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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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.

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Creating a Business Plan, Step One: What They Are and Why You Need One

A business plan will help you figure out how your firm will stand out when it comes to getting clients, attracting talent, and getting funding.

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How to Keep Track of Your Time

There are plenty of ways to track your time, but there is only one important criteria for picking a tool: pick the one you actually use. Here are the options.

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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.