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Co-employment arrangements

The Karl Truman Law Office has approximately half the employees it once had. But it has the same number of people working in the office. Confusing? Not really. Truman, a personal-injury attorney who practices in both Kentucky and Indiana, wanted ...

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Helpful hints

The coaches (see story, “The merits of outsourcing“) offer several suggestions for law firms or new attorneys struggling with payroll issues: 1. If you’re a solo practitioner or have a small firm, farm payroll functions to a company that specializes in them. ...

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The merits of outsourcing

When it comes to payroll and benefits, law-firm coaches Edward Poll and John Olmstead use the same words repeatedly: Outsource, simplify and “do what lawyers do best, practice law.” It’s almost a mantra for Poll, a California attorney and MBA, ...

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Watch out for the legal malpractice claim

correction at bottom Statistics show that lawyers who take cases outside their specialties traditionally run a greater risk of being sued for malpractice. That doesn’t bode well for 2009, as industry observers say poor economic conditions are likely to increase ...

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Work on merger pushed company into Fortune 500

It’s not often that a transaction in the Springfield market pushes a local company into the Fortune 500. But that’s what happened in 2008, when Lathrop & Gage attorney Randell D. Wallace helped advise McQueary Bros. Drug Co. in its ...

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Legal clinics director pushes through citizenship applications

John Ammann, director of the Saint Louis University Legal Clinics, didn’t have to go far to find inspiration to serve others. His father, Joseph, a high-school teacher who’s now deceased, gathered the family to deliver food for needy families each ...

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Sponsoring public events promotes branding

Sponsoring events may not bring new clients to their waiting rooms, but attorneys agree that the publicity can only help a firm’s name recognition or reputation. And benefits accrue, whether it’s a 350-lawyer firm hosting a series of entrepreneurship conferences ...

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