February is Finance Month

February 2016 is finance month at Oregon Law Practice Management.  We are going to revisit and update some “oldie but goodie” posts on law firm finances: money-tree

  • How to get paid
  • Bartering for legal services
  • Adding surcharges if the client fails to pay
  • The seven golden rules of collection
  • The five C’s of hybrid fee agreements

We start off tomorrow with Four Sure-Fire Ways to Get Paid in 2016.

See you on February 1!

[All Rights Reserved 2016 Beverly Michaelis]


The Year in Review – Top Posts in 2015

Thank you loyal readers!  As 2015 comes to a close, here is a look back at the year’s top posts:

Working Effectively – Time Management, Staffing

File Management – What to Keep, What Not to Keep

Marketing, Business Development, and the Attorney-Client Relationship


Fees – Getting Paid, Finances, Credit Cards, Trust Accounting


Technology – Macs, TECHSHOW, Office 2016, Windows 10, Paperless, and More


[All Rights Reserved 2015 – Beverly Michaelis]

Calling all Contract Lawyers: A Must-Attend CLE

Do you provide contract services?  Do you hire contract attorneys?  If so, consider attending this CLE on November 19:

Contract Attorneys: Managing Expectations and Getting Paid
Tuesday, November 19 – 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Stoel Rives LLP, 900 SW Fifth Ave., 19th Floor, Portland
Sponsor – Oregon Women Lawyers
Registration $20

Topics include:

  • Nuts and bolts of establishing a relationship
  • Managing expectations for client access
  • Conflict checks
  • Timing of payments and deadlines
  • Determining project rates
  • What to do if it all goes wrong
  • Remedies and potential consequences