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    More things I think I think

    19 Oct 2014, 12:59 pm | From In Search of Perfect Client Service | Fellows Blog

    Several readers offered very nice comments on my original Some Things I Think I Think post, so I’ve decided to continue thinking.  Well, at least sharing things I think I think. A recent Wall Street Journal article Lawyers, Judges Modify the View That Adverbs Are Mostly Bad, reminded me of how much I hate pronouns... Continue Reading

    Social Media Sharing App for Lawyers is Launched

    17 Oct 2014, 12:52 pm | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    You may remember reading here about ClearView Social, the social media sharing app designed for lawyers by social media marketing consultant Adrian Dayton. Last May, I wrote a post critical of the idea, but after talking to Dayton and seeing a demonstration, I softened my position. Those posts were about an early, beta version of […] The post Social …

    Nice Niche!

    I was sitting in a waiting room the other day, leafing through a magazine, when an ad caught my eye. It was for a moving company with a very specific target market. Winnipeg-based The Seniors Moving Company offers seniors and …

    Snap and Share Brainstorming Notes with Post-it Plus

    A few years ago, in an attempt to become more organized, I downloaded a widget that allowed me to write “post-it notes” directly on my desktop. For a week or so I did all of my brainstorming and made all of my ‘to-do’ lists, virtually. However, I was still faced with the problem of not […] The post Snap and Share Brainstorming Notes with …

    Casetext Launches Community Pages, Adds Other Features

    17 Oct 2014, 7:44 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Crowdsourced legal research site Casetext officially rolled out its new community pages this week. Designed to provide common ground for lawyers who share interests and practice areas, these pages allow lawyers to contribute analysis, meet others in their fields, and engage in discussions about current legal developments. Also this week, Casetext announced …

    Innovating New Products and Services in Legal Market

    17 Oct 2014, 7:25 am | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    What will clients of the future want from their lawyers? The College of Law Practice Management Futures Conference addresses this with three 8-minute TED-style talks. This is a live blog post (please forgive typos or errors). Ron Dolin, Legal Technologist, Fellow, Law Instructor, Sanford University Changes he would like to see include… For law schools …

    Cultural competence: An essential skill in an increasingly diverse world

    17 Oct 2014, 7:00 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    With each passing day, the legal profession becomes ever more diverse. That diversity brings challenges and opportunities. LAWPRO turned to diversity specialist Ritu Bhasin, Founder and President of bhasin consulting inc., for practical advice about the steps that lawyers and firms can take to welcome lawyers regardless of their personal and cultural …

    Five Questions to Ask a New Client

    17 Oct 2014, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    It's one of the fundamentals they drummed into you in law school: It is your job to know the answers. That's why clients seek your help, right? How you prove you are smart, and why they pay your bills? Well, yes and no. In many cases, it's less about you knowing the answers and much more about you knowing the right questions to ask. Case in point: …

    Wired to Deliver

    This week, our Site of the Week highlights the recently launched kghlawfirm.com. This WordPress-developed site is easy-to-use, succinct and concise. Ken Hurwitz came to us looking for a website to promote his firm. With more than 35 years of energy and related regulatory experience, Ken was looking to build a site that matched his style, […] The …

    What Clients Will Need from Future Legal Providers

    16 Oct 2014, 12:07 pm | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    What will clients of the future want from their lawyers? The College of Law Practice Management Futures Conference addresses this with three 8-minute TED-style talks. This is a live blog post (please forgive typos or errors).   Jeff Carr, former GC of FMC Technologies: NEXT LAW VISION (Counsellors, Not Lawyers) In his retirement, Jeff is racing cars …

    Great Communications Want Clarity, Brevity and Great Design

    Research uncovered by Marketing Sherpa, proves readers are still annoyed by typos. However, what I find interesting across generations is that clarity trumps all else among consumers. Is this a surprise? Well, not when you read marketing materials from law firms, accounting firms and other consultants. Most of the time, clarity has not even entered …

    Title insurance policies are like a box of chocolates – No two policies are the same

    16 Oct 2014, 8:54 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    “The lawyer should be knowledgeable about title insurance and discuss with the client the advantages, conditions, and limitations of the various options and coverages generally available to the client through title insurance,” states Rule 2.02(10) of the Rules of Professional Conduct. This obligation was brought home in a recent malpractice case …

