5 Reasons You Should Consider Flat Fee Billing

By:  Kristin Tyler

Today’s legal consumers are growing ever more sophisticated in their business dealings with attorneys.  For example, in a recent survey 47% of consumers said they wanted a law firm that provided fixed fees. For years, research has shown that firms are increasingly feeling pressured to reduce rates and/or offer flat fee billing. Yet many law firms refuse to change, leaving them at a disadvantage. Flat fee billing is growing in use and if your competitors start to offer that option, you risk losing significant business.

However, there are other reasons to incorporate flat fees beside losing a client. Alternative fee arrangements offer many benefits, including the following:

  1. Attract more clients. Whether a prospect finds you online or gets your name from someone else, price is likely to be a concern. Many clients prefer the predictability of a flat fee as well as believe that it incentivizes firms to handle matters efficiently. Offering flat fees gives you a competitive advantage because it’s what clients want, and few firms currently provide that option. It also demonstrates that you are flexible and willing to meet your clients’ needs, which is a great way to stand out from the competition.
  2. Build better relationships with clients. When you bill hourly, clients may hesitate to call or email you out of fear of running up the bill. That is bad for the relationship. It can lead to more stress, loss of pertinent information and a feeling by the client that you don’t care about them unless you can bill them for something. Fixed fees eliminate those concerns.
  3. Avoid future fee disputes. The certainty of billing can help ensure there are no misunderstandings or arguments over how much time was spent on your work. In addition, it puts the focus on the quality of your work and the value you provided the client, not on how you spent the time. That is more likely to build trust and result in a happy client who refers you business in the future.
  4. Improve your firm’s efficiency. A flat fee means you need to focus on maximizing your productivity. It provides a good incentive to delegate tasks and implement systems since having others handle a lot of the legwork – research, administrative, and other work – is more cost-effective for the firm. When you are billing hourly, you may not think consciously about whether it makes sense for you to do all the work.
  5. Increase profitability. If you price and staff your projects appropriately, you can make more money with flat fee billing. You can and should price at a reasonable rate. Look at similar matters you have handled and how long they took, what problems arose and how the current case differs. Your flat fee should reflect this even if its seems like a high number. Remember that clients worry about potentially exorbitant fees so even if your price seems high to them, it still gives them predictability as opposed to the potentially unlimited bill from another attorney. Next, look for ways you can reduce your costs on that matter. How did you spend your time on similar matters? Can you manage the workload more efficiently? These are key questions for your firm no matter how you bill because they focus on making your cases more profitable.

You don’t have to switch to flat fee billing entirely. Think about some types of matters where you have a lot of experience and can more easily determine an appropriate price. In addition, consider cases where much of the work can be delegated to other attorneys, either within the firm or to freelance attorneys. Reducing the labor cost will help maximize your return. Outsourcing to freelance lawyers is particularly effective because you can pay them a flat fee plus you save on overhead, which means that your fixed fee case will be even more profitable.

To learn more about how outsourcing can help your firm, check out our blog post on 6 Benefits of Using Freelance Attorneys Instead of Hiring Associates or read about how LAWCLERK™ works.

Why Law Firms Must Face Their Fears and Embrace Technology

By:  Kristin Tyler

Many jurisdictions have adopted attorney professional conduct rules requiring technological competence. Some states are going further mandating technology training. Despite this, the American Bar Association’s latest Tech Report shows that many law firms, particularly small firms, still struggle with embracing technology. Law firms are often far behind other industries in adoption of new technology, but why are firms still holding back?

If it’s not broken, don’t fix it. In most cases, those in charge of making decisions have successfully worked for years without a lot of technology. They are used to doing things a certain way and if that way is still working, there doesn’t seem to be a compelling reason to change. However, both clients and younger attorneys expect firms to use technology. They know that it’s about being more productive and firms that resist keeping up will look out of touch and inefficient.

It won’t make a difference to the practice. The less lawyers use technology, the less comfortable they are with it. They don’t understand how it works, how it could benefit their practice or what the risks are of not incorporating it into their practice. However, even bar associations have realized that lawyers can’t pretend it doesn’t exist. Change is scary, but think about how much has already changed since you graduated from law school. Did you survive and benefit from those changes? The toughest part is getting started.

There is too much risk. Hackers, system crashes, technology glitches, lack of tech support and other problems with technology can make lawyers fearful of making the wrong decision. Lawyers tend to be very analytical and risk-averse. Obviously, it’s important for lawyers to vet the services and vendors they use, but they need to remember that not using technology also has risks.

It will replace lawyers and reduce firm revenue. Some lawyers bill for time spent on work that could be handled more easily with the help of technology. As a result, using technology may mean less need for staff and reduced billable hours. However, clients are demanding more services for less cost. For how long will they tolerate being charged for services they know could be done more efficiently? In addition, lawyers can be redeployed to focus on higher value work making the firm more profitable and the attorneys happier in their jobs.

Like it or not, law firms need to explore how technology can help improve their operations and profitability. The practice of law has become increasingly competitive and small firms in particular have to run their practice at maximum efficiency in order to succeed.

Learning how to operate more efficiently isn’t just about incorporating technology; it’s about evaluating staffing and workloads. LAWCLERK focuses on helping small firms compete by utilizing experienced freelance attorneys on a project basis. We provide a secure and confidential online platform where you can look for attorneys with the right skill set and the right price for your matter.

Learn more about how LAWCLERK™ works or contact us for a consultation today.

 

What I Wish I’d Learned in Law School About the Business of Law

By:  Kristin Tyler

After three years of law school and a strenuous bar exam, you’re finally ready to be a lawyer. Hopefully law school taught you how to analyze the law but what about the rest of it? Did you learn how to find clients, bill and collect money, keep track of your deadlines, deal with difficult people or all the issues that come up in running a law practice? Here are five things we wish we’d learned in law school:

There aren’t enough hours in the day. It’s a sad truth, but you will work a full day and find that less than half of that time is going to be billable time. There are a lot of administrative tasks that are necessary to running a law practice such as paying the internet bill or dealing with staff concerns. In addition, you have to make time to bring in new business. In between all that, you must take care of your clients. You can’t avoid these responsibilities, but there are some tactics that can help you better organize your practice to make the most of your time.

Time-sheets will be the bane of your existence. While you are handling administrative tasks, or getting interrupted and switching gears from one case to another, it can be hard to keep track of the time you spent on each case. Time-keeping is important whether or not you are billing a client for your time. Obviously, if you are charging by the hour, you have to document what you were doing and how much time you spent on it. However, even if you are working on a flat fee or contingency fee basis, you need to keep track of your time in order to understand whether you charged the right amount and if your case was profitable. If you don’t keep track of your hours, how will you know whether you effectively made $50/hour or $500/hour? The best way to keep track of your time is as you go on a daily basis. If you try to reconstruct your hours after the fact, you will under or overcharge your time.

You must deal with difficult clients. Unfortunately, there is no crystal ball to predict when an otherwise normal client will transform into a problem client.  Clients don’t always tell you what you need to know or tell you the truth. This may be deliberate, or it may just be that they don’t think the information is relevant, so they don’t share it. Either way you need to be skilled at questioning your client repeatedly to make sure you get what you need to effectively represent them. Also protect yourself by documenting what you were told and what you did. Remember too that a client who is difficult or high-maintenance during your first consultation, will never get better so you may want to consider whether you want to work with them in the first place.

You have socialize (at least a little). Effective networking is a necessity. If you want to find and keep clients and build your reputation, you need to know how to network. Yes, there are many ways to market your practice, but they aren’t a replacement for networking, nor is networking a replacement for other types of marketing. The way to grow your practice is to make connections and face to face networking is a crucial part of that. Make sure you are targeting the right groups and following up with your contacts, so you build strong relationships.

Your law practice is a business. That means you must understand how to create a budget, manage your finances, hire and train staff, market and take care of a host of other things. If you don’t know how to do it, you have to learn. Take a class, read articles and books, ask your colleagues for advice, and bring in experienced help.

Running your own practice can be a wonderful experience, but unfortunately law school doesn’t teach you many of the skills you need to do it well. You’ll make mistakes, but if you keep learning and improving soon enough you’ll build a successful practice.

If you need help managing excess work in your law practice, consider hiring experienced freelance lawyers. LAWCLERK™ provides a secure and confidential online platform where you can outsource work on a project by project basis for a flat fee price to a talented network of freelance attorneys.

Learn more about how LAWCLERK™ works or contact us for a consultation today.

Are Administrative tasks eating away at your Billable hours?

