Avoiding Surprises: Plan for Contingencies
By Jared Correia, Senior Law Practice Management Advisor at Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program
Itâs been said that no one likes surprises. And, while thatâs not entirely true (a surprise in the form of a legitimate Publisherâs Clearinghouse check, for example, would be alright), itâs certainly the case for lawyers. But, most lawyers donât do enough to eliminate or reduce the threat of surprise in their own practices. Not that thatâs entirely surprising, either: In order to reduce surprises in the practice of law, attorneys must prepare to meet eventualities, and many feel as though they are too overwhelmed to do anything other than bounce around, putting out the fire that is hottest at the time. There is, however, a better way; and, if you can lay the groundwork that will reduce the surprises you experience in your practice, youâll find that you end up becoming more efficient, and feeling less stressed.
There are a number of surprises that may rear their stealthy heads in the practice of law; fortunately, there are even more ways to avoid them: