Do You Use Social Media in Your Practice?
It appears that the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) now has physicians squarely in the crosshairs of one of its most powerful enforcement tools: the Anti-Kickback Statute (“AKS”).
The AKS is a criminal statute with...more
In This Issue:
- For Retirement Plan Providers, It's All About Making A Connection
- DOL Comment Period Extended
- Supreme Trouble with Tibbles
- My Referrals Aren't For Sale And Neither Should...more
My word is my bond; at least I try to make it that way. My opinions on which providers are good for plan sponsors aren’t for sale and neither should yours.
When I get asked for referrals, I always try to point out at...more
California State Senator Marty Block has introduced a bill, SB 197, that would authorize a licensed finance lender to compensate an unlicensed person or company in connection with the referral of one or more prospective...more
We hear time and again from clients that lawyers make a dramatically positive impression when they are completely honest about both their strengths and their weaknesses. As one client advised outside counsel in an interview...more
Will social media help your law practice? How do clients find you? And how do you find referral sources? CEB asked attendees at the 2013 California State Bar Annual Meeting about their use of social media....more
Last week, the CFPB announced its latest RESPA enforcement action, adding to one of the CFPB’s most active areas of enforcement. In this case, the CFPB required a New Jersey title company to pay $30,000 for allegedly paying...more
While most of the financial world has been focused on the new CFPB mortgage rules that went into effect on January 10, the Bureau has continued its enforcement activities in other areas. On January 16, 2013, the CFPB...more
Suppose someone you never met before comes up to you and asks whether they can stay at your house or someone you never heard of, all of a sudden wants to be your partner and best friend. Any business relationship and any...more
I referred work to an accountant I knew for a retirement plan audit. He did a terrible job and there are issues regarding his registration to do the work. Making a lousy referral is even worse than doing poor work of your own...more
I have been an ERISA attorney for 14 years and while I took two retirement plan law courses while I was getting my tax LLM degree at Boston University School of Law, it never prepared me for my career as an ERISA attorney....more
Attorneys are always in the networking business; a good referral is worth more than any advertising campaign, and making the right connections can make or break a firm. ...more
You rarely receive referrals from peer attorneys or clients.
What does this indicate?
If true, this indicates the lack of a structured referral management program in the firm and training in how to request...more
For some time now I have been espousing the power of gifts (giving of your time, doing favors, making connections and sharing your knowledge) as a means to increasing referrals to you. But the key to producing proactive...more
This is the final installment in a three part series outlining an effective way to generate referrals from your network of contacts and clients....more
This is the second installment in a three part series outlining an effective way to generate referrals from your network of contacts and clients....more
Making its most strongly worded statement to date, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a Special Fraud Alert on Physician-Owned Entities on March 26, 2013, calling...more
The answer is simple. You don't go out and get better leads. Better leads come to you because you offer a valuable solution to a prospect's problem. Allow me to explain but first, let's clarify the hierarchy of lead quality....more
This is an important public service announcement if you are considering hiring a legal marketing company, agency or service to market your law firm....more
Building a network of referral sources isn't easy. In fact it's harder than passing the bar. Why would I say that? Because I see it every day... lawyers, bright and knowledgeable in their practice areas, that have few...more
When it comes to communicating with clients, listening is often more important than talking. It is by listening that you learn what clients want, and then you can give it to them. Which makes for more referrals and better...more
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