By: Clark Harrington

Figuring out the balance between managing a law practice with the administrative demands of the business of law can be a challenge for all attorneys.  In October of 2017 Clio released its 2017 Legal Trends report which should make all attorneys reevaluate the way they are conducting the business of law.

The most eye-popping discovery was that, on average, attorneys are only spending 2.3 hours of an 8-hour day on billable tasks. This is a mere 29% of their time. Clio also found that for those legal professionals working longer than eight hours a day the percentage of time spent on billable tasks was even lower.

This brings up the obvious question of what is taking up those extra 6 hours? Clio found that office administration, billing, technology maintenance, and bill collections are all eating away attorneys’ time. On average, these tasks constitute 48% of a lawyer’s time.

Finally, and this comes as no surprise to anyone in the practice of law, attorneys spend one third their time on what Clio calls “business development” or getting new clients. These numbers indicate that generating new business is a major effort for most attorneys.

There are a lot of reasons why attorneys are spending more time than ever on administrative activities but the bottom line is that you are probably spending less time on what matters to make your practice profitable.

If you need any further evidence that the business of law is broken this is it:  Attorneys are working longer and are more inefficient than ever, in terms of billable hours.

How can LAWCLERK™ help? LAWCLERK™ allows you to increase billing by allowing you to take on more work. Have a memo that will take too much time or will interfere with a trial date? Let one of our qualified Lawclerks do it for you. Have you ever had to turn down work because it was outside your comfort level? Don’t spend all the time and energy of developing a relationship with a client just to send them out as a referral. Chances are there is a Lawclerk in our marketplace who has practiced in that area of law and is ready to help.

Post a project on LAWCLERK™ today and see just how much more efficient you can be.  Visit us at www.lawclerk.legal.

Jumpstart 2018: Tips to Help Organize Your Law Office

By:  Kristin Tyler

A recent report found that lawyers spend 48% of their work day on administrative tasks. Unfortunately, there is no way to eliminate all that nonbillable time, but better organization can make a significant impact on your productivity. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  1. Organize your desk. Looking at a messy desk can cause stress even if you think you know where everything is located. Get rid of the clutter. Use a tiered file holder that can sit on your desk to keep only the most important active files on your desk. Limit personal items and office supplies. Designate a physical inbox for incoming papers to reside.
  2. Purge your paper. Paper is one of the hardest things to organize. Start by making individual piles for what you must act on right away, what needs to be readily accessible, and what can be filed, scanned, put into storage or shredded. Scan and retain digital copies to the greatest extent possible. Once it’s cleaned up and put away, resolve to do this at least weekly so it doesn’t pile up again.
  3. Reduce interruptions. The same report showed that 25% of legal professionals are interrupted more than 10 times per day, and 30% are interrupted between 6 and 10 times per day. Research shows that resuming work after being interrupted by an unrelated task takes an average of 23 minutes. That means you could easily be losing several hours of time every day just in interruptions. Establish guidelines about when you will take a client call or talk with staff. When it comes to email, designate certain time periods throughout the day to check and respond to email.
  4. Evaluate your systems and processes. You must have a way to keep track of your work, deadlines, client communications, expenses, billing and receivables. There are many software options available to help, but whatever you use, evaluate it periodically to make sure it is still working for you. As your firm grows, you may need to upgrade your systems.
  5. Delegate. Everyone in your office should be making the highest and best use of their time. That means learning to effectively delegate. You might be great at handling administrative tasks, but as a lawyer that is not the best use of your time. In the same way, you might be a great lawyer, but you shouldn’t necessarily handle every case yourself. Although you must supervise all work in your office, there may be others who have the skills and time to do the work, so you can focus on the tasks you can’t delegate.

The new year is a great time to commit to making changes that will save you time and help your law practice be more profitable – but really you can make this same commitment any time of year.

If you need help with legal work in your office or want to efficiently handle more cases, check out LAWCLERK™. LAWCLERK™ is a legal services marketplace where busy attorneys can find qualified freelance lawyers for legal projects on an as needed basis without the additional overhead of hiring a full time associate.

Learn more about how LAWCLERK™ works or contact us for a consultation today.

 

“Live to Work” or “Work to Live”

By: Kristin Tyler

It’s no secret that the practice of law can be a grueling, demanding career that can consume upwards of 60 hours or more each week.

Constant emails?  Check.

Unrelenting deadlines?  Oh yes, we are familiar with those.

