Recently I learned that a national company that coordinates expensive continuing legal education seminars in my focus area (estate planning and probate) often has scholarships that go unused. I was encourage to ask, so I did. A fired off a short letter stating that I am a solo-practitioner with a typical client paying me $700 for documents. A seminar fee of $1500 for courses over a week's time was too steep for me -- I would miss working, thus billing, and I won't raise my rates for clients just to pay for these types of classes. As a result, my client base (the middle class primarily) would miss out on the great information discussed at the event. One week letter I received notice that I would be receiving a scholarship.
Lesson to take from this post - it never hurts to ask!
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