Second-Guessing Your Lawyer

The caller tells me he wants my professional opinion.  What he really wants is some free legal advice so that he can second-guess the lawyer he has already hired. But the caller has three problems.  His first problem… Read More

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A Negative Review on Avvo (Updated)

I’m in the process of getting a record expunged for an offense that happened in 2006. Currently, I’m going through another law firm and was told the whole process takes no longer than 2 months; you file a… Read More

Avvo: Falsus in Uno, Falsus in Omnibus

Like Kramer asking for extra MSG on Seinfeld, I think I am going to put myself on a “please call” list for marketers. Just kidding. Some marketing guy from Avvo called me the other day, and I shut… Read More

Client “Don’t” List

Here, courtesy of Gerry Beyer via Rob Robertson/Solosez, is a list of things not to do with clients. Don’t discount fees. Don’t let clients leave without an engagement letter. Don’t waste money on ineffective marketing. Don’t over-complicate things…. Read More

Three Years In: Dealing With Potential Clients on the Internet

I get a lot of strange emails and phone calls from people who find me on the Internet. A woman wrote me the other day looking for help with all sorts of different legal problems – from personal… Read More

My Second Opinion: You Are Ugly, Too

I no longer offer “free phone consultations” on my website. Yes, I am still glad to talk with people about their case when they call – briefly — and, no, I do not charge them for this time…. Read More

Get Out of My Office: A Hypothetical Interview With a Potential Client

A woman and her son come into the office for a consultation. At the end of the hour, the woman turns to me and tells me that they have also met with a number of other criminal defense… Read More

On Ethical Issues Raised by “Letter Lawyers”

Mark Bennett refers to them as “letter lawyers”; they are the lawyers who, with the hopes of securing new clients, send out advertising materials to the people whose names and addresses have been listed on public arrest records…. Read More