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West's new "Firm Central" competitor for Clio and Rockematter
Greetings. Anyone have any experience with West's new Firm Central SAS product? I had a demo today, and it looked pretty interesting. I'm not familiar enough with Clio and Rocketmatter to have a sense of how they compare. One terrible decision t…
Anyone have experience with this cloud application case management, billing and accounting company?
Best Shared Hosting Provider?
I'm coming to the end of my contract with WiredTree for my personal sites. WiredTree has been awesome (and it will continue to host Lawyerist's network of sites), but $40/month is more than I need to spend for the few small-traffic sites I have on t…
Network Attached Storage?
Has anyone set up a NAS system for their law firm or in their personal life?
Pros: having a private cloud may be more secure; extra secure backup solution if you mirror the 2 hard drives; if you have multiple users, it's a cheap network; and the …
Using Printers With FTP Protocol
I recently upgraded the office printer. Whereas my prior printer had a direct wireless link to my computers for scanning, I'm told that the new printer can only scan wirelessly using FTP web protocol. I'm concerned about privacy and security. Am …
Should lawyers use automated phone trees?
Automated call management systems — phone trees — came up in this thread on VOIP options. I'm curious what others think about it.
I hate phone trees when I get them myself, and I think they make a terrible impression on potential clients. I've al…
Anyone tried this? https://selfemployed.intuit.com/
$9.99 per month - basically looks like Mint (https://www.mint.com/) for small businesses, but with quarterly/annual tax estimates baked in.
I was wondering if anyone uses any VOIP options are their main number for communications. If so, which option do you use?
Is BitTorrent Sync more secure than Dropbox?
I have changed my approach to cloud storage and sync. Now, I only use Dropbox for information that I need to be able to access through mobile apps (since Dropbox is by far the most widely-supported cloud storage service). Everything else is synced b…
Clio v. Freshbooks
I'm a new solo and I'm looking for some billing software.
Any thoughts between the two?
The Big 4 - Clio, Rocket Matter, MyCase Inc., Total Attorneys
For up-to-date information on Clio and MyCase, see the Clio user guide and MyCase user guide. Look for a Rocket Matter user guide in the near future. We're not really clear on the status of Total Attorneys. —Ed.
I wanted to take a moment to talk ab…
How far behind are lawyers in legal technology?
Pushing aside the fact that this is Lawyerist, and therefore, most of the people reading are above-average in terms of technology, I'm wondering how far behind the general legal population is in technology?
I'm assuming perhaps 5 years, but I'm f…
Encryption for Gmail
I'm going to plug a post on my site because I think it'll benefit a lot of users.
I discovered, and I'm using, Virtru, for encrypting email messages in my Gmail.
It's really easy to use, doesn't require any extras, and works with a number of d…
I am moving from an executive suite to our own office (yeah!), but that brings with it new problems. After much research we decided to go with RingCentral (for at least a try) because the other hosted PBX's were just bigger than we need just yet (2.…
New Solo Seeking Non-Cloud Case Management Software
I'd prefer to store my docs locally and own the software, as opposed to rent a license with storage in the Cloud. It looks like my main choices are AbacusLaw and Needles (too expensive). Any others? Thanks for the help--it's overwhelming to comparis…
Has anyone just bought a PC instead of dealing with parallels?
I have a 7 year-old macbook running Windows 7 on Bootcamp. I use it for PC versions of Adobe Acrobat and Quickbooks, both of which are necessary for my practice, but I only use those programs once or twice a week. The computer is starting to slow do…
Has anyone figured out a good VPN to use for their practice?
So far I've looked at lifehacker, pcmag, and some site called torrentfreak.com
Any suggestions? Thanks