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April 2010 Newsletter

A NOTE FROM THE SLFC DIRECTOR

"The hardest thing in the world to understand
is the income tax."
~Albert Einstein


Dear Solo and Small Firm Practitioners,

Welcome to April of 2010. Our April calendar is packed with practice management events and networking opportunities. Don't miss the Family Mediation Luncheon on April 22 and Stress/Time Management Luncheon on April 27, just in time to unwind after taxes and to brainstorm with your colleagues about a productive and stress free way to improve your law practice. Also, do not forget to register for the Smart Marketing Series Breakfast on April 6. It will help you find good clients and know what they want to buy.

Thank you for responding to the Survey on Solo and Small Firm Practice distributed by the Small Law Firms Committee of the New York City Bar. So far we have received over 200 responses and are in the process of analyzing and compiling the answers, which the Committee hopes to share with all of you soon.

With Best Wishes for a pleasant month of April,

 

Alla Roytberg, Director of the Small Law Firm Center


Micro Office is now offering City Bar members a 10% discount on all new rentals of workstations or office space

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convenient locations, private and professional meeting spaces and access to potential additional clients through our office community which makes our
facilities a more than ideal work place.

To schedule a tour call 646-839-9484, or visit our web sitewww.microoffice.com


Top Ten Tax Tips For the 2009 Tax Return Year

For all of you solo and small firm practitioners who are overwhelmed with last minute tax preparation, here are the top ten tax tips for 2009 contributed by Mark Josephson, Esq., CPA, CFP, CFE of Murray & Josephson CPAs, LLC to help make your month of April a bit less stressful. Read more



Practice Management Consultations

As a Member Benefit of the NYC Bar, any member who is interested in starting and/or growing his/her small law firm is entitled to one free practice management /brainstorming session with Alla Roytberg, Director of the Small Law Firm Center. If further consultations are needed, NYC Bar members can schedule additional consultations with Alla Roytberg at a discounted consultation fee of $50 per consultation. Payment should be by check made payable to "The New York City Bar" in advance of each consultation. A consultation would last up to one hour, as needed. To schedule a consultation email

aroytberg@nycbar.org.


SAVE THE DATE!

Small Law Firm Luncheon: Family Mediation - Expanding Your Practice While Helping Clients Save Money
Thursday, April 22, 2010 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Learn how solos and small firm practitioners can complement their practice areas by acting as counsel to clients during a Family Mediation process. Topics will include: a brief overview of the mediation process; hot tips for lawyers whose clients are involved in mediation; how lawyers can provide "financial handholding" to their clients during the mediation process; and a client's perspective on the benefits and/or challenges of going through a Family Mediation process.

Moderator/Speaker: Mark A. Josephson, CPA, CFP, CFE, Murray & Josephson, CPAs, LLC

Speakers: Alla Roytberg, Law Firm and Mediation Practice of Alla Roytberg, P.C.; Attorney/Mediator, Co-President, Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York
Glenn E. Dornfeld, Attorney/Mediator; Past President, Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York; Past President of the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation
Steven M. Flanders, Strategies for Wealth

Sponsored by:

Registration by April 15 is necessary. The fee, which includes lunch, is $30 for members; $50 for non-members. Please click HERE to register online.


AN IMPROVED BENEFIT FOR MEMBERS

ABA Books at 15% Discount to Members of the NYC Bar can now be purchased DIRECTLY from the ABA.

The Small Law Firm Center is pleased to announce that members of the NYC Bar are now able to purchase any book published by the American Bar Association at a 15% discount DIRECTLY from the ABA. To take advantage of this benefit click on the following link,

http://www.ababooks.org

and enter discount code PAB8ENYC upon checkout.


SAVE THE DATE!

Strategies to De-Stress for Life for a Solo or Small Firm Practitioner

Part II of a three part luncheon series - Stress/Time Management

Tuesday, April 27, 2010 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Strategies to De-Stress for Life---In an eye opening discussion about the effects of stress on your body, mind, and spirit learn how to recognize signs of stress, how to become aware of the ways you respond to it, and how to adopt new techniques to cope with it in view of the realities of running a solo or small firm practice.

Moderator: Alla Roytberg, Director, Small Law Firm Center, New York City Bar

Speaker: Kay Gimmestad, LCSW, President, The Gimmestad Group

Sponsored by:

Registration by April 15 is necessary. Attendance limited to 30. The fee, which includes lunch, is $30 for members, $50 for non-members. Please click HERE to register online.


SAVE THE DATE!

The Necessities of Opening Your Own Practice

Small Law Firm Luncheon
May 13, 2010 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Effective Stress Management for Solos and Small Firms in Today's Economy: Overcoming Money Problems

Small Law Firm Center Stress/Time Management Luncheon Series - Part 3 of 3
May 20, 2010 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM