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Mandatory Ideas to Help You Open and Expand Your Business

Whether you want to expand your existing business or are just now considering setting up your new business, it can be a mind- boggling experience. In addition to legal and tax issues, there are many concerns which effect the opening and expansion of a business. That's why we have compiled this list of friendly do's and don'ts for starting and expanding a business.

1. Try not to open a business if you are poorly financed and have no clients/ business.

2. Don't waste money on books you won't use. Clients don't know the difference between your old school casebooks and expensive books. (Enjoy going to library once per week) Read books on marketing and office Management.

3. Don't get yourself into Debt.

4. Don't waste money on Fancy Crane stationary when a quality Laserprinter creates letterhead.

5. DO BUY A PORTABLE COMPUTER. A Macintosh is easier to use and train staff.

6. Try to sublease. Conserve cash outlay. It takes a great deal of time to price every piece of office machinery.

7. Reconcile your own books. Don't get lazy and rely on CPA or secretary. However, seek professional tax help for tax and accounting needs.

8. Try to get paid up front fees for everything.

9. Don't join every club and organization

10. Don't join anything expecting to get clients or business. Join Local clubs you enjoy

11. Try not to make enemies. Enemies last a lifetime

12. No job is guaranteed forever. I began preparing to open my office when I was a first year associate.

13. Don't spend a fortune on office decor. Goldfish are inexpensive and a great conversation piece

14. Say Hello and Introduce Yourself to People

15. Exercise to Reduce Stress and meet new potential clients

16. Once per month review every single open matter. Make sure there is a signed agreement in file. Determine if money is owed. Prepare "to do" list

17. Create Step by Step by Step Procedure Manual- "How to" Training for New & Short Term Staff

18. Charge 18% Interest on unpaid Bills. Otherwise there is no incentive for clients to pay your bills.

19. Use gut reaction in rejecting clients or business you feel will be trouble.

20. Generally people who want free consultations and quotes don't want to pay for services either

21. Buy a Red Ink Stamper "Second Request" with date line for letters not responded to. To avoid retyping the same letter.

22. Buy a spare Hand micro cassette recorder and practice for meetings and speaking engagements in your car.

23. Create social events to benefit charities.

24. Create a newsletter on your own computer and mail to friends and clients.

25. Create Business cards that separates you from other similar business people.

26. Do Positive things for people to remember you.

27 Backup everything on computer and store copies off-site. In Edison a Pipeline Explosion destroyed apartments and people with computer files lost everything. Keep an extra computer back off site for almost inevitable disasters: fire, flood, (Midwest), earthquake (California), explosion (World Trade Center & Edison Durham Woods), hard drive crash (everywhere).

CONCLUSION

In the ten years we have been practicing law I have developed many ideas and systems to better serve clients. My clients consist primarily of Middle class working people who need a good attorney. I was fortunate early in my career to realize that skills in running an office and handling staff were essential whether I became a partner or opened my own practice. Help your practice by inexpensive improvements in service to clients


Kenneth Vercammen was the Middlesex County Bar Municipal Court Attorney of the Year

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Kenneth Vercammen is the Managing Attorney at Kenneth Vercammen & Associates in Edison, NJ. He is a New Jersey trial attorney has devoted a substantial portion of his professional time to the preparation and trial of litigated matters. He has appeared in Courts throughout New Jersey each week for litigation and contested Probate hearings.

Mr. Vercammen has published over 125 legal articles in national and New Jersey publications on elder law, probate and litigation topics. He is a highly regarded lecturer on litigation issues for the American Bar Association, NJ ICLE, New Jersey State Bar Association and Middlesex County Bar Association. His articles have been published in noted publications included New Jersey Law Journal, ABA Law Practice Management Magazine, and New Jersey Lawyer.

He is chair of the Elder Law Committee of the American Bar Association General Practice Division. He is also Editor of the ABA Estate Planning Probate Committee Newsletter and also the Criminal Law Committee newsletter. Mr. Vercammen is a recipient of the NJSBA- YLD Service to the Bar Award. And past Winner "General Practice Attorney of the Year" from the NJ State Bar Association. He is a 22 year active member of the American Bar Association. He is also a member of the ABA Real Property, Probate & Trust Section.

He established the NJlaws website which includes many articles on Elder Law. Mr. Vercammen received his B.S., cum laude, from the University of Scranton and his J.D. from Widener/Delaware Law School, where he was the Case Note Editor of the Delaware Law Forum, a member of the Law Review and the winner of the Delaware Trial Competition.

RECENT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS ON WILLS, ELDER LAW, AND PROBATE

Edison Adult School -Wills, Elder Law & Probate- 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002 [inc Edison TV], 2001, 2000,1999,1998,1997
Nuts & Bolts of Elder Law - NJ Institute for Continuing Legal Education/ NJ State Bar ICLE/NJSBA 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2000, 1999, 1996
Elder Law and Estate Planning- American Bar Association Miami 2007
Elder Law Practice, New Ethical Ideas to Improve Your Practice by Giving Clients What They Want and Need American Bar Association Hawaii 2006
South Plainfield Seniors- New Probate Law 2005, East Brunswick Seniors- New Probate Law 2005
Old Bridge AARP 2002; Guardian Angeles/ Edison 2002; St. Cecilia/ Woodbridge Seniors 2002;
East Brunswick/ Halls Corner 2002;
Linden AARP 2002
Woodbridge Adult School -Wills and Estate Administration -2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996
Woodbridge Housing 2001; Metuchen Seniors & Metuchen TV 2001; Frigidare/ Local 401 Edison 2001; Chelsea/ East Brunswick 2001, Village Court/ Edison 2001; Old Bridge Rotary 2001; Sacred Heart/ South Amboy 2001; Livingston Manor/ New Brunswick 2001; Sunrise East Brunswick 2001; Strawberry Hill/ Woodbridge 2001;
Wills and Elder Law - Metuchen Adult School 1999,1997,1996,1995,1994,1993
Clara Barton Senior Citizens- Wills & Elder Law-Edison 2002, 1995
AARP Participating Attorney in Legal Plan for NJ AARP members 1999-2005

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