Thoughts on Law and Life

The Official Blog of Astrab Legal Services LLC

Small Business Seminar Ideas

I’d like to hold a working seminar for small business owners in the Northeast Ohio area in the near future. Please pass along suggestions as to concepts/ideas that you would like to see discussed and that might draw you to the event. I’m looking at topics such as business plan drafting, budgeting issues, finding financing, insurance matters, retirement savings, etc.
Just post your responses as comments to the site to allow others to respond as well!

March 2, 2009 Posted by | Financial, Law, Legal, Life, sales & marketing, small business | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Quick Observation: Stop watching the news!

Good Morning! Quick thought for today – If possible, take some time away from the news…We all know the economy is in the pooper and the media will take every opportunity to remind us of the utterly worst sides of the story. Don’t let them get you down!

February 27, 2009 Posted by | Financial, Life | , , , , | Leave a comment

Blog Slacker

Sorry all…I’ve been extremely busy on multiple fronts for the past few days and just have not had a chance to update the blog. I’m working on ideas for new content and want to continue the small business series, so please stay tuned for updates!

February 25, 2009 Posted by | Financial, Law, Legal, Life, sales & marketing, small business | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Personal Budgeting Assistance

A practice area that I am currently developing is a ‘family budgeting’ practice wherein I plan to work with individuals and families on structuring and maintaining a personal budget designed to help them meet savings goals, pay off debt and develop life-long good cash management habits. I will not be providing investment advice but simply acting as a coach of sorts to help folks understand their cash flow in a difficult monetary environment. I plan to utilize three primary steps:

  1. Comprehensive Review of Assets/Liabilities
  2. Estate/Education Planning Review
  3. Goal Discussion & Setting

Clearly there is a lot more to the process than this, but I’m not one to give out too much of my proprietary processes, so you’ll have to call me for more information on how I plan to assist my clients.

My plans are to offer, among many other services, regular in-person meetings with clients, assistance with tax-time document gathering/explanation and 24/7 availability for budget questions/concerns. This practice area fits into my ‘holistic’ concept, which I believe is the future of the practice of law…attorneys must learn to move beyond being viewed as transaction-based and evolve into trusted advisors to their clients. Today’s clients deserve more than a document and an invoice…they deserve personalized attention and constant contact.

If your present attorney is not helping you in these areas, or if you feel he or she is more interested in billing hours than actually listening to you, please call me at (216) 577-0013 or via e-mail at astrablegal@sbcglobal.net.

 

Michael K. Astrab is the principal attorney for Astrab Legal Services LLC, a general practice law firm located in Cleveland, Ohio. He may be reached at (216) 577-0013 or via e-mail at astrablegal@sbcglobal.net. This blog is designed for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.

February 18, 2009 Posted by | Financial, Law, Life, small business | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment