Starting A Law Firm? You Need A Supplier

Opening and running your own practice involves a lot of things. One of those things is buying stuff. The stuff you need to run your show. Stuff like pens, paperclips, coffee, and tape.

Anything that saves you time and money – makes you money.

One of the best things that I’ve done for my practice in this respect is getting a WB Mason account. They offer same day delivery in most cases at prices lower than major office supply stores and Amazon.

Getting what I need quickly and inexpensively means more time to focus on what matters – family and clients.

I get nothing for this post. I’m not paid by WB Mason. This is a post that I wish I had read years ago. So I wrote it.

Starting A Law Firm? Use A Password Manager.

In order to run our firm, we must be able to securely access websites. For example, our bank, our accounting software, and our practice management software.

Passwords are the lowest hanging fruit on the security tree.

Today’s law firms must use password managers to generate unique and complex passwords.

Give Lastpass or 1Password a try. Protect your data. Protect your clients. Protect yourself.

Choosing not to use a password manager is negligent if your data gets breached.

Eight Reasons We Won’t Take Your Case

A lot of law firm advertising is centered around “have a case…call us” (see below). We do that too. However, we are selective in the cases we take. Being selective is the only way to insure that when we take a case that we can properly handle it. This benefits us and more importantly our clients.

Here are 8 reasons we won’t take your case:

1. Outside our areas of practice. Law is complicated and getting more complicated. It is impossible for any lawyer to be competent in more than a few areas of law. For example, if you come to us with a workers compensation case, we will refer it to a competent workers compensation attorney.

2. No claim. We evaluate our cases carefully. Every case we select has merit. We are happy to discuss all sorts of claims. In the very least, you will leave with an opinion as to whether or not you have a claim.

3. Our caseload. The fastest way to sink a ship is to put too much stuff on it. The same hold true with law practice. I can’t appear for you in court on Monday if I’m preparing to try someone else’s case on Tuesday. Each case is very important to us and warrants our undivided attention. If we can’t take your case we will refer you to someone who can.

4. Conflict. We cannot sue folks who we represent or who we have represented. The conflict check is the very first thing we do. If we have a conflict, you will know this immediately and be referred to someone who does not have the conflict.

5. Not A Match. Few relationships are as important as that of attorney-client. If you feel your attorney is not a match you should get a new one. Similarly, if we feel a client is not a match we will decline representation. Reasons clients may not be a match stem from a differences of opinion as to strategy or expectations. For example, we will not take any family case where the objective of the client is to “destroy” their spouse.

6. Economics of the case. We will decline representation where it makes no economic sense for the client. If the legal costs are likely to exceed any gain we will tell you this. We have helped numerous folks file small claims documents by themselves.

7. Geography. It often makes no sense for our firm to do a real estate closing in a place like Danielson. It is simply too far for both us and the parties involved. We are happy to tell you this and suggest local counsel.

8. We Feel You Would Be Better Served By Someone Else. This is sort of a blend of reasons 1 and 5 but it’s a different beast. We represent lots of injured folks. However, we know some lawyers who through experience may be better suited to handle your specific kind of claim. For example, we have referred out major pharmaceutical cases to national firms.

We apply these criteria to each of our cases. So you know, that if we accept your case, we are prepared to properly prosecute it.

CONTACT US TO DISCUSS YOUR CASE. (860) 471-8333 or use the form below.

WE’RE HAPPY TO LISTEN TO YOUR STORY. IF WE CAN’T HANLDE IT, WE WILL PUT YOU IN THE HANDS OF SOMEONE WHO CAN. THAT’S OUR COMMITMENT.

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Opening Day

The snow pile remains on my driveway. It is dirty. A reminder of the winter of 2015.

The snow pile’s days are numbered. The calendar says baseball. The grass will turn green. Flowers will emerge from the ground. Leaves will return to the trees.

Baseball will be played. Here’s what I’m looking forward to in 2015.

I’m really excited to watch the Red Sox.  Can’t wait to watch Mookie Betts in centerfield. This team should score plenty of runs.

