Being married to a Solicitor certainly helped, as I was setting up my Clinic 18 years ago.
“What terms and conditions do you have in place?”, “make sure you get your client to sign X, Y, Z”
I didn’t want to bother with all of that – I only saw ‘nice’ people – he was dealing with the ‘type who’d pull a fast one’ and besides, it created the wrong type of ‘energy’ to be talking legal stuff and money before I’d even met the client.
Well, you know what? He was right! Luckily over the years, it’s only happened three times, and with a high client volume and multiple Practitioners within my Clinic, that’s not bad going, but it’s not pleasant when it happens.
Whether you work on your own, run a multi-disciplinary clinic, see clients 1-1, online or run events and retreats, there’s multiple ways in which legalities can play a role.
The feeling of uncertainty, suspicion about new clients and fear about ‘getting it wrong’ can all be minimised or avoided with the right paperwork.