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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Yes, Your Personality Matters to Clients

Clients want to hire an attorney that will help them solve their problem. But they also want to work with a person, not a robot. Showing your personality will go a long way towards creating a more meaningful attorney-client relationship.

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How to Tell Whether Your Bad Date is Tax Deductible

Deducting entertainment expenses is complicated to do. Nonetheless, if done right, you may be able to write off that bad date you recently went on.

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Strategic Planning for Law-Firm Success and Growth

"The world is complicated. It doesn't stay the same forever."

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How to Run Effective Meetings

Meetings can be a huge waste of time for lawyers. Make yours more effective and waste less time with these tips.

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Four Reasons Billing By the Hour is a Competitive Disadvantage

The billable hour destroys innovation, it doesn't capture value, it is a terrible measure of performance, and causes tension between clients and lawyers. Increasingly, it also puts your firm at a competitive disadvantage.

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How to Keep Your Solo Practice Sustainable and Lean

Make sure you can keep your solo practice running until it succeeds by keeping costs down and overhead low.

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Hiring Employees Using Craigslist

Craigslist's basic interface, low-cost listings, and wealth of potential applicants will more than likely get you the right person for your law firm — even if the list of applicants seems daunting to sift through at first.

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Going Paperless: Everything You Need to Get Started

Once you have the right equipment and a basic plan, start scanning! Soon you will have a more efficient, more portable, more paperless office.

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Podcast #8: Aaron Hall’s Client-Satisfaction Guarantee

Sam and Aaron talk with Jeena Cho about why jerky law students become jerky lawyers, and then Aaron Hall explains why and how he is giving some clients a satisfaction guarantee.

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Clio Announces Cheaper and More-Expensive Pricing Options

A year after it raised prices, Clio announced a new, 3-tier pricing structure.

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The Solo Lawyer’s Guide to Tax Deductions

Minimize your tax bill with deductions and avoid an argument with a tax advisor, or worse, an IRS auditor

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If You Want to Improve Your Law Practice, Start Experimenting

Keep experimenting until you find a way to improve your law practice, then test the improvements with more experiments.

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Podcast #2: Paul Floyd on How to Value and Sell a Law Practice

Paul finally explained law practice valuation so I could understand: the best way to value a law practice is not to value it.

Why You Should Keep a Call Log

"Call Log: It’ll save your ass."

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Maybe You Shouldn’t Answer Your Own Phone. Here’s Why.

The point is to use the phone when you can be effective, not when you are going to be distracted and ineffective.