As we mentioned earlier in the week, one of the best ways to reap the largest benefits from the practices shared here is to try them out with another person. Social connectedness is so powerful in our brains and bodies, and harnessing that association offers a huge advantage. Researchers have even found that chatting up the barista at the coffeeshop yields a well-being windfall. Now is a great time to test some new strategies in our friendships.
Effective September 20, 2023
No two firms will likely have the exact same file management procedures, but file management best practices apply to everyone. Understand your storage options and best practice tips to ensure that your client files are being managed properly.
The PLF is excited to announce we have completed the biennial comprehensive review of our in-house practice aids for Oregon legal professionals, including checklists, sample documents, and resource materials. We have also added a few new materials we hope you will find helpful.
Whether anticipating retirement, making a career change, or just looking to leave private practice, law firm owners must decide how they want to transition. As you begin this process, review your options by asking yourself these three key questions.
The practice of savoring has many benefits, not the least of which is helping you feel less busy on a busy day. Research shows that it has positive effects for helping reduce hopelessness in depression, minimizing stress, and mitigating the effects of family conflict in balancing work and life activities.
There is no one marketing algorithm that works for all legal professions, because each ﬁrm is unique. There is, however, one free and easy tool that everyone can use.
There are many in the legal profession who struggle with the emotional tug-of-war of taking time off. Here are some thoughts to consider when planning your next holiday.
Profitability can be boiled down to increasing income and decreasing expenses. It’s about understanding your firm’s financial benchmarks for performance, finding new or better ways to get paid, and engaging your staff to meet the firm’s goals.
Check fraud, particularly “check washing,” has increased signiﬁcantly over the past year. Here are some tips to protect yourself from check washing.
How many hundreds — or thousands — of emails are in your inbox right now? At what pace is that number growing? Are you confident that an urgent message isn’t lurking in your queue? Does your computer constantly ping and pop up notifications? If these questions speak to the current state of your email account, you may have a problem. These are all telltale signs that a destructive dragon is living in your inbox.
Food is a necessity in our lives. Our society, however, has some very unhealthy pressures around disordered eating and distorted views of body image. It would make sense that a group of people facing heightened stress levels—such as attorneys—would find themselves in food-related challenges as a way to cope.
These days, video and audio calls are the new standard. Consider incorporating audioconferencing into your practice if you haven’t already done so.
Lawyers often take on too much. Regardless of how much we want to help, there are only so many hours in the day that we can dedicate to our jobs. Try some of these ways to better manage your calendar before things get out of control.
Welcome, New Lawyers: A Conversation with PLF Claims Attorney Bradley Tompkins About Avoiding Malpractice
A brief conversation with PLF Claims Attorney Bradley Tompkins about common malpractice risks and how to handle them