I made the transition from government service to my own practice back in 2013. Six years later my Philadelphia appeals law firm is not only surviving but thriving. I’d like to share with you three tips about keeping costs down (and profit up!) that I wish someone expressly told me when I first started out on my own. Frankly, I had to learn these the hard way. Continue reading “3 Tips on Keeping Costs Low for Any Small Business”
Audits have been used since ancient times to protect assets and assure financial reports. During the 1900’s, the use of audits expanded to reviews of management practices. Managerial audits help organizations avoid malpractice by assessing procedures and processes. Law firms of all sizes can use managerial audits to implement best practices in the office and the courtroom. Read on to learn more about managerial audits and resources for conducting one at your firm.
After an entity (either a business corporation, limited liability company or non-profit corporation) is formed, there is often a need to obtain a document which certifies that the entity is: a) still in existence; b) is up to date on its annual reports and franchise taxes; c) up to date on all of its statutory and administrative requirements.
That document is known as a Certificate of Good Standing (sometimes referred to as a Certificate of Existence or a Certificate of Status, depending upon the state). A Certificate of Good Standing is exactly what it sounds like. Continue reading “Certificates of Good Standing”
Abraham Lincoln had a successful career as a small firm lawyer for 25 years before becoming America’s 16th president. In notes for a lecture to lawyers, Lincoln attributed his achievements to diligence and honesty. Getting organized is another virtue for a successful career path. Organization can help you enhance productivity and reduce stress. Read on to learn strategies for getting organized in your law practice. Continue reading “Strategies for Getting Organized”
The Housing Stability and Tenant Protection act of 2019 became effective on June 14, 2019. All leases signed thereafter are subject the Act. We have been reviewing the Act with the attorneys that author several of the lease forms and hope to have them available at blumberglegalforms.com by mid to late August and printed forms about two weeks later. Continue reading “Housing Stability and Tenant Protection act of 2019 – LEASES”
BigLaw is not for everyone. Chicago attorney Matthew Willens offers steps for new attorneys on how to start a law firm practice. Tip No 1: Don’t Listen to Naysayers
First, you have to deal with the naysayers. Friends, families, and peers may try to talk you out of it. And it may not feel that way, but they have the best intentions.
Here’s the best advice you can get at this stage: Don’t listen to anyone who hasn’t started their own firm. Their discouragement is a form of protection, but unless they’ve done what you’re considering, they can’t know what they’re protecting you from. They can’t really know the dangers.
Regardless of where you are in your career, you can start your own law firm. Even if you’re straight out of law school, it’s possible. It’ll be easier when you have some type of favorable reputation, but many people have started successful firms at this stage. Continue reading “Tips for New Lawyers on Starting a Law Firm”
New and Revised Notices to Tenants
We will begin to upload these forms at blumberglegalforms.com shortly
Blumberg Legal Form 119, formerly a 3-day notice, will be a 14-day notice. Rent demands required by law must be in writing, sent certified mail, and allow tenants 14 days to pay (RPL 711(2), 7-19
A new Blumberg Legal Form 309, will be an omnibus notice for 30, 60 and 90 day periods, 7-19
A new Blumberg Legal Form 304 will be a 5-day notice sent certified mail, RPL §235-E(d), 7-19
Blumberg Legal Form 307, 30-day notice, will be available for situations not affected by the Act, 7-19
Notices of Petition for Non-Payment or Holdover
Legal Forms 207b, 207d, 211, 445, 449, 511, 1407 and 1411 are under review. Continue reading “Housing Stability and Tenant Protection act of 2019”
Looking Good in Print
Typography is the style and appearance of words on paper, computer screens, and other media. It has evolved from primitive drawings on cave walls in ancient times to stunning websites in the digital era. The elements of typography include alignment, color, consistency, contrast, hierarchy, and typeface. Good typography makes writing more effective just like good speaking makes oral arguments more persuasive.
Read on for tips to enhance the appearance of your correspondence, pleadings, and other legal documents. Continue reading “What is Typography?”
A registered agent, a resident agent or a statutory agent (the three terms are interchangeable) is defined by United States business law as a business, or person, designated to receive service of process on behalf of a company against whom a legal action is brought. To put it another way, when you appoint a registered agent, you are providing the public with an indirect but efficient means of contacting you about a legal issue. The agent then makes sure that you receive the document within a reasonable timeframe.