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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Early Birds And Night Owls Can Both Be Unethical

We all have our bad days, but we have our bad times too. Depending on your chronotype, the times you have to make decisions at may not be your most ethically sound moments.

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Do Discounts Lead to More Past-Due Accounts?

This infographic from Lexis Nexis is based on a survey of Lawyerist newsletter subscribers this past July.

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Build a Forms Database with a Simple Change to Your Workflow

If cheap legal documents are a serious threat to your practice, the solution is simple: stop charging for documents. Of course, in order to do that you have to stop spending a lot of time on documents. You have to build a forms database.

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4 Things to Consider Before Taking a Case

Not all clients are created equal, and the same concept is true for cases. This is true whether you are starting a new firm, or you are a veteran attorney trying to enhance your bottom line.

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Podcast: Legal Technology, Blogging, and the Future of SoloSmall Practice

A conversation with Daniel Gershburg about blogging, legal marketing, the misleading hashtags of legal tech conferences, and the future of solo and small-firm practice.

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This Simple Email Habit Will Make You More Productive

To get your email under control, you don’t need to read books, watch a video, buy anything, download anything, or get a fancy email app. All you have to do is start using something that is already built into your email.

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Find Out How Much You Are Overbilling Your Clients

Waiting until the end of the month to record your time means adding 23% to the bill. Start billing in real time before your clients (or ethics boards) find this article and start asking questions.

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Offer Unbundled Legal Services to Compete in Today’s Legal Market

While the unbundling trend may be starting out with larger firms for startups and entrepreneurs, it will make its way to down to smaller sized firms and encompass many more areas of law. All lawyers can benefit from learning techniques for unbundling and using technology to deliver services online.

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How to Ask Another Attorney for Help

Whether you are calling another member of your firm, or another attorney that you know, be respectful of the other attorney's time and advice.

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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.