User Guides

Lawyerist’s user guides are everything-you-need-to-know resources for law practice.

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LexisNexis Firm Manager Law Practice Management Software

After a rocky start, LexisNexis completely redesigned Firm Manager with the help of a customer advisory board and input from hundreds of practicing lawyers. Here is everything you need to know about the new, improved, and redesigned Firm Manager.

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Inbox Zero for Lawyers

Inboxes are meant to be emptied, not used for long-term storage. That goes double for your email inbox, which is far more useful if you empty it on a regular basis.

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MyCase Law Practice Management Software

Here’s what you need to know about MyCase, from getting started to using the mobile apps with your clients.

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Law Firm Finances: Everything You Need to Know

This is a must-read for anyone who manages a law firm's finances or is even thinking about starting one.

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Clio Law Practice Management Software

Clio practice management software information and review.

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How to Offer Subscription Fees

Subscription fees can be a great fit for legal services, depending on your practice area and whether your clients have ongoing legal needs. Here's how to offer them.

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Passwords: a User Guide for Lawyers and Law Firms

Good passwords are essential to data security, and this article has everything you need to know about creating and keeping track of good passwords.

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Dropbox for Lawyers and Law Firms: the User Guide

According to the ABA’s most-recent technology survey, 58% of lawyers use Dropbox, making it the most popular online file storage option among lawyers. Here is everything you need to know about Dropbox, from how to install it to securing your client files.

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Xero Accounting for Law Firms

If you are in the market for accounting software, and would like something that is better than QuickBooks in several ways, worse in several others, and a bit better overall, then I recommend Xero.

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Dealing with Rule 11 Threats and Motions

"I have had a number of threats for Rule 11, but only one firm had the balls to actually file one, and the judge ordered them to pay my fees for having to respond."

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How to Prepare for Oral Argument

The key to better oral argument is to get away from your outline and use a more "modular" approach when preparing.

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Getting Things Done, for Lawyers

How to implement the Getting Things Done (GTD) productivity system in your law practice.

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How to Organize Paperless Client Files

Organize paperless client files exactly how you organize paper files now.

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Proper Deposition Objections

Whether you are defending (or taking) your first or your hundredth deposition, you must be ready to handle objections. That means knowing which objections are proper and which are not. Once you know, you can keep the deposition proceeding smoothly — and avoid embarrassing yourself.

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How to Format an Appellate Brief

The complexity of appellate briefing requirements can make your head spin even before you try to translate them into a Word document. This comprehensive guide to building an appellate brief in Word will get you started.