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Practice Management Software 101

Managing a modern law practice is a challenge, whether you’re a solo practitioner or a firm with a large support staff.  It’s all too easy to let important details slip through the cracks – an unreturned call, a missed e-mail, work that goes unbilled or uncollected.  These seemingly small lapses can have severe consequences. Practice management software offers a solution.  ...

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Essential Chrome Extensions

On Monday we wrote about using the social web’s “hive mind” to  locate important answers and useful information.  Today, we’re pointing to an example of the hive mind in action.  On The Verge’s forums, one of the site’s editors asked Chrome users a simple question: what are your essential extensions? The post has received more than 150 responses thus far, ...

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Cloud Ethics Opinions Around the U.S.

Cloud computing isn’t a new concept.  The technology, which moves software and data off of your computer and into third-party data centers, has broken through to the mainstream.  Major companies like Apple and Microsoft have launched cloud services; commercials and ads for new cloud products abound; and investment firms are pouring money into a wide variety of cloud ventures. But ...

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Quick Tip: E-Signatures Made Easy

Paperless is a big deal for lawyers today.  Properly implemented, a paperless office can save time, money, and a lot of headaches.  But paperless processes tend to breakdown when it comes time to apply the signature.  Suddenly, the document you’ve created, edited, shared and stored electronically has to be printed out just so you or your client can affix a ...

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Adobe Acrobat X Pro: Forms Tutorial

Forms have numerous applications in the legal world. They’re used to collect standard information, often as part of a client intake process. They’re used to simplify routine drafting tasks, like the preparation of a basic will. They’re used within organizations to ensure that standard contract forms are used.  In short, forms are used to save time, which in many cases ...

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Paperless in 12 Steps

Too many excuses are made for a law firm’s inertia toward a paperless or just “less paper”-ridden office. The reason? Most often, “We aren’t sure where to start”. Well here’s a simple plan to help get the mountain moving. Make a paperless plan. But don’t call it that. If you’re leading the cause and the cause involves lawyers, don’t utter ...

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Which Practice Management Software is Right For You?

Over the years, we’ve fielded many questions from lawyers looking to replace their cobbled together (or simply outdated) practice management solutions.  To help, we’ve maintained a comparison chart for some of the more popular practice management and time & billing products on the market. We’ve recently made a few updates to the chart, so if you’re in the market for ...

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Security Essentials: Stay Up-to-Date

Technology evolves rapidly, and unfortunately security threats evolve right along with it.  To keep your firm’s technology–and your clients’ data–safe, it’s important to keep your software up-to-date and to stay informed about the latest security threats. Thankfully, staying ahead of the security curve doesn’t require a computer science degree.  It can be as simple as bookmarking a few useful blogs ...

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Digital Dictation and Transcription Primer

Managing time can be a challenge in the best of circumstances, and the changing dynamics of the profession in recent years only seems to be making matters worse. While lawyers employ many strategies to deal with the time crunch, dictation is one of the most traditional—and for good reason. When used carefully, dictation allows lawyers to save time drafting simple ...

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Comparison of Metadata Ethics Opinions

By now, most lawyers have at least a passing familiarity with the term “metadata,” which refers to the hidden layer of information embedded in most electronic documents.  Metadata is often described as “data about data” because it largely consists of information regarding a document’s origins, including who created it, when it was last opened, and what software was used. But ...

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