I’m optimistic that Pedroia is healthy. Napoli’s offseason surgery should help. Boegarts should take a step forward at shortstop.

The additions of Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval will greatly improve production over 2014 in LF and 3b.

Rusney Castillo should be starting in right come May.

The pitching remains a question mark. Clay Buchholz has never been able to be consistent. He’s either been brilliant or terrible. The bullpen scares me but I’m optimistic the talent in  the minors can help fill this need.

This team is probably good enough to make me sign back up for cable. No matter how the season unfolds it should be an interesting year for the Red Sox. They are unlikely to be terrible.

No matter what I’ll take baseball over a snow pile any day.

Here’s to dirty snow becoming dirty water.

Easter Bunny Law

Alright it’s a bit of a stretch. Connecticut doesn’t actually have a law regarding the Easter Bunny.

We do have a Connecticut rabbit law.

In Connnecticut, it is illegal for a person to sell or give away a live rabbit that has been dyed, colored or otherwise treated so as to import to them an artificial color.  Any person who violates the law faces a fine not to exceed $150. Conn. Gen. Stat. Sec. 53-249a.

Dye eggs not the bunny.

Happy Easter.

On The Move

Late July 2013. I found myself suddenly solo. Suddenly needing a new office. Suddenly not knowing where to go.

It’s 2 am on Sunday morning. I’m on my ipad. I’m on loopnet. Scouring Hartford County for a space to hang my shingle.

There was a small office space available near where my running club met. I thought this was as good of a reason as any to check it out. I did.

On Monday, I had agreed to lease terms. On Tuesday, I had signed a lease.

I picked out carpet. Ordered furniture. Hired a painter. And 3 weeks later, I moved in.

The space is beautiful. I like the porch. I’ll miss sitting on the porch.

It’s now time to move on.

Time for Allison to have an office. Time for Andrew to get an office with a window. Time for more friends to join us.

Time to design a space that better serves the needs of our respective clients. Time to collaborate with friends.

We’re designing, buying, and building our new home. We’re staying in Glastonbury.

Coming Summer of 2015….

What Makes A Successful Lawyer?

“We are measuring success wrong. We measure by verdict size, not contribution, not impact. A truly successful lawyer is one who has laid it all out for an insignificant case, risked everything because it was the right thing to do. Measure by what kind of justice was given. Give the message that you care! A successful lawyer is a lawyer who honors real people.” – Gerry Spence

Few lawyers, by any measure, have been more successful than Spence. We are grateful for Spence’s commitment to educating trial lawyers.

Reading everything Spence has written is a prerequisite for this list. 

Injured By A Reckless Driver In Connecticut? 4 Things You Need To Know

Reckless driving needlessly endangers us all. Those who choose to drive recklessly need to be held accountable for the harms and losses they cause.

Whenever we review a personal injury case, we investigate to see if a driver was operating recklessly.

What is reckless driving?

Connecticut law provides that no person shall operate any motor vehicle upon any public highway of the state recklessly, having regard to the width, traffic and use of such highway, the intersection of streets and the weather conditions.

How do we determine if a driver is reckless? We look for the following factors:

1.  Was the person operating a motor vehicle recklessly when that person does so knowing or having reason to know of facts that create a high degree of risk of physical harm to another and deliberately proceeds to act in conscious disregard of, or with indifference to, that risk?

2.  Was a person operating a motor vehicle recklessly when that person knows or has reason to know of facts that create a high degree of risk?

3.   Was the operation of a motor vehicle upon any public highway at such a rate of speed as to endanger the life of any person other than the operator of the motor vehicle?

 4. Did the operation of a motor vehicle upon any public highway at a rate of speed greater than eighty-five miles per hour?

If any of those 4 factors are present, the person who caused your injuries may be responsible for reckless driving.

Reckless driving may entitle you to double or treble damages.

If you have been injured in a car accident in Connecticut, contact us for a no-charge consultation. McKeen Law Firm, LLC can make it right. (860) 471-8333

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