The Maryland Bar Application: What Every Applicant Needs to Know

So you are ready to graduate from law school and begin working as an attorney in the State of Maryland. Of course, things are not quite so simple. Earning your juris doctor is just the first step. Before you can practice law, you must first apply for admission to the Maryland Bar. The admission process itself involves several steps and requires you to provide a significant amount of background information to the Read More

The Fee Agreement: Five Things to Consider

The last thing many Maryland attorneys want to think about is contracts, especially when it comes to sensitive matters like client fees. But written contracts are a necessary evil in this business. If you do not spell out the exact relationship between you and your client, it can easily come back to bite you. We have all dealt with problem clients who dispute every line item of every bill. While Maryland does not Read More

Dealing with Character Issues in the Maryland Bar Application Process

For most applicants applying to gain admission into the Maryland Bar, the Application for Admission to the Maryland Bar (the “Bar Application”) is the height of inconvenience.  Oftentimes, applicants are in law school and trying to complete the lengthy and extremely detailed Bar Application, which requires them to track down, among other things, former employers, college transcripts, and driving history records in Read More

Four Things Every Attorney Must do After Getting a Letter from Bar Counsel

If you have practiced law for any length of time in Maryland, you have–or will–receive a letter from Bar Counsel. This is the office that investigates complaints filed against licensed attorneys. As you probably already know, such complaints are commonplace. Bar Counsel receives approximately 2,000 complaints each year, most of which are resolved without any adverse action against the attorney. In a handful of Read More

Three Key Systems Every Law Firm Must Have in Place

Running a law practice is not easy. There are thousands of details that even the smallest law firm needs to deal with on a daily basis. This is why it is critical to have well-designed systems in place to manage the firm. Systems not only help a law firm generate revenue. They can also help prevent inquiries from the Attorney Grievance Commission when it comes to a law office's compliance with the Maryland Read More

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