Long hours?  Most definitely.  In fact, many attorneys pride themselves on these long hours. These are the “Live to Work” attorneys.

The most recent data from NALP reports that associate attorneys worked an average of 2,081 hours per year in 2014.  In 2013, the number was 2,067 at the same offices.

Based on the 2014 average, let’s see how the hours break down on a weekly basis.  For purposes of this example, let’s say you take three weeks’ vacation (that sounds great) and two more weeks off due to various holidays and/or sick leave.  That would mean you work 47 weeks of the year.

At the rate of 2,081 hours a year, that would mean you bill an average of 44.3 hours a week.  Practicing attorneys know that in order to bill 44.3 hours a week, you are most likely at work many hours beyond this to take care of administrative tasks and things such as coffee breaks and occasionally a lunch.  Factoring in this time could mean you are at the office upwards of 60 hours a week or more.

When you combine these time demands with the challenges of raising a family, caring for elderly parents, or managing one’s own health, it is easy to see that burnout can be inevitable for many attorneys.

Interestingly, the New York Times reports that about 20 percent of law graduates from 2010 are working at jobs that do not require a law license and only 40 percent are working in law firms, compared with 60 percent from the class a decade earlier.

The demands of the profession can lead to burnout if an attorney isn’t careful.  Many attorneys entering into the legal profession in recent years simply don’t want to work the traditional long hours that a career in the law has required for many decades.

For many lawyers, the days of “Live to Work” have transitioned to a mindset of “Work to Live.”  Attorneys are doing a cost vs. benefit analysis and many are simply coming to the conclusion that they don’t want to spend 2,000+ hours in the office every year.

Attorneys from all different generations are now seeking out flexible work/life schedules – and I’m not just talking about working parents.  Attorneys want more time to explore their non-work interests and spend more hours with loved ones.  These are the “Work to Live” attorneys.

Despite the demands and pressures, the practice of law can be incredibly rewarding – both personally and financially.  Finding the right balance of where and how much you want to work will go a long way towards your own personal happiness and avoiding burnout.

Whether you are a “Live to Work” or a “Work to Live” kind of attorney – Lawclerk.Legal can help you build the type of practice you want to suit your lifestyle.  LAWCLERK™ allows busy attorneys to outsource work on a project-by-project basis without taking on the overhead of hiring a full-time associate.  Using LAWCLERK™ relieves the expense of hiring an associate such as paying for benefits, additional office space, and equipment.  Attorneys can get the help they need – when they need it – without the overhead.

On the flip side, if you are looking for alternative and more flexible work, perhaps joining LAWCLERK™ as a freelance lawyer (called a “Lawclerk”) would be a good fit for you.  Working in the marketplace as a Lawclerk gives you the ultimate amount of flexibility to decide when and how much and on what types of projects you want to work.

The traditional legal career is leaving many attorneys dissatisfied, but it doesn’t have to be that way.  Whether you are a “Live to Work” attorney with piles of work on your desk or a “Work to Live” Lawclerk hoping to travel the world while still making a living – LAWCLERK™ is a marketplace to connect you, help you both make more money, and revolutionize the business of the practice of law.

 

 

3 Things to Consider Before Turning Down Legal Work and Referring It to Another Attorney

Have you ever been faced with deciding whether to accept legal work that you don’t ordinarily handle? Do you keep it or refer it to someone else? Taking the work means getting the revenue and the relationship with the client, but it also may be a large burden on your time. Using a freelance attorney can be the solution to this problem by providing a cost-effective way to bring in the expertise you need for the matter. Before making this decision, there are 3 things you should consider:

  1. How much work of this type do you want to accept, or do you think will come your way? If this case was a fluke and similar opportunities are unlikely to arise again, then it may make sense to refer it to another attorney. However, if you think more work like this could arise or it’s valuable for other business reasons, then outsourcing to project based freelance lawyers that work for you is a good way for you to handle these cases yourself. You can bring in revenue to the firm as well as expand your practice without adding employees or trying to educate yourself in another practice area.
  2. What is the turnaround time for the legal work? When the work is needed quickly, it may be hard for you to handle the matter within the firm. However, outsourcing can still help you keep the business for the firm. A freelance attorney offers flexibility, with skilled legal help available for any type of project when you need it.

