Referring cases can be lucrative, and getting referrals can help your business as well, but be cautious when seeking a referral fee. By accepting a fee for the referral, you have accepted joint responsibility for the outcome of the case. Don’t assume it’s in good hands.
Just because technology makes it possible to communicate 24-7 doesn’t mean you should be available 24-7. Although it is important that lawyers be responsive to clients and keep them informed, it is equally important to set the ground rules for communicating early on to avoid giving clients unrealistic expectations.
A good work-life balance can make you a better lawyer. Whether you are thinking about reduced hours, working from home, taking sabbaticals, or just leaving work at the office on weekends, it may be worth it if it helps you do your job better and serve your clients more effectively.