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Solo looking for a program to keep track of existing and prospective clients, including client communication and potentially also value of work per client, etc. I am playing around with Highrise. I do not need to communicate with a team, just lookin…
Has anyone used a case management program called Smokeball? I'm considering using it in my law practice but there are very few reviews of it that I could find (other than on their website) and before I commit I'd like to hear from attorneys who ha…
I saw that Practice Panther has made themselves free until the end of the year and I got a trial account today to start looking around at the features. It seems like a pretty slick and easy to use interface. It's got some nice features but is missin…
What's the greatest challenge you face in your law practice?
This week I have an open-ended question, because I expect to get many different answers. The greatest challenge for a new solo is probably not what's hardest for a new associate at a small firm, or for the owner of a 20–lawyer firm.
When you thin…
Instapaper v. Pocket
Which do you use for savings articles to read later? If you've compared them, why did you pick the one you use?
What kind of office do you have?
The traditional brick-and-mortar law office isn't going anywhere, but it may no longer be the default option for new lawyers. We'd like to find out. Please vote in the poll and tell us about your law office in the comments.
Custom Field List/Best Practices?
So we're finally slowly getting around to setting up our firm's practice management software (in Clio, if that matters). I'm slogging through all the initial customization and setup stuff, and am working on Custom Fields. As they say, you don't know…
Which apps can't you live without?
Which apps are the reason you own a smartphone or tablet, in other words?
For me, I think it is:
* Google Maps
(I'm not kidding about those last two. Synced-up contact…
What timekeeping and billing software do you use?
I'm working on a guide to timekeeping and billing software for lawyers, and I'm trying to get an idea of which are the most popular, and if there are any others I should include. Please vote for the one you use. If you vote Other or you would like t…
Mac with Parallels or PC?
I use both a desktop and a laptop in my practice; in the main, I don't like having to bring my laptop home every night from the office. My desktop is a Windows 7 PC and my laptop is a 2012 MacBook Air. The PC is four years old and acting up, so I pl…
Quickbooks for time and billing
I started my own office this week and had grand plans to use QB Premier for time and billing as well as bookkeeping. My experience thus far is frustrating. Are the potential benefits of the program worth the effort on the learning curve, or am I …
Best Encryption for Google Drive
We've thought about switching over to Box or another service, but since we're already using Google Apps for 95 percent of everything else on our Google for Business account, we'd really like to stick to Google Drive. But I'm having a hell of a time …
Does anyone have experience using Total Attorneys for PI leads? Is it worth it?
What's your favorite way to make coffee?
There are a ton of ways to make coffee, from good-old Mr. Coffee drip machines to exotic chemistry-lab-lookalike setups like Siphon. What's your favorite?
(We've got at least 7 different ways to make coffee in my house, but I've picked my own fav…
Tell us what's on your holiday wish list for 2015
What's on your wish list for whichever solstice holiday(s) you celebrate?
(Mine: Dungeons and Dragons Starter Set, Lamy Logo fountain pen, and even though I don't even like wearing watches, an Apple Watch.)
What is a suitable speed for a solo's office with one Mac, one Windows PC, one iPad Air Pro, two AirPrint printers, and one iPhone 6+? Is 40 MBps enough? How about 100 MBps? What about 1GBps -- is that overkill?
What practice management software do you use?
Help us figure out which is the most popular practice management software among members of the Lawyerist community.
If you answer Other or None, tell us more in the comments!
POLL CLOSED on 2015-10-15
This was fun, but in the end, it's impo…