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.


How To Find the Perfect New Hire

Finding the perfect fit for your firm takes patience. If you are having difficulty hiring or retaining quality staff members for your firm, reevaluate your hiring process and the criteria on which you are basing your decisions.


How to Use Calendar Invites

Being smart about your calendar invites will make you look considerate and organized — and help you stay on schedule, of course.

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The Best Way to Serve Coffee in Your Office

Offering coffee is basic client service, but how you serve that coffee says a lot about your firm.


Disaster Planning for Solo and Small Firms

Hopefully your office never gets hit by a natural disaster. If it does, you want to be well-prepared. Having a well-defined plan, going paperless, having the right insurance, notifying your clients, and having the right supplies can make the difference between reopening as soon as possible and closing your practice for good.


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.


Briefs: 800-Pound Gorilla Launches Practice Management Software, Etc.

Microsoft is about to launch a practice-management solution. Or something. Actually, it’s not clear what it is launching, who it will be for, or what you will do with it. (Aaron and I talk more about this on next week’s podcast, actually.) [LawSites] Dictate much? Dropvox is a handy app for iOS users that automatically uploads […]


Podcast #32: Sonia Miller Van Oort’s Non-Traditional Law Firm

What does a law firm look like without the traditional hierarchy? Sona Miller Van Oort's firm has a flat governance structure, transparent compensation, and offers alternative-fee arrangements to every client. Plus, why it's silly to let your hardware dictate your law-firm policy.


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.


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.


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.


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"?


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.


Law Firm Revenue Target Calculator

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


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.


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 […]