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    The Winning Equation: (Service + Marketing) = Brand Awareness

    It’s a common (and perhaps vain) misconception among marketing and business development professionals that we are the true purveyors of brand, when the truth is that we don’t create brand at all. Brand is built based on culture, attitude, service and the quality of that service. As professional marketers, we are responsible for creating awareness …

    Is it Time for Office 365?

    22 Aug 2014, 1:00 pm | From The Last Word | Fellows Blog

    As more and more firms decide it’s time to upgrade their current version of Microsoft Office, they’re confronted with the decision of whether or not to move to Office 365. Thankfully, Microsoft Office 365 for Lawyers: A Practical Guide to Options and Implementation by Ben Schorr has come along just in time to help with […]

    Site of the Week: Grandpa’s Photos

    We are all about websites that tell stories using photographs—and that’s exactly what our Site of the Week does. Grandpas-photos.com is a website that was put together when a family found old photographs their grandfather had taken from around the world. In an effort to figure out where each photo was captured, they asked people to leave […] …

    Resolutions to avoid doing things that annoy clients the most

    22 Aug 2014, 7:00 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    Clients will, understandably, get upset if they are treated badly or confronted with surprises. Make sure you appreciate how your words, actions, or inactions can annoy or even distress your clients. Here are some resolutions you can make to avoid doing the most common things lawyers do that annoy clients: I will promptly return phone […]

    Trending: Old Dogs, New Tricks

    22 Aug 2014, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    As the dog days of summer linger, why not learn a new skill from the helpful how-tos available online while you're cooling down in the A.C.? From blogging to streamlining your practice, and pricing to online security, there are a number of guides found over the past month that might just help all us old dogs learn a new trick. ... READ THE REST

    Not Just a Drop in the Bucket

    In the age of social media, it’s easy for things to get derailed. Facebook, Twitter and even Pinterest are getting cluttered with spam—likes for likes, useless advertisements and any combination of things you either never wanted to see in the first place, or things that you’ve just seen too many times. But sometimes, social media is used […] …

    LAWPRO defends lawyers: “Lawyer not liable for transaction client completed after lawyer’s retainer ended’

    21 Aug 2014, 8:27 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    LAWPRO defends a wide variety of cases in any given year. In almost 80 per cent of the claims files we handle, there is ultimately no finding of negligence against the lawyer that was the subject of a claim. Occasionally, our work on a lawyer’s behalf is made easier by having compelling facts on our […]

    LawBiz® Legal Pad: Tips for Increased Revenue

    21 Aug 2014, 7:00 am | From LawBiz® Blog | Fellows Blog

    Ed offers 5 ways to increase your law firm’s revenue. 1. Emphasize collections. 2. Hire lateral lawyers to meet specific demands, a new practice area, a new need. 3. Leverage technology. 4. Create a cooperative compensation model that emphasizes the law firm as an institution. 5. Outsource functions that are better done by others. Delegate… Continue …

    Start the Year off Right

    21 Aug 2014, 6:00 am | From Thoughtful Legal Management | Fellows Blog

    ♫ All of these lines across my face Tell you the story of who I am So many stories of where I’ve been And how I got to where I am But these stories don’t mean anything When you’ve got no one to tell them to It’s true… I was made for you Oh yeah, well [...]

    Substance and Form: The Elements of a Lawyer Brand

    21 Aug 2014, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Branding. It's one of the most overworked and overanalyzed topics in the marketplace of ideas. Paradoxically, or perhaps consequently, it's also one of the most misunderstood. This misunderstanding isn’t a definitional one. There’s a general consensus that a brand "is the sum of what others think of you" or something similar. But there are two …

    Reading Online News Items (2014 Edition)

    How many times do you see "Visit my blog!", "We have great news articles online here" or "See our website for more"? How often do you actually follow up just to see what is there? My guess is the honest...

    LAWPRO Magazine practice tip: Steer clear of real estate claims by asking these five questions on every deal

    20 Aug 2014, 12:00 pm | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    The real estate lawyer’s job is more than just conveying title, and not every matter will be straightforward. Communication errors and inadequate investigation are the biggest causes of real estate claims at LAWPRO, respectively 41 per cent and 26 per cent of claims reported between 2001 and 2011. Busy, high-volume practices often lead to situations …

    Five Ways Mindfulness Can Benefit Lawyers

    20 Aug 2014, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Mindfulness means to be in the present and to accept each moment without preference or judgment. It’s an ancient practice that comes from Buddhism. It's not a religious practice. Rather, it’s a way to engage in our lives with care and awareness. The primary way to practice mindfulness is through meditation, where you sit quietly and settle your …

