IntroductionThe information and forms contained in this publication are designed to assist the legal practitioner in making his or her law practice more profitable while keeping the attorney out of trouble, either by way of Bar complaints or malpractice lawsuits.
It is a proven fact that attorneys who return phone calls, correspond with their clients regularly, and make sure their services and fees are reduced to writing have fewer complaints filed against them, fewer problems with their clients, and provide better legal services.
This guidebook is written for general information only. It presents some considerations that might be helpful in your practice. It is not intended as legal advice or opinion. There is no guarantee that following these guidelines will eliminate mistakes. Law offices have different needs and practices. Individual cases require individual treatment. Due diligence, reasonableness and discretion are always necessary. Sound risk management is encouraged in all aspects of practice.
The New Hampshire Bar Association hereby grants permission for these materials to be reproduced in whole or part and/or to be amended or adapted to suit the needs of lawyers for use in their offices and/or for distribution to clients. The documents and information contained in this publication may not be reproduced commercially for sale at a profit.
If you have questions or comments about this publication, contact the NH Bar Association at 603-224-6942.
The New Hampshire Bar Association gratefully acknowledges the contributions of the following persons and publications for material contained in this handbook:
The Mississippi Bar Association publication "Client Relations: Forms, Letters & Useful Information" published 1999.
Melanie Henry of the Mississippi Bar Association
The NH Bar Association Law Practice Management Section, specifically:
Attorney Arthur G. Green, ChairDewhurst & Greene, PLLC
Eleanor Dailey, Office AdministratorBoynton, Waldron, Doleac, Woodman & Scott
Attorney Honey C. HastingsNashua, NH
Attorney Christopher W. KelleyEnterasys Networks, Inc.
Attorney John A. LasseyWadleigh, Starr & Peters
Attorney Frank B. MesmerMesmer & Deleault