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adobe reader for trial?
I was in court and saw an attorney with a large iPad (about 13"). It was a busy calendar and I did not get a chance to ask what software he was using. It looked as if he had all of his files in pdf, similar to adobe thumbnails. Only the thumbnails w…
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 …
Are Inkjets Acceptable for Printing Legal Documents?
I've never thought so, but Epson has been pushing its "laser-like" technologies for years. I guess the appeal is mainly cost? Here's a network-ready Epson color multifunction for $320. Compare that to this HP color LaserJet multifunction that I revi…
UpCounsel for Wills and Trusts?
In recording my podcast today, I interviewed an attorney who works virtually through UpCounsel, which is a "matchmaker" between clients and attorneys for individuals who need business law services, such as incorporation, trademark and copyright prot…
Clio, Wave, Xero and Freshbooks
We started a 3-attorney firm in mid-January. We use Clio mostly for billing purposes. I like the task feature and integration with Google Apps, but my partners don't use Clio much beyond billing.
We're concerned with the amount of time we're spen…
Do You Do DIY Letterhead?
How many attorneys here print their letterhead on their inkjet/laser printer rather than have letterhead printed by a professional printer (offset, etc.)?
If so, what issues have you run into re: formatting, etc.? What features would you want you…
Crowdspring for Logo Design--Any Experiences?
My website is up (finally!) and I put my logo design project up on crowdspring yesterday. I am offering well above the average price and all the submissions I have gotten simply suck. As in, I could do better than any of them using Adobe Illustrat…
Subsidiary/affiliate firms for branding purposes?
In the process of thinking about how my partner and I will be branding our own firm, I got the kooky idea of setting up a subsidiary or affiliate entity purely for the purpose of branding and marketing non-overlapping practice areas. That is, instea…
Calculating Virtual Receptionist Minutes
So here's a question, we're thinking about using Ruby Receptionists, Answer 1, Vicky Virtual, etc. etc. Some sort of virtual receptionist/scheduling service. But I haven't even the slightest idea where to begin calculating how many minutes we would …
Organizing slightly different file versions?
Has anyone tried pdf portfolios to consolidate different versions of documents? (Not talking about version control on a multi user multi edit document)
Every time something is filed in a case I am on it seems I am left with 4-6 different version…
Jury selection app
I would appreciate it if anyone could recommend a jury selection iPad app. Thanks in advance for your help.
Does anyone have experience using Total Attorneys for PI leads? Is it worth it?
For those of you who use Clio and Xero, I need to know what you think:
Our firm constantly bills on two currencies ( CAD and USD) and we found out that Clio and Xero integration was not good for that. If we create a bill in Clio we hav…
Lawyerist Site Redesign?
I think one of the podcasts mentioned a redesign and Lawyerist looks a little different (maybe). There is a lot on here about web design detail, is lawyerist going to share what it changed and why? Also, checked the site on ios mobile and it looks…
"Small Law Firm KPIs" Coming to Kindle?
I really enjoyed the podcast about the new book, Small Law Firm KPIs! It was terrific. Keep up the good work, guys! Tt gave me a ton of ideas. And it made me want to buy the book. But I almost never buy hard copy books anymore. Do you have any idea …
Website Optimization and Reference
I've been reviewing the great optimized websites for small firms that were posted on Lawyerist and it's evident I need to have my firm's site brought into this decade. Does anyone have a recommendation for a reasonably priced website designer? Thank…
Amicus Price Jump Causing Switch
Three years ago we switched from Timematters/Billingmatters to Amicus Premium w Billing. We were longtime TM users (from ver. 2) but grew frustrated with dropped sync with outlook and tech support response as I recall, which caused the switch. It …