    CanLII Connects: Crowdsourcing Commentary on Canadian Law

    16 Oct 2014, 7:14 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Crowdsourcing the law is a concept any number of legal sites have tried over the years, as I’ve written about many times. The idea behind it makes perfect sense. There are lots of very smart legal professionals out there in the world — practitioners, academics, librarians and even law students. If they can be encouraged […] The post CanLII Connects …

    LawBiz® Legal Pad: Marketing Plan 101

    16 Oct 2014, 7:00 am | From LawBiz® Blog | Fellows Blog

    Ed reveals how to define your target market and the tactics necessary to reach it… Continue Reading

    Lawyers and Pricing – Part 5

    16 Oct 2014, 6:00 am | From Thoughtful Legal Management | Fellows Blog

    ♫ I want you Do you want me too? I have one question Can I help you? Now watch me, what I do Now thank you for coming through my drive-thru..♫ Lyrics and Music by: Julian Casablancas, Santi White, Pharrell Williams, recorded by Julian Casablancas, Santigold, and Pharrell Williams. In the four prior posts in this [...]

    Partner compensation: Start making sense

    16 Oct 2014, 5:35 am | From Law21 | Fellows Blog

    I was chatting recently with a U.S. law firm managing partner, who asked me about the Canadian health-care system and how I’d compare it to its American counterpart. Stepping carefully around that minefield, I did allow that health-care regimes worldwide are like partner compensation schemes in law firms: there’s at least one thing seriously …

    Using Social Media as a Screening Tool for New Hires

    16 Oct 2014, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Recruiting and hiring a new employee is never easy. Last time I talked about different ways you can use social media to find better job candidates. For some, though, the most difficult part comes when you have narrowed your pool to two or three candidates you think would be great additions to your team. Now you want to evaluate the finalists further …

    New Software to Manage Deals (DealStage)

    15 Oct 2014, 2:28 pm | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    I recently saw a demo of DealStage, software designed to help lawyers manage deals. The company bills its software as enabling “attorneys & transactional professionals to better manage the deal process lifecycle from drafting to closing.” Charlie Uniman, a lawyer with years of experience doing deals, is one of three people behind the company …

    Alternative Billing Comes to Main Street

    I was very pleased to have been interviewed for the cover story of the October 2014 Illinois Bar Journal titled Alternative Billing Comes to Main Street. It is available online. Patrick Lamb of Valorem Law Group in Chicago, the author...

    Does your firm have a social media policy?

    15 Oct 2014, 1:01 pm | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    So your firm has one or more social media accounts they use to deliver its message. But do you have a social media policy for your employees to use? In this day and age, many of your employees have personal (Facebook) and professional (LinkedIn) accounts that may be effectively associated with the firm, based on […]

    Business loan collection scam using the name Nai Chi Kimchi

    15 Oct 2014, 12:49 pm | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    A California firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Nai Chi Kimchi looking to retain them with regards to a breach of a business loan agreement. This is a classic 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 Eric Stricker and Koch Guitar Electronics

    15 Oct 2014, 12:42 pm | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    Firms in Ontario and Kansas notified us that they received an email from the purported Eric Stricker of Koch Guitar Electronics looking to retain them with regards to a commercial debt collection. 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 Masaru Osamu

    15 Oct 2014, 11:09 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Masaru Osamu looking to retain them with regards to a commercial debt collection. This is a classic bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam lawyers will be duped into wiring real funds […]

    Separation agreement scam using the name Margareth Johnson

    15 Oct 2014, 10:46 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Margareth Johnson 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 be […]

    Commercial debt collection scam using the names Edward Yoshimura and Naito Steel & Pipe Co

    15 Oct 2014, 10:34 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    Firms in Ontario and California notified us that they received an email from the purported Edward Yoshimura of Naito Steel & Pipe Co looking to retain them with regards to a commercial debt collection. This is a classic bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam […]

    Commercial debt collection scam using the name Ronald Miele Jr.

