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A Double Life

Addicts Can Be High-Functioning: What Lawyers Need to Know

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They say, “work hard, play hard.” Unfortunately, this adage may normalize workplace behavior that can be very dangerous. In fact, a 2015 study found that workaholics are more likely to drink in excess than their peers. At many major firms, lawyers routinely work up to 60-hour weeks, so it’s no surprise they are especially susceptible to workaholism and addiction.

Until recently, the potential consequences of a workaholic culture — addiction, anxiety and depression — were rarely spoken about.Read The Rest

Thomson Reuters Product Spotlight

How to Overcome Client Demands by Delivering Better Service

Are you challenged to meet the expectations of clients who want more value without paying for it? You’re in good company. According to the Thomson Reuters 2017 State of U.S. Small Law Firms Study, 59 percent of respondents say clients who demand more for less are a moderate or…Read The Rest


Managing: Product Review

All Things Must Pass: ZokuVault Keeps It Organized

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ZokuVault is a virtual safety deposit box for estate planning information. Which makes sense, because all the things people used to place in safety deposit boxes are now mostly virtual items: bank accounts are electronic, so are documents. The idea behind ZokuVault is that all those electronic documents related to estate planning are in disparate places. … The best use of ZokuVault is as a “whole family” file repository, where relevant financial information is maintained and updated across generations. Read The Rest


Get to the Point!

You Lost Me Right From the Start: Avoiding Communication Turn-offs

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You’re articulate, right? You appreciate and emulate good legal writing. So why do you turn off so many listeners and readers so soon?

In the film “Jerry Maguire,” Renée Zellweger as Dorothy Boyd tells Tom Cruise’s Jerry Maguire, “You had me at hello.” I say, “You lost me right from the start.”Read The Rest


Business Development Tips

Three Quick Ways to Make Networking Part of Your Routine

You’ve heard it hundreds of times: You need to network! If you want to build your client base, get referrals, establish your brand and be a better lawyer, networking is required. But when you’re already busting your tail to bill 1,800 (or more) hours per year, and striving to be involved in your community, stay somewhat healthy, and maintain your personal relationships, networking often falls to the bottom of the list.

Here are three easy ways to make networking part of your routine, so it no longer has to be another dreaded item to check off the list.Read The Rest


Abacus Next Product Spotlight

Your Favorite Law Apps in the Cloud

Cybercrime is quickly chipping away at clients’ trust in how law firms manage and secure sensitive financial data. Some have even launched class action lawsuits in protest. As state bar associations are beginning to clamp down on technology incompetency, you cannot afford to cut corners with safeguarding your clients’ personal data. In fact — as the ABA has indicated — you have an ethical obligation to take reasonable steps to protect that data. That is where Abacus Private Cloud enters the picture.Read The Rest


LawPay Product Spotlight

LawPay Has the Tools You Need to Run Your Business

With LawPay, you get the tools you need to manage earnings and cash flow, and track key financial metrics. LawPay’s new reporting dashboard lets you see where your firm’s payments stand at a glance. Quickly and easily see where revenue is coming from, and view key stats that help you assess cash flow.Read The Rest