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  • Client Intake: Making it More Effective and Efficient

    December 20, 2019

    Client intake is an important process within a law firm. Just as with other industries and in our personal lives, first impressions speak volumes. According to the 2019 Clio Legal Trends Report, 42% of consumers surveyed say that if they like the first lawyer they speak with, they won’t need to speak with any others. Implement these tips to streamline and make your intake process more effective.

    by Rachel Edwards

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  • Firm Management: When It's Time for Tough Conversations

    December 06, 2019

    Despite popular beliefs about lawyers, a great majority of them are conflict avoidant and risk averse. Managing a firm difficult can be when it’s time to have tough conversations.

    by Sheila Blackford

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  • Better Beginnings for Onboarding New Clients

    October 18, 2019

    Lawyer-client relationships deserve good beginnings. Good beginnings may seem unachievable on the days when we are strapped for time and feel pressed to get to the lawyering. Relax. Let’s strive for better beginnings for onboarding new clients.

    by Sheila Blackford

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  • Avoiding Malpractice

    August 21, 2019

    Loss prevention is the chief focus for the Practice Management Advisor program, which is carried out by four attorney practice management advisors or PMAs. Since the PMA program is within the Professional Liability Fund, the loss contemplated is malpractice or professional negligence.

    by Sheila Blackford

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  • Considerations for Contract Lawyers and Firms Who Outsource

    August 08, 2019

    The gig economy isn’t just for Uber and Lyft drivers. Many lawyers make ends meet through legal work on a temporary basis, and many firms are willing to outsource discrete legal tasks. So-called contract work can benefit the contract lawyer, the outsourcing firm, and the client alike, but it also raises practical and ethical concerns that are up to the contract lawyer and outsourcing firm to manage.

    by Lee Wachocki

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  • Evolving Scams: Don't Let Your Guard Down

    January 11, 2019

    When it comes to scams, never let your guard down. Even though you may feel like you can recognize the red flags, the scammers are constantly evolving and creating more sophisticated scams as we catch on to their more obvious ploys.

    by Rachel Edwards

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  • Vision and Mission Statements for Your Law Practice

    October 19, 2018

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    One thing that some lawyers don’t typically do when opening their law practice is creating a vision and mission for their firm. They may have a website that includes an “About me” or “About us” page that consists of a biography of the lawyers. But biographies do not capture the firm’s identity: what it does, what it wants to be, and what it believes in. That is where the vision and mission statements come in.

    by Hong Dao

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  • Entrance Stage Right: How to Resume the Practice of Law

    June 01, 2018

    The one thing we can count on is that plans change. You may have intended that your departure from practicing law was permanent. Sometimes, the reasons that compel us to exit stage left become replaced by reasons to return. How do we do it? Do you try to pick up where you left off or do you start somewhere else? If these are questions you are beginning to explore, here are some things to consider and some resources to help you with your journey.

    by Sheila Blackford

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