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Empowering staff with service and education

August 31, 2015

Edward Poll Dolan Media Newswires Staff members are a critical part of any law firm. They serve as important firm resources—but this is only true if lawyers empower them by allowing them to provide service and receive education. Service Clients should ...

How to deal with pesky IRS notices and settle IRS tax bills

August 31, 2015

Venar Ayar Ayar Law Group Receiving any sort of bill in the mail is stressful enough in and of itself; but seeing the Internal Revenue Service return address in the upper left hand corner of the envelope would send waves of terror through anyone's body. If ...

Shhh... Treat confidentiality agreements like trade secrets

August 31, 2015

According to Michael N. Spink, a shareholder in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., the news this summer that Ford Motor Company was charged with theft of trade secrets by a former ...

The top-secret Tiger Club

August 31, 2015

Nick Roumel The other night was the State Bar Labor and Employment Section’s summer Tiger game outing. The organizers are to be commended for a great event. We had tickets not only to the game, but for a buffet in the “Tiger Club.” That’s ...

Raising fees right

August 31, 2015

Ed Poll Daily Record Newswire It’s time. You’re going to take the plunge. You’ve decided to raise your fees. Higher fees and happy clients can be mutually exclusive. But there are tactics that can not only increase income, but also acceptance. ...

Be well-prepared for the loan process with the '7-10 split'

August 31, 2015

Ed Poll Daily Record Newswire The time may come when your firm needs a temporary financial boost. A common occurrence, to be sure, but you won’t get something for nothing — certainly not from a bank. If you need a loan, you can expect the bank ...