While some aspects of legal practice have migrated to the Internet, whether through telecommuting or a true virtual practice, a physical office where trial conferences are held and strategy developed remains the best environment for the lawyer-client relationship in small and midsized practices.
During the last few years, it has been ever more common to hear lawyers say, with more than a hint of frustration and worry in their voices: “What’s the point of doing a marketing plan? Why bother trying to forecast trends and predict results when you’re riding the rollercoaster of this uncertain economy?”
Published: February 19, 2013
Tags: CLE, computer-assisted review, e-discovery, electronic discovery, electronically stored information, ESI, Facebook, iPad, iPad apps, iPad mini, legal technology, LegalTech, practice management, predictive coding, settlements, social media, technology
Lawyers USA reports on items of interest to solos and small firm attorneys from the annual LegalTech conference, including software that can predict where a case will settle.
More often than not we make our lists too long, get overzealous, and ultimately have trouble completing, or even starting, the actionable items.
If that sounds familiar, this is the perfect time to take a simpler approach to your business development goals and get back to the following basics.
Many things are generational in our society, and such differences in the workforce must be given ample attention if we are going to remain leaders in business.
We can no longer ignore the breakdown of the traditional workplace and work style that includes the definition of yesterday’s 9 to 5 office schedule. The virtual office is no longer a trend; it’s an efficient and effective means of working.
Published: February 8, 2013
Tags: Adobe Acrobat, data security, Fujitsu, LastPass, legal writing, marketing, practice management, ScanSnap iX500, smartphone, technology, WordRake, Zazzle
Lawyers USA has rounded up the latest tips from lawyers on what technology tools they use to accomplish tasks more quickly and effectively.
Rule of Professional Conduct 1.15 states that lawyers have a professional duty to protect all documents relating to clients by requiring that client property and files be “appropriately safeguarded.”
Failure to keep files safe and free from outside perusal is a failure in the duty to act competently in the best interests of a client. The rules and specific time periods for storing or destroying client files vary by jurisdiction.
It’s easy to say you build your practice by word of mouth, but how do you really know whether word is spreading?
It is more beneficial to have a set strategy you follow consistently in order to fully reap the rewards of your professional relationships. This is why it’s crucial to build a strong network of referral partners or centers of influence to help develop a steady flow of qualified referrals.
Lawyers are using the social networking site Meetup to meet other lawyers, get referral sources and find potential clients.
The prospect of investing in technology strikes fear into the hearts of many sole practitioners and small firms.
Ross Kodner and John Simek recently offered their expertise at an ALI/ABA webinar entitled “Buying Smart: Technology for Solos and Small Firms.”