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Supreme Court ruling levels playing field for developers

Land use attorneys across the state are hailing a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that greatly reduces the amount of leverage municipalities can wield in granting developers permits. A 5-4 majority in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District held ...

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A collection policy to avoid write-downs

A firm’s realization rate is fundamental to “The Business of Law.” Realization is simply the percentage of what is billed that is actually collected, and in today’s economy low realization remains the biggest financial problem for most lawyers. A 95 ...

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Attorney disbarred following affair with client

Maryland’s top court has disbarred an attorney, by a vote of 5-2, for having an intimate relationship with her client in a divorce and child custody proceeding, having a financial interest in his child-support obligation, communicating directly with the opposing ...

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LinkedIn has growing value for lawyers

LinkedIn is billed as the “professional” social network, which is why lawyers dipping their toes into social media for the first time often start with LinkedIn. The problem is that as far as social networks go, LinkedIn hasn’t always been ...

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Positives and pitfalls of social media marketing

The use of social media — whether it includes blogging, a LinkedIn or Facebook page, a Twitter post, or any number of other new iterations — is perhaps the most effective, low-cost marketing channel for small and solo law firms ...

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Agencies, Congress turn up heat on debt collectors

WASHINGTON – The rise in health care-related consumer debt, student loans,shoddy record keeping by creditors and abusive practices by debt collectors are leading federal regulators and lawmakers to crack down on third-party debt collectors and call for tighter rules applying ...

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Check this: Employee background checks require caution

Nobody likes to be proven wrong, least of all employers. In an effort to hire the perfect person for a position, a company may gather as much information as possible about an applicant, such as a quick review of a ...

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A step-by-step process for introducing a successor

Transitioning out of a small legal practice is, above all, an issue of planning. If the practice is not sold or closed, the best alternative for the partner who owns the firm is to groom a successor to whom client ...

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Bad news bearers

A lost summary judgment motion. A lowball offer to settle. The denial of an appeal. Lawyers are constantly the bearers of bad news.

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