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Making Firm Meetings and Retreats Personally Productive

I participate in a lot of law firm retreats and meetings, but one will always stand out. I was talking with representatives of the firm before the retreat kicked off when one of the partners pulled me aside, pointed out another firm partner and ...

Sally J. Schmidt - June 21, 2018

Boosting the Value of Your Law Practice

Want to sell your law practice? Assuming your state allows for it (most do), you probably want to maximize your firm’s value and ensure you bring on a competent successor. As a solo or partner in a smaller firm, your law practice might be a ...

Ryan McPherson - June 19, 2018
Lawyer juggling work tasks Law firm systems and procedures

Systems and Procedures: Making Your Practice Work Well — Consistently

How many times have you tried to program a new piece of technology — for instance, a new smart TV —  without the manual? How’d that go? How many times has a team member forgotten a task or step in a matter? How often have you done the ...

Dustin Cole - June 18, 2018
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Five Things Law Firms Need to Know About Voice Search

According to the projections in a VoiceLabs report, about 33 million voice-first devices were in circulation at the start of the year. By voice-first, we mean devices like the Amazon Echo and Google Home that sit on your counter and only ...

Mark Homer - June 15, 2018
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Writing With Mind Maps

What writers need is a method they can use to create a first draft. Of course, lots of magic happens during revision of that draft, when writers refine their thoughts further. That’s when they apply Word styles. But they need a first draft to ...

Luigi Benetton - June 14, 2018
On Balance Legal Ethics

An Honest Audit Leads to a Brighter Future

There are myriad reasons to run an efficient, sound, organized law practice. Here are two great ones, from an ethics standpoint: First, it helps lawyers avoid making the costly errors that lead to ethics trouble. Second, when lawyers receive a ...

Megan Zavieh - June 13, 2018
Get to the Point attorney

Why Lawyers Are Redundant: History Is Destiny

Now lawyers use every term they can think of because some court somewhere once said the language in the contract didn’t cover the dispute. Sometimes that’s a good reason, but often it is not. Rather than a considered approach, most lawyers start ...

Theda C. Snyder - June 12, 2018

Law Firms Likely to Change Policies in Light of Salary Disclosure Laws

We appear to have reached the tipping point with regard to whether employers can ask job seekers about their current compensation. In addition to the various jurisdictions that have passed legislation prohibiting such inquiries, many companies, ...

Steve Nelson - June 11, 2018

Five Ways to Avoid Common Billing and Fee Disputes

Keeping clients happy is not just about providing quality service and results, but also ensuring your fees are fair and your billing is professional and transparent. Avoid Surprises, Avoid Disputes Most clients’ biggest fear is how much ...

David Bitton - June 8, 2018
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Watch the Seams: Speaking Lessons from Tennis Stars

Do you get nervous before speaking in front of people? Even worse, do you have trouble letting go of your performance once it's over? For lawyers especially, it can be hard to shut off your mind. So it’s useful to think about another context ...

Chris Graham - June 7, 2018