@ellenvictor

July 29th, 2010

Ellen Victor

Long Island Business and Estate Planning Attorney

Owner, The Law Office of Ellen A. Victor

Author, Special Needs Law Blog and Small Business Law Blog

Today we’re tweeting with Long Island business, estate planning and special needs attorney @EllenVictor

  1. @Ellenvictor thank you for joining us today on Twitter. Tell us: who is @Ellenvictor?
    I’m a Long Island, NY business and estate planning attorney who has a special interest in #specialneeds.
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  2. Tell us about your law practice.
    My practice ranges from small business formation to contract review to…
    to Medicaid applications to wills and complex estate plans to non-profit applications.
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  3. What type of clients do you represent?
    #smallbiz; elderly clients who need Medicaid planning; families with #specialneeds kids; average families who need estate planning
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  4. What is the single most important legal issue affecting those clients?
    Protecting their assets: from the taxman, from the nursing home, from immature children, from creditors and predators
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  5. What do you tell every new client before you start working for them?
    I tell them they are going to get a lawyer who will always be available to answer their questions; that they are not alone
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  6. Tell us about one of the more significant client representations you’ve had.
    My last fun case was representing an incorporated church in a dissolution proceeding, and selling the underlying property.
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  7. That must have been interesting…. Why do your clients hire you?
    I believe they sense my compassion, caring, competence, and commitment.
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  8. What’s the most active area of your practice at the current time? Is that typical?
    my practice is evenly split between estate planning, not for profit 501(c)(3) status applications and Medicaid planning
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  9. How has special needs law changed since you started practicing it? Is it still evolving?
    Unfortunately, government entitlements are under fire, special needs trusts must be carefully drafted to ensure compliance
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  10. How are your small business clients faring in the current economic climate? Are they beginning to see improvement?
    Research shows that businesses started during a recession often flourish when the economy recovers.
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  11. Let’s hope that trend continues…. How do you describe what you do to people you meet at a cocktail party?
    I help families and businesses protect the people and things they care about, from taxes, nursing home costs, and even themselves.
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  12. You author two separate blogs (http://bit.ly/a84YK5 and http://bit.ly/9QDQZR). Are they effective marketing tools? Why?
    Because of my writing, clients come to me already convinced of my knowledge, experience and compassion
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  13. sounds like a resounding “yes”…. When did you become active on Twitter? What were your objectives? Have they changed?
    About a year ago @JeenaBelil, a LI colleague, convinced me Twitter would be fun, and it has been!
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  14. What specific impact on referrals and/or client engagements, if any, have you realized from Web 2.0 activities?
    I’ve received requests to write articles, teach classes, and referrals from other lawyers thru my Web 2.0 activities
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  15. Wow, that’s great ROI. How much time do you spend each day developing / enhancing your brand?
    I’d estimate about an hour per day between my two blogs, various listservs and checking in to Twitter and Facebook
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  16. Let’s switch gears: what is the most significant issue currently facing the legal profession?
    The new economics of law: outsourcing, virtual paralegals, flextime, alternative billing and alternate dispute resolution
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  17. What will the legal landscape look like in 10 years?
    The law will become even more multi-jurisdictional and multi-national. Even small businesses must deal w/ internet issues.
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  18. What would you do if you weren’t a lawyer?
    I believe I’d make a great psychologist. I pride myself on my insight and caring about people.
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  19. How do you want to be remembered?
    As a parent of a special needs child, my greatest accomplishment has been her success
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  20. What do you do when you’re not working?
    I like travel, watching reality TV and reading serial killer novels, but like most solo lawyers, I’m almost always working!
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  21. What advice can you pass along to lawyers currently under- or unemployed due to the economic crisis?
    Hang in there! Keep networking and studying your area of the law; branch out into related areas of law
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  22. And our last question for you: What advice do you have for people going to law school today?
    oh, boy. I’d suggest law students should work hard to learn practical skills by taking clinics and interning for firms

Valuable advice! Thanks very much for the interview; I enjoyed learning more about you and your practice.

