Published: November 26, 2012
Tags: 20 Things Lawyers Need to Know in 2013
What legal practice areas will be in high demand in the year ahead? Who is on President Barack Obama’s short list for the next U.S. Supreme Court justice? In this year’s edition of “20 Things Lawyers Need to Know,” we cover the latest trends in technology, marketing, practice management and more. From innovative ways to use an iPad to manage your practice and win at trial to rethinking the roles of your support staff, Lawyers USA gives you the tips you need to run a smarter law practice in 2013.
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A paperless law office can provide a more efficient, flexible and cost-effective practice.
As jurors demand slicker presentation of evidence, lawyers are hiring artists, computer graphic designers and illustrators to transform piles of documents into light, sound and images.
A strategic business plan is a must for every law firm, according to Kentucky attorney Robert Young.
“Whether you have two lawyers or 50 or 500, you still need a plan for where you want to take the firm,” Young said. “It keeps you from making major decisions by the seat of your pants.”
The matter is resolved, your work is done and the client is happy. But don’t close the file just yet. Consider asking your enthusiastic client for a testimonial about your service.
Reflecting the always-changing world of technology, electronic discovery presents new challenges for lawyers in 2013. At the forefront: social media evidence, smartphone data and the judicial blessing of a new form of discovery review.
Succeeding as a solo or small firm attorney means being not only a good lawyer, but also a savvy businessperson.
Litigation funding companies are increasingly marketing their services to cash-strapped plaintiffs who have large medical bills but possibly an even larger legal recovery on the horizon.
But plaintiffs’ lawyers remain skeptical of the practice.
Legal marketing continues to go high-tech, with lawyers turning to mobile devices to connect with consumers via QR codes and making use of new social networks like Pinterest.
For lawyers considering one of these strategies, each has its own advantages and challenges.
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s reelection – and the fact that four of the current nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court are at or above the age of 74 – means that the president will likely appoint at least one more justice to the Court, perhaps as soon as next year.