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Productivity

Run Your Practice More Mindfully on a Legal Pad

A legal pad makes an excellent coaster — and, yes, you're using one to level your desk right now. But it might be the secret weapon for running your firm.

Bull Garlington - August 28, 2018
How to Do More of What You Love and Manage Your Practice Better

How to Do More of What You Love and Manage Your Practice Better

Sponsored | Watch the on-demand webinar "7 Time Management Tools for Legal Professionals," presented by Cynthia Sharp.

Thomson Reuters - August 17, 2018
virtual legal assistants VLA

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
man walking to third place to work

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
Documents flying off computer screen Paperless Law office

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
writing with mind mapping software

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
Man at Laptop Scrubbing Word Doc with document Inspector

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