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No-cost Canadian legal research tools

  • March 26, 2018
  • Kim Nayyer

Legal research, everyone knows, is time-consuming and expensive. Or is it? Law librarian Kim Nayyer points to some free options for you.

Finding good financial advice

  • March 26, 2018
  • James Careless

Let’s face it, people don’t go into law because they’re good accountants. And we all know that small firms just don’t have the resources for their own accounting departments. So what’s a sole practitioner to do? James Careless has some advice on finding advice.

A website is your firm’s face to the world—what will make yours distinct?

  • November 23, 2017
  • Ann Macaulay

You might have been top of your law class but if you’re wearing a dirty shirt for your meeting with a potential client, guess which will make the bigger impression. An unprofessional or out-of-date website is your dirty shirt online. Here are tips for some things to keep in mind when creating your professional online presence.

Does your law firm need a marketing plan? (Some do, some don't)

  • November 23, 2017
  • Sandra Bekhor

Yes, you studied law and not marketing, but if you’re like most small practitioners, a little marketing ability would come in handy in terms of growing your book of business. Not every one needs a full-on marketing strategy, but we have some tips for building one if you do.

A new way of looking at legal partnerships

  • November 23, 2017
  • James Careless

Big city, big firm; small town small practice. And never that twain shall meet. Except … sometimes it can make sense to unite the resources and expertise of the big firm with the smaller firm’s access to and knowledge of particular communities into a beautiful marriage of convenience. We look at how it might be done.

Working for free? Tips for reducing non-billable hours

  • July 26, 2017
  • James Careless

When you’re paying yourself, it’s easy to feel like any time of the working day not spent actively making money is time spent robbing your own wallet. That can be good motivation but also a vicious cycle, if start trying to save billable hours by cutting non-paying activities you actually need to do. We have some tips for finding balance.

How to deal with practice disruptions

  • July 26, 2017
  • Ann Macaulay

When you’re running your own law firm, you have to plan for both the known knowns and the unknown unknowns. That is, it pays to have a plan in place for both the practice disruptions you can see coming – pregnancy, vacation – and those you can’t.

Growing your niche practice

  • March 29, 2017
  • Julie Sobowale

Can you have a niche practice in a small market? Elizabeth Wozniak, an immigration lawyer in Nova Scotia, says yes you can. Find what you love, build your expertise, do your due diligence – and don’t listen to the people who tell you that you can’t.