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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 »

Partner Compensation models drive law firm culture

Partner Compensation models drive law firm culture

Note:  This post was originally published by Loretta Ruppert.  “If you want to understand a firm’s culture, start by understanding the firm’s compensation procedures,” wrote Eric Goldman, an Associate Professor of Law at Santa Clara University School of Law.  From personal experience compensation does drive behavior in a law firm – good and bad. And culture is really just the result ... Read More »