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    Legal IBM Watson: Business Model and Reasoning Modes

    25 May 2015, 7:38 pm | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    In my prior post, IBM Watson: The Legal Market at World of Watson Conference, I reported on my IBM’s World of Watson conference. Here, I offer thoughts about Watson and the business model to support it in the legal market. Legal Market Increasingly Receptive to IBM Watson and AI  The May 2015 Altman Weil law firm survey Law Firms in Transition …

    Business loan collection scam using the name Sabrina Taylor

    25 May 2015, 1:07 pm | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    Two Ontario lawyers notified us that they received an email from the purported Sabrina Taylor 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 into […]

    Risk management strategies to reduce your risk of a claim under the new Rule 48.14

    22 May 2015, 2:03 pm | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    Effective January 1, 2015, a new Rule 48.14 brought significant changes to the administrative dismissal regime in Ontario. After several hundred claims and more than $7 million in claims costs over the last three years, LAWPRO was happy to see old Rules 48.14 and 48.15 revoked. However, while LAWPRO believes the new rule will stem […]

    A Most Unusual Episode of Lawyer2Lawyer (Hint: It Involves Beer)

    22 May 2015, 12:52 pm | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    It is not every day that I get to record a podcast episode in a brewery. For that matter, I don’t usually drink beer while conducting an interview. But for our interview with the hosts of the FOSS+Beer podcast, we set up our mikes in Beryl’s Beer Co. in Denver, Colo. And since Beryl’s is in […] The post A Most Unusual Episode of Lawyer2Lawyer …

    Twitter Just Became More Important for Lawyer Marketing

    Previously I posted about The Right SEO for Your Law Practice Digital Edge podcast where Jennifer Ellis indicated that good Search Engine Optimization (SEO) now costs more than most law firms would be willing to pay, particularly small law firms....

    Social Media is Theme of Super Marketing Conference June 4 in Boston

    22 May 2015, 11:00 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Need help with your social media marketing? Hear from over a dozen legal marketing experts at the fifth annual Super Marketing Conference presented by the Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program (LOMAP) and the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Division. The conference will take place June 4, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at MCLE in …

    Spring Additions to Lawblogs.ca

    Time for another installation of “What’s new at Lawblogs.ca”! Since our last update, we’ve added several new (and new to us) blogs to our directory of Canadian law blogs. Take a look: Campbell, Renaud Trial Lawyers Blog Democracy Law …

    Five Ways to Build True Fitness into Your Day

    22 May 2015, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Fitness, according to Merriam-Webster, is “the quality or state of being fit.” So what, then, is “fit”? Therein lies the key to true fitness. As Merriam-Webster explains, “fit” means “sound physically and mentally.” Here are five ways to build true fitness — both physical and mental — into your busy day. 1. Sleep is the foundation …

    A Dentist Office with a Website That Will Make Your Pearly Whites Smile

    21 May 2015, 8:30 am | From Bleeding-Edge Thinking | Fellows Blog

    Certain industries just come with expectation that firms will have a well-designed website. Within the accounting and legal communities, it has become a standard to invest in professional designs that differentiate a firm from its competitors. When a colleague emailed me a suggestion for this week’s Site of the Week, I was surprised that it […] …

    Refine Your Writing with WordRake

    21 May 2015, 6:00 am | From Thoughtful Legal Management | Fellows Blog

    ♫  Good lookin’, so refined Say wouldn’t you like to know whats going on in my mind? So let me get right to the point I don’t pop my cork for every guy I see Hey Big Spender Spend, a little time with me…♫ Music and lyrics by:  Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields, from Sweet Charity. This column starts [...]

    Positive Client Experience? How to Improve Hospitality in the Office

    21 May 2015, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    “I’m tired of hearing about ‘improving the client experience.’ People come to me because I do excellent work. They don’t care if I’m nice.” Might sound familiar, but it’s only half right. Your clients expect you to do your job correctly — you’ll hear about it if you don’t. Provided your legal work meets their expectations, it …

    Your Brand is You

    20 May 2015, 3:46 pm | From LawBiz® Blog | Fellows Blog

    Going from one generation to another in the 1980s when I was asked to be the law firm’s Chief Operating Officer was difficult enough … and dysfunctional if seen from a 50,000 foot level. But, today, with four generations in the same workspace and literally competing for the same jobs/clients, many conflicts and sparks emerge… Continue Reading

    Textbook Example of Deposit/Retainer Fraud on Real Estate Deal

    20 May 2015, 1:19 pm | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    An Ontario lawyer has reported to the TitlePLUS department a real estate deal that appears to be a deposit fraud scam. This is a textbook example where the purchaser attempts to “take back” or “draw down” monies from a fraudulent deposit cheque before the cheque has bounced. It is a scenario that Ontario real estate […]

