2August, 2013

Markup . . . Polo: Why Advancing Costs, at Cost, Is the Best Strategy

Per the Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct, at Rule 1.8(e), there are specific exceptions to the bar on attorneys providing financial assistance to clients, when it comes to advancing court costs and expenses of litigation. The Board of Bar Overseers has written on the limitation of this exception to court costs and expenses of […]

27July, 2013

Guest Post: The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: How Student Loans Changed After the Financial Crisis

Unless your name is Sallie Mae or Freddie Mac, you know that (student) loans are no fun.  Of course, neither are economic crashes . . .  But, it may be that our most recent recession has made it more favorable for you (the new law school graduate), to pay off your student loans, and to […]

19July, 2013

Guest Post: Sundown, You’d Better Take Care: Windows XP Extended Support to End Next Year

In my time here at LOMAP, I have seen some old computers.  This one time, someone opened a secret closet (I can’t remember whether there was also a secret knock involved, or not) to reveal a computer that was older than me, which housed all of the law firm’s information, from time in memoriam.  I […]

13July, 2013

Summer Tour: LOMAP’s Start-Up Meetings Go On the Road

LOMAP has now, for more years than I can count (I can’t count very high), offered free ‘start-up’ meetings for lawyers looking to establish their own law firms. At these two-hour meetings, we dedicate an hour to ‘traps for the unwary’/’things to think about before starting your firm’-style issues, and an hour to ‘developing […]

2July, 2013

Noises Off: Reducing Auditory Distractions in Your Workflow

In today’s world, there are a number of distractions, seemingly created solely to divest our attention from normal life activities, like not walking into traffic. From Blackberry messaging to Google Glass, there’s always something in the way.

Although we don’t often consider it, or realize it, there are a number of sound-based distractions that creep […]

28June, 2013

Funnel Vision: Elevating Your Elevator Speech

I’m not ashamed to say that, at the Topsfield Fair not every year, I eat a lot of funnel cake — like, a lot. And, that’s not just for when the Fair’s going on, though: I’m also partial to deep-fried butter. Funnel cakes don’t look very much like funnels, or cake; they’re called after funnels […]

22June, 2013

Breaking Bad: Relaying Unfortunate Results to Clients

Unless you’re Kevin Lomax in ‘Devil’s Advocate’, there is a strong likelihood that, at some point, you will not receive the result that you and your client had hoped for, at which point you’ll have to be the bearer of some bad news. But, even if that unfortunate event leads to a final, negative determination […]

14June, 2013

Guest Post: I Love My MacBook; My iPhone? Not So Much

We love guest posts here at the LOMAP Blog  . . . mostly because it means that I don’t have to write something . . . So, keep ‘em comin’.  We’re more than pleased, then, to relay the following post from Dylan Hayre.  Hayre, who is a lawyer for soliders, and has somehow also found […]

7June, 2013

Conquering Networking Jitters

While social networking sites are on the rise, they have not yet replaced good ‘ole fashion in-person networking. However, not many people would confess to “enjoying” in-person networking – especially as that single person in a room full of attorneys and/or other professionals you have never met. But, whether you like it or […]

2June, 2013

Nicheties: How to Select Your Practice Areas

There’s certainly still a lot of apparent appeal to the general practice of law. I mean, if Abraham Lincoln did it, it can’t be half-bad, right? Well, you comb your hair, don’t you? Examine a picture of Abraham Lincoln sometime: You think he was real diligent about combing his hair? Not so much, much of […]