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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Podcast #53: Putting Access to Justice into Practice, with Billie Tarascio

Billie Tarascio started out trying to build a firm that furthers access to justice, and wound up building a pretty innovative law firm with a software backbone that allowed her to deliver legal services at every price point—and it didn't work. You'll find out why in today's podcast, but first, don't forget that clients and customers are looking for very different things.

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How to Outsource or Delegate Administrative Tasks

If you find yourself overwhelmed with aspects of your business, consider delegating or outsourcing certain tasks so you can focus on providing legal services.

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How To Hire Your First Associate Attorney

You’ve made all the calculations and want to go ahead with hiring your first associate attorney. What do you do next? When you hire any employee, you have to consider a whole new range of issues.

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Year-End Law Practice Checklist

The New Year is a great time for refreshing of all kinds, including refreshing your office and practice and setting yourself up for success. Take the time to put in place the tools for a great and prosperous year.

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How To Hire a Paralegal

You’ve hired, or want to hire, a paralegal for your practice. Paralegals are highly skilled and can help your practice in more ways than you think.

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Four Big Firm Habits You Need to Break

Obscurity is not security, nor will it get you clients when you make the jump from a big firm to a small firm or solo practice.

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How To Retain Employees in a Competitive Work Market

A high turnover rate can be detrimental to your firm. Instead of focusing on growth, you are bogged down looking for replacements for workers who leave in search of greener pastures. It can even be personally painful when your most valuable team members make an exit. Here's how you can use your compensation structure to retain employees.

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The Flaws of the “Recruit Your Successor” Exit Strategy

The “recruit your successor” retirement exit strategy is flawed. To obtain maximum value, transition your practice to more experienced lawyers.

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Practical Advice for Taking Better Notes

Establish a system, make a template, and convince yourself that taking good notes is important enough to do every time.

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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.

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Net Promoter Score: the One Number You Need to Grow Your Law Practice

How many of your clients would recommend you to their friends and family? Guess what — you're probably way off.

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Podcast #40: Alan Dershowitz’s Advice for Young Lawyers (Replay)

As a well-known lawyer and (former) law professor, Alan Dershowitz gives a lot of advice to young lawyers. At one point, he wrote it all down in Letters to a Young Lawyer. The book has been around for a while, but it is still full of good advice for young lawyers — and so is Dershowitz.

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Podcast #39: Tips for Representing Low-Income Clients, with Martha Delaney

Representing low-income clients can present challenges for lawyers who are not used to it, but learning to meet those challenges is a good lesson in basic client service. While we're on the subject …