The Fellows Blogs


    Excess insurance offers peace of mind to lawyers and law firms

    23 Jul 2014, 10:00 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    Would your exposure on a negligence claim be over the individual lawyer’s $1 million per claim or $2 million in the aggregate limits offered under the LAWPRO policy for the Law Society of Upper Canada program (the “primary policy”)? Excess insurance – insurance that covers you for claims after the limits under the primary policy […]

    Commercial debt collection scam using the name Keir Greenaway

    23 Jul 2014, 9:06 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Keir Greenaway 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 […]

    Pen on Paper Works! The Bullet Journal

    23 Jul 2014, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    If you’ve never sat bolt upright in bed at 3:17 a.m. convinced that you’ve missed a critical deadline, congratulations. You should bottle your secret and sell it to the rest of us — along with every other productivity guru currently writing a book or developing an app. The supply of productivity systems seems to be expanding, which tells me something …

    15 New Additions to Lawblogs.ca

    The list just keeps on growing, and with these 15 new additions to lawblogs.ca, we’ve hit the 450 blog mark! Here’s a look at some of the blogs that have been added to the Canadian law blogs list since …

    Firm Central Gets Court Rules Calendaring

    22 Jul 2014, 6:48 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Firm Central, the cloud-based practice-management platform from Thomson Reuters, now offers rules-based court calendaring through a new add-on module called Deadline Assistant. The feature calculates litigation dates and events based on the court rules specific to the jurisdiction. Deadline Assistant is sold as an additional subscription to Firm Central …

    Three Ways to Better Billing

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

    Billing. It’s not something we like to talk about, but it is something lawyers have to do regularly, so it deserves some attention. Making sure you capture all of your billable time and produce clear, coherent invoices for it helps ensure you get paid the fees you have earned. Here are three tips to help sharpen your billing pencil and even get more …

    New in the practicePRO Lending Library: Flying Solo, 5th Edition

    21 Jul 2014, 8:43 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    Newly revised and updated to meet the needs of today’s legal professionals, Flying Solo is a comprehensive guide to establishing and maintaining a successful solo law practice. The Fifth Edition of this ABA classic includes practical information gathered from a wide range of contributors, including successful solo practitioners, law firm consultants …

    More Business Development Tips for Associates

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

    More and more young lawyers are actively seeking ways to get involved in marketing and business development. In some cases, their firms encourage it; in others, the associates recognize the importance on their own. Either way, by starting early, they gain several advantages: getting a leg up professionally on contemporaries, creating good lifetime …

    What if the clients decided to provide the templates for their legal work?

    Lawyers are very skilled at creating legal documents and one of the values they provide to their clients is quality documents based on research, precedent and experience. So most of the time, a client would be in no position to...

    Site of the Week: Trenam Kemker

    Trenam Kemker is a top-notch, full service, Florida law firm. With the main goal of working with clients to establish cost-effective, highly automated and responsive representation, Trenam Kemker is home to approximately 90 lawyers practicing in multiple areas. They are shaping a new kind of law firm and operate on the Trenam Code of Client […] The …

    Solving Common Problems Through Better Design

    Sometimes designers have to take matters into their own hands. Brooklyn-based designer, Nikki Sylianteng was tired of getting parking tickets because the signs in her neighborhood are confusing and hard to understand so, she took it upon herself to redesign the signs. Her visual signs quickly communicate answers to the questions, “can I park here …

    Commercial debt collection scam using the names Ugo Grondelli and Alteco Medical

    18 Jul 2014, 8:24 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    A Washington state firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Ugo Grondelli of Alteco Medical 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 […]

    WellSettled.com Mines Cases for Established Principles

    18 Jul 2014, 7:10 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    How many times have you come across the phrase “It is well settled that …” or “It is well established that …” in a judicial opinion? What if someone collected all these instances and made them searchable? When you are writing a brief or memorandum, wouldn’t it be useful to quickly locate these judicial statements […] The post WellSettled …

    Rainmaking Steps: Skirting the Social Dilemma

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

    As we enter the heart of summer, pleasant weather ramps up the frequency of cookouts and other casual events. We find ourselves spending less time with business contacts and more with family, neighbors and friends. Often that includes people with whom we also wish to do business. This can raise the "social dilemma." How do you pursue the opportunities …

    What is the Impact of a Low Cost Center When Law Firms Merge?

