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Archives for March 2011
File Scanning and Management
I have several boxes of files that need scanning and then the files either returned to the client or destroyed. Is there a service that will do this for a reasonable price? How long must I keep electronic copies of files?
I've been building my contact list for years without any real strategy. It is full of over 1,000 contacts, many I barely (or don't) recognize from their names, and I'm not sure have any reason to contact them.
I'm trying to clean it out, but I'm re…
Virtual Telephone Assistant Logistics
I am seriously considering an arrangement where I hire someone to help me return phone calls. I use phonetag.com to transcribe my voice mail to email and I don't worry about not having someone answer my phone calls if I am not available. I don't wa…
Firing your client
I just had one of those horrible conversations with a client where we are deciding to go our separate ways and we are arguing about breech of contract. I don't know how you guys deal with this kind of legal garbage every day this has only ever hap…
The Great Cloud Debate
Depending on whether you've been checking in on Lawyerist in the past week, you may or may not have seen our rather heated debate about whether lawyers can trust client data to web-based "cloud" software and backup applications.
The finer points…
I'm currently in the midst of representing a pretty good client in two different lawsuits. They have been going fine, but we are in the discovery phase in each, which is causing the fees to rack up pretty quickly.
My client's retainer…
Subscription Pricing of Legal Services
In the past couple of weeks, I've had a number of attorneys ask me about the subscription pricing model that Sam and I use with our business clients.
You can find our current pricing and services menu here.
A couple of weeks ago, Sam and I also ha…
File opening checklist
Since closing is useless without opening, I decided to work on my file opening checklist, too.
Once again, this is meant for a business practice, and feedback is much appreciated.
We all know that the world's #1 password is, of course, "Password".
Steph had a great post today about the password management program KeePass.
It's what Sam and I currently use to manage and share passwords for Lawyerist and its various acc…
File closing checklist
As a mediocre note-taker (at best), I've become a big fan of checklists for repetitive tasks. With notes, I may forget to write down what I did; with a checklist, I've always got proof I did it. I think this is especially important for intake, file …