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Why There is No Such Thing as a New Normal

I’ve been telecommuting for over a decade now, so when a COVID-19 stay at home order finally made its way to Montana, not much changed for me personally, at least in terms of my work routine.  In fact, it actually got a bit better due to the adjustments ALPS had to quickly implement in order [...]

ALPS In Brief – Episode 55: Estate Planning Gone Wrong

In this episode of the ALPS In Brief podcast, Mark Bassingthwaighte offers some insights in the arena of estate planning that are commonly overlooked. He covers dabbling, client misconceptions, common mishaps, beneficiary challenges, testamentary capacity nuances, and more. Listen in on these tips to keep in the back of your mind. Transcript: Hello and welcome. [...]

Mindfulness Means Not Hitting Someone in the Mouth

I recently read an article that was a Q & A with a wonderful meditation teacher/writer/thinker, Sharon Salzburg (also, a co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society), in which she referred to an old New York Times piece about a mindfulness pilot program in a fourth grade classroom in Oakland, California. Asked to define mindfulness, one of the [...]

By |2021-03-22T13:15:59-06:00March 24th, 2021|Managing Your Practice|0 Comments

People Are Strange, When You’re A Stranger

As I stood, hip-deep in a snowdrift retrieving my dog's poop, I heard a man start yelling and looked up to see that I had let go of the leash while wading into the drift, and my dog had apparently engaged (without incident) the dog being walked by the other man. The flood of invectives [...]

By |2021-03-22T13:17:29-06:00March 9th, 2021|Managing Your Practice|0 Comments

How to Deliver Bad News

Difficult conversations can be, well difficult; particularly if the purpose of the conversation is to pass along bad news.  After all, who looks forward to hearing bad news or having to be the one responsible for delivering it?  I suspect this is why some lawyers will reach out to me looking for help when they [...]

Don’t Be Nixin’ Niksen

"Dare to be idle", advises Caroline Hamming — not as easy as it might seem. It sounds a bit like mindfulness, and it sounds a bit like meditation, but it's neither of those things. I think niksen is kind of like what Joseph Goldstein refers to as, "black lab consciousness"— relaxed and carefree. But lacking intention. A [...]

By |2021-02-18T16:25:18-07:00February 9th, 2021|Managing Your Practice|0 Comments

We Don’t Keep Client Personal Info, So We Don’t Need Cyber Coverage, Right? Wrong!

Lawyers often share with us that, as they see it, they really don’t need a cyber liability policy.  They seem to base this conclusion on the fact that they believe they are not subject to the HIPPA regulations or their state’s breach notification laws and/or that they intentionally don’t store much in the way of [...]

Why Lawyers Should Prioritize Housekeeping

Over the years I have visited more firms that I can remember; but no visit stands out more than the one that made me feel as if I had walked on to the set of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. I kid you not. One of my favorite scenes in that film was when [...]

11 Ways to “Party” Like It’s 2020

You're right, COVID-19 has officially put a damper on most fun stuff for 2020. Holiday office parties included. While a major bummer, 2020 has showered us with ingenuity. We've learned how to do so many things differently.  This year, the holidays will be done differently too, both at home and work. If you want to [...]

By |2021-01-12T11:31:12-07:00December 1st, 2020|Attorney Wellness, Managing Your Practice|0 Comments

Why A Lawyer Should Never Try to Shoot from the Hip

As a kid, I always thought any Hollywood cowboy who could shoot from the hip and kill the villain was one tough hombre that no one in their right mind would ever want to mess with.  I viewed those cowboys as heroes and would often pretend I was one of them when playing in the [...]

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