12 Additions To My List of Legal Startups

    26 Aug 2016, 7:00 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Here are a dozen additions to my list of legal startups. Send additions to ambrogi-at-gmail.com. To read more about this list and why I created it, see this post.  Company  Description  Country Arbitrator Intelligence Arbitrator Intelligence aims to promote transparency, fairness, and accountability in the selection of international arbitrators …

    Tech Tips: Small, Powerful Ways to Use Your Data

    26 Aug 2016, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Everybody seems to be talking about "big data" and data analytics. But what does it mean to a small law firm or solo practitioner? Or, more specifically, what can you do now to start gathering and analyzing data in a meaningful way? For this month's Friday 5+ Tech Tips, we asked practice management tech experts to help lawyers figure out one smart …

    Tech Tips: Small, Powerful Ways to Use Your Data

    26 Aug 2016, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Everybody seems to be talking about "big data" and data analytics. But what does it mean to a small law firm or solo practitioner? Or, more specifically, what can you do now to start gathering and analyzing data in a meaningful way? For this month's Friday 5+ Tech Tips, we asked practice management tech experts to help lawyers figure out one smart …

    Franchise Law Tenet: Disclosure! Disclosure! Disclosure!

    25 Aug 2016, 12:58 pm | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    LAWPRO is seeing an increase in claims against lawyers by franchisees and franchisors. These claims tend to involve significant damages which often approach or exceed the available limits under the primary LAWPRO policy. Franchises are governed by the Arthur Wishart Act (Franchise Disclosure), 2000 (the “Act”) which was enacted by the Ontario government …

    When you do legal work involving foreign law or lawyers: Are you covered?

    25 Aug 2016, 10:35 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    Lawyers and their clients are more mobile than ever before. With the Internet, easy international travel and a global economy, relationships and business transactions – and legal matters and disputes – frequently cross international borders. Handling matters that involve foreign law can increase the risk that you will face a malpractice claim, …

    Legal Tech Media Panel Monday at ILTACON

    25 Aug 2016, 9:10 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Vendors attending next week’s annual conference of the International Legal Technology Association are invited to join me and other legal technology writers and editors for a legal media panel discussion Monday afternoon. The panel is part of an afternoon vendor education program produced by ILTA and the marketing/PR firm InsideLegal. The full program …

    Your Legal Blog Could Win You a MacBook Air

    25 Aug 2016, 6:30 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Think your legal blog is award-worthy? The Expert Institute is running its second annual Best Legal Blog Contest, with prizes awarded to the top three blogs in each category. Here’s the catch: You can’t nominate yourself. A colleague, reader, friend or someone else has to nominate you. And the more nominations you get, the more […] The post Your …

    Text Expansion for Fun and Profit

    25 Aug 2016, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    For a practicing attorney, efficiency and accuracy are key components of effective work habits. If you can get your work done more quickly, and avoid mistakes such as typos (or overlooking something you meant to say), you will be more productive. You could use that time to get in a little more work on a motion. Or go to an industry networking event …

    Text Expansion for Fun and Profit

    25 Aug 2016, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    For a practicing attorney, efficiency and accuracy are key components of effective work habits. If you can get your work done more quickly, and avoid mistakes such as typos (or overlooking something you meant to say), you will be more productive. You could use that time to get in a little more work on a motion. Or go to an industry networking event …

    Duke Law Acquires Electronic Discovery Reference Model

    24 Aug 2016, 10:02 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Eleven years ago, two respected e-discovery consultants, George J. Socha Jr. and Tom Gelbmann, founded the Electronic Discovery Reference Model as a project to address the lack of standards and guidelines in the e-discovery field. In the years since, it has become one of the field’s leading standards organizations, perhaps best known for its ubiquitous …

    Handshake’s Portal Now Available Directly Within NetDocuments

    24 Aug 2016, 7:05 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Integration allows user to view NetDocuments documents (to left) while also viewing Handshake portal (to right), here showing report on top timekeepers. Two companies announced yesterday that they are teaming up to enable law firms and corporate legal departments to implement intranet and extranet portals directly within their document management system …

    Lead change or hang on for dear life

    Change is.  Years ago, many people debated whether the legal industry was changing.  Truth be told, the debate was silly.  Change is.  The only question is the speed of change.  It used to be slow.  It took years to move from fountain pens to ball point pens, from wet copy machines to dry, and so... Continue Reading The post Lead change or hang …

    Lead change or hang on for dear life

    Change is.  Years ago, many people debated whether the legal industry was changing.  Truth be told, the debate was silly.  Change is.  The only question is the speed of change.  It used to be slow.  It took years to move from fountain pens to ball point pens, from wet copy machines to dry, and so... Continue Reading The post Lead change or hang …

    Why Clients Drive Technology Adoption

    24 Aug 2016, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Recently, I hired a lawyer. Not only did I have to print and sign an engagement letter, I also had to mail a check and manually complete a form that was then transferred to a Word document, which I then had to sign by hand. Compared to my interaction with almost any other business, I found the entire process extremely inefficient. On the other end …