Thank you so much for inviting me to share some of my thoughts

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@caririncker

July 20th, 2010

Cari Rincker

Principal Attorney at Rincker Law, PLLC

Illinois Farmgirl living in NYC

SimAngus Cattle Owner

Livestock Judge

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Today we’re tweeting with Illinois farmgirl turned New York-based agriculture and environmental lawyer @CariRincker

  1. @CariRincker thank you for joining us today on Twitter. Tell us: who is @CariRincker?
    Thanks for inviting me today for the Twitterview.
    I’m a midwestern #beef #cattle girl living in #NYC who is passionate about the #agriculture industry and #food security.
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  2. Tell us about your law practice.
    @RinckerLaw serves clients involved in every segment of the #agriculture industry including #food, #fiber, and #biofuels.
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  3. What type of clients do you represent?
    @RinckerLaw has a wide variety of clients including #ag producers, multi-national #food companies, & #fashion designers
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  4. A broad mix indeed. What is the single most important legal issue affecting those clients?
    Complying with stringent #environmental regulations imposed on the federal, state and local level.
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  5. What do you tell every new client before you start working for them?
    I tell each new client of @RinckerLaw that I need open communication to ensure that I get an accurate picture of the facts.
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  6. Tell us about one of the more significant client representations you’ve had.
    I have really enjoyed my work with international #food, #ag, and #biotech companies with various contract and #trade issues.
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  7. Why do your clients hire you?
    My #farm roots helped mold me into a honest, hard-working attorney who truly understands & loves the #ag community. #agchat
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  8. What’s the most active area of your practice at the current time? Is that typical?
    Contract drafting- No, that isn’t typical since #ag producers usually do business with a handshake. See http://tiny.cc/7n952
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  9. Tell us about your work as an advisor for the Permanent Mission of the Marshall Islands to the United Nations
    – I love it! I sat on the floor of the #UN General Assembly and gave voting recommendations to Ambassador Alfred Capelle.
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  10. That’s cool! Ag law has no doubt changed significantly since you became a lawyer. What’s the next frontier of ag law?
    I anticipate that more #ag producers will participate in the #renewable #energy movement (e.g., #wind and #solar #farms).
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  11. How do you describe what you do to people you meet at a cocktail party?
    #Aglaw is an industry based practice area that touches upon nearly every kind of law. http://tiny.cc/d2jqg #agchat #foodchat
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  12. When did you become active on Twitter? What were your objectives then? Have they changed?
    I became active during a #WY blizzard a yr ago. I now realize that it is a completely different than #FB -news & networking.
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  13. Agreed. Congrats on your one-year blogging anniversary (http://bit.ly/4cP09A)! How has your blog changed in that time?
    Thanks! I hope my #agblog is informative for #food & #ag folks. For my second year I hope to implement some video blogging.
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  14. What specific impact on referrals and/or client engagements, if any, have you realized from Web 2.0 activities?
    Twitter isn’t about “who you know”-it’s about “who you want to know.” I have met clients & lawyers who have sent me clients.
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  15. Well put. How much time do you spend each day developing / enhancing your brand?
    I represent my brand 24/7/365 whether I am tweeting from my #iphone4, in the courtroom, or having cocktails with friends.
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  16. a recipe for success…. Let’s switch gears: What is the most significant issue currently facing the legal profession?
    – There are too many lawyers graduating with heavy student loan debt. There are not enough high salaried jobs at #BigLaw.
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  17. What will the legal landscape look like in 10 years?
    Tough question. I think the legal industry will become more niche-based and client-focused over the next decade.
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  18. What would you do if you weren’t a lawyer?
    I have an advanced degree in #beef #cattle nutrition so I would probably be teaching animal science or working in extension.
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  19. How do you want to be remembered?
    Someone who spent her life trying to improve the #ag industry so the world could have safe, affordable, & abundant #food.
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  20. What do you do when you’re not working?
    I enjoy judging #livestock shows, playing #volleyball, distance #running, and watching the #Yankees from the cheap seats.
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  21. What advice can you pass along to lawyers currently under- or unemployed due to the economic crisis?
    Roll up your sleeves and learn to hustle. Pursue your passions and don’t get discouraged because perseverance never fails.
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  22. And our last question for you: What advice do you have for people going to law school today?
    Give it everything you have for three years — it will be over before you know it. Get to know your classmates and profs.

Thanks for that great advice and for the interview. I enjoyed learning more about you and your practice.

I enjoyed the Twitterview! Thanks for the invitation.

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