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Master Class: Microsoft Word Shortcuts for Lawyers

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Brief.  Memo.  Correspondence.  Agreement. In the mind of the legal professional, these words conjure up a mental image, a vision, of what those documents should look like, which is an intuitive part of working efficiently.  So said Donna Brown in a webinar titled, Microsoft® Word® Shortcuts for Lawyers. Brown has served as a legal secretary and a systems administrator since 1988; today she’s ... Read More »

Legal Industry Predictions for 2014 and Beyond

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Note:  We recently asked several smart people for legal industry predictions for 2014 by email. Sam Glover provided such a compelling response we asked his permission to publish it as a guest post.  * * * Barring the occasional economic meltdown, the business of law does not change much from year-to-year, so it is more than a little pointless to try to predict ... Read More »

Eight Simple Tactics to Minimize Attorney Malpractice

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Statistically, every practicing lawyer will face three malpractice claims in his or her career, according to Todd C. Scott, a risk management advisor with Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company. Some practice areas, such as personal injury, will incur more than three – and the odds have seemingly increased in the last several years.  In fact, malpractice claims in that specialty rose 30 ... Read More »

New Infographic: What Attorneys Need to Know about Malpractice

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According to the ABA the likelihood of a private practice attorney being sued for malpractice in any given year runs between 4% and 17%.  Further, attorneys who are establishing their firms can expect, on average, at least three malpractice claims over their careers. Clearly this isn’t a happy subject, and to help, the Law Firm Practice Management team has put ... Read More »

4 Useful Studies that Help Law Firms Understand the Cloud

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More and more studies suggest law firms are increasingly adopting cloud-based services, from secure file sharing to law firm practice management tools. But just because everyone else is doing it isn’t always the best reason to follow suit.  Besides, there are still a lot of smart and savvy people with that basic burning question:  What is the law cloud? Knowledge can reduce anxiousness – especially ... Read More »

The Five Highest-Value Tasks for Law Firm Owners

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Lawyers are busy.  But if you’re a law firm owner, you’re even busier. Sure, you have client calls, meetings, depositions, courtroom appearances, and other tasks. But you also have other things to worry about: rent, insurance, payroll for your staff, invoicing, billing, collections, and seemingly countless other tasks that can make working smart vs. working hard feel like a losing battle. ... Read More »

Research: Law Firms Warming Up to the Cloud

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What is a tipping point? A tipping point is “the point at which an issue, idea, product, etc., crosses a certain threshold and gains significant momentum, triggered by some minor factor or change.” The legal cloud seems to be reaching that point, according to the ABA’s 2013 Legal Technology Survey. Here are seven key findings from that survey about the ... Read More »

Solo Law: Four Unexpected Challenges Hanging Up a Shingle

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As a relatively new attorney, Geneva Yourse took a big risk:  She quit her job at a law firm and started a solo practice. Three and one-half years later, another firm bought out her business and brought her on board. Starting one’s own firm may well be part of the American dream, but for Mrs. Yourse, it didn’t come without unexpected challenges. ... Read More »

Five Answers to the Question, “What Is the Law Cloud?”

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Type the words “law cloud” into Google and you’ll get, as of this writing, some 395,000,000 results. Change the search up slightly to “legal cloud” and there are slightly fewer results, at around 250,000,000. This makes it clear that there are a lot of people searching for information about cloud-based technology within the legal profession. And while the cloud isn’t new ... Read More »

Law Firm Housekeeping: Bill or Goodbye, Partners

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Note:  This post was originally published by Loretta Ruppert.  In today’s legal economy, it’s not enough to be a good lawyer and practice law. Whereas in the past a law firm evaluated performance of junior and senior associates and acted accordingly, these days even partners are being targeted. But this is not totally new news. In a recent Wall Street Journal article, ... Read More »