  3. Is the work highly specialized? In some cases, it may be possible to learn enough to handle the matter personally. However, the more specialized the work, the more time and resources it takes to become enough of an expert to comfortably do the work yourself. However, in the current legal market, there are thousands of talented and available lawyers with specialized knowledge. These freelance attorneys have the necessary subject matter legal expertise to do the work for you on a flat-fee project basis.

Instead of dealing with a temporary legal staffing agency that is costly and looking to place long term employees, you should look at an online legal services marketplace. These provide access to a large number of highly qualified attorneys with specialized skill.

Lawclerk.legal offers a secure and compliant, fast and easy to use platform for outsourcing legal projects to skilled freelance attorneys on a project basis. Learn more about LAWCLERK’s™ unique model developed with the needs of solo practitioners and small law firms in mind.  Check out LAWCLERK’s™ introductory video on their homepage.

5 Reasons to Try LAWCLERK™

By:  Kristin Tyler

Lawyers can be notoriously slow to adopt new technologies even when they have tremendous potential to make their professional and personal lives easier.  Why do we attorneys resist change especially when it comes to technological advances?  I mean, can you imagine what it’d be like to still do legal research with actual books?  Could you function on a daily basis without a smartphone?

Here’s five reasons you should give the technology behind LAWCLERK™ a try to see how it can help you and your practice evolve:

Security.

Protecting the security and confidentiality of a client is a top priority for every successful attorney.  This is why we built an encrypted document repository to allow the attorney and the freelance lawyer (we call them “Lawclerks”) to safely and securely share documents.  But, before a Lawclerk can even access any of the documents provided by the attorney in connection with the project, the Lawclerk must sign our Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreement.

Further, the Lawclerk must also pass a conflict check.  We developed two separate layers for conflict checks.  After a project is posted, the posting attorney must provide her conflicts list for the project.  After the attorney selects a freelance Lawclerk from the pool of Lawclerks that have applied for the project, the selected Lawclerk must then download and review the conflict rules for each state in which the attorney that has posted the project is barred.  After reviewing the applicable rules, the selected Lawclerk must then review the conflicts list posted by the Attorney and affirm that she does not have any conflict.  The LAWCLERK™ conflicts check technology is so advanced that the site can even block a Lawclerk from appearing as an available applicant if the Lawclerk previously completed a project where the posting attorney’s client was listed as an adverse party in the prior project’s conflict list.

No monthly membership fee.

One of the most common questions we get from attorneys is how much does LAWCLERK™ cost per month?  The answer: nothing.  There is no sign-up fee and no monthly membership fee.

Unlike your billing software or your legal research subscription, there is no monthly fee for attorneys to register and be a part of LAWCLERK™.  In fact, you can sign up for free in less than 90 seconds!

The only time you open up your wallet is when you post a project on LAWCLERK™.  When you post a project, you set a flat fee rate that you are willing to pay the Lawclerk for the work on your project.

Traditional “contact attorneys” usually charge hourly for their services so there is always the unknown factor of how much the traditional contract attorney will charge you.  This isn’t the case with LAWCLERK™.  With LAWCLERK™, you set the flat fee price up front and the Lawclerks know they are bidding to work on a flat fee project.  The funds are not disbursed to the Lawclerk until after you receive and approve their work product.

Privacy.

We know the importance of privacy and confidentiality and that is why we have taken every measure to protect your privacy and confidentiality when you use LAWCLERK™.

Only lawyers can log-in and use LAWCLERK™.  The public has absolutely no access to the identity of the attorneys and freelance Lawclerks using the LAWCLERK™ marketplace.

As a freelance Lawclerk, your profile is only visible when you apply for a project.  And, even when you have applied for a project, your profile may only be viewed by the attorney that posted the project during the application period.  Thus, as a Lawclerk, you have 100% control over which attorneys see your profile.

As an attorney posting a project, your profile is only visible to the freelance Lawclerks that are considering applying for your project.  As soon as you have selected a Lawclerk to complete your project, your profile is no longer viewable until you post another project.

Impressive Lawclerk credentials.

Attorneys who try LAWCLERK™ repeatedly tell us that they are impressed with the credentials of the freelance Lawclerks in the marketplace.  Our Lawclerks include former partners of AM LAW firms, former judicial clerks, mid-level associates who took time off to care for family, solo practitioners looking to make additional income while they build their own practices, and recent law school graduates.