    App of the Week: GasBuddy

    While gas prices continue to be painfully high, it’s nice to know there’s an app out there that can save you a few cents every time you fill up your tank. GasBuddy is an app that allows you to find the cheapest gas prices near you. You can search gas prices by city or zip […] The post App of the Week: GasBuddy appeared first on Brand Thinking …

    LawPRO Magazine archives: When preparing wills, don’t dispense with formalities – execution matters

    19 Aug 2014, 11:00 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    The following article by Nora Rock (corporate writer and policy analyist at LAWPRO) appears in the October 31 edition of the LAWPRO Webzine, which focused on wills and estates matters. Will-drafting is an area of legal practice that demands extremely careful attention to detail. Decisions in this area make it clear that even where a […]

    UMass Law’s ‘Justice Bridge’ Pairs New Lawyers with Needy Clients

    19 Aug 2014, 9:41 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    The University of Massachusetts School of Law has launched what it is calling an incubator designed to help new lawyers start their careers while serving modest-income clients who might not otherwise afford a lawyer. Justice Bridge is described as a legal access center and law practice incubator that will help enable new lawyers to deliver high-quality …

    Separation agreement scam using the name Rivka Esther Pollack

    19 Aug 2014, 8:51 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Rivka Esther Pollack looking to retain them with regards to a collecting overdue payments resulting from a separation agreement. This is a classic bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam lawyers will […]

    Commercial debt collection scam using the name Jerry Janke and Janke Engines

    19 Aug 2014, 8:39 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    A New Hampshire firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Jerry Janke of Janke Engines ooking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase. This is a bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam lawyers will be duped […]

    Commercial debt collection scam using the names Kasuko Mai and Sinochem Co Ltd

    19 Aug 2014, 8:32 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Kasuko Mai of Sinochem Co Ltd looking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase. This is a bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam lawyers will be duped […]

    Why law firms need R&D investment

    19 Aug 2014, 8:01 am | From Law21 | Fellows Blog

    Lawyers hardly ever talk about research and development. We might be the only major industry or professional sector that fails to do so. Last year, total spending on R&D by the world’s 1,000 largest companies was about $638 billion, according to the Strategy& 2013 Global Innovation 1000 Study. The 10 companies that spent the most on R&D (from …

    Where does a golfer go to retire?

    19 Aug 2014, 7:15 am | From LawBiz® Blog | Fellows Blog

    At some point, you will say, “What kind of life do I want to live?”  In a recent article in the Los Angeles Times (Thursday, August 14, 2014), a retired “workaholic” entrepreneur said “’You cannot not have a plan when you retire.’” He turned to retirement; though he didn’t plan it that way, he traded … Continue Reading

    Attorney Misconduct — Time to Tattle?

    19 Aug 2014, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Reporting another lawyer’s misconduct can bring on a mix of emotions. If the other lawyer is your adversary and you’ve been battling in the gutter, a bar complaint may be exactly what you wish on this person. Lawyers know a lot of lawyers, though, and we get a lot of insight into each other’s lives through our professional and personal interactions …

    Microsoft Launches Document Management System for Legal

    18 Aug 2014, 2:32 pm | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    At the ILTA annual conference in Nashville today, Microsoft Corp. announced the release of a preview version of a new document management and collaboration platform designed for law firms and legal departments. Called Matter Center for Office 365, it works with Office 365 and allows legal professionals to securely find, organize and collaborate on …

    In the practicePRO Lending Library: The Modern Rules of Business Etiquette

    18 Aug 2014, 12:57 pm | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    Good manners and proper protocol can make, or break, a promising business relationship. This book will help you build better and deeper relationships, and feel more confident than you ever have, no matter what the business setting. This book will be a valuable tool for all business professionals who recognize the important role interpersonal skills …

    Another App from the ‘Hackcess’ Winner

    18 Aug 2014, 7:00 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    I recently reported here about the ABA Journal’s Hackcess to Justice, the first-ever hackathon held during an ABA annual meeting. First prize went to William Palin, a Massachusetts lawyer. Over the course of the two-day event, he created PaperHealth, an iOS app that provides a quick and easy way to create a legally binding health care proxy or …

    How to Suck at Networking

    18 Aug 2014, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    If you’re a law firm owner or partner, you know the drill — when you’re not working in your business, you should be working on your business. For most of us, that includes a lot of networking — attending mixers, going to lunches, interacting with contacts on social media and the like. Recently, I’ve noticed an increase in annoying networking …

    ILTA Talk Preview: Legal Inflection Point: Innovate Now

    16 Aug 2014, 12:51 pm | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    The International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) annual conference begins this weekend in Nashville.  Here is a brief preview of the panel on which I am speaking on Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014, at 130pm CDT. The panel is Legal Industry Inflection Point: The Time for Innovation Is Now!  I am honored to join panelists Scott Rechshaffen (CKO and Shareholder …

