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 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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8 Ways to Improve Your Law Firm’s Customer Service

It doesn’t matter how great of an attorney you are if you don’t have any clients. If you want to continue to grow your law firm, you must focus on customer service.

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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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7 Reasons You Might Get Audited

Unfortunately, there is no full-proof way to prevent a tax audit. But unexpectedly preparing for and enduring an IRS audit is a major time suck and about as entertaining as watching paint dry.

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Podcast #63: Controlling Your Information in the Digital Age, with Tom Mighell

Sam and Tom Mighell talk about how to keep your information—client data, finance documents, and other records—preserved, orderly, and accessible using a data map. Tom also tells lawyers that even though abundant online storage gives you the ability to keep all of your client and business record data, that doesn't mean you should.

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How To Dissolve a Law Partnership

But plans don't always work out, and what was once a promising law firm can find itself headed toward dissolution. Here’s what to do if you find yourself in the position of having to dissolve your law firm.

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Four Apps to 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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Custom Case Management with Knack, Zapier, FreshBooks, WebMerge, and Trello

In our forum, Dan Sherman just outlined his custom case management solution: I’ve been playing with Knack recently. It’s a hosted database & interface service, all access is via a web browser. You can use it with Zapier, so for example, creating a new client in Freshbooks also creates a new client in Knack. It also […]

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How To Implement Accountability in a Law Firm

Every lawyer's ultimate accountability is to clients. However, many lawyers are also accountable for meeting business goals—regardless of whether they are solo or work for a large firm.

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Evernote Archaeology

A little Evernote archaeology now and then will keep you sharp and ensure your best thoughts don't get lost in your archives.

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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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The Pros and Cons of Incorporating Your Practice As A Solo Practitioner

Setting up a business entity can minimize your annual tax bill. Many successful solo attorneys operate their practice as a corporation or other separate entity. Here's how you will determine if that is right for you.

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How to Tell a Client You Screwed Up

Moving forward, learn from your mistake. The best thing about making a mistake is that you should (hopefully) never make the same mistake again.