    17 Jul 2014, 5:58 pm | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    Earlier this week Kevin Colangelo of Elevate Services wrote a nice blog post, The Business of Law: Addressing Law Firms’ Concerns Over “Control” in Managed Services Relationships. He explains the benefits of outsourcing middle office support over building a captive and addresses lawyers’ concerns with control. News today suggests there may …

    Cow Tips for Point & Clique: Open a Link in a New Window

    Don’t let them leave your site. If you are adding a link in a narrative, be sure to have the link open in a new window so visitors don’t leave your site. To do so, choose “Open in New Window” in the Target drop down. The post Cow Tips for Point & Clique: Open a Link in a New Window appeared first on Brand Thinking from Greenfield Belser LTD …

    App of the Week: Thumbtack

    Services like Yelp and Angie’s List have already made finding professional service providers easy, but our App of the Week takes this idea one step further. Thumbtack is an app that not only finds professionals in your area who meet your qualifications, but it allows you to hire them straight from your mobile device after you find […] The post …

    Flat Fees for Fun & Profit

    17 Jul 2014, 9:48 am | From The Last Word | Fellows Blog

    If you’ve been considering implementing flat fees in your practice but are not sure exactly how or where to start, ASB Member Benefit provider Clio is presenting a webinar, featuring North Carolina lawyer and Divorce Discourse blogger Lee Rosen and Clio’s lawyer in residence Joshua Lenon, that will guide you through the process. Free and […]

    Want a challenge-proof will? Think like a (wannabe) beneficiary

    17 Jul 2014, 9:20 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    As a lawyer, you have likely been trained to maintain a laser focus on your client’s interests and how to express and defend them. Being a fierce advocate is usually a good thing. But when preparing a will for a client, it can be a useful exercise, once you have a good first draft, to […]

    Commercial debt collection scam using the names Chung Steven and Barrett Steel

    17 Jul 2014, 9:09 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    Five Ontario firms notified us that they received an email from the purported Chung Steven of Barrett Steel 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 […]

    Words Matter: Ways to Unmuddle Your Prose

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

    In their written communications, lawyers need to use the right words and the right number of words in the right way. If you circumvent your content, malign your meaning, dangle your modifiers or otherwise mangle your sentences, you might very well alienate your partners, anger your clients or annoy the judge and jury. But let’s put this in positive …

    Commercial debt collection scam using the names Yoshika Joya and New Japan Chemical Company

    16 Jul 2014, 9:24 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Yoshika Joya and New Japan Chemical Company 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 […]

    Fastcase, Lexis Advance and Wolters Kluwer Are All Readying Major Platform Overhauls

    16 Jul 2014, 6:53 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    The official theme of the American Association of Law Libraries annual meeting in San Antonio this week was “Beyond Boundaries.” But for three of the leading legal-research vendors in attendance there, the theme was “A Change is Gonna Come.” Both Lexis Advance and Wolters Kluwer officially previewed major overhauls of their user interfaces …

    Nine Ways to Enhance Your Online Job Application

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

    The wait to hear about an online job application is often too long, and the process is often discouraging. If you don’t have a personal connection to the employer, it will be difficult to get through the screening process without matching most of the job's posted requirements. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t apply if you feel you're a good fit …

    Digital Edge podcast: When Lawyers Get Divorced: Ethically Breaking up a Law Firm

    On the newest episode of The Digital Edge podcast, When Lawyers Get Divorced: Ethically Breaking up a Law Firm, Sharon D. Nelson and Jim Calloway ask legal ethics expert Tom Spahn about the proper way to professionally deal with the...

    Separation agreement scam using the name Jinghua Su

    15 Jul 2014, 8:38 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Jinghua Su 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 […]

    NetDocuments Gets $25M Investment

    15 Jul 2014, 7:23 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Utah-based NetDocuments, a cloud-based document-management system for law firms, today announced that it has secured a $25 million equity investment from Frontier Capital, a Charlotte, N.C., growth equity firm that invests exclusively in B2B software and technology companies. The investment will be used to drive NetDocuments’ further growth in the …

    T-Shaped Lawyers and Sea Monsters

    The annual Big Ideas issue of Law Practice Magazine is officially a “big deal.” Some of you will recall that I spent much time last year promoting the 2013 Big Ideas issue of Law Practice Magazine. (I served as a...

