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Looking for ideas for continuing representation agreement
I practice exclusively family law, and I'm now focusing mostly on custody litigation. Frequently, at the end of a case, a former client wants to contact me with questions, usually for advice about communicating with the ex, confirming/enforcing the…
New Graduate taking over an existing law firm
I am a very recent graduate of law school. I had previously considered opening a solo practice in my current mid-sized city but I have recently been handed an interesting opportunity. An attorney in a more rural area is retiring and offering a sit…
Office space question
Hi, I am starting my own practice and decided I want a full-time office space. I am now wondering which one would be better between an executive office versus a small traditional office suite. Let me provide some details.
Location: Sacramento, …
Help Me Decide about Infusionsoft
I currently work with a company in my town that helps with online marketing. I like them, but they're a bit pricey, and I think after the first 6 months of our contract (6 month term) I can now do fairly well on my own with some type of software to …
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…
How far behind are lawyers in legal technology?
Pushing aside the fact that this is Lawyerist, and therefore, most of the people reading are above-average in terms of technology, I'm wondering how far behind the general legal population is in technology?
I'm assuming perhaps 5 years, but I'm f…
Has anyone tried this? Didn't see any recent posts about it. I'm trying to market my Collaborative Divorce practice and looking for ways to target soon-to-be divorcing clients.
The ABA Gets Into Lead Generation with Rocket Lawyer
I don't know, this partnership between the ABA and Rocket Lawyer just feels weird to me.
Through a pilot program, the nation’s largest association of lawyers and the online legal services provider will collaborate to test new ways to empower l…
The Big 4 - Clio, Rocket Matter, MyCase Inc., Total Attorneys
For up-to-date information on Clio and MyCase, see the Clio user guide and MyCase user guide. Look for a Rocket Matter user guide in the near future. We're not really clear on the status of Total Attorneys. —Ed.
I wanted to take a moment to talk ab…
Encryption for Gmail
I'm going to plug a post on my site because I think it'll benefit a lot of users.
I discovered, and I'm using, Virtru, for encrypting email messages in my Gmail.
It's really easy to use, doesn't require any extras, and works with a number of d…
I am moving from an executive suite to our own office (yeah!), but that brings with it new problems. After much research we decided to go with RingCentral (for at least a try) because the other hosted PBX's were just bigger than we need just yet (2.…
Is paying for referrals on Nolo/Lawyers.com ethical?
Hello, I am wondering if paying referral services like Nolo and Lawyers.com is actually permitted in New York under the ethical guidelines. Rule 7.2 of the Rules of Profession Conduct provides that "A lawyer shall not compensate or give anything of…
New Solo Seeking Non-Cloud Case Management Software
I'd prefer to store my docs locally and own the software, as opposed to rent a license with storage in the Cloud. It looks like my main choices are AbacusLaw and Needles (too expensive). Any others? Thanks for the help--it's overwhelming to comparis…
CLEs from National Business Institute Seminar?
Has anyone used these folks for their CLEs? They have a $1299/year for unlimited CLEs in person and over the web. I am venturing into a new practice area and it seems like an efficient way to get up to speed. Also, I am licensed in multiple states s…
Marketing to labor unions
Every so often, I get a call from a local union rep asking if I want to buy ad space in their attorney directory. Had anyone had success (positive ROI) with marketing their practice to labor unions?
What Are the Best Hobbies for Networking?
I have gone camping in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness nearly every February since I moved to Minnesota 14 years ago (here's some proof). I just love doing it, but I also enjoy telling people about it. For years, it has been one of my go-t…
Has anyone just bought a PC instead of dealing with parallels?
I have a 7 year-old macbook running Windows 7 on Bootcamp. I use it for PC versions of Adobe Acrobat and Quickbooks, both of which are necessary for my practice, but I only use those programs once or twice a week. The computer is starting to slow do…