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MyCase Product Spotlight

Web-Based Client Portals: The Benefits to Lawyers

By | Sep.15.14 | 0 Comments

Client Portals

In the first post in this series, attorney and MyCase Director Niki Black introduced the concept of law practice management software platforms with built-in client portals. In part two in her series, she explains the many benefits that web-based client portals offer lawyers.

Client portals are incredibly valuable tools for law firms because they allow lawyers to improve client service by increasing efficiency and streamlining communication. Law practice management software with built-in client portals simplify client communication and provide your clients with secure, instantaneous access to information about their case. … READ THE REST

Hiring Well

Using Social Media to Find Better Job Candidates

By | Sep.15.14 | 0 Comments

Social Media to find Employees

Whether you consider yourself “social media-savvy” or not, your prospective employees likely are. The days of placing want ads in the local paper are long gone. Certainly, you can post job listings on standbys like Monster.com, or aggregators like Indeed.com, to cover your bases. If you want to target your search to the people most likely to be a good fit, though, you need to go to the places where they are looking for a firm like yours. Today, for better or worse, that is online, using social media sites. READ THE REST

The Friday Five

Techy Tips to Protect Your Time

By | Sep.12.14 | 0 Comments

Friday Five

Time is money. We all know it. But the fact is, we all have the same 24 hours each day, and it’s just not enough. And like everyone else, when the day ends, it seems like more has been added to our to-do list than has been removed. Want to regain some precious minutes? Here are five techy tips to help protect your most valuable resource — your time. … READ THE REST

Avoiding Risk

Tempted by a Personal Injury Case?

By | Sep.11.14 | 2 Comments

Malpractice Risk

I’m always cautioning lawyers about the hazards of dabbling, reminding them that there really is no such thing as a “simple” will or contract. It’s not that I want them to avoid taking on matters that lead them into unfamiliar territory. Rather, my intention is to remind lawyers that if they choose to do this, they must be responsible about it. For example, they might research the law, seek advice from a mentor, find another lawyer willing to act as co-counsel, call in a favor from a colleague or take a relevant CLE course.

I just don’t want to see them “shooting from the hip” because that can really backfire. It is simply too easy to forget that you don’t know what you don’t know. Far too often the matter only appears simple because you don’t know what questions to ask. … READ THE REST

Product Review

Cloud and Clear: Abacus Pivots

By | Sep.10.14 | 0 Comments


It is the nature of an abacus to shift — beads making time, marking off distance and space. An experienced abacist knows the score. Still, you’ve gotta have the stones to make the big moves. In 2014, it’s time for Abacus to reset the frame with a big move into the virtual space.

You’ll know Abacus, firstly, for its law practice management software, AbacusLaw, which is aging well into its fourth decade, with a recently overhauled UX and UI, and a revamped calendar that works a lot like what you get out of Microsoft Outlook. Then there’s Abacus Billing, Abacus Balance and Abacus Professional Services.

But wait: there’s more! Over the course of the past year, Abacus has added a new CEO and CTO, and dozens of other staff; that changeover in management was the spur for the development of Abacus’ latest platform: Abacus Private Cloud. … READ THE REST

Get to the Point

Three Tips for Better Client Status Reports

By | Sep.09.14 | 0 Comments

Get to the Point

Ethics rules require you to keep your client informed (see ABA Rule of Professional Conduct 1.4). The client’s guidelines may require interval and event reporting. But sometimes it feels like nobody on the other end is reading your client status reports. If you’ve ever had a client ignore an appointment or had to follow up multiple times for settlement authority, this post is for you. … READ THE REST