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Solo and Small Law Firms

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
12 arrows profitable law practice

12 Steps to a Profitable Law Practice

Would you like a practice that's profitable and easy to manage? Ernest Svenson has a well-defined 12-step process for leveraging technology to create one.

Ernest Svenson - August 1, 2018
work-life balance and managing your law firm

Want More Balance? Build a Better Team

In “Why Lawyers Really Struggle with Work-Life Balance,” I gave six steps to building a practice that runs smoothly and allows you to have a life. Here we’ll discuss the fourth step, building better teams.

Dustin Cole - July 25, 2018
Do not Be Commoditized

Don’t Be Commoditized: How to Rise to the Top as the Competition Races to the Bottom

According to the 2018 Report on the State of the Legal Market by the Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute, the business environment for law firms is more challenging than ever with: Flat demand for legal services. Declining profit margins ...

Thomson Reuters - July 20, 2018

False Starts: 5 Misconceptions About Starting a Law Firm

Making the decision to start a law firm is difficult. It’s nothing but nerve-wracking until you press start and you’re into it — without a safety net, and too busy to care about hypotheticals anymore. The choice to move forward with launching is ...

Jared Correia - June 28, 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
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
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

Looking for More Profit in All the Right Places

Back in January 2017, I was having breakfast with a local lawyer when he said, “I think I need to raise my rates this year. I am just not making enough money, and raising my rates should make the year more profitable.” This led me to ask, "Do ...

Chris and Peggy Gruenke - March 20, 2018
On Balance Legal Ethics

Rethinking Your Community to Improve Ethics Compliance — and Your Outlook

In previous columns, I have talked about the concept of tribes and building a network to support you when your practice takes off in a major way and you need extra help. But have you thought about ways to broaden the scope of your community to ...

Megan Zavieh - March 8, 2018