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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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 Road to Not Getting Paid is Paved with Good Intentions

There is no great secret to getting paid. All you have to do is follow this rule: never work unless you have been paid.

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Avoid the All-in-One Printer, Scanner, Copier, and Fax Machine

Law firms should avoid all-in-one printers, but may want to adopt all-in-one practice management software--just not the ones from Lexis and West.

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Podcast #30: John Grant’s Agile Project Management Tips for Lawyers

Agile project management is huge in software development, but lawyers can take advantage of Agile, too. John Grant explains how to adapt Agile for law practice. But first, is the legal market really experiencing "modest job gains"?

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Podcast #26: David Lat on the Future of BigLaw and SmallLaw

David Lat of _Above the Law_ talks about the similarities and differences between BigLaw and solo and small firms, and talks about changes and opportunities in the legal market. But first, Sam and Aaron talk about the new wine fad: rosé.

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Law Firm Revenue Target Calculator

Check up on your revenue targets often enough to gauge the health of your firm.

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Lawyer Hourly Rate Calculator

Figuring out what to charge is hard when you are just starting out. It’s made harder by bar associations, which are wary of allowing any discussion of fees on their discussion lists. But whether or not you are going to charge hourly rates, you need to know what your time is worth.

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Podcast #23: Bob Young on Being a Plaintiff’s Lawyer in a Defense Firm

In today’s show, ABA Law Practice Division chair Bob Young talks about being a plaintiff’s lawyer in a defense firm, and explains what the ABA LPD is doing to help lawyers with marketing, management, finances, and technology. But first, is solo practice a terrible economic proposition for most people? Is Solo Practice a Terrible Economic […]

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Lawyers’ Low Emotional Intelligence Might Increase Malpractice Liability

Lawyers test at low emotional intelligence compared to the general population and other professions. They are particularly low in a critical component of emotional intelligence: emotional perception, or awareness of their own and others’ emotions. This could be a problem. Ronda Muir reports that in the medical world, lower emotional intelligence (EQ) tends to increase […]

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Podcast #22: Allison Shields on Doing More in Less Time

In today’s show, Allison Shields talks about how to be more productive, also the subject of her new book, How to Do More in Less Time. But first, Sam and Aaron talk about Lee Rosen’s advice to block your firm website from your firm computer. The Importance of Your Mobile Website On Divorce Discourse, Lee […]

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Book Appointments through Your Website

Stop sending emails and playing phone tag to set your appointments. Use one of these apps instead.

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Client Confidentiality in the Digital Age

The pathways for breaching client confidentiality — whether due to simple carelessness or inadequate security — continue to multiply as technology advances.

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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.

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How to Deduct Travel Expenses

As a lawyer, you often have to travel to serve your clients. Sitting around is simply not an option. Make sure to deduct those travel expenses for your next tax filing.

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Podcast #17: Ken White on Popehat, Censorious Douchebags, and Building a Successful Law Firm

Ken White and his partner started his firm with rented desks and unreliable phones and built their firm to around a dozen lawyers today. Meanwhile, he became a champion of free speech by defending bloggers threatened by censorious douchebags. He also reveals the secret of the name Popehat.Sam & Aaron start out today's show by talking about legal hacking, about which Aaron is a little confused and Sam is pretty interested.