    15 Oct 2014, 10:29 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Ronald Miele Jr. looking to retain them with regards to a commercial debt collection. This is a classic bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam lawyers will be duped into wiring real […]

    Not My First Time at the Fashion Rodeo

    15 Oct 2014, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    I've been through a few fashion trends and I appreciate others' perspectives on style. In our profession, it’s important to look ... professional. Looking good can help bolster your self-confidence and can certainly affect how others see you. But the next time you're in a room full of lawyers comparing ties and admiring each others' socks, ask yourself …

    Tools and strategies for lawyers with vision impairments

    14 Oct 2014, 8:23 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    Toronto lawyer Ernst Ashurov was born with limited vision, and an eye injury in childhood left him almost completely blind; yet he runs a criminal and general litigation practice. In the first few years of his career, he was able to read print using extreme magnification glasses; but by 2006 he could no longer read. […]

    To Quote or Not to Quote: Either Way, Check Your Source

    14 Oct 2014, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    The Internet is awesome. It's also horrible. It's the greatest timesaver in human history (okay, maybe air travel, but it's up there). It's also the biggest time-suck. With so much information and so many resources available at your fingertips, it can save your butt (anniversary gift overnight shipping, anyone?). It can also make you one. We've all …

    True Cost of an Employee

    13 Oct 2014, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    If you ask the head of most any law firm about the compensation for a given employee, you'll likely hear something like “$15 an hour” or “$50,000 a year.” Of course the dollar figure is correct. But it represents only about 75 to 80 percent of total compensation. The hourly rate or base pay is just the starting point. While many industries …

    Seal the Deal with These Four Key Factors

    The way in which new business is cultivated and closed is much different today than it was 10 years ago. Sales cycles are much longer than they used to be and prospective clients are more sophisticated in how they buy professional services thanks to the wealth of information at their fingertips to help them make educated purchasing […] The post …

    New Legal Blog Appears to be First of its Kind

    10 Oct 2014, 11:48 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Hyperbole gets my hackles up, and none more so than websites or products that claim to be the first of their kind when in fact they are not. Regular readers will know that, in the past, I’ve called sites out for erroneously proclaiming themselves to be first at something. So when I saw a press […] The post New Legal Blog Appears to be First of …

    What’s new at Lawblogs.ca?

    It’s probably fair to say that no one is all that excited about the cold weather that’s rapidly approaching. But for us at Stem, it means that the Clawbies will be here soon (nominations open December 1st)! With new Canadian …

    Words for Friends: 5 Ways to Grab Attention Online

    10 Oct 2014, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    If you want people to notice you online, it doesn't take a marketing genius to know it's all about the visuals — a photo, infographic or video will out-pull your wall of words every time. (A photo of you will help, too.) We're not advocating posting random graphics (unless, of course, there's a compelling business reason behind that cat wearing clothes …

    Witness Preparation: Best Practices for a Successful Deposition

    Witness Preparation: Best Practices for a Successful Deposition is a really nice article by Tulsa, Oklahoma attorney Robert P. Redemann. I strongly recommend it to any lawyer, even those who might not be involved with depositions. Sometimes it is good...

    Firm Manager Now Has In-App Document Editing

    9 Oct 2014, 7:26 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Firm Manager, the LexisNexis online practice-management platform for solo and small-firm attorneys, rolled out several enhancements yesterday, the most notable of which is in-app document editing. This new feature allows a user to open, edit and save documents from within the Firm Manager application.  The feature works with the Microsoft Office …

    Client: 'Can My Parents Pay for My Attorney Fees?' Lawyer: 'Yes, but...'

    Some lawyers and I recently were discussing the problems of family law cases in which the parents are paying for a child’s attorney’s fees. It is a very common situation, given the finances of many young married couples. Parents are...

    On Lawyer2Lawyer: Top Tort Lawyers Discuss their Careers and Cases

    8 Oct 2014, 7:48 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Two events coincided to produce this week’s episode of Lawyer2Lawyer. First, the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame — an institution devoted to  honoring the nation’s most exceptional trial lawyers — marked the grand opening last month of its permanent home at Temple Law School in Philadelphia. Around the same time, legendary plaintiffs’ lawyer …

    Microsoft Office 365 for Lawyers podcast

    So what do you know about Microsoft Office 365? It is a way to convince you to get Office with an annual subscription payment instead of buying the software when you choose, right? It is in the cloud, right? Well,...

    Speak and Write for Success

    7 Oct 2014, 9:00 am | From LawBiz® Blog | Fellows Blog

    Gary Kinder, founder and CEO of WordRake® writes the following: “…Each of us has three vocabularies: 1.    our reading or comprehension vocabulary – by far the largest; 2.    our writing vocabulary – in the middle; and 3.    our speaking vocabulary – the smallest and least grammatical. When speaking, we use, and tolerate (to a point …