Make Your Law-Firm Website’s First Sentence Count
Ten seconds is about how long you have to convince the average visitor to your law firm website to stick around. That is just about long enough to read one sentence — so it better be a good one.
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Briefs: Practice Panther Raises $3.5M, Enter Zola, Ghost Data, Etc.
Practice Panther just announced it has raised $3.5 million, and the already-affordable ($29/month/user, paid annually) software is free through the end of 2016 so the developers can collect feature requests to build out the roadmap. If you want to help build practice management software according to your own preferences, you might want to give it a […]
What’s Equivalent to a Handwriting Expert for E-Signatures?
I think it is a lot harder to effectively forge someone's signature with a pen than it is to access someone else's email account using their computer.
Lawyer Hires Internet Tough Guy to Silence Internet-Tough-Guy Lawyers
Trying to get websites to take down pages that make you look bad is inherently problematic, but it’s even harder when your approach is to go around threatening lawyers who are well-known for not backing down in the face of threats. Florida lawyer Gary Ostrow apparently wanted to put some unfortunate things behind him, like […]
Briefs: Crowdsourcing Avvo, Email Encryption, the Worst Lawyers, Etc.
At least one Redditor is trying to reverse engineer the Avvo Rating. So far it looks like the biggest boosts come from adding an LLM to your profile or getting endorsements from lawyers who say they worked with you. Maybe the goat lawyer could learn something. [/r/LawFirm] The legal sector added 700 new jobs in […]
Write a Compelling Opening Line for Blog Posts
The opening lines of your blog post are the only thing most readers will see before they decide to stay or go. If it is boring, very few will stick around to find out of you had anything worthwhile to say lower down.
“First Amendment Badass” Marc Randazza Under Fire
Marc Randazza is an outspoken, high-profile, and very polarizing First Amendment lawyer. If you know him you probably love him or hate him. Not many people fall in between. He’s done some high-profile First Amendment work, and he’s sued people for downloading porn illegally. Today, he probably earned more haters from this article by Joe Mullin in Ars […]
Year-End Tax Planning for Lawyers
A little planning goes a long way. It is actually pretty easy to stay on top of your taxes if you start the year with good estimates and end the year fine-tuning your liability with the help of your accountant.
Wix Sites Effectively Disappear from the Internet
If you designed your law firm website on Wix, you’ve got a problem.
Should Lawyers Be Software Developers?
In general I think it is too early to tell whether these particular experiments are going to catch on and have lasting success. But it's not to early to acknowledge that lawyers have new tools available to them, and that we need to expand our concept of practicing law to include those tools.
Why Your Potential Clients Aren’t Contacting You
Most legal marketing is targeted at people who are looking for a lawyer. Offline or online, we are trying to get people to call us after they have recognized they have a problem a lawyer can help them with, and start looking for one. But the real problem, according to a 2014 ABA study (pdf) […]
We Tried to Create the Worst Legal Writing Possible
Legalese is awful. To prove it, we combined forces to write the worst piece of legal writing we could. Here’s what we came up with: Clarity in Legal Writing: Unattainable Goal or Necessary Component of Effective Advocacy? The issue of clearness and conciseness in writing and preparing legal documents, e.g. court filings, pleadings, and motions and all other […]