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Chart of the Day: The Law Cloud Means Freedom of Access

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What do attorneys in law firms believe is the single largest benefit of the law cloud?  Freedom of access – 45.2 percent say its the ability to access their data from anywhere, at anytime, from any device with an internet connection. Stay tuned!  This is the fourth of five part “Chart of the Day” series we are publishing over five ... Read More »

Chart of the Day: Popular Uses of the Legal Cloud

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Note:  This post was originally published by Loretta Ruppert.  Many lawyers are clearly already using the cloud – to the tune of 40 percent – but what are they using it for? 60% use it for document storage or management 56.4% use it for back up and disaster recovery 53.6% use it for email 46.4% use it for file sharing Stay ... Read More »

Chart of the Day: Unauthorized Use of the Law Cloud?

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Note:  This post was originally published by Loretta Ruppert.  The legal industry has some security reservations about using the cloud.  Indeed, professional organizations task lawyers with the responsibility of ensuring the cloud technologies meet ethical standards for safeguarding data. Despite this, as it often is with technology, the weakest link is usually people.  As the chart nearby indicates, practicing attorneys in ... Read More »

Chart of the Day: Cloud to Overtake Premise?

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Note:  This post was originally published by Loretta Ruppert.  Will cloud-based tools overtake premised-based solutions in the legal industry? 15.4% said yes, in 3 years 38.7% said yes, in 3 to 5 years 34.1% said yes, in 5 or more years This finding has similarities with a 2012 study by Legal IT Professionals which found, “57% predicting that it will overtake ... Read More »

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 »