When an attorney posts a project, interested Lawclerks can apply to work on the project.  Once a Lawclerk applies for a project, the attorney has the opportunity to review their resume, writing sample, and ratings from prior work in the marketplace before selecting a Lawclerk.

No additional overhead.

As a busy attorney, LAWCLERK™ gives you the flexibility to hire additional help when you need it without the added overhead of hiring full time associates.  On the flip side, if you find yourself in the midst of a slow season, you can always pick up additional work via LAWCLERK™ by applying to work on projects for other attorneys.

LAWCLERK™ essentially gives you a cyber law firm of associates to help you on a project by project basis to expand your practice!

What are you waiting for?  I challenge you to be an early adopter and give LAWCLERK™ a try today.  Sign up is free and posting a project takes less than 2 minutes.

6 Benefits of Using Freelance Attorneys Instead of Hiring Associates

By:  Talitha Kozlowski

If you’re a solo or small firm attorney, your revenue is limited to the maximum number of hours you can work in any given day, week, month, or year. And hiring more associates isn’t always the answer. Associates are expensive, plus you have to worry about keeping them busy on billable work. They may also lack the expertise or specialization you need, thereby putting you at a marketing disadvantage. Instead of hiring a full-time associate, you should consider the advantages of using freelance attorneys.

Outsourcing legal services offer many benefits to your practice. These include:

 1.  Make more money. Outsourcing can improve your bottom line by leveraging excess legal capacity and talent. Currently, there is an overabundance of graduating lawyers and the big law “up or out” system is creating thousands of talented and available lawyers with specialized knowledge. You can take advantage of this and get skilled attorneys at reasonable rates on a freelance basis.

 2.  Expand your practice area expertise. With outsourcing, you can meet your clients’ needs by selecting skilled freelance lawyers who have subject matter legal expertise in other areas of the law.

 3.  Achieve flexible staffing for your cases. By using freelance attorneys, you can get help when you need it. You can find qualified legal help at any skill level for any project. You can get assistance with preparing memos, agreements, pleadings, written discovery, and other types of work.

4.  Move away from the billable hour toward flat fee billing
. Outsourcing allows you to engage talented lawyers in a paraprofessional capacity on a flat fee basis to assist you with discrete projects. As a result, you can charge your clients a set fee for legal work instead of hourly billing, which is more frequently being demanded by clients and gives you a marketing advantage.

 5.  Lower the cost of legal services and be more competitive in the market. Outsourcing is often more economical than hiring attorneys because of the overhead costs employees add to your business. Those savings can be passed along to your clients, which gives you a competitive advantage.

 6.  Find work/life balance. Solos and small firms are under more pressure than ever to work constantly in order to make a profit. By using freelance lawyers, you can bring in extra help when you need it without the overhead of a full-time associate, thereby giving you more time with your friends, family, and hobbies.

Companies who provide temporary legal staffing may not meet your needs because they are often geared towards large law firms and have “big law” cost structures. As a solo or small firm, you should consider utilizing a legal services marketplace where you can securely and confidentially find freelance lawyers with the right skill set at the price you choose for your project.

If you are considering using a freelance lawyer to help your practice (and you should), check out www.lawclerk.legal.  LAWCLERK is making attorneys more profitable.  Signing-up is absolutely free. It’s secure and compliant, fast and easy to use, and always available to help meet your needs.

General Practitioners – Leverage Talent the Way “Big Law” Rainmakers Do 

By: Greg Garman

One of the greatest challenges of being a general practitioner is that the business model isn’t scalable. For the typical solo or small firm attorney, revenue is limited to the maximum number of hours they can work in any given day, week, month, or year. And hiring more associates isn’t always the answer. Associates are expensive, you can’t always keep them busy on billable work, and they usually lack subject matter expertise, thereby putting you at a marketing disadvantage. 

Now, contrast this business model with that of “big law” rainmakers. They can sell a virtually limitless number of attorneys, each with subject matter expertise. And because of the breadth of specialization and resources they have to sell, “big law” can target more sophisticated clients with premium rates and greater profit margins. 

This problem is why we created Lawclerk.Legal. With LAWCLERK™, general practitioners can leverage our secure and confidential marketplace to find subject matter expertise when and how you need it. With LAWCLERK™, solos and small firms can leverage talent and resources the same way the “big law” rainmakers do, thereby driving more work and greater profit.