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Doing a Podcast
I've been listening to some podcasts lately - Lawyerist, of course, as well as a Michigan Wolverines podcast (Go Blue!!) - and was thinking of doing one myself, related to my subject area of startup businesses. I've noticed that a number of readers …
Law Practice Bookkeeping/Accounting Pain Points
I am writing an article on the pains of lawyers with solo and small practices when it comes to taking care of their bookkeeping for the practice. So my questions are: What is the biggest pain you have when it comes to bookkeeping for your law pract…
Any feedback on Topform?
We're planning on adding bankruptcy to our practice and looking at form and filing software. Does anyone have any thoughts on Topform from Fastcase?
Or any good alternatives?
We want to implement a scheduling system on our website and I was wondering what was the best scheduling app out there ? I tried calendly a while ago and found it pretty nice but maybe there are others out there ? What are your experien…
Do you have a marketing budget? If so, how did you calculate it? What's in it? How often do you assess whether it needs adjustment?
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 …
Email Archive Solutions?
Like many solo practitioners, I rely on email and like many of you, I routinely send some of my email to the "archive." Whether it is an IMAP folder on the mail server in the cloud or an archive folder in a PST, it gets moved somewhere.
Business card designer/printer
I'm looking for an online printer that will work up a business card design/template from one of my existing cards, and then print them (2 color) on reasonable stock at a reasonable price. I'm trying to find something in between VistaPrint and the su…
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 …
Opinions on Cosmolex?
Can anyone comment on their experience with an integrated, cloud-based legal software package called Cosmolex from Uptime Legal Software?
Here's the website: http://www.uptimelegal.com/cloud/cosmolex/.
I would be interested in these questions,…
DropBox--copy or move?
What am I doing wrong with DropBox? I want a service that will simply scan my HD w/o my prompting, back up everything as copies, and store it in some cloud that never darkens my horizon until I need it. But when I started my account and began usin…
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…
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…