    Invite Your Clients To Co-Author Your Firm’s Content

    Most lawyers have long since figured out that writing articles showing off their expertise in their chosen field is a safe and productive way to market their services. Some lawyers choose to publish these articles in their firm newsletters, others …

    The Dis-Associate’s Tips for the Young Traveling Lawyer

    20 May 2015, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Young lawyer or  slightly more "mature," every lawyer can use a few pointers on avoiding the awkwardness of business travel. Former columnist William Melater offers help in this classic “how to” from the Attorney at Work Archives. Initially, it was just awkward. This stranger's butt was inches from my face. Undulating. Back and forth. I could …

    Breach of contract/collection scam by T Hari Sankar or Yati Dini Hari

    19 May 2015, 1:48 pm | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    Three Ontario lawyers have notified us that they’ve received emails from the purported “Yati” (or T Hari Sankar, or Yati Dini Hari) looking to retain them with regard to a breach of contract. This is a variant of the basic bad cheque scam in which the aim is to have a counterfeit cheque deposited in the […]

    Assess your online image. What do clients see?

    19 May 2015, 10:00 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    When we meet someone new it’s common now to Google them to see what we can find out. It’s no different with potential clients who are thinking about using your firm. Have you Googled yourself lately to see what they see? Merrilyn Astin Tarlton, writing in the Attorney at Work blog, has some great tips […]

    Helping Others to Choose Well

    19 May 2015, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    An important client texts you for advice on a critical decision, apologizing that circumstances don’t permit a better means of communication. You can’t see or hear each other, and time is of the essence. The decision can’t be deferred. A poor choice may condemn the client to a string of negative consequences. Can you give good counsel solely …

    Avoiding ‘Inadequate Investigation’ Claims in Wills & Estates

    18 May 2015, 7:00 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    Back in 1998, “inadequate discovery of fact or inadequate investigation” was the fifth most common cause of a claim when we looked at the top five reasons a claim was made against a lawyer. Since then the claims cause of “inadequate investigation” has climbed steadily upwards to the number one spot: By 2014, this category […]

    Crushin’ It: 10 Social Media Misconceptions, Revised

    18 May 2015, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Let’s run down some common misconceptions about social media, and rotate the conversation. Misconception 1: “Oh No, My Privacy!” Revision: Connect Widely Now, in case you hadn’t heard, this is social media. If you’re using it to market your business, you’ll want as many people to see what you’re doing as you can corral. I understand if …

    IBM Watson: The Legal Market at World of Watson Conference

    17 May 2015, 8:53 am | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    On May 5 and 6, I attended IBM’s World of Watson conference. I report here my reflections about the conference, IBM Watson, and Watson’s potential in the legal market. This is part I of a two-part post and focuses only on World of Watson. Part II will look at Legal Watson beyond the conference. Introduction: About IBM Watson Watson owes its public …

    Compelling Content Drives Digital Sales—and How

    15 May 2015, 9:57 am | From Bleeding-Edge Thinking | Fellows Blog

    Understanding and improving the role of branded content in your marketing, digital selling and other business development efforts. In the first article in this series, we introduced the promise of a digital sales force. Managed and executed well, a digital sales force allows marketers to go direct to prospects and create interest and leads without […] …

    The Right SEO for Your Law Practice

    We hosted attorney Jennifer Ellis for our Digital Edge podcast "Website Wizardry: The Right SEO for Your Law Firm." Jennifer manages the online presence of the law firm where she works and also assists law firms with their websites, social...

    LAWPRO Magazine archives: Practice Pitfalls – Wills and Estates

    15 May 2015, 7:00 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    In the September 2010 issue of LAWPRO Magazine, we asked our claims counsel about what they feel are the biggest malpractice hazards in each area of law based on the claims files they work on every day. Here is an excerpt from that article urging lawyers to consider capacity when drafting a will. Click here […]

    Not Just for Women: Kick Your Power Up a Notch

    15 May 2015, 4:30 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Sometimes women let circumstances and self-imposed obligations get between themselves and their big dreams, says Nancy O'Reilly, editor of the new book, "Leading Women: 20 Influential Women Share Their Secrets to Leadership, Business, and Life." She believes the key to getting all that stuff out of the way is reconnecting with your personal passion …

    Long Weekend? Fraud alert!

