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  • Resources for Improving Your Remote Court Hearing Experience

    March 26, 2021

    Although some courts are moving toward holding more appearances in person, certain court appearances will likely continue to be held remotely for some time to come. Here are some resources to improve your remote hearing experience.

    by Rachel Edwards

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  • Hard Times Don’t Call for Desperate Measures

    October 30, 2020

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    As business continues to dwindle for some law firms, they are laying off associates and staff, imposing pay cuts, and taking other measures to minimize the financial impact caused by the pandemic. The pressure to stay afloat may tempt lawyers to relax their billing practices, ramp up fee collection efforts, and even hoard billable hours. Working from home can also lead to careless billing practices as the line between work and family life begins to blur.

    by Hong Dao

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  • Communication with Clients: Adjust as Necessary

    September 18, 2020

    Regardless of the practice area, many attorneys are now facing the dilemma of losing track of their clients. The pandemic, and most recently wildfires on the West Coast, has upended many people’s lives. Clients may have moved or changed their phone number, or even become homeless with limited or no access to phone or internet, making it difficult if not impossible to track them down.

    by Rachel Edwards

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  • Why Is More Than a Question: Understanding Your Firm’s Purpose

    September 03, 2020

    At the start of this pandemic, many businesses had to close their doors. A few businesses were able to switch gears and continue employing their workers to do something else. For example, some distilleries and wineries started using their own alcohol to make hand sanitizer at a time when it was in short supply. A pizza shop in Chicago that could no longer serve pizza by the slice started using its ovens to make plastic face shields for frontline workers.

    by Hong Dao

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  • Working from Home? Make Your Internet Work for You

    August 21, 2020

    Many of us are more reliant than ever before on the stability and speed of our internet connection, now that the pandemic has forced us to work from home and many children are engaged in remote learning. If your home internet connection is not performing at the level necessary to support your needs, consider the options below to make it work for you.

    by Rachel Edwards

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  • Hoarding and Dabbling, Oh My!

    August 07, 2020

    COVID-19 has pushed many lawyers to quickly transition to a remote work environment and digitize their law practice. The swift and drastic transformation of the legal profession has created new risk management challenges for lawyers as they navigate different ways to run their business and deliver legal services. This blog post will explore some of the risks lawyers face when trying to get new clients and retain existing ones during the COVID-19 era.

    by Hong Dao

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  • Resources for Connecting During COVID-19

    July 24, 2020

    The pandemic has forced us to reexamine how we connect with others. Thankfully, technology has allowed us to create new virtual networking opportunities with colleagues, friends, and family. It is important to maintain those connections and establish new ones; otherwise it has been shown that social isolation can have damaging effects, both personal and professional.

    by Rachel Edwards

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  • Oregon’s Remote Online Notarization Is Here—But Only Temporarily

    July 14, 2020

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    Notarization in Oregon became a bit challenging when COVID-19 forced people to stay home and keep a physical distance. Many lawyers came up with clever ways to notarize their clients’ documents in person while still maintaining a safe distance.

    by Hong Dao

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  • Working Remotely: The Takeaway

    June 18, 2020

    We are now three months in to what is, for many of us, this brave new world of remote work. For some, it has been a resoundingly successful experiment. Some lawyers who previously worked out of traditional law offices have made a smooth transition to working out of their homes – and may never look back, opting instead to take their practices paperless or work remotely all or part of the time.

    by Tanya Hanson

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  • Is There a "New Normal" in Your Future?

    June 11, 2020

    With this blog post, let me pose the question, is there a “new normal” in your future?

    by Sheila Blackford

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  • Collaborative Word Processing

    May 01, 2020

    With the spread of COVID-19 and resulting changes in how we conduct business, we need methods for exchanging information in different ways. In particular, attorneys need secure methods to collaborate on Word documents with both their clients and colleagues. This collaboration could include simply gathering information from clients with an intake form, review and approval of a document by a client or supervisor, or more complex collaboration involving multiple versions and tracked changes.

    by Rachel Edwards

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  • Electronic Signature: A Tool to Incorporate in Your Law Practice

    April 16, 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic may mark the end of an era of hesitation or resistance from lawyers about the use of cloud services and products. We are all now forced to rely on remote access programs and other technologies to help us do our work from home.

    by Hong Dao

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  • More Resources for Working from Home

    March 30, 2020

    Switching to a Work From Home (WFH) law practice is a big adjustment for lawyers and their colleagues, staff, and clients. To help support your efforts to make this go smoother, we have created a new practice aid, “Resources for Working Remotely in the Age of COVID-19.” You’ll find it in our new practice aid category: COVID-19.

    by Sheila Blackford

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  • THRIVING…Despite Challenge: A Brief Roadmap for Lawyers

    March 26, 2020

    It is no surprise that each of us responds differently to life’s changes and challenges: the birth of a child, the death of a parent, a good job obtained, a good job lost, a financial success, a financial setback. No two of us react in exactly the same way. That’s natural and to be expected.

    by Douglas Querin

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  • Maintain Control by Narrowing Down Your COVID-19 Resources

    March 25, 2020

    At times like these, the amount of information available on the topic of COVID-19 can be overwhelming. With the vast number of unknowns and quickly changing landscapes, it can be difficult if not impossible to feel any sense of control. I’ve compiled various resources for you to reference, organized by topic, to provide you with a sense of where to look when you have questions.

    by Rachel Edwards

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  • Staying the Course During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    March 20, 2020

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    Most law offices are operating with a skeleton crew onsite to receive, sort, scan, and deliver mail that is important for lawyers to continue practicing law by working from home.

    by Sheila Blackford

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  • Working and Meeting in the Age of Social Distancing

    March 16, 2020

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    In light of the spread of COVID-19, many lawyers are looking for ways to continue meeting with their clients and other parties while keeping some distance from them. Fortunately, we are in an age where technology makes it easy to implement social distancing efforts that many individuals and businesses are now undertaking. This blog post will cover two tools that will allow lawyers to work and maintain social distance: (1) video conferencing and (2) remote access.

    by Hong Dao

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