    New in the practicePRO Lending Library: Internet Branding for Lawyers

    14 Jul 2014, 8:37 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    An effective law firm brand and a compelling website are two of the most critical aspects of law firm marketing, as they can have a tremendous impact on new client development and revenue. How can lawyers create an effective brand and website that will deliver new clients? What works well, and what aspects of the […]

    Pangea3 Cofounder Named President of Bloomberg BNA Legal

    14 Jul 2014, 8:16 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Bloomberg BNA announced this morning that David Perla, cofounder of the global legal process outsourcing provider Pangea3, is joining the company as president of Bloomberg BNA Legal, effective July 21. Perla will report directly to Bloomberg BNA CEO Greg McCaffery and play a key leadership role in overseeing the company’s legal business, which includes …

    Neat Numbers from the Canadian Legal Blogosphere

    Every June, we review all the blogs listed at lawblogs.ca, fixing dead or outdated links and feeds and removing defunct blogs. It’s a big project but an interesting one. This year’s review left us with a final tally of …

    Kudos to Jeff Carr

    10 Jul 2014, 10:48 am | From In Search of Perfect Client Service | Fellows Blog

    Regular readers know that Jeff Carr, the General Counsel of FMC Technologies, is my mentor, my client and my friend.  Our relationship evolved in that order.  I am very proud of each of these steps in the growth of our personal relationship–anytime you can develop a strong friendship with someone who is smart, ethical, funny,... Continue Reading …

    LawBiz® Legal Pad: No, It’s Not the Same: Pricing vs. Billing, Part 2

    10 Jul 2014, 7:02 am | From LawBiz® Blog | Fellows Blog

    Ed advises: keep track of your work, bill timely, and collect efficiently… Continue Reading

    Why is the U.S. Supreme Court suspect in its decisions?

    8 Jul 2014, 12:19 pm | From LawBiz® Blog | Fellows Blog

    One Federal judge takes the highest court to task… Continue Reading

    North Carolina Lawyers Oppose Access to the Legal System

    7 Jul 2014, 8:40 am | From eLawyering Blog | Fellows Blog

     A bill was introduced in the North Carolina legislature that would narrow the definition of the “practice of law” to exclude sell-help legal materials, including books, software, and legal information. [ See House Bill 663 ]. The text of the amendment is: “(b) The phrase “practice law” does not encompass any of the following:” …  ( …

    A Review of CosmoLex Time and Billing (Plus Exclusive News about New Features)

    7 Jul 2014, 7:21 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Earlier this year, I included the cloud-based billing and trust accounting platform CosmoLex on my list of the Top 10 Product Announcements at ABA Techshow. “This is a comprehensive time and billing system with everything you expect in such a system,” I wrote then. Well, CosmoLex is about to get even more comprehensive, adding in […] The post …

    Focus on “shadow hours” misses the point of AFAs

    Aric Press of American Lawyer penned a terrific article, What the Rise of Pricing Officers Says About Big Law’s Future.  The article, reflecting the results of a recent survey, offers some great insights into the move to non-hourly billing at the largest law firms.  One result was disappointing, though not surprising: Value is harder. We... Continue …

    Baseball

    6 Jul 2014, 12:50 pm | From LawBiz® Blog | Fellows Blog

    In yesterday’s news, the Oakland A’s (the best team at this point of the season) announced trades that brought them 2 outstanding pitchers. Why did they do this? After reading Moneyball, you will know why. Teams’ trade activities highlight the two seasons of baseball, the first that will end in a few days and the … Continue Reading

    LawBiz® Legal Pad: No, It’s Not the Same: Pricing vs. Billing, Part 1

    3 Jul 2014, 7:00 am | From LawBiz® Blog | Fellows Blog

    Ed advises: keep track of your work, bill timely, and collect efficiently… Continue Reading