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Five Mistakes to Avoid When Working with a Virtual Legal Assistant

Maintaining a healthy relationship with your assistant is not an easy job. But, if you avoid these mistakes, a VLA can become an invaluable resource. With proper direction, they can baby-sit your law office in your absence.

Niraj Ranjan Rout - August 3, 2018

Streamline Your Workflow Three Ways

I need to start by getting a chip off my shoulder: I am not Mrs. Wiggins, nor am I some out-of-work secretary looking for crotchety old-school attorneys to bark into a recorder and wait for me to type their words. Back in my bricks-and-mortar ...

Andrea Cannavina - July 27, 2018

Creating Purpose: What Are You Doing Today?

In his book “Make Today Count,” John C. Maxwell famously said that every person needs to strive to make that happen. It is a wonderful way to live if practiced correctly. Making today count requires discipline — it requires understanding and ...

Daniel Gold - July 26, 2018
Using Styles to Create an Automated Table of Contents

Using Styles to Create an Automated Table of Contents

Using the Heading Styles in a Word document instead of directly formatting all your headings gives you access to a lot of functionality, including the ability to include a fully automated Table of Contents in your document with just a few clicks.

Deborah Savadra - July 10, 2018
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A Third Place Can Be the Best Place to Work

Working long hours at home means the gap between your office chair and your La-Z-Boy is as thin as a sheet of legal-size paper. So, if you’re reading your last brief and it’s just "all work and no play make Jack a dull boy" over and over, you ...

Bull Garlington - July 3, 2018
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It Takes More than a Scanner: What Small Law Firms Must Know to Successfully Go Paperless

According to the International Legal Technology Association, almost half of all legal purchases of imaging, scanning or optical character recognition is made by small law firms.* If you’re among them, congratulate yourself for making a smart ...

Thomson Reuters - 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
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Scrub Your Document With Microsoft Word Document Inspector

You spent a lot of time getting that pleading or contract together, and now you're ready to send it out. The last thing you want to do is inadvertently expose your prior edits or others' comments to prying eyes. If you don't already have a ...

Deborah Savadra - June 5, 2018
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Urgent versus Important: Where Should You Focus?

Much time is wasted by our inability to focus our attention and effort on what is truly important. Whether due to distractions (email alerts, shiny objects, interruptions), difficulty prioritizing or basing decisions on how we feel (physically ...

Shawn Healy - May 14, 2018

Permanently Modifying Word’s Heading Styles

Microsoft’s idea of attractive headings doesn’t suit most legal documents. But you can permanently change your default heading styles so you can start every new document with headings in the right typeface and font color. One of the first things ...

Deborah Savadra - April 24, 2018