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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…
Is there a way to have 2 offices use the same phone number and system. For instance if I have a satellite office can my receptionist at either office answer the phone and then transfer it to the other office?
Zapier Zaps Ideas
I love the idea of Zapier.com but cannot think of may "zaps" to create. Other than the basics one listed on the Zapier site, what are some "zap" creative ideas? I would especially like to use Clio and Gmail.
I just did a demo of HoudiniESQ 2.0. As it is new, I cannot find any reviews on it. Anyone have thoughts on it/experience with it?
Yet Another Scam Directed Against Lawyers
This one is designed to get you to click on a link, which then installs malicious software or ransomware on your computer system. Here's the article from the ABA Journal:
Collections Companies - how to sell unpaid invoices?
I'm a younger solo and have a constant problem with clients who take forever to pay. Until recently, I figured my only recourse would be to threaten small claims, which takes time and money and isn't really that much of a threat. I recently spoke …
Saving Outlook emails as PDF docs
Does anyone know of a good tool for saving emails from within Outlook as PDF docs?
I am currently running Outlook 2007 on Win XP.
I bought a tool called PrimoPDF some time ago. It mostly works, but gets quite a few errors.
I also tried PDFC…
I saw that Practice Panther has made themselves free until the end of the year and I got a trial account today to start looking around at the features. It seems like a pretty slick and easy to use interface. It's got some nice features but is missin…
Post Your Hardware Setup
My primary computer is a Mac mini (late 2012, with a Fusion Drive) with a 24" Dell UltraSharp monitor and my WASD keyboard. I have a mouse.
My portable computer is a 13" Retina MacBook Pro (late 2013).
I just upgraded to the iPh…
What's on Your 2016 Holiday Wish List?
The holidays are coming up, and most people celebrate some form of gift-giving over the next couple of months. So what's on your wish list?
* A pair of comfortable jeans.
* This hoodie
* Interesting whiskey
* Books, including…
Project Management Programs in 2016
There were some discussions last year about project management options and Basecamp came up pretty consistently. I've also looked at Asana and a few others. It appears that the options are more numerous than one's ability to sample them all. That be…
Gmail auto filters?
Gmail is great for my practice. It syncs with Clio in useful ways and works with Zapier well too. I am wondering if there is a way to automate the creation of filters?
My example scenario. When Clio creates a new matter that triggers a zap tha…
WordPress Theme Change to "Lawyer & Attorney"
I recently created, with the guidance of a programmer, my solo attorney website using WordPress. Although it turned out to be more work than expected, it opened the door for me to get more into my cyber presence and improve my computer skills. The t…
Memes in offer letters
Millenial lawyering alert - anyone use any particularly funny memes in response to ridiculous offer or demand letters?Something from Game of Thrones, perhaps? I can think of a couple times where it would have been fun to say "You know nothing" like …