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Certified Legal Nurse Consultant Julie Somen-Becker Shares How She Builds Successful Attorney-Client Relationships

One of the most important strategies I use to build successful attorney-client relationships is to remain available and accessible to my clients. Even when things are extremely hectic and busy, I never let my attorney-clients sense that I am too busy for them. When they request something, I respond promptly with a short answer or suggest a time to talk. Mobile devices make it easy for me to reply to all requests.

The second strategy I use for building and maintaining successful relationships with my attorney clients is a “courtesy call”. This comes in very handy with my existing clients and doubles as a marketing strategy! I am in various stages of litigation with my cases, so if there is a lapse in workload on a case I make a courtesy call. Checking in with a friendly hello and calling for a status update on the case reminds the attorney that I am committed and thorough, and it is one of the best ways to discuss new cases and referrals to other attorneys. I love it when the attorney says, “I was just going to call you about a new case that I want you to review.” I would say eight out of ten times the “courtesy call” results in more work on the existing case, a new case or a referral to a new client. It’s a win-win situation, which brings me to my third strategy.

My third strategy is to update my communication on a case even if I’ve already written the report. No matter how much you research a case, you will wake up with those bright ideas and ah-ha moments. When I get those bright ideas, I communicate them to my attorney-clients. They are always grateful to know that I am still thinking about their cases, keeping them current and guiding them down the right path.


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Julie Somen-Becker, RN, BSN, CLNC owns and operates Chicago Legal Nurse Consultants, Inc. She has been a nurse for 14 years specializing in neonatal intensive care, clinical education and management. Julie’s CLNC® business specializes in neonatal cases and resuscitation issues.

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*The opinions and statements made by Vickie Milazzo, the founder of Medical-Legal Consulting Institute, Inc. are based on her experiences and expertise, should not be applied beyond the specific context provided, and do not guaranty or project actual results. Vickie Milazzo is no longer involved in the operations or management of the business, but is involved as an independent education consultant.

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