Practice Management

Below are our best law practice management tips and advice, so get your practice in order!

We recommend you transition to a paperless office, try alternative billing, outsource menial tasks, create the ability to have a mobile law office, and streamline your procedures.

We also offer ideas on the best legal software and on maximizing your continuing legal education.

Once you are on your feet, you might be interested in learning our favorite productivity tactics, including the Getting Things Done (GTD) system.

Need more ideas? Join other innovative lawyers in the Lawyerist LAB.

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Paperless Tip: Never Ever Send Word Files as Correspondence

Word files should never be sent as correspondence. It allows unscrupulous people to alter your letters and present them as evidence. Only send PDFs.

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Your Personal Relationships with Clients Probably Aren’t As Strong As You Think

While lawyers probably aren’t going to become irrelevant any time soon, it probably is not because their personal relationships with clients are so strong.

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The Myth of More Time for Billing

Before you use "more time for billing" as an excuse to hire someone or buy something, consider whether you would actually be able to make good use of that time.

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Stop Losing Clients Over Your Fear of Payment Plans

If you are willing to set up payment plans for your clients, you can stop good money from walking out your door.

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Lawyers Won’t Lose Clients to DIY Legal Services

People who want to do their own legal work are, naturally, not likely to hire a lawyer in the first place. And people who hire lawyers do not want to do their own legal work.

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How to Keep Track of Your Time

Even if you only put together your bill at the end of the month, you need to track your time as you go. These are the major tools for doing that.

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How to Accept Credit Cards from Clients

Accepting credit cards is more convenient for clients and a more reliable way to get paid for lawyers.

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The Bad Clients You Don’t Take Will Be the Best Money You Never Made

Never try and convince yourself that any client is a good client. It’s not that simple.

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MITs: A Simple Way to Be More Productive

This simple practice will instantly make you more productive, every day.

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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. After that, you can pretty much just start scanning every document in your office. But there is a bit more to going paperless than that. You need to think about your paperless workflow. In other words, how will […]

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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.

Law Firm Finances

Law Firm Finances: A Lawyerist Survival Guide

Law Firm Finances: A Lawyerist Survival Guide is a detailed how-to manual for solos and small firms. It covers setting up accounts, managing cash flow and credit, paying taxes and managing income, and forecasting income. These are critical skills that are not taught in law school, and many lawyers struggle to stay on top of […]

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Get It In Writing: Freelance Attorney Work Agreement

A written freelance work agreement does not have to be complicated or lengthy, but it should clearly define the project terms for everyone involved, including ethical and legal considerations, and protect the interests of both the freelance attorney and the hiring attorney.

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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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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.