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28 Oct 2013, 3:00 am by Brian Ruthruff and Dodie Edelstein
In “Your Law Firm’s DMS: Put the Past Behind You,” Brian Ruthruff and Dodie Edelstein identified new features lawyers can expect in a document management system (DMS) today. In this follow-up, they have advice for making the successful leap to a new DMS.  Upgrading your existing document management system, or designing an entirely new law firm DMS, does not have to be a huge drain on time and resources. Be aware of common pitfalls and use a systematized approach, and… [read post]
13 Aug 2013, 3:00 am by Daniel Gold
Between deadlines, billable-hours requirements, responsibility for bringing in clients and so much more, we all know the legal profession can be taxing. Add to that responsibilities for family and any associations or boards you may belong to, and the daily pressure on a lawyer can be overwhelming. The stress most endure would make a cardiologist shudder. That is why it is so important to make sure your productivity system is absolutely under control, all the time. I know it’s not easy, so… [read post]
13 Oct 2013, 7:21 pm by Litig8rTech
by Heather Hale Managing a law practice is like balancing on a tight rope. If you place too much emphasis in one direction, you’ll be plummeting before you know it. Keeping everything in harmony, on the other hand, ensures a smoother walk. That’s why it’s so important to focus on all eight areas of practice management equally. I’ll explain how to use apps to help you accomplish the balancing act. When most people think of information technology, they think hardware; what type… [read post]
17 Jan 2014, 2:00 am by Heidi Alexander
The e-book Paperless, self-published by attorney David Sparks (aka @MacSparky), has won an Apple iBookstore “Best of 2012” award. Okay, so it’s 2014, and I’m a bit late to the parade. But seriously, better late than never: This is one you shouldn’t miss. Sparks, a self-proclaimed “Mac zealot,” wrote Paperless primarily for Mac users, so just about anyone with a Mac can use the methods he describes. But the book’s big-picture… [read post]
17 Jan 2014, 2:00 am by Heidi Alexander
The e-book Paperless, self-published by attorney David Sparks (aka @MacSparky), has won an Apple iBookstore “Best of 2012” award. Okay, so it’s 2014, and I’m a bit late to the parade. But seriously, better late than never: This is one you shouldn’t miss. Sparks, a self-proclaimed “Mac zealot,” wrote Paperless primarily for Mac users, so just about anyone with a Mac can use the methods he describes. But the book’s big-picture… [read post]
11 Dec 2013, 5:57 am by Karen Dyck
The Nova Scotia Barristers' Society is currently seeking input from lawyers on two proposed new practice standards. The draft standards, proposed by the Law Office Management Committee, relate to lawyers' responsibilities in the areas of timekeeping and data maintenance: TIMEKEEPING 1. A lawyer’s accounts must be fair, reasonable and lawful. a) The assessment and reasonableness of a lawyer’s account will depend on many factors, of one which is the time and effort “required… [read post]
16 Sep 2013, 3:00 am by Vivian Manning
Almost all law office denizens spend time creating and managing files. A lot of files. A lot of time. Whether Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, Adobe PDFs or whatever, we create ‘em, then spend time in Microsoft Windows Explorer copying them, renaming them, moving them, sending them and so on. (Sorry Mac people, but we’ll have to rely on a Mac aficionado in the comments to translate to Mac-speak.) Time spent on file management is necessary, but not necessarily productive, so… [read post]
9 May 2011, 8:40 am by Sheila Blackford
Does your old friend adrenalin no longer give you the burst of energy and focus you need? Is it not only that you aren’t motivated, but that you don’t care that you’re not motivated? Do you feel apathy and inertia oozing into every cell? Burnout is a state of emotional, mental and physical exhaustion brought on by unrelenting stress, which we know is frequently brought on by overwork. Unfortunately, workaholism as a lifestyle is often encouraged in the practice of law. For… [read post]
21 Aug 2013, 6:27 am by Karen Dyck
Should you find yourself with a surplus of clients, the following tips may be of some assistance. Speak only in legalese. Make a point of using Latin terms and providing complex answers to simple questions from clients. Above all, avoid plain language and clarity in your communications. Keep your clients in the dark. Don't send regular updates or otherwise inform them of what you are doing on their behalf. Never focus your attention on what your clients are saying to you.… [read post]