    How lawyers can help their clients become better communicators – and vice versa

    23 Aug 2016, 1:54 pm | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    Some solicitors may think that the responsibility for maintaining appropriate solicitor/client communications lies solely with them. It is true that solicitors who fail to adequately communicate with their clients risk losing those clients – or even facing a malpractice claim. But it is also true that clients have reciprocal obligations to disclose …

    Chairs of ABA Future Panel Respond to LegalZoom’s Hartman on Future Report

    23 Aug 2016, 7:01 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Two weeks ago in my column at Above the Law, I gave my impressions of the Report on the Future of Legal Services in the United States, which was recently issued by the ABA’s Commission on the Future of Legal Services. Last week in that column, I published an interview with Eddie Hartman, co-founder of LegalZoom, […] The post Chairs of ABA Future …

    Build a Major League Small Law Firm Using Data

    23 Aug 2016, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Managing a winning major league ball club and operating a highly profitable law firm have more in common than meets the eye. It all comes down to numbers. You wouldn’t be in practice if you didn’t have talent, skill and vast knowledge of the law — just as baseball players wouldn’t be in the Major League if they didn’t have an invaluable skill …

    Tendering correctly: Preserve your client’s rights (and avoid a claim!)

    22 Aug 2016, 1:01 pm | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    Tendering, in real estate practice, is a strategy real estate lawyers can use to demonstrate a client’s willingness and readiness to close a transaction in circumstances where there may be doubts about the other party’s ability or willingness to close on time. done properly, tendering can help to preserve a client’s rights in the event... Read …

    New Today from CosmoLex: Client Portal, Messaging, Document Storage and More

    22 Aug 2016, 7:00 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Global launch menu for common activities. In a major update scheduled to  be released today, the cloud practice management platform CosmoLex is rolling out a number of new features and enhancements, including a client portal with secure messaging, internal firm messaging, native document storage, a global launch location for commonly used functions …

    What Are You Prepared to Do?

    22 Aug 2016, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    The most powerful scene in The Untouchables, a movie with more than a few of them, came courtesy of Sean Connery. His character, a veteran Chicago cop, is dying in great pain on his living room floor after a hit by one of Al Capone’s henchman. But he directs Eliot Ness’s attention to a train on which a key witness can be found. Then, choking up …

    Blockchain – Will It Affect Your Practice or Firm?

    21 Aug 2016, 1:41 pm | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    Introduction to Blockchain Interview on Its impact on Practice and Firms Both the legal and mainstream media have written many articles about the Blockchain. So I thought readers will appreciate hearing from three lawyers whose practices focus on it.  I’ve asked them to explain what the blockchain is and its impact on law practice, business, and …

    This App Turns Your iPad Into A Second Monitor

    19 Aug 2016, 12:29 pm | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    I am so dependent on a second monitor that I no longer feel productive without one. That can be a problem when I am away from my office. It is especially a problem when I travel and am hunkered down in a hotel room with important work to get done. Then I discovered Duet Display, […] The post This App Turns Your iPad Into A Second Monitor appeared …

    The Future of Law: Facing the challenges and opportunities

    19 Aug 2016, 7:00 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    Big changes – positive and negative – have happened to the profession in the past. We have gone through economic cycles and seen both emerging and disappearing areas of law. Court rules and procedures have changed. There was the consolidation and growth of big firms and the general movement from general practitioners to specialists. Technology... …

    Compensation (Re)Design for Law Firms

    18 Aug 2016, 3:31 pm | From Corcoran's Business of Law Blog | Fellows Blog

    The good people at Ark Group recently published a new book, “Compensation (Re)Design for Law Firms,” edited by Soo Darcy. I was invited to contribute a chapter, entitled “Incentivizing the New Normal.” As regular readers know, I believe that many, if not most, and quite possibly all law firm compensation plans are in need of an […]

    The Future of Law: Should legal service providers be regulated?

    18 Aug 2016, 7:00 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    By stating that they are not practising law or providing legal advice, legal service providers (see yesterday’s post on what a “legal service provider” is) shrewdly aim to take themselves out of the current legal services regulatory scheme and nicely avoid all the education, admission, ethics and insurance obligations that lawyers must fulfill …

    Podcast: The Inside Scoop on ‘Making A Murderer’ from Lawyer Dean Strang and a Reporter Who Covered the Case

    18 Aug 2016, 7:00 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    The Netflix documentary series Making A Murderer was back in the news this week, as a federal judge overturned the conviction of Brendan Dassey, the nephew of Steven Avery, the defendant whose arrest and trial were the primary focus of the series. Dean Strang Just before this latest news broke, I recorded an interview with […] The post Podcast: The …

    Oscar or Felix? What does Your desk say about you?

