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Archives for February 2013
Use of Google not allowed under NH Professional Conduct Rules?
This recent ethics opinion says that use of Google runs afoul of the NH ethics provisions:
"Do the terms of service state that the provider merely holds a license to the stored data, as for example Google's do? Some providers routinely inform those…
Automating File Creation on Mac
Does anyone have any suggestions for ways to automate file creation? I am a true solo and find myself putting off certain admin tasks because of the time they take-- proper file creation included. I end up with a main client file, but this client fi…
Any recommendations on timeline software?
My office is PC, but I have access to Macs. My prior experience (some time ago) with CaseMap/TimeMap was frustrating, but it may have improved (and has certainly become more expensive!).
Expanding into new area? where?
I was a general practitioner for most of my career, and I probably had a majority of cases involving insurance defense litigation. However, this was when I worked for someone else, and those were the firms clients (not mine). I have since focused o…
It's been a little more than a year since I started my bare-bones solo practice. I have no support staff, and for business I use a Google Voice number on my cell phone. In order to maintain my sanity, I set "business hours" after which I refuse to a…
Clients abusing text messages?
I am a solo practitioner, and as such I often return phone calls while away from my office. I certainly dont mind sending a text if that is how a client prefers to communicate about short, simple matters (ie, what time should I be at the courthouse,…
ScanSnap iX500 Giveaway
And the winner is: http://lawyerist.com/congrats-to-jeb-loveless-winner-of-our-scansnap-giveaway/
We're giving away a brand-new ScanSnap iX500, Fujitsu's brand-new compact desktop document scanner. It's the bees knees for solo and small firm paperl…
Why Haven't Courts Standardized Scheduling Orders?
I realize asking why courts aren't taking advantage of X technology is an exercise in futility, but seriously, why aren't they? Scheduling order contents are predictable, if not uniform, and would be easy to provide in a format accessible by softwar…
West's new "Firm Central" competitor for Clio and Rockematter
Greetings. Anyone have any experience with West's new Firm Central SAS product? I had a demo today, and it looked pretty interesting. I'm not familiar enough with Clio and Rocketmatter to have a sense of how they compare. One terrible decision t…
Clients/Potential clients and LYING
How many of you have had the following situation happen? Client X consults with you and wants to move forward. They will be emailing and/or scanning over documents needed to move forward. They are aware that the Retainer does not take affect unti…
Outsourcing for small firms?
I chaired a conference on Legal Outsourcing last week, and I was stunned by the interest in this area by small firms.
This made me think about how to adapt the blueprint/methodology that I use for big firms, to help small firms build and implement …
Asking for docs via email
I'm growing increasingly frustrated by the number of attorneys who send documents via regular mail as opposed to e-mail. Does anyone have any mechanisms to remind others to send documents via email? I was thinking about adding a line in my email s…
Scribe Wordpress Plugin
Price has drifted up in recent years. A search of archives shows Glover used it in the past. Still using it Sam? Still recommended?
Hosted MS Exchange / Office 365
My small law firm has been using Microsoft's Small Business Server for many years. It's been a very affordable way to get many of MS's server products all rolled into a tidy, affordable bundle. Over the years, we've been very pleased with it.
Banking for new solo
I just "retired" from the Public Defender's office and have started my own solo practice doing criminal defense in state and federal court. I'm incorporating with the state and will chose an S corp after I get my official incorporation back from th…
Bad attorneys ruin biz for good ones
So, if you all are familiar with my previous posts, my firm is struggling. However, when I do indeed get consults and people are gung ho to retain me, I am met with the following story (or variation thereof):
"The attorney I just fired took $20k f…