GPSolo Magazine - April/May 2005

From the Editor

Life on the Installment Plan

The stodgy, rotund J. Wellington Wimpy from the Popeye cartoons, with his plaintive refrain, “I would gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today,” gave many of us our first lesson in credit. Somehow we knew that he wouldn’t be good for the loan, but we just wanted to lend him that buck anyway. How many times have we heard the same tune from our clients? When it comes to paying the bills, good intentions often go only as far as a pretty face and a convincing line.

Lawyers’ practices depend upon collecting from and for clients, helping some avoid their creditors’ claims, getting others their due, preserving and protecting property, and making sure that clients get the biggest piece of the pie. Or at least keep a small slice of it. “Collections” means everything from the tax collector to keeping a collection of Ferraris safe from creditors, and this issue of GPSolo runs the gamut from credit cards to bankruptcy and settlement tools.

A hearty round of applause and all the credit for creating this issue of GPSolo goes to Lakewood, Ohio, lawyer Joan Burda, who curated an exciting and broad range of articles. Joan is the author of Estate Planning for Same-Sex Couples, the best-selling new book published by the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section.

The GPSolo editorial board has been hard at work planning future issues, and we’ve got issues on the drawing board all the way to 2008. In June, the Technology and Practice Guide issue will deal with the Internet, and the July/August issue will focus upon reinventing your law practice. September brings the twice-a-year Best of ABA Sections issue, collecting the best from other ABA publications. Upcoming issues will feature professionalism and ethics, cyber law, the law of learning, privacy, health, and the importance of doing something for yourself and the profession. We’re always on the prowl for new writers. If you’ve got an article proposal, we’re all ears. Our readers are our very best source of new ideas.

jennifer j. rose, editor-in-chief of GPSolo , is a lawyer and writer living in Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico. She can be reached at


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