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  • LawyerC
    Ethics & Virtual Receptionists
    I am hiring Ruby as a virtual receptionist.  I am concerned about the ethics rules which deal with office & receptionist sharing.  My plan is to also Ruby to have each employee sign a confidentiality form and to also advise clients that they don't h…
    LawyerC 18 views 3 comments Most recent by samglover Legal Ethics
  • LawyerC
    Google Voice--No phone numbers in my area code
    There is not a single available phone number in my area code (which covers the entire state).  What do you guys recommend?  I could use an area code from the nieghboring state (where I am also admitted) but I am concerned about local clients being s…
    LawyerC 3.1K views 6 comments Most recent by LawyerC Starting a Law Firm
  • Jennifer Lunsford
    Ethical Networking Techniques
    I am in the process of writing an article on ethical networking techniques for young lawyers.  It seems a lot of young lawyers avoid networking directly with potential clients out of fear of inadvertently running afoul of ethical rules (in-person so…
    Jennifer Lunsford 2 views 1 comment Most recent by samglover Legal Ethics
  • Graham Martin
    "We" the Lawyers
    Hi Friends, I'm currently in the process of writing content for a website overhaul. The word "we" feels best in the prose I am composing, but I am also aware of the problem of using language that implies more than one attorney is working at a firm …
    Graham Martin 3 views 5 comments Most recent by LawyerC Legal Ethics
  • samglover
    Clients, employer-provided e-mail addresses, and client portals
    Yet another court has ruled that the attorney-client privilege does not protect e-mails sent and received from an employer-provided e-mail address. For a long time, our policy has been never to communicate with individual (as opposed to businesses …
    samglover 3 views 4 comments Most recent by LawyerC Legal Ethics
  • Duncan McQueen
    Unlimited calls
    Sam it looks like you just offer unlimited calls (without defining what constitutes a call).  One of the central arguments I get from within my firm (and from people here in the entrepreneur community), is that if we offered that, we'd get calls con…
    Duncan McQueen 1 view 3 comments Most recent by samglover Legal Technology
  • Tim Evans
    account reconciliation
    I'm posting this in Practice Management because I don't know where it belongs, but feel free to move it to another forum.   I use quickbooks to keep track of the money in my general account. I faithfully reconcile my account at the end of each sta…
    Tim Evans 2 views 1 comment Most recent by samglover Legal Technology
  • gregoryluce
    Important News About the LAB
    Sam, Aaron and I have exciting news to announce about the future direction of Lawyerist LAB. Effective September 1, Lawyerist LAB will be free. You will no longer be charged to be a member and to participate in the LAB with Lawyerist contributors an…
    gregoryluce 1 view 3 comments Most recent by samglover General Discussion
  • AaronStreet
    Bitter Lawyer Shenanigans
    Sam and I announced the other day that we just bought the dormant legal humor website BitterLawyer.com: http://lawyerist.com/lawyerist-acquires-bitter-lawyer/   Our online arch-nemesis Scott Greenfield couldn't resist sharing his assessment of ou…
    AaronStreet 1 view 5 comments Most recent by gregoryluce General Discussion
  • gregoryluce
    [MN] Free Ethics eBook
    Though it is limited to a Minnesota practice, the Minnesota State Bar Association has a fantastic (and free) legal ethics treatise that provides in-depth discussion for many ethics rules and issues. It's actually being expanded this month to six mor…
    gregoryluce 3 views 0 comments Started by gregoryluce Legal Ethics
  • gregoryluce
    Name Your Own Price Month: Let Your Clients Set the Fee
    The upcoming week on Lawyerist is guest post week, and one guest post on Wednesday will be from Alex Bajwa, an attorney who created Name Your Own Price Month for his firm this past May. He will report on the results in his post, but a quick executiv…
    gregoryluce 1 view 5 comments Most recent by samglover Legal Technology
  • gregoryluce
    Apple's Lion OS X Upgrade
    I posted earlier this week on Lawyerist about upgrading to Apple's newest operating system, Lion OSX. It was not a happy review, as I encountered endless difficulties until I gave up and just reinstalled it again (after a lot of time trying to fix t…
    gregoryluce 3 views 0 comments Started by gregoryluce Legal Technology
  • AaronStreet
    Webinar: Free and Open Source Software
    Here's the link to our “Free and Open Source Software” webinar available only to LAB members: http://lawyeristlab.com/free-and-open-source-software-webinar/ Feel free to ask questions or provide feedback in this forum thread.
    AaronStreet 1 view 0 comments Started by AaronStreet Legal Technology
  • Tyler White
    Docusign
    A realtor friend of mine recommended that I check out 'Docusign,' an electronic signature service that allows his clients to sign purchase agreements and other real estate forms without coming into his office. Some questions: Does anybody use this…
    Tyler White 13 views 3 comments Most recent by Tyler White Legal Technology
  • gregoryluce
    Work-Life Balance?
    A lot of attention has been given to work-life balance issues recently, with Roy Ginsburg adding a post to Lawyerist today about the president of the New York State Bar Association and his notion of “work-life balance.” Here's the money quote that R…
    gregoryluce 1 view 3 comments Most recent by samglover Lawyering Skills
  • gregoryluce
    Word of Mouth Advertising
    In case you missed it, we are very happy to have Larry Bodine as a Lawyerist contributor, and we’ll get him in the LAB here soon. His first post on Lawyerist was on Word of Mouth Advertising, which still remains (even in my overly tech-based mind) t…
    gregoryluce 3 views 2 comments Most recent by samglover Legal Marketing
  • AaronStreet
    Webinar: "Alternative Billing"
    Here's the link to our “Alternative Billing” webinar available only to LAB members: http://lawyeristlab.com/alternative-billing-webinar/ Feel free to ask questions or provide feedback in this forum thread.
    AaronStreet 2 views 2 comments Most recent by samglover Legal Technology
  • gregoryluce
    Health and Long-Term Disability Insurance
    One of the least discussed items of running your own shop is personal insurance, meaning such things as health and long-term disability insurance. Or life insurance. If you are like me, one of the key reasons you can open up your own business is tha…
    gregoryluce 1 view 2 comments Most recent by Adron Beene Legal Technology
  • Adrianne Thompson
    Blog is Monitored by People in Russia
    My blog is monitored by someone in Russia. It's a benign blog that chronicles my journey from mom to solo lawyer mom. I will use that blog as a forum when my firm VLO is launched, which should be soon. I don't know anyone in Russia. Should I be conc…
    Adrianne Thompson 12 views 4 comments Most recent by samglover Legal Technology
  • samglover
    Unbundled services
    I'm doing a presentation for a local non-profit in a couple of weeks on delivering unbundled services ethically and effectively. I have definitely encountered some ethical issues with unbundled services, but I'm wondering what others may have run in…
    samglover 2 views 5 comments Most recent by Steph Kimbro Legal Ethics

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