Everyone hates paying bar dues – especially lawyers who are members of a mandatory bar and have no choice about it. But as long as you have to pay, why not take a little time to investigate what you get in return?
Your law society or bar association can be a great source of information and assistance for the improvement of your practice as well as a bulk-buying group that negotiates member benefit discounts. Many bar associations offer ethics and practice management advice as well as discounts on insurance, office equipment, wireless phone service, office products, cloud-based storage and backup, legal software and countless other products and services that will make your practice – and your life- run a little more smoothly. Yet many association members never take advantage of what’s on offer.
Spend a few minutes today to familiarize yourself with all the benefits your law society or bar association has to offer and pick two or three to implement over the next two months. You’ll be glad you did.