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Legal Tech: How Safe is it to Hit Send?

How Safe is it to Hit Send

Every day attorneys will “hit send” as they email back and forth a myriad of confidential documents to their clients and colleagues. While this is a seemingly harmless business task, a new study from LexisNexis shows that electronic file sharing might not be as safe as some attorneys think it is. The study, File Sharing in the Legal Industry, found ... Read More »

3 Lessons from Switching Practice Management Tools

3 Lessons from Switching Practice Management Tools

Switch law firm practice management tools is sizable undertaking. The selection process and expenses aside, the change can be disruptive to business process. Sometimes this happens at a time of growth because a firm has outgrown its existing software. This was the predicament of and Atlanta-based litigation law firm Bloom Surgarman Everett, LLP as described in a new case study ... Read More »

Legal Tech Briefs: Law Firm Practice Management Tools

Legal Tech Briefs Law Firm Practice Management Tools

He went to school to be a lawyer and wound up as a technology consultant to law firms for the last 12 years. A little more than a decade ago, Craig Bayer finished school and went to work for a law firm, which coincidentally had just purchased LexisNexis® PCLaw® software for practice management.  Though at the time he had no ... Read More »

Leaked! Supreme Court of Legal Tech: Cloud v. Premise

Supreme Court of Legal Tech Cloud v Premise

Sequestered away in a session at LegalTech NY last February, a semi-secretive appellate court heard arguments from attorneys arguing on behalf of both cloud-based and premise-based law firm practice management tools. Cameras were not permitted in courtroom, but over the weekend, an audio recording of the hearing surfaced on the internet was obtained by this blog. The acting justices included ... Read More »

Practice Management: Should Law Firms Go Cloud or Premise?

Practice Management Should Law Firms Go Cloud or Premise

Cloud-based tools for practice management have gained substantial traction in 2014.  There has for example, been some $458 million invested in legal start-ups in the last year or so. That’s up from just $66 million year-over-year – and sizable portion of that is going toward cloud-based products and tools aimed at the legal industry. There’s good reason too: Multiple market ... Read More »

The 4 Strategic Options in Software for Law Firm Accounting

The 4 Strategic Options in Software for Law Firm Accounting

For new law firms, processes, procedures and infrastructure are important decisions.   These are important for future plans – choosing systems that can support a firm as it grows. Accounting systems are a good example, because a law firm that outgrows it existing accounting tool will force a change precisely during a growth spurt.  In the worst cases, making a dramatic ... Read More »

Session: Fundamentals of Law Practice Management Systems #ABATECHSHOW

Fundamentals of Law Practice Management Systems ABATECHSHOW

Thomas L. Rowe and JoAnn Hathaway led a session titled Practice management software from agony to ecstasy and a quick poll of the audience at the beginning demonstrated representation from firms of all sizes – including a substantial population of attorneys working at firms with 100 or more lawyers. The session defined practice management tools, described the differences between premise-based ... Read More »

LexisNexis Firm Manager Unveils the “Money Finder”

LexisNexis Firm Manager Unveils the Money Finder

It may be true we can’t make up for lost time, but we just might be able to recover time we’ve forgotten. Photographs help us remember.  Calendars keep us on track.  And anyone traveling to the ABA TECHSHOW from the east coast knows, we gain an hour going, and lose an hour coming back. Keeping good time requires discipline, but ... Read More »

Legal Tech Briefs: Small Law Firm Startup with Heidi S. Alexander

Legal Tech Briefs Small Law Firm Startup

“Managing a solo- or small-law law firm practice requires business acumen.”  So says Heidi S. Alexander a law practice management advisor with Massachusetts LOMAP – the law office management assistance program. Her experience – and by extension advice – stems from her role as an advisor and entrepreneur with solo law firm experience. Ms. Alexander joined us for a Google ... Read More »

Legal Tech Briefs: Virtues of Virtual Law with Stacey L. Romberg

Legal Tech Briefs Virtual Law Office

After a decade in the industry, including a stint writing legislation for the U.S. Senate, Stacey L. Romberg made the leap – she hung out a shingle and opened her own law firm.  By measure of her legal services – a split between business law and estate planning & probate – it might be easy to miss one important distinction ... Read More »