General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division

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Apr 2008

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Process Credit Cards the Right Way »

A Law Firm Merchant Account™ safeguards and separates client funds into trust and operating accounts keeping your firm in compliance with ABA and state guidelines for credit acceptance. Use credit cards to attract clients, win business, improve cash flow and reduce collections. To begin accepting credit cards contact Affiniscape Merchant Solutions at 866-376-0950 or visit www.LawFirmMerchantAccount.com.

Law Firm Merchant Account (TM)

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Make a Donation to Help Victims of Domestic Violence in New Orleans »

In conjunction with the meeting in New Orleans, the GP|Solo Division encourages you to help these programs rebuild their services for victims of domestic violence. Your generous donation will have an immediate and direct impact!

All gifts are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law and will be acknowledged by a letter of receipt from Catholic Charities. You may donate in either of the following two ways:

  • Monetary donations will be used to support a variety of programs at Crescent House and the Family Justice Center. Checks to go toward the purchase of activity tables, chairs for infants, art supplies, outdoor play structures or gift cards for personal needs from KMART, TARGET, or WALMART for $10.00, $20.00 or $30.00 may be brought to the events held on Friday, May 2, 2008 or mailed to Catholic Charities, 1000 Howard Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70110, Attn: Mary Claire Landry. Please also contact at the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence with the information regarding your donation so that we may recognize your contribution as well.
  • Toys, books and art supplies for children ages 0-12 for the Children’s Center at the Family Justice Center and for the Children’s Program at the Crescent House. Please bring these donations with you, or send them to Catholic Charities at the address above.

For more information on donating, please download the donation form.

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ETHICSearch Can Help Solve Your Dilemma »

As a solo or small firm lawyer, you may find yourself encountering ethical issues that were not covered completely in your law school ethics courses. If you find yourself with a unique ethical dilemma, you should know about an important ABA service: ABA ETHICSearch from the Center for Professional Responsibility. 

ETHICSearch is an excellent way to find the right resources to help you understand and resolve ethics questions that come up in your day-to-day law practice. Staffed by lawyers with a combined 30-plus years’ experience in legal ethics research, ETHICSearch can help you locate citations to relevant ABA rules, ethics opinions, and other ethics resources that relate to your inquiry. In most cases the ETHICSearch lawyer can answer your question immediately or on a same-day basis, free of charge. Specialized research or expedited fax and mailing services can also be arranged.

For an example of the helpful articles also located on the ETHICSearch website, check out Are There Any Doctors or Associates in the House?

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Bigger Isn't Better: Solos & Small Firms on the Rise »

Robert L. Wise (owner of Roger Wise & Associates LLC) recently wrote in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, in his article “Private Sector: Bigger Isn't Better,” “Smaller, boutique firms of two to 10 lawyers — who are more flexible and accountable and do not carry the large overhead of in-house administrators, law libraries and fancy offices — are taking market share. The American Bar Association's [ Litigation News Online , November 2007] says: ‘Corporate legal clients once again seem to be developing an affinity for small law firms — notwithstanding the merger mania of recent years and the perception that large corporations want to hire only megafirms. With increasing frequency, the chief legal officers of leading corporations are now retaining small law firms and even solo practitioners.’ What has this meant to American business? In my experience, bigger is not necessarily better, especially in the litigation field.”

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