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Billing Clients for Ruby?
I have recently started using Ruby Receptionists, and they are as advertised—pretty awesome. However, they are a cost expense just like a real receptionist albeit a cheaper one. Looking at the call list, my first thought was "I could bill for this."…
What's the most irritating default setting in Microsoft Word?
If you use (or used to use) Microsoft Word in your law practice, what do you think is the most irritating default setting, one that you have to change every time you start a new document?
* Calibri font (really, Microsoft?)
* 1.15 …
Share 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.)
Alternatives to Ruby Receptionists in light of price increase
I have been using the virtual receptionist service Ruby Receptionists for over a year. They are the third virtual receptionist service I have used, and they're by far the best. It's not even close, really.
Ruby just sent me an email informing me …
How to transition from litigation to transactional work?
I've been out of law school 6 years and I fell into a litigation career track based on opportunities available at the time. I do employment litigation for the State (defense side) and while I enjoy certain aspects of it, I don't think litigation is …
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 …
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…
Getting Started with Espresso
Every time I write about coffee, someone asks me about cheap espresso machines. Get that idea out of your head. There is no such thing as cheap when it comes to making your own espresso at home. (Yes, a Nespresso system has a low up-front cost, but …
Amicus Cloud - are you experiencing the same problems?
Are you fellow users of Amicus Cloud (we call it "AC") experiencing similar issues?
Due to the slowness of Amicus Cloud, it has taken me ****2 hours** to do 20 time entries**. Considering that these time entries are mostly .1s for emails, doing t…
Microsoft Access and practice managaement
Hey, I'm new to the boards but I've been reading the site for a while in preparation for opening a firm... to get to the point: I have a programming background and have worked in IT on and off between age fifteen and the present. I have been develop…
Document Management v. Practice Management
I have a fairly high volume real estate transaction. We currently use a document management system (worldox) and have been very happy with it's organizational qualities. However, I'm looking into practice management softwares for a few reasons - i…
Producing text messages for discovery and litigation
Does anyone have software or app recommendations for producing text messages for discovery purposes and/or for trial? My understanding of the e-discovery rules is that you need to produce e-discovery in "native format." Does that mean you always n…
System for tracking payment plans
I take on a bit of court-appointed Guardian ad Litem work - while my fees are ordered, there can be some difficulty for the parties to keep up with the balances, and I'm generally happy to offer reasonable payment plans to those parties.
All-In One Practice Management Software v. Alternatives?
I am a solo practitioner with a practice that is really starting to grow. I currently use a cobbled law practice management system which consists of Outlook for calendaring, task management, and contact management; Quickbooks for accounting and inv…
CosmoLex and Alternatives
I've read many of the posts here about both practice management software and accounting software. CosmoLex appeals to me because it seems to handle both. Does anyone have hands-on experience with CosmoLex that can comment on it (I've read the review…