24 May 2011, 5:14 am by Frederick J. Esposito Jr.
Flat-fee billing has been around in the legal profession for a long time. While there are arguments about the pros and cons of fixed fee versus hourly billing arrangements, the issue comes down to clients perceiving a widening gap between the amount they are charged and the value of the services provided. Flat fees provide more certainty for them, up front. For law firms, proper and thoughtful planning will be the key to making flat-fee billing, or any other billing method, viable… [read post]
4 Sep 2013, 11:07 am by slkimbro
This was my first attempt at creating an infographic using Piktochart. Any feedback is welcome! It’s challenging for a writer to think in terms of graphic design, but I’m trying! [read post]
17 Apr 2013, 6:30 pm by slkimbro
This is the video of my brief interview with Colin O’Keefe about the topic of my presentation for Avvo’s Lawyernomics Conference next week in Las Vegas. [read post]
2 Feb 2012, 8:43 am by beverlym
When is the last time you used the PLF publication In Brief as a resource in your practice?  Did you know that In Brief addresses 23 areas of practice plus civil procedure, cases of note, malpractice traps, and practice management tips? Our archive of informative articles is fully searchable online and free to all Oregon [...] [read post]
17 Jul 2012, 3:40 pm by beverlym
The July issue of Law Practice TODAY is out.  This month’s theme is ”Phones, Tablets & Mobile Computing: Oh My!” Articles in this issue include: 6 Android Apps for Attorneys Connecting to the Web 101 The Mobility Choice Securely Deleting Data from Mobile Devices Motivate Employees: Set Goals, Communicate, and Say “Thanks” Technology Brings Billing and Receivables [...] [read post]
19 Mar 2012, 4:20 pm by beverlym
The March issue of In Brief is now available on the Professional Liability Fund Web site.  Articles include: Multnomah County New and Improved Civil Case Management Process Multnomah County Circuit Court new civil case management rules became effective February 1, 2012, for cases filed after that date.  The new rules and procedures were proposed by [...] [read post]
22 May 2013, 3:00 am by Mark Bassingthwaighte
Is anybody actually steering the ship at your law firm? Many smaller firms I visit across the country seem to have this in common: a passive practice management style, defined by reactive decision-making. Typically in these firms, managing partners serve part-time, without compensation, and their primary responsibility is to address staff-related issues and administrative functions—but only when absolutely necessary. The reality is that under a passive management style, no true firm leadership… [read post]
16 Sep 2013, 9:35 am by slkimbro
I will be speaking at the District of Oregon Conference entitled, Innovations in the Law: Science and Technology, on Friday of this week at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland. Speakers for the event will have 6-12 minutes to present on a number of topics including “improving the delivery of legal services, innovations in the courts, gaps in the law, and how the public’s use of technology impacts law enforcement.” Many of the speakers on the roster were involved… [read post]
12 Feb 2010, 4:00 am by Sam Glover
If you just bought Time Matters 10, are you bothered that LexisNexis just charged you hundreds of dollars for a “bug fix release”? You do not see Toyota charging car owners to fix their broken pedals, so why should you pay to fix LexisNexis’s broken product? Good question. No worries, from now on, LexisNexis will charge you a yearly fee to keep current with its software. Wait, worry. This Annual Maintenance Plan will probably cost you more than what you have, particularly if you do not always… [read post]
At the Academy we talk a lot about the importance of your Marketing Calendar. The Academy’s Girl Friday is joined by Academy Practice Leadership Coach Lillian Valdez in this edition of the Academy’s Girl Friday where they discuss the importance of your marketing calendar and some things to be on the lookout for as you are drafting your marketing calendar for 2014. Kathryn AdamsMarketing Manager American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, Inc.9444 Balboa Avenue, Suite 300 San Diego,… [read post]
21 May 2013, 3:00 am by The Editors
Who are these “enterprising lawyers”? Actually, they are easy to spot. Look for the happier, more engaged lawyers. Deeply invested in the power of the work they do for their clients, they have ample interests beyond the practice of law as well. And they seem to have more energy for getting things done than anyone in the crowd. You probably know an enterprising lawyer—you may even be one yourself! This month, we talk with solo appellate specialist Walter… [read post]