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Discuss the business of managing a law practice, including business strategy, firm management, personal productivity, human resources, etc.
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.
Litigation budget template?
Does anyone have a template form that they use to estimate the likely out-of-pocket cost of litigating a case?
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…
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 …
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,…
Organizing slightly different file versions?
Has anyone tried pdf portfolios to consolidate different versions of documents? (Not talking about version control on a multi user multi edit document)
Every time something is filed in a case I am on it seems I am left with 4-6 different version…
"Small Law Firm KPIs" Coming to Kindle?
I really enjoyed the podcast about the new book, Small Law Firm KPIs! It was terrific. Keep up the good work, guys! Tt gave me a ton of ideas. And it made me want to buy the book. But I almost never buy hard copy books anymore. Do you have any idea …
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…
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…
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 …
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…
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:
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…
Discuss the Weekend Project: Your Office Exploded
From today's weekend project:
Sketch out your disaster recovery plan if something like this were to happen to you. Literally write it out on paper while you are sipping a drink at the cabin. How would you recover all the files you need to go f…