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Keyboard Tips, Hacks, and Recommendations
Microsoft Word and Exchange are a major source of frustration for me (and I think a lot of other lawyers). Even inserting common typographic symbols and setting up good formating can be difficult. I set up this discussion with the hope that we could…
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…
A Lawyer at CES 2017
I recently came back from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Besides being bone tired, a little dizzy from all the educational sessions and new product reveals and having caught the famed CES cold that everyone reportedly gets, there are a …
Encryption for Google Drive
Hi there !
I'm sure this has been discussed at some point but our firm needs an encryption solution for Google drive. What are your recommendations ?
Cashflow.... show me the money
I am a divorce attorney in Harrisburg PA who only bills flat fees with monthly automatic payments. I keep clients credit card information on file and bill monthly on specific days.
I need a cashflow projection system or websites.Any suggestions? …
Does anyone have any experience with third-party scanning vendors? My firm has a very high volume of incoming documents so I'm exploring whether it'd be more cost effective to use a third-party vendor for our routine scanning.
In terms of workflo…
PocketScan portable scanner
I just heard about the PocketScan. Does anyone here use it? Any reviews? So far, the Scanner Pro app has been working for me for small scanning projects when I am out of the office but I've been looking for something better.
Any Comments on ActionStep? (Time Matters Refugee)
I'm looking to switch to a cloud-based practice management system for a two-attorney general practice firm. I'm coming from about ten years on Time Matters, which I'm not unsatisfied with, but I am trying not to be chained to my desk anymore to get…
Scanning at the Client's Home
I have been seeing someone who is about to shut down their firm to go virtual and she asked this question. Any ideas would be appreciated.
Let's say I am at a client's house and they are signing their will, power of attorney and advance medical d…
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…
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.
Trust Accounting Program HELP
I left a small firm and started my own last month. Thirty clients (read cases) came with me. I have no flat fee clients because I solely practice litigation which does not lend itself to flat fee payments. Ok, so thirty clients (cases), all of wh…
Collections for Deadbeat Clients
So, our retainer slash attorney-client agreement takes great pains to specify that we're a small organization operating on a charitable/non-profit basis, that we offer significant discounts on market-rate, etc. etc. Part of the agreement also explai…
New Phone System
I am looking for a new phone system. I currently am just using landlines and have an answering service for when we are closed. In my office there are 3 of us total.
I am either going to get: (1) traditional phone system (landline) with a virtual …
The Fountain Pen Thread
I don't know if anyone besides Aaron and I are fountain pen enthusiasts, but I thought we might need a thread for those of us who are.
Brad Perri recently turned us on to Noodler's Ink (http://www.noodlersink.com/), which is awesome ink you can use…
Style Separators in Word for Mac
I recently became acquainted with style separators in Word for Windows (I'm a transactional lawyer and use them for section headings). I was disappointed to see they aren't implemented in Word 2016 for Mac. Is there a workaround that will let me use…
Experiences with Surface Pro / iPad Pro?
I've decided to get either the Surface Pro or iPad Pro, and was interested in any experiences others could share using either one in their legal practice. I expect to use the mostly when I'm working out of the office, either at home or in mediations…
50-State & Fed Legal Typography Guide?
After getting feedback on my recent article https://lawyerist.com/115103/hey-hey-ho-ho-19th-century-fonts-got-go/ about lawyers' use of fonts, it occurred to me that it would be great if we had a complete guide to the court rules affecting typograph…
Small In-House Counsel Project Managment Solution
We have a small legal department for a mid sized company. Our legal depart is 9 people - 6 lawyers (including the GC) and 3 project staff (not secretaries) and are looking for a new solution for the General Counsel and team to help keep track of pro…