Solo and Small Firm

The Practitioner Winter 2016, Volume 22, Issue 1

Getting Paid As A Solo Without Breaching the Ethics Rules

By Megan Zavieh

Megan Zavieh focuses her practice on attorney ethics, representing attorneys facing state bar disciplinary action and providing guidance to practicing attorneys on questions of legal ethics. She has been representing attorneys facing disciplinary action before the California State Bar since 2009 and is admitted to practice in California, Georgia, New York and New Jersey, as well as in Federal District Court and the U.S. Supreme Court. She blogs at and is a contributor at and

When you are practicing law on your own, getting paid by clients is a chief concern. Despite our many and varied reasons for practicing law, making a living is universal to all except perhaps a few independently wealthy lawyers who don’t mind if they work for free. Ethics concerns prevent us from leaving a client hanging even if he fails to pay, but here are some ethical ways to help increase the odds of clients paying their bills.


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