The clients of Houchin & Associates have been enjoying a novel (and very win-win) approach to working with a lawyer for almost a year now. The model is basically that clients sign on to a one-year agreement to work with the firm at a flat monthly fee which includes a list of the projects they need us to complete, and “as needed” access to the lawyers and staff of the firm for advice and counsel as issues come up during the course of their business.
The model just got the attention of the American Bar Association – specifically the ABA Journal online edition. They are currently running a short feature on the model and the firm on the front page of the ABA Journal Web site.
I’m sure it won’t be on the front page forever. So I grabbed a screen capture.
The full article will probably be online indefinitely, but I grabbed a screen capture of that too.
Many might question the wisdom of sharing that I’ve been through a personal bankruptcy and the struggles surrounding that time in my life, but it’s part of the story and helps put the who issue in full context. I learned a great deal during that experience and I believe what I learned has value to other people in both that as I survived, so will they and that it’s better to try and fail then to never try at all. Then get up and keep trying new things until something works.
I think I’ve found a system that works, for me, and for my clients. Other people are starting to think so too.