We all need clients to keep the doors open and the lights on. But taking the wrong clients can slow you down, lead to malpractice lawsuits and destroy your reputation & law practice… this is especially true for family law attorneys. The initial client interview is a great place to screen clients to determine if this is the type of client that you want to represent. Guarding your time, knowing the red flags and wisely selecting clients can make or break your practice.
When you first start out in your legal career you are likely to take every client that comes through the door. However, as you become more experienced and your time becomes a precious commodity, you must be selective about the clients that you choose to represent.
In this newly added CLE course, Los Angeles family law attorney Kelly Chang Rickert provides you with the tools that you need to successfully screen clients at the initial interview. The initial interview can be instrumental in keeping bad clients out of your practice. The main topics discussed in this CLE course include finding the right clients, client consultations and getting the correct information from the client. To access the course please click here: Family Law: Successfully Screening Clients at the Initial Interview.
Further topics covered in this family law CLE course include:
- Red flags
- Qualifying the client
- Stages of practice
- Answering the phones
- Screening potential clients
- Taking charge of the representation
- Educating the client
- Setting client expectations
- Turning down clients
- Evergreen & replenishable retainers
- Unbundled services/limited scope representation
- Utilizing intake forms
- Inquiring about the family situation
- The best interests of the children
- Defining your core set of values
Kelly Chang Rickert (formerly Kelly Yi-Yi Chang) is the founder of the Law Offices of Kelly Chang, A Professional Law Corporation, a firm dedicated exclusively to Family Law. She has been certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization as a Family Law Specialist. In addition to her law practice, Mrs. Rickert volunteers as Judge Pro Tem for the Los Angeles County Superior Court Small Claims Court, as well as mediator for the Los Angeles Family Courts. She also currently volunteers at the Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law. On Mondays and Tuesdays, you can find her at the Legal Grind, providing “coffee and counsel” sessions. Because of her expertise and experience, she is frequently quoted in the media and is a legal expert for CNN News, KTLA, NBC, Style Network, TV Guide and MTV on Mel Gibson, Tiger Woods, Britney Spears, Christie Brinkley, Madonna, Charlie Sheen, and the Kardashians divorce and custody cases.
This CLE course is currently offered in the following states:
- Alaska (AK)
- Arizona (AZ)
- California (CA)
- Connecticut (CT)
- District of Columbia (DC)
- Illinois (IL)
- Maryland (MD)
- Massachusetts (MA)
- Michigan (MI)
- New Jersey (NJ)
- New York (NY)
- North Dakota (ND)
- Pennsylvania (PA)
- South Dakota (SD)
Attorney Credits offers continuing legal education (CLE) for attorneys in New York and around the country. For more information about CLE in New York please click the following link: NY CLE.