Outside of a few vacation days for family trips and events, it was a very busy summer at my law firm, but Labor Day has come and gone, and it is time for a new legal blog post.
Before starting this firm, I worked at two large law firms in Manhattan for about eight years, and while I did have my own clients, I also worked for clients of the firm. Being a solo practitioner is different in that you must not only provide quality and affordable legal services to your clients, you must also attract clients through advertising and promotion of the firm. I have utilized social media, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and Tumblr - along with this blog and my website (www.JamesMaisanoEsq.com), as integral parts of promoting the firm, and I am pleased to report it has been successful to the point that the firm is doing well in its second year, which is why it has been so busy.
So what kinds of legal work have clients brought to my firm recently - here is a brief summary:
- Since I began practicing law in 1992, the majority of my practice has involved commercial litigation. This includes helping businesses address contract disputes and collecting money owed by debtors. I am currently working on about ten such civil actions, which have been brought either in lower courts or the Supreme Court of the State of New York, and I have been successful for several clients thus far in recovering funds.
- I was a solo practitioner from 1996 to 2002 and during that time I developed a significant real estate closing practice. The housing market was strong in those years and I represented hundreds of clients for closings. With the struggling economy and lack of home sales, it is much harder for attorneys to attract this work, but I am happy to report that I worked on three closings this summer.
- The fastest growing part of my practice is wills, estates and probate actions in Surrogate's Court. This summer I helped about fifteen clients by drafting wills or guiding executors through the probate process.
- Lastly, solo practitioners must be resourceful, and I also helped clients this summer with other legal matters such as setting up a LLC or corporation, legal name change, trademark protection, and traffic violations.
Thanks for following my efforts to build this law firm, and I am very thankful for the kind support and nice comments I have received on social media or by email. If I can ever be helpful to you in the types of legal matters discussed above, or for any other legal matter, please do not hesitate to contact me.
PS: I am now associated with an immigration attorney, and am available to help you with these matters too.
James Maisano, Esq.