    14 May 2015, 12:35 pm | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    On several occasions in the past, fraudsters have struck just before long weekends – a time when law firms are short-staffed and banks are closed an extra day. A long weekend creates circumstances that give the fraudsters a better chance of duping the lawyer and getting away before the fraud is discovered. Please be extra […]

    Commercial debt collection scam using the name Ian Wylie and Wylie Architects

    14 May 2015, 12:14 pm | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    Nine Ontario firms notified us that they received an email (and in one case, a phone call) from the purported Ian Wylie of Wylie Architects 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 […]

    LAWPRO Magazine archive: Practice Pitfalls – Beware of shelter fraud in real estate transactions

    14 May 2015, 7:00 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    In the September 2010 issue of LAWPRO Magazine, we asked our claims counsel about what they feel are the biggest malpractice hazards in each area of law based on the claims files they work on every day. Here is an excerpt from that article dealing with clients who urge a quick settlement. Click here to […]

    Compounding Returns for Content: An Evergreen Strategy

    14 May 2015, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    In today’s saturated marketplace of ideas, many law firms struggle to create content that connects with audiences suffering from information overload. Faced with this challenge, legal content creators have three options: give up, trudge on or get strategic. To develop valuable, informative and entertaining content, you need a content strategy that …

    A Fool for a Client? Be More Self-Aware

    13 May 2015, 4:06 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    She needs to just get on board,” Bob complained. “I keep telling her what to do, but she won't stop trying to second-guess me.” As I listened to his complaints, I wondered if he had even tried to hear what Mary wanted to say. She was pretty sharp and, despite a lack of experience, was quick to pick up on the key issues. Bob would do well to hear …

    This is Not the time to walk away from your client

    12 May 2015, 10:52 am | From LawBiz® Blog | Fellows Blog

    From 2000 to 2007, over 42,000 legal malpractice lawsuits were reported to liability (malpractice) insurers, according to the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Lawyers Professional Liability. This committee segregated 21 root causes of negligence across all practice areas. Only one such root cause accounted for over 10% of the total claims …

    Those Hated Timesheets- Are You Still Using Them?

    Most lawyers hate filling out timesheets to record their billable time. Lawyers are also not perfect at accomplishing this, leading every company with a time and billing product to tout how much money can be made if only every bit...

    Ladies and Gentlemen! Watch Your Language at Trial

    12 May 2015, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    It happens. You end up with a jury that is all one gender. That was the case in the trial of George Zimmerman, accused of second-degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin. Six women sat on the jury, and the prosecutor misspoke, addressing them, “Ladies and gentlemen of the jury.” What’s the issue here? If, as an advocate, your habit is to …

    Even Lawyers Can Be Taxed

    11 May 2015, 12:55 pm | From LawBiz® Blog | Fellows Blog

    In 2009, the voters of the city of San Francisco approved proposition Q. The net effect of this initiative was to tax the payroll of partnerships, including lawyers, hedge fund managers and doctors. The California Supreme Court recently denied review of a lower court’s decision that this is a legitimate tax voted on by the… Continue Reading

    New PacerPro Service Automatically Retrieves and Delivers Federal ‘Free Look’ Documents

    11 May 2015, 7:13 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    If I were to tell you that a new service could help you avoid a $40 million mistake in litigation, would you be interested? The mistake to which I refer was Sidley Austin’s failure to timely read orders referenced in a notice of electronic filing (NEF). The orders denied Sidley’s post-trial motions filed on behalf […] The post New PacerPro Service …

    Blogging for the Long Haul

    11 May 2015, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    “I’ve got to start a blog.” Those words came out of our new associate’s mouth as he walked into my office a few weeks ago. He had watched me open six new client files over the course of two days. I suspect, from his perspective (he graduated from law school last spring and joined the firm a few months ago), that blogging looks like a fast, …

    Intellectual Property Boutique Has 360° Perspective

    8 May 2015, 10:31 am | From Bleeding-Edge Thinking | Fellows Blog

    Rothwell Figg is an intellectual property boutique with lawyers who are experienced, strategic, cross-disciplined and business-oriented. With their 360°perspective, the lawyers of Rothwell Figg are able to deliver multifaceted strategies and insight that provide their clients the best chance of success. Their new website communicates this value …

    Lexicata: A Cloud-Based Client Intake and CRM System for Law Firms

    7 May 2015, 10:34 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    A few weeks ago I wrote about the launch by Rocket Matter of client-intake forms for law firm websites. As I’ve looked further into this topic, I’ve realized there are very few options for lawyers who are looking for an online client-intake system. In fact, as far as I’ve been able to find, there are […] The post Lexicata: A Cloud-Based Client …

    Fitbit is Here!

    7 May 2015, 6:00 am | From Thoughtful Legal Management | Fellows Blog

    ♫ wheeeeeeeeeefit whoafit holy$#*!fit findyourfit..♫ Lyrics and music by Seth Olinsky (Akron/Family). Who knew that keeping track of your fitness could be addictive – and fun? Welcome to the world of wearable technology and in particular, the Fitbit. The FitBit Flex is a wearable fitness wristband that helps you track your daily activity in …

    Practice Management Shootout at the OK BAR

    There won’t be guns blazing or blazing saddles, but there is going to be a shootout at the OBA Solo and Small Firm Conference on June 19, 2015. We are excited to be hosting Practice Management Shootout at the OK...