Showing posts from April, 2021

Best Apps for Lawyers

Apps enable  access to data and documents 24/7 at home, on the road, or in the office.   They can  be installed   quickly  on  computers, smartphones , and tablets .  Some apps are free while others require  purchase or  a subscription fee. Below is a list of popular apps along with articles, books, and websites to help use them in law practices.  Apps Archiving - DropBox, Google Docs, and OneDrive Billing - Quickbooks, Square, and Zoho Calendering -  Microsoft Outlook and Google Calendar Dictating - Apple Dictation, Dragon Anywhere, and Microsoft Dictate Journaling - Apple Journal, Microsoft Journal, Penzu Litigating - Depose and TrialPad Managing - Clio, Lexacata, MyCase , Rocketmatter, and Zoho Note Taking - Evernote, Notepad, and One Note Researching - dLaw and Fastcase Scanning - Abby, Adobe Scan, and Evernote Scannable Writing - Grammarly, Microsoft Editor, and Copyscape Articles Robert Ambroggi,  40 Essential Apps for Trial Lawyers ,  LawSites  Blog , Feb. 12, 2015 Robe

Resources for Small Firms

Below are links to management and marketing resources for solos and small firms. Most are free and those with a fee are affordable. They include articles, books, products, and services. Use the links to expand your knowledge and build your practice. Articles: ABA ,  Findlaw , Justia , Lawyerist , and Associations :  ABA ,  State , Local , and Specialty Bar Associations Blogs : Attorney at Work ,  Bob Ambroggi ,  Nicole Black , Jim Callaway ,  Carolyn Elefant , Joan Feldman , Catherine Reach  and Larry Bodine  (see Lexblog  to start blogging) Books: Building a Law Practice , Capturing and Keeping Clients ,  Legal Technology Guide , Marketing on the Internet , Small Firm Roadmap , and Solo By Choice CLE  - ABA CLE , LawLine , and  Solo Practice University   Directories:   FindLaw ,  Justia , , and  Martindale  (see rankings ) Discussion Groups :  Solo Sez  (see  review  of discussion groups for lawyers) Marketing : Blogging ,  Business Cards ,  Pamphlets , Broch

Mentoring Lawyers

Mentoring enables experienced lawyers to give back to the legal profession by helping new lawyers build their confidence and skills. Mentoring is usually voluntary, but it is mandatory in a few states like Georgia and Oregon. Mentoring provides a large benefit with a small amount of effort. Mentors can create a formal program at their firm or go outside their organization to seek or become a mentor. New lawyers can find mentors by asking bar associates  or partners at their firm or using social networks to contact professors or bar leaders.  Learn more by using the resources listed below.   Articles Associating with Associates Bar Sponsored Mentoring Programs   Being Proactive ,  Benefits of Mentoring Building Relationships Creating Programs Finding a Mentor Giving Feedback ,  Mandatory Mentorships   Mentoring Tips   Reverse Mentoring Senior Lawyers As Mentors Talent Management Why Mentoring Some Programs Fail Books 60 Minute Mentoring Business Etiquette Crumudgeon's Guide to Pract

Avoiding Hackers

Hackers send personalized phishing emails, bogus job offers, extort ransom or use “brute force” to hack into email accounts of unsuspecting lawyers. Avoid being hacked by protecting  your passwords and  adjusting your privacy settings .  Check whether your email was compromised by using an  online tool  posted at the  CyberNews website. And read a CyberNews article to learn how hackers use stolen data . 

Marketing With Webinars

Educational videos and webinars are an inexpensive and effective way to attract new clients and keep in touch with existing ones. Webinars can establish your reputation and increase your visibility on the Internet. Consider holding monthly or quarterly webinars as live events and recording them for replay by those unable to attend. Create an archive of past webinars at your firm website and launch a YouTube page to broaden their availability. Norm Rubenstein with the Zeughauser Group cautions webcasters to provide in-depth thought leadership to attract viewers and consider podcasting as an audio alternative to webcasting.  For more webinar tips, r ead articles about  checklists ,  hosting ,  planning , producing ,  promoting , YouTube , and  Zooming webinars . Also see our post about marketing with podcasts . For in-depth study, read books like the Lawyers Guide to Marketing on the Internet , Marketing with Webinars , and  Webinars for Dummies .  See below for links to Law Firm Webina

Virtual Consultations

Virtual consultations are becoming a popular alternative to face-to-face meetings, especially for initial consultations. They are convenient for clients and productive for lawyers. Build rapport   by being prepared, attentive, and empathetic.  Use a client friendly platform like Microsoft Teams, Google Meets, or Zoom. Learn additional tips from the articles listed below. Also see our blog posts about apps for scheduling appointments  and improving client intake . Articles: Guide to Building a Virtual Law Firm  (Clio) How to Conduct Video Consultations  (Lawyer Marketing) How to Start a Law Firm in the Virtual Law Office Era   (Thomson Reuters) Making Virtual Consultations More Enjoyable  (Law Firm Suites) Virtual Consultations: Applying the Rules Virtuall y (Attorney at Work) Starting a Virtual Practice (FindLaw) Books Delivering Legal Services Online (ABA) Guide to Virtual Lawyering (NYSBA)

Working Virtually Anywhere

Switching to a virtual office can eliminate commuting and enable working anywhere in the world . Learn virtual practice tips by reviewing the articles, books and checklists listed below. Articles Alternatives for Working Overseas Creating a Virtual Office Deciding Whether to Work Remotely Downsizing Law Offces Ethical Considerations Guide to Working Remotely Remote Working Policies Virtual Law Practice Tips for Working Remotely Working Amywhere in the World Checklists Considerations Planning Technology Lists Office Sharing Providers Places to Work  Books Building a Virtual Law Firm Delivering Legal Services Online Guide to Virtual Lawyering Law Office on a Laptop

Working Without Offices

The Coronavirus situation provided an opportunity to explore alternatives for working remotely, including home, shared, and virtual offices. Regardless of work location, remember to stay cyber secure and keep connected with clients and colleagues. Also, comply with bar requirements for office addresses if working virtually and admission requirements if practicing across state lines. And use in-person meetings when discussing complex issues with adversaries, clients, and teams. For more tips, see the articles, books, and checklists listed below. Articles Apps for Working Remotely   Bar Requirements for Physical Offices   Confidentiality When Working Remotely Essential Technology   Gadgets for Remote Work Improving WiFi at home    Moving Your Practice Between Jurisdictions   Places to Work Remotely Other Than a Coffee Shop   Recommendations for Remote Workers    Restrictions on Where Lawyers Can Practice   State Tax Withholding Staying Fit While Working at Home What to Consider Before Gi