Practice Management

  • 4 Things to Consider Before Taking a Case

    Not all clients are created equal, and the same concept is true for cases. Without a doubt, the one thing that has drastically changed in my practice is how I evaluate potential cases. Whether you are starting a new firm, or you are a veteran attorney trying to enhance your bottom line, start with your procedures for case evaluation.

    6 readers - Randall Ryder/ Lawyerist
  • Electricity in the Cloud at Clio Conference

    Listen. That roar you hear is thunderous acclaim for the Clio Cloud Conference held last week in Chicago. And where there is thunder, there is lightning, and the electricity at this conference produced an atmosphere that was highly charged. This was Clio’s second annual conference, and to this grizzled veteran of way too many legal tech conferences, this one stood out as one of the best.

    6 readers - Robert J. Ambrogi/ Robert Ambrogi's LawSites
    • Build a Forms Database with a Simple Change to Your Workflow

      If cheap legal documents are a serious threat to your practice, the solution is simple: stop charging for documents. Or at least stop wasting a lot of time (and your clients’ money) recreating documents over and over again. To do this, you need to build a forms database. Here is the easiest way to do that.
      3 readers - Sam Glover/ Lawyerist
    • Early Birds And Night Owls Can Both Be Unethical

      Even though we have known for ages that circadian rhythms vary wildly, we still equate getting up early with virtuous productivity and staying up late with a slacker/procrastinator mentality. And those of us who like to get our work done at midnight are probably just hard-wired to be that way. What we did not know, however, is that our circadian rhythms might be driving us to ...
      3 readers - Lisa Needham/ Lawyerist
    • Do Discounts Lead to More Past-Due Accounts?

      The infographic below is from Lexis Nexis and is based on a survey of Lawyerist Insider subscribers this past July. The gist: for the majority of solo and small firms, past-due accounts are a big problem that few seem able to solve. But the most interesting part is almost certainly this: An analysis of the survey data found a correlation between law firms that discount and an in ...
      3 readers - Sam Glover/ Lawyerist
    • Podcast: Legal Technology, Blogging, and the Future of SoloSmall Practice

      Clean, simple, responsive law blogs from Lawyerist Sites, just $20/month. Get a law blog for your practice. I just had a great, wide-ranging conversation with New York bankruptcy and real estate lawyer Daniel Gershburg. We talked about blogging, legal marketing, the misleading hashtags of legal tech conferences, and the f ...
      2 readers - Sam Glover/ Lawyerist

    The latest about Practice Management

    • Year-End Tax Planning for Lawyers

      … With two months left in the year, you still have plenty of time to do some end-of-year tax planning to minimize your tax bill in April. That’s why the end of October or beginning of November is a great time to figure out what you are likely to owe. Take a few minutes to run a set of financial reports to send to your accountant so he or she can…

      Sam Glover/ Lawyerist
    • How A Law Firm Can Successfully Navigate an Office Relocation

      … divisions, it ultimately may not have your best interests at heart. Your clients wouldn’t allow you to represent both sides of a negotiation, so why would you pick a brokerage firm that does? With the proper planning and strategy, a relocation can infuse a firm with newfound energy and enthusiasm. Better yet, it can improve the performance of your employees and, ultimately, your bottom line. Practice Management big image, growth, law office …

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    • Reinventing The Law Business: Embracing Volatility For A Law Firm

      … what I believe is the highest level in law firm profitability analysis, which is to “embrace” the volatility inherent in the practice of law. In this final article, I will give some thoughts on how a law firm could indeed Embrace Volatility. Before getting to that, I will mention as an aside that I wrote a few weeks ago in this column an article…

      1 readers - Bruce Stachenfeld/ Above the Law
    • Early Birds And Night Owls Can Both Be Unethical

      … that as well. These results “cast doubt on the stereotype that evening people are somehow dissolute,” the authors conclude – early risers are just as likely to cheat when taken out of their temporal comfort zone. If you are a night person, perhaps the researchers would write you a note you can give to your employer so you can finally stop trying to be in the office before dawn. Legal Ethics, Practice Management decisions, ethics, management …

      3 readers - Lisa Needham/ Lawyerist
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    • Firm Manager Now Has In-App Document Editing

      … Firm Manager, the LexisNexis online practice-management platform for solo and small-firm attorneys, rolled out several enhancements yesterday, the most notable of which is in-app document editing. This new feature allows a user to open, edit and save documents from within the Firm Manager application. The feature works with the Microsoft Office…

      1 readers - Robert J. Ambrogi/ Robert Ambrogi's LawSites
    • Do Discounts Lead to More Past-Due Accounts?

      … law firms that discount and an increased number of past due client accounts. If that’s true, it supports something I have long believed about offering discounts: don’t. My theory is that clients who ask for a discount have a tendency to devalue your services. If I am right, it seems reasonable to expect those clients to place a lower importance on paying you when the bill comes due. Check out the infographic, though. The whole thing is worth a look/read: Practice Management billing, no image…

      3 readers - Sam Glover/ Lawyerist
    • Build a Forms Database with a Simple Change to Your Workflow

      … will start to look pretty close to the finished product. Do this with every document you create and before long you will have a forms database. Whether you use your forms with document assembly software or leave them right where they are, you can stop wasting time creating the same document over and over again (and charging for the time it takes you to do it). Featured image: “Illustration of Flat New Folder Vector Open Folder Symbol Background” from Shutterstock. Practice Management Forms, productivity…

      3 readers - Sam Glover/ Lawyerist
    • 4 Things to Consider Before Taking a Case

      … should turn down what appears to be a great case, but there is something not right (but you can’t put your finger on it). I have turned down those cases. And those cases end up in someone else’s office, eventually going south. Your gut will also tell you when you should take a case where the legal elements do not line up nice and clean, but the facts or client will sway any jury. Good facts are usually a recipe for success. Practice Management big image, case management, client intake…

      6 readers - Randall Ryder/ Lawyerist
    • Electricity in the Cloud at Clio Conference

      … team, sharing how they used Clio in their practice and what new features they’d like to see. And this, from exhibitor Kahuna Accounting: I don’t know how many times I heard the phrase, “This is so different than any legal conference I’ve seen.” This is why. Because it wasn’t a legal conference, it was an entrepreneurship conference. You get…

      6 readers - Robert J. Ambrogi/ Robert Ambrogi's LawSites
    • Podcast: Legal Technology, Blogging, and the Future of SoloSmall Practice

      … and small-firm practice. For good measure we name-dropped Kevin O’Keefe, Ken White, Scott Greenfield, and Brian Tannebaum, among others. Tune in when you have time, or keep it on for soothing background noise this afternoon. Legal Marketing, Legal Technology, Practice Management blogging, Clio Cloud Conference, conference, future of law, podcasts …

      2 readers - Sam Glover/ Lawyerist
    • This Simple Email Habit Will Make You More Productive

      … or flag to them, depending on your email provider (they are the same thing, but Gmail, for example, uses stars, while Outlook and Mail.app call them flags). To add a star/flag, you can click on the icon in the message list or while viewing the message, or you can just use a keyboard shortcut: Gmail: S1 Outlook and Outlook.com: INSERT…

      4 readers - Sam Glover/ Lawyerist
    • Rocket Matter’s New iPad Version ‘Not Just an App’

      …“This is not just a companion app to our Web version,” Rocket Matter CEO Larry Port said about the iPad app the company released today. “It is a full-featured practice management platform.” In fact, the user interface of this new app will now drive development of the UI for Rocket Matter’s web version and its iPhone and Android apps. “This UI…

      2 readers - Robert J. Ambrogi/ Robert Ambrogi's LawSites
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