    18 Aug 2016, 6:00 am | From Thoughtful Legal Management | Fellows Blog

    ♫ Their habits, I confess None can guess with the couple…♫ Lyrics and music by Sammy Cahn and Neal Hefti. Look at your desk and office. Whose office does yours resemble?  Oscar Madison’s or Felix Unger’s? Is your desk neat and tidy or more a hodgepodge of piles of paper, old coffee cups and files stacked […]

    More Details on ABA’s ‘Blueprint’ Site for Small Firms

    17 Aug 2016, 1:46 pm | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    As a follow-up to my post yesterday about the American Bar Association’s planned launch this fall of Blueprint, a new site for solo and small firm lawyers, I spoke this morning to one of the site’s developers, who gave me more details. CuroLegal’s Nicole Bradick As I noted yesterday, the purpose of the site will be […] The post More Details …

    More Exclusive Survey Results: Few Small Firms Implementing New Technology

    17 Aug 2016, 9:10 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    (Click to view larger) This is another in a series of posts about the findings of a new survey of small-solo law firm management conducted by Thomson Reuters Solo and Small Law Firm group to which Thomson Reuters has given me exclusive access. Today I am going to discuss what the survey found about small-firm technology. Prior […] The post More …

    The Future of Law: What are “legal services”?

    17 Aug 2016, 7:00 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    After discussing who will provide legal services, a relevant question here is “What is the practice of law?” Coming up with a definition of the practice of law has proven to be very difficult. Many have tried, and many have failed, including an American Bar Association Commission. For the purposes of this article we won’t... Read More »

    ALM Shuts Down Smart Litigator, Its Web Resource for Litigators

    16 Aug 2016, 2:00 pm | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Among my dubious claims to fame was having had my over-sized visage plastered on a full-page ad that ran in the New York Law Journal in 2011. The ad was for Smart Litigator, a product launched in 2010 by ALM as a multi-faceted resource for litigators. The reason I was in the ad was that I […] The post ALM Shuts Down Smart Litigator, Its Web Resource …

    ABA Says New ‘Blueprint’ Site Will Save Money for Small Firms

    16 Aug 2016, 8:25 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    The American Bar Association says it will launch a website this fall called Blueprint designed to help solo and small firm lawyers manage the complexities of their legal practices by helping them find the products and services they need at affordable prices. The site will be open to all lawyers, not just ABA members, but will […] The post ABA Says …

    The Future of Law Who will provide legal services?

    16 Aug 2016, 7:00 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    Our current legal system is predicated on lawyers – and more recently paralegals – delivering “legal services” (the definition of this term is discussed in the next section). Can Ontario lawyers maintain a monopoly on professional legal services? The answer is probably not. In fact, some would argue the monopoly ended when paralegals were given …

    LegalZoom Co-founder Responds to ABA’s Future of Legal Services Report

    15 Aug 2016, 1:29 pm | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Hartman. Last week in my column at Above the Law, I wrote about the ABA’s just-issued Report on the Future of Legal Services in the United States. The column elicited an email from Eddie Hartman, co-founder of LegalZoom, who wanted to respond. We ended up discussing the report over the course of several emails in which Hartman shared […] The …

    Discount Code for Clio Cloud Conference

    15 Aug 2016, 7:00 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Clio CEO and co-founder Jack Newton delivers the opening keynote at last year’s conference. One of my favorite legal technology events to attend is the Clio Cloud Conference. After the 2014 conference, I wrote that it was one of the best legal technology conferences I had ever attended. After last year’s, I said that it was […] The post Discount …

    The Future of Law: Past, present and future trends affecting the practice of law

    15 Aug 2016, 7:00 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    Currently there is a lot of discussion about changes in the practice of law and the future of the legal profession. When you are in the midst of changing times, it can sometimes be hard to see the changes that are occurring, much less understand where things are going. For some perspective, it can help... Read More »

    The Struggle for Perfectionism

    A young lawyer named Benjamin S. Wright followed me on Twitter today. That is not news. I tweet and re-tweet a lot of law practice management tips and every reader of my blog should be following me on Twitter. You...

    Podcast: The Legal Issues Surrounding Pokémon Go

    12 Aug 2016, 11:00 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Pokémon Go is the latest craze sweeping the world. The location-based augmented reality mobile game/app produced 15 million downloads in just its first week. Unfortunately, the popular app has also raised a host of legal issues, from trespassing to muggings to accidents on foot and on the road. On the latest episode of Lawyer 2 Lawyer, […] The …

    Steps to take when leaving your current law firm

    12 Aug 2016, 8:58 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    Lawyers who change firms, contact information, or practice status should notify both LawPRO and the Law society separately of these changes because LawPRO and the Law society maintain separate information databases. Joining a new firm Send an email to LAWPRO Customer Service (service@lawpro.ca) and include your new contact information and the effective …

    For Avvo, Bad Ethics News But Good Litigation News

    11 Aug 2016, 11:14 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Recent legal developments have brought both good news and bad news for Avvo. Let’s start with the bad news. Earlier this year, Avvo launched Avvo Legal Services, a service offering fixed-fee, limited-scope legal help through a network of attorneys. In an earlier post, I explained how this works: Avvo sets the services to be provided […] The post …