Getting Things Done, for Lawyers
How to implement the Getting Things Done (GTD) productivity system in your law practice.
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. But there is a bit more to going paperless than that. You need to think about your paperless workflow. In other words, how will make sure you collect, scan and file all the documents that come into your […]
The Ultimate Case Management System: a Paper Work Plan
Practice management software is great and all, but not everyone wants or needs to use it. And that is just as well, as far as I am concerned, because the best case management software I have used by a long shot is paper-based: my weekly work plan.
How to Organize Paperless Client Files
Organize paperless client files exactly how you organize paper files now.
Don’t Refer Bad Cases or Clients
Good lawyers want to help other lawyers by sending them good cases and good clients. Before you try and dump a problem client on another attorney, be sure to think about the long-term implications.
Freshbooks: the Gold Standard for Timekeeping and Billing
Freshbooks is the gold standard for timekeeping and billing. It's easy to use, mobile-friendly, and comes with world-class customer service.
Is it Time for Non-Lawyer Ownership?
Permitting non-lawyer ownership of law firms is a global trend. It is not really about access to justice, as I previously supposed. It’s about changing the law firm business model in a way that works for lawyers and clients.
Clio Releases its iPhone App
Clio's iPhone app shows that great legal software can be great-looking, too. If you are a Clio user, get it now, and start keeping track of your practice from your iPhone.
How to Ask Another Attorney for Help
Asking another attorney for help or insight on a case is usually the best way to get solid advice. However, be sure to respect the another attorney's time and insight when asking for their help.
Be Cautious With Outsourcing or Expanding Your Practice
Many solo attorneys are too quick to add staff or another attorney. Before making that type of investment, make sure you can handle the short-term impact on your practice and pocketbook.
Three Ways to Improve Client Intake
A successful law practice starts and ends with successful client intake. Here are three ways you can improve your client intake and improve your practice.
Billing All the Time
We've recently decided to bill all the time we spend on every case. Is it a good decision? We'll see.
The Jury’s Still Out on the Utility of Emerging Technology for Lawyers
Do lawyers necessarily need to use the latest and greatest technology toys in their law practices and will doing so necessarily make them better lawyers? Of course not. But, exploring the possibilities offered by new technologies isn't a bad thing--it's a positive step that can help lawyers improve client service.
Too Busy? When to Hire Help
When faced with a “feast” of too much work, don’t panic or rush into making a full-time hire. Take some time. Determine what you need, how often you need it, and which option of meeting that need will be most profitable.
The Importance of Long Term Goals for Your Practice
Most solo attorneys operate with the business mantra of "just keep the lights on this month." That's a good place to start, but you need to set your goals higher. If you do, you are 100% more likely to develop the practice you want.