Compliments of Mark Anderson of Andertoons
Bid-for-Placement: what does it mean? Why do we need it?
A bid is a sum of money that a lawyer offers for the opportunity of talking to a client, to receive his contact information and discuss his case (the minimum amount you can bid on is 6 law dollars).
It’s important to remember that a lawyer’s bid on a case determines where in the list of competing, “bidding” lawyers their profile will be displayed to the clients, who posted the case. The profile with the highest bid will be displayed first and the lowest, respectively, the last.
On July 18, 2013, the City of Detroit filed for Chapter 9 Bankruptcy making it the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in U.S. history as measured by the amount of outstanding debt. Detroit is estimated to owe $18-$20 billion in debt over 10,000+ creditors, 100 discrete bond issuances and 50 labor bargaining units. Prior to the Detroit filing, Jefferson County, Alabama’s $4 billion filing in 2011 had been the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in the United States.
So where did things go so horribly wrong? The above video is the first in a three part series on the Detroit bankruptcy filing. Video #1 concentrates on The Economics of Failure. The video begins with an illustration of demographic trends for the following three major U.S. cities:
- Dallas – People are solidly moving into Dallas due to limited taxes; limited benefits and reduced regulation;
- Los Angeles – While the climate of Los Angeles still attracts people to the state, high state income tax and the most restrictive environment regulations in the country are driving many people out of the state of California;
- Detroit – There is a massive population exodus from Detroit with virtually no immigration due to the city drowning in debt from more than 50 years of democratic mayors running the city. The video cites cronyism, incompetence and crime as some of the major contributors.
Why should a lawyer bother to write an outstanding biography and why is it the most important part of the lawyer profile? It’s so simple!
A bio is a snapshot of a lawyer’s professional experience:
who they are,
what they do,
specialist expertise and
examples of client work.
A good biography “sells” their expertise to potential new clients.
What is an Elevator Pitch?
An “Elevator Pitch”, also known as an elevator speech or statement, is a short summary used to quickly define a person, product, profession or organization and its Value Proposition. The name “elevator pitch” conveys that the person who is delivering the message has about the same time that it takes the typical elevator to go from the ground floor the top floor to convince their audience about their proposal. A well designed elevator pitch should be between 30 and 60 seconds.
How to Write a Good Elevator Pitch
The “Elevator Pitch” on Legal Bistro is five lines (500 words maximum) of text that are displayed to potential clients in what we call the “Short Profile Preview”. This is the very first thing that a potential client will see about you and your law firm so you should give a lot of thought to what you would like to say.
Do you need a lawyer but are intimidated by the legal process? Are you concerned that professional legal services may be financially out of reach? Perhaps English is not your native language and you are having trouble finding a qualified attorney with whom you can effectively communicate. Don’t worry, if you answered yes to any of these questions you are not alone.
We built Legal Bistro because we were inspired by the contribution that Lending Tree made to the process for finding a mortgage lender. Lending Tree used the power of the Internet to bring online competition in the mortgage application process. Equally important is that Lending Tree’s website has helped consumers to better understand the process of applying for a home loan. We hope that Legal Bistro can achieve similar results in the legal services market.
When Lawyers Compete, You Win!
The single biggest reason why consumers love our service is because Legal Bistro facilitates lawyers competing online to serve the client. Our Company motto is that When Lawyers Compete, the Client Wins! Frankly, we believe that both lawyers and consumers win when the competitive playing field has been leveled.
Are you happy with the current Return on Investment (“ROI”) for your online legal services marketing dollars? Are you spending too much of your time qualifying leads? Do you know anything about the visitors to your law firm’s website besides their IP Address and the date and time of their visit? More specifically, are you being provided with case specific facts that will help you evaluate their legal needs?
If you have answered yes to some or all of these questions then perhaps you will appreciate why lawyers love Legal Bistro.
YOU ARE IN CONTROL
You decide what cases you see based on the Practice Groups, Case Types and Tag or Key Words used when defining your Areas of Practice.
Can the Land Patent Help You Stop Property Tax Bills Lawfully?
The government gave away land as a benefit to the people and in accordance with the Constitution of America. But how it is in reality? Unfortunately, people know very little about either Land or their land rights today. Alan Kreglow tried to explain the whole concept of “land patents” and “property taxes” in his article entitled: Regain control of your land through a Land Patent process.
According to the History, the Treasury Department under President George Washington issued Land Patents granting absolute ownership of unclaimed lands within the states. That patent was a contract between somebody and the United States, which is superior to any other claim on the property. Alan Kreglow says, these Land Patents represented absolute ownership, including both appurtenant rights and hereditary rights:
1) the intangible Land (boundaries from center of the Earth out):
2) the tangible Real Estate (dirt, trees, etc.).
All together is known as “Allodial Title”.
Alan Kreglow claims that “Landowners” do NOT pay property tax. You pay, if you hold title by recorded deed. In this case you own “real estate” (appurtenances to the land), but in law, real estate is not “Land” (the boundaries themselves and all the empty space inside the boundaries). You are just a “tenant” on the land, not an owner, because the land patent is not accepted, what means that the OWNER of the land is missing.