Improving your law firm’s efficiency is more important than ever, and a good place to streamline is with your support staff.
There are a number of ways cloud computing can benefit a solo or a small firm legal practice.
The biggest advantage, said Jack Newton, president of Clio, a web-based practice management system based in Vancouver, Canada, is that “cloud computing allows lawyers to focus on being a lawyer rather than being an IT person.”
Practice management apps for smartphones and other portable devices make it increasingly easier for lawyers to practice on-the-go.
The wired world presents more options than ever for flexible work arrangements. Thanks to the march of mobile technology, attorneys and staff are able to take their offices on the go, working not just from the cubicle, but from the coffee shop, the beach or their own living rooms.
But while technology redefines what’s meant by going to work, it can also create potential problems. Some important guidelines can help firm leaders decide when to allow people to work from home and when it’s better to go the traditional route.
In the wake of a proposed settlement between credit card-issuers Visa and MasterCard and merchants that would allow vendors to pass along “swipe fees” to their customers, lawyers who accept credit card payments are grappling with the issue of whether such up-charges are a good practice.
The Florida Supreme Court has adopted rules mandating electronic filing and service for the state’s courts and attorneys.
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Coach and management consultant Ed Poll wants to share a few in his new book, “Secrets of The Business of Law: Successful Practices for Increasing Your Profits.”
Compiled from Poll’s LawBiz blog as well as other publications, each chapter functions as a stand-alone piece of advice on a given topic. Chapters are grouped by subject matter, such as “Client Relations,” “Financial Management” and “Law Office Technology.”
“The day of reckoning has come for our profession,” writes Nicole Black in the introduction to her new book “Cloud computing for lawyers.”
To stand out from the crowd, lawyers in some states can advertise themselves as “specialists” in a given practice area, but they must be sure to follow state ethics rules.
Virtual assistants are an affordable, time-saving option for sole practitioners and small firm lawyers.