PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

  • MITs: A Simple Way to Be More Productive

    If the idea of learning a productivity system like Getting Things Done is keeping you from learning to be more productive, here is a simple practice that requires nothing more than reading this pretty-short blog post. The best part: it will instantly make you more productive,...

    7 readers - Sam Glover/ Lawyerist
  • Every Legal App for iOS

    iOS apps for lawyers abound, whether for case management, billing, or trial preparation. This page has every legal app for iOS that we could find in the App Store. There are just a few exceptions. This does not include apps t...
    8 readers - Lawyerist
  • How to Design Your Firm’s Paperless Workflow

    Buying a good document scanner is obviously critical for going paperless. So is a solid backup strategy. After that, you can pretty much just start scanning every document in your office. But there is a bit more to going pape...
    6 readers - Sam Glover/ Lawyerist
  • Why Capping Hourly Fees is (Usually) a Bad Idea

    As flat fees become more popular, one of the ways lawyers often “try out” flat fees is by offering to cap their hourly fees. For example, a lawyer might offer to bill $200 per hour for a small lawsuit, but no more than $10,000...
    2 readers - Sam Glover/ Lawyerist

The latest about Practice Management

  • MITs: A Simple Way to Be More Productive

    … just putting out fires. And working from a short list of MITs is a lot easier than working from the huge lists you probably have in your practice management software or your GTD system. That helps you to be more productive. You can write down more than three things — I have five today. But make sure you can realistically complete all the tasks…

    7 readers - Sam Glover/ Lawyerist
  • How to Design Your Firm’s Paperless Workflow

    … have the staff drop the paper on the lawyer’s desk after scanning and filing it. That way, any paper in the lawyer’s office will already have been scanned. You could have staff email a note with a link to the document in your file management system. Some cloud-based systems like Box let you attach tasks to files, which is probably a more-effective…

    6 readers - Sam Glover/ Lawyerist
  • Every Legal App for iOS

    … paid MyCase subscription.Allows communication with clients, ability to check schedule, edit and view cases, time, billing, and invoicing. Email and calendar access. Add-on modules such as Quickbooks integration available for additional cost.ClioFree, but requires paid Clio subscription.Mobile access for Clio's cloud-based practice management system…

    8 readers - Lawyerist
  • Inbox Zero for Lawyers

    … Done, you’re not far off. But you don’t need to know a thing about GTD in order to practice Inbox Zero. Inbox Zero is the brainchild of Merlin Mann, who adapted the Getting Things Done system to email. He did not invent the concept, though. Well before I ever heard of Merlin Mann or Inbox Zero, I read a Time Matters white paper recommending much…

    1 readers - Sam Glover/ Lawyerist
  • Law Firm Finances: A Lawyerist Survival Guide

    … Law Firm Finances: A Lawyerist Survival Guide is a detailed how-to manual for solos and small firms. It covers setting up accounts, managing cash flow and credit, paying taxes and managing income, and forecasting income. These are critical skills that are not taught in law school, and many lawyers struggle to stay on top of their firm finances…

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  • Get It In Writing: Freelance Attorney Work Agreement

    …, it still benefits both sides to set forth basic project terms in an email, which can be saved and referenced at a later date. Ultimately, the freelance attorney is responsible for defining the business relationship and running his or her own freelance law practice. Contents of a Written Freelance Work Agreement A written freelance work agreement…

    3 readers - Lawyerist
  • Everything You Need to Know About Law Firm Finances

    … other can of worms. The financial aspects of running a law practice can be complicated, stressful, and time-consuming. Here is how to get started. Open At Least Two Accounts You probably need at least two accounts: a business checking and an IOLTA trust account. You will obviously need to put money into both accounts. (If you don’t currently have…

    1 readers - Lawyerist
  • How to Offer Subscription Fees

    … Flat fees have become nearly synonymous with alternative billing, but they are not the only alternative to the billable hour. Subscription fees can also be a great fit for legal services, depending on your practice area and whether your clients have ongoing legal needs. Recurring fees are revenue you can count on, and clients who sign up…

    Sam Glover/ Lawyerist
  • Why Capping Hourly Fees is (Usually) a Bad Idea

    … As flat fees become more popular, one of the ways lawyers often “try out” flat fees is by offering to cap their hourly fees. For example, a lawyer might offer to bill $200 per hour for a small lawsuit, but no more than $10,000, total. This is a rookie mistake. If the lawyer bills 50 or fewer hours, he will merely be paid for his work the same…

    2 readers - Sam Glover/ Lawyerist
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