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A contempo Baby Business Administration (SBA) address showed that alone a third of firms civic with beneath than ten advisers had bloom allowance allowances offered to advisers in 2009. For companies with 1,000 or added workers, that amount skyrocketed to 99 percent.
Some states’ businesses with beneath than ten workers were lower yet, with alone 24 percent alms bloom allowance benefits. That amount jumped to 93 percent for companies that active 100 to 499 individuals.
An commercial bureau buyer that employs 35 humans maintains the recession has taken its toll, commenting on the business cutbacks the firm’s audience had to accomplish to in adjustment to survive. The buyer has taken accomplish to accord with tighter budgets and ample increases in their baby business bloom allowance premiums to go in a altered administration with the company’s allowance provider. Part of their different band-aid was to access the company’s deductible and accessible Bloom Saving Accounts (HSAs) for their employees, which are adjourned by the company.
Health Savings Accounts, which are accessible to humans enrolled in high-deductible bloom plans, can be confused from job to job and are not accountable to federal assets tax at the time of deposit. At the end of anniversary year, unspent funds cycle over to the next, which makes baby business bloom allowance advantage added feasible.
Life Insurance (though it shouldn’t be) is to this day a very controversial issue. There seems to be a lot of different types of life insurance out there, but there are really only two kinds. They are Term Insurance and Whole Life (Cash Value) Insurance. Term Insurance is pure insurance. It protects you over a certain period of time. Whole Life Insurance is insurance plus a side account known as cash value. Generally speaking, consumer reports recommend term insurance as the most economical choice and they have for some time. But still, whole life insurance is the most prevalent in today’s society. Which one should we buy?
Let’s talk about the purpose of life insurance. Once we get the proper purpose of insurance down to a science, then everything else will fall into place. The purpose of life insurance is the same purpose as any other type of insurance. It is to “insure against loss of”. Car insurance is to insure your car or someone else’s car in case of an accident. So in other words, since you probably couldn’t pay for the damage yourself, insurance is in place. Home owners insurance is to insure against loss of your home or items in it. So since you probably couldn’t pay for a new house, you buy an insurance policy to cover it.
Life insurance is the same way. It is to insure against loss of your life. If you had a family, it would be impossible to support them after you died, so you buy life insurance so that if something were to happen to you, your family could replace your income. Life insurance is not to make you or your descendants rich or give them a reason to kill you.
Does your lawyer charge you an arm and a leg? Do you feel like you are getting the short end of the stick every time you talk to your attorney, as if he or she is holding you out for ransom, even hiding the law from you so you have to pay them more? Do you think it is a giant conspiracy at the ABA American Bar Association and the consumer, small business, or client just cannot win? If so, you may be interested in learning the reality behind it all.
So, let’s start from a free-market theory; something is only worth what someone will pay for it, and supply and demand determines the price in free markets. Thus, much of the lawyers pricing has to do with value and perception of value by you the consumer, customer, or client. There are three main items that dictate the perception of value of lawyers, practicing lawyers, which are actually working for you, not necessarily politicians which happen to have law degrees:
Quality of Service
Quality of Work
Market Going Rates
Now then, if you hire a lawyer that is expensive you assume that their quality of work is excellent, as in that is a given, but beware because that is not necessarily so. But since it is assumed, that means it is a perception. Thus, by charging more this gives the illusion of quality, since “you get what you pay for” is a common theme in capitalism and if it costs more, it must be good.
When I started my law firm I was confronted with many choices. What kind of law will I practice? Where will I practice? Who do I want for clients? What kind of fees will I charge? It wasn’t until I actually got into the planning stages of the law firm that I began to see these questions as more big picture, firm philosophy type of questions. These type of questions may never be fully answered because they are not static.
One big picture question that is static and that can have a profound effect on the success of your firm is its name. What’s in a name? A lot if you think about it. Think about your own name for starters. What if you had been named something different? What if you were a boy and had been given a girls name? What if you were born in a particular religion and were given a name not associated with that religion? Have you ever been to a place where for some reason your name was looked down upon? These same types of feelings can be encountered with your law firm name.
The great thing about starting a law firm is that you get to think about this and plan ahead. If you are starting a law firm and are reading this article, you are probably either fairly young, fairly technologically proficient, or both. If you are, then you can probably see that the face and structure of the practice of law are shifting gradually beneath everyone’s feet. Competition is fierce, and image is everything. And guess what, one of the first things people will learn about you, something they will probably use to form an opinion about you before they even meet you, is your firm name.
When naming your law firm there are some things you should think about to make sure you are maximizing that first impression. First, don’t use your name. Second, it should be easy to remember. And finally, it should make people feel and think the way you want them to feel and think about your law firm. Although this may seem easy, when you actually try to do it, I think you’ll find it is a pretty tough exercise.
Some you are probably thinking, “why not use your name? Everyone else does.” That is precisely why. Although people have different goals, if you are starting a law firm, one of those goals is probably to make money practicing law. You make money by having people sign up for your services. People sign up for your services when they know who you are. Why blend in with everyone else when you can set yourself apart? Not only does not using your name allow you to present an image in prospective client’s minds, it allows you to build the brand you want. A great example of this is Valorem Law Group. If you look at their website a central theme is discarding the billable hour to provide clients value for what they are being paid. If you don’t already know, valorem is latin for value (loosely). Do you see the jump start you can get on the competition with a good name?
Second, easy to remember. This is practical for obvious reasons. If people refer your services to friends or colleagues, what is easier to remember, Valorem Law Group or Smith, Sands, Zaremba, Charles, Flippy and Jagermeister? Make your name easy to remember and you make it easier to get business – a key when starting a law firm.
Finally, the brand. When you start your own law firm you start out as the brand. At all times you are promoting your practice, you are what your practice stands for. But before anyone knows what you are all about, you can start them down the right track with a great name that represents the firm philosophy. A strong, powerful, confident name can make the difference in someone choosing to call you. It can also mask your size. “The law firm of Joe Shmoe” implies that you are a small firm. Like it or not many people associate small firm size with poor performance or cheap services. Look bigger than you are immediately by having a firm name that connotes structure, organization, and numbers.