    The Future of the Legal Profession: Change/Evolution or Disintegration/Elimination

    15 Aug 2014, 3:04 pm | From LawBiz® Blog | Fellows Blog

    Richard Susskind said:  “What I often say is that the future of law is not Rumpole of the Bailey, and it’s not John Grisham.  It’s not a version of what we have today slightly tweaked.  It will be people working in the legal sector but offering legal services and legal help in new ways.”  It … Continue Reading

    Defining the Practice of Law

    15 Aug 2014, 12:50 pm | From LawBiz® Blog | Fellows Blog

    The unauthorized practice of law is a major concern of bar associations as is evidenced by the North Carolina Bar Association’s litigation with Legal Zoom and its current effort to redefine the term.  This effort is one more example of the shifting ground impacting lawyers and their economic security.  Does the entry of software and … Continue …

    practicePRO Resource: Building a firm mentoring program and culture

    15 Aug 2014, 7:00 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    This Appendix to Managing a Mentoring Relationship (adapted with permission from Lois J. Zachary’s The Mentor’s Guide) contains an outline of the major issues that should be considered when a firm mentoring program is created. Ensure full and visible support from top management Create an action plan for engaging top management in the creation and …

    Are you cheating yourself?

    14 Aug 2014, 10:00 pm | From LawBiz® Blog | Fellows Blog

    The business cycle consists of three elements:  marketing to get the new client and retain the old client; production to produce and deliver the legal service, advice and/or documents; and finance to collect your billings and operate your firm.  The first two tend to be the focus of most lawyers.  Billings and collections tend to … Continue Reading …

    Box Announces New Alliances in Legal

    14 Aug 2014, 10:41 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    In two posts last year, I wrote about Box, the file sharing and collaboration platform, making a push into the legal industry through integrations with several mobile and web legal platforms (here and here). Today, two weeks before its major BoxWorks2014 user conference in San Francisco and just a few days before the International Legal […] The post …

    Make Amazon’s Customers Your Customers (or Clients?)

    14 Aug 2014, 10:31 am | From The Last Word | Fellows Blog

    That’s the come-on for the latest offering from Amazon. Some people claim that Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s insatiably driven CEO, is determined to conquer every market segment of the economy, one by one, and to do it by undercutting the existing price structure in that segment. While that’s probably a little overblown, Amazon does seem to […]

    CBA Legal Futures Initiative Final Report makes 22 recommendations

    14 Aug 2014, 8:19 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    At the CBA Council Meeting at the Canadian Bar Association’s Canadian Legal Conference in St. John’s, the CBA Legal Futures Initiative released its Futures: Transforming the Delivery of Legal Services in Canada Report. The Report has now been posted on the CBA site and makes the following 22 recommendations: 1 Flexibility in Business Structures …

    Watershed: The CBA Futures Report

    14 Aug 2014, 7:57 am | From Law21 | Fellows Blog

    This morning, the Canadian Bar Association released the widely anticipated Final Report of its CBA Legal Futures Initiative, “Futures: Transforming The Delivery Of Legal Services In Canada.” I had the benefit of receiving an advance copy a few days ago, so I’ve had time to review the report and prepare some thoughts. My primary thought is …

    LawBiz® Legal Pad: What Are Clients Looking For Anyway?

    14 Aug 2014, 7:00 am | From LawBiz® Blog | Fellows Blog

    Ed talks about lawyers who provide solutions and who communicate effectively and often with their clients… Continue Reading

    What is on Your Bucket List?

    14 Aug 2014, 6:00 am | From Thoughtful Legal Management | Fellows Blog

    ♫  Get on your boots and visit the North Pole Try every sport until you score a goal Follow the path of a butterfly Go to Ground Zero and do nothing but cry We don’t know how much time left we got left in this world This beautiful world…♫ Lyrics and music by  Nelly Furtado, Rodney [...]

    How Technology is Helping Deliver Legal Services to the Poor

    13 Aug 2014, 6:45 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    It is estimated that all the programs and resources devoted to ensuring access to justice address only 20 percent of the civil legal needs of low-income people in the United States. And with dwindling funding due to decreases in IOLTA and other funding sources, the problem is only growing worse. Given this situation, technology is […] The post How …

    Back to Basics

    12 Aug 2014, 9:06 am | From The Last Word | Fellows Blog

    As a new bar year begins the theme of “back to basics” seems to be coming up over and over. ASB President Rich Raleigh has adopted it as his guiding principle for the upcoming year, and it offers a lot of room for thought and improvement in both the way lawyers practice and in the […]