 2017 by davidbjornson
Do’s and Don’ts for Lawyer
- Every lawyer must have a business plan because a lawyer that “Fails to plan is planning to fail.”
- A lawyer must remember that the client is the first priority. Without the client, there is a less reason for a lawyer to exist.
- Lawyers must sell solutions to clients rather than to sell time as expressed in billable hours. Clients don’t mind how long it takes to find solutions, but they want to know their problems are solved.
- Lawyers must familiarize and recognize technology. E-mails, blogs, voice mails and cell phones cannot replace personal interactions as a virtual interactions with their clients.
- Working with a mentor can help a lawyer’s achieve business and practice success more quickly than they can on their own.
- Don’t guess, The lawyer’s responsibility is to give the facts and not to try to figure out what might happened. Even if it makes you feel stupid to say it, sometimes “I don’t know” is the right answer, a fortune teller is different from being a lawyer.
- Don’t consider technology as a threat. Law firms should partner with their clients and show them how they use technology to reduce their legal costs by reducing the amount of necessary labor. Don’t be too quick to dismiss a new technology that may seem too “techy” or unnecessary.
- Don’t try to be funny, unless you are actually a Clown. There are few reasons for not even trying. Most obviously, not everyone has the same sense of humor; some people (and there are judges in this category) doesn’t have humor at all. Your words will be taken down by a court reporter to be read later.
- Avoid being distracted, Give a super strict and guarded attention to the questions being asked. If your attention roams, you could make mistakes or misunderstand.
- Don’t answer a question you don’t understand. If a question is vague or compound or assumes something that isn’t true, you have the right to have the question restated or rephrased.