Daily Dispatch

The Reality of 2017

Law Firm’s Guide to a Low-Risk Holiday Party

I know, I know — another cautionary tale about law firm holiday parties. We all know the drill: Have fun, but not too much. Keep in mind the party — whether it includes staff, spouses, clients or referents — is a professional work event. Anything that happens reflects on not only the individual but the firm itself.Read The Rest

The 29th Annual Trends Report

2017 What’s Hot and What’s Not in the Legal Profession

Today Attorney at Work readers get the first look at Bob Denney’s annual “What’s Hot and What’s Not in the Legal Profession.” For the past three decades, Denney & Associates has been taking the temperature of the profession and reporting on trends in the business of practicing law. Which practice areas are heating up or cooling off? Take a look at the 29th annual What’s Hot report.Read The Rest

The Friday Five

Five Tax Benefits to Working From a Home Office


Some lawyers choose to limit overhead by working from home. They may arrange for supplemental virtual services and conference room access. While not every practice area may lend itself to working from home, technology has made this a more common choice, especially among lawyers just starting out. Besides the obvious office rent savings, working from home confers significant tax benefits.Read The Rest

Work and Play

Gird Yourself for the Holiday Season!

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The winter holidays draw nigh. The time has come to gird your loins and make provision for the breathless marathon ahead. To that end, we dedicate this post to the proposition that, “He who is best prepared can best serve his moment of inspiration.” (Thank you, Samuel Coleridge!) No matter what or how you mean to celebrate, or what events are on your season’s plate, tuck into this feast of wisdom for work and play from Attorney at Work contributors.Read The Rest

Play to Win

Writing Your Annual Business Development Plan

This is the time of year when many law firms require their lawyers to develop a personal marketing or business development plan. Even those without a requirement no doubt start thinking about their goals as the new year approaches.

I am a big believer in writing down your plan. A lot of lawyers will tell me they have plans …but those plans are simply ideas in their heads.
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Winning and Losing

In Search of a Perfect Record: The Price of Trying to Be ‘The Best’

In the competitive world of law, it is not uncommon to feel (consciously or unconsciously) that failure is not an option. However, the quest for perfection is a double-edged sword. While striving toward it can motivate us to improve, perfection is never the goal. For perfection to serve a useful purpose, it must be a direction, not a destination. Having a direction helps us to continually move, grow, learn and improve.Read The Rest

Microsoft Word Quick Tips

Video: Using AutoCorrect as a Text Expander

If you’ve got a certain word or phrase, formatted or not, that you type over and over, and it’s driving you crazy, here’s a Microsoft Word AutoCorrect hack you’re going to love. Creating legal documents often involves some really fiddly typing. Long party names, repetitive phrases, all that Latin … it can all get a little frustrating. But a lot of Word users don’t know they can hack the same dictionary Word uses to automatically correct typos and use it as an automated text expander.Read The Rest