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    Casetext Prepares to Add ‘Communities’

    28 Jul 2014, 7:27 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    It was one year ago that I first wrote here about Casetext, the free legal research site that uses “crowdsourcing” to annotate court opinions. More recently, I wrote about Casetext’s addition of a citator, called WeCite. Now, there is more Casetext news to report. Casetext is preparing to launch a new version of its research […] The post Casetext …

    The Pain of the Gain: 10 Steps to a High Growth Rate

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

    It's unavoidable. If the goal you and your colleagues have set for your firm is a high rate of growth, you are going to be banging your heads against a wall every day. So it’s important to know up front whether that wall is made of bricks or gold. Will the gain be worth the pain? These are the 10 steps I used to accelerate growth at a previous employer …

    Take the Ambiguity Out of Selling: Creating a Service Platform

    When you visit a doctor for a specific problem, he listens to you, answers your questions, diagnoses the issue and prescribes a treatment. There is no one pill that solves all problems. Rather, he uses his experience and expertise to create a solution based on your specific pains. Similarly, when you, as a professional services […] The post Take …

    Visualizing Document Automation: Five Steps For Success – Free Webinar!

    Visualizing Document Automation: Five Steps For Success is a free one-hour webinar sponsored by the folks at The Form Tool. It is set for Thursday, July 31st at 10:00 a.m. CDT. I shared this information with a few of my...

    Independent but engaged: Support networks for solos

    25 Jul 2014, 7:00 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    There are plenty of good reasons for choosing sole practice, or for transitioning into sole practice after practising with a firm. You may have chosen to practise in a small community; you may have opened a sole practice because you couldn’t find the right fit with a firm in your chosen area of practice; or […]

    New Features Added to Casemaker

    25 Jul 2014, 6:06 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    If you’ve been following this blog lately, you’ll know that I recently attended the annual meeting of the American Association of Law Libraries. While I was there, I spoke briefly with David Harriman, the CEO of Casemaker, the legal research service offered as a member benefit by some 25 state and local bar associations. He […] The post New Features …

    Trending: Client Service

    25 Jul 2014, 3:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    What’s the biggest predictor of a law firm’s success? Hint: It’s not the firm’s bottom line. The No. 1 thing impacting a firm’s long-term viability is client satisfaction. Several articles over the past month highlighted the need for firms to get and stay focused on client service — with issues ranging from core values and new ways of working …

    Boost Your Bottom Line With Document Automation – Free Webinar!

    24 Jul 2014, 4:19 pm | From The Last Word | Fellows Blog

    Once upon a time automobiles were individually made by hand. They were beautifully crafted and richly appointed, and only the wealthy could afford them. Then, Henry Ford devised the first assembly line and the Model T became affordable for the masses. Legal services aren’t an exact parallel, but there are lessons to be learned from […]

    Cow Tips for Point & Clique: How to See What Pages Use an Image

    In Point & Clique, you can see what pages on the site use a particular image. This is useful if you decide you want to change an image and want to see where on the site it appears. To do so: 1. From your dashboard, click on the Media tab 2. Locate the image you […] The post Cow Tips for Point & Clique: How to See What Pages Use an Image appeared …

    Wondering whether your practice structure could expose you to liability for other lawyers’ work?

    24 Jul 2014, 2:39 pm | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    Wondering whether your practice structure could expose you to liability for other lawyers’ work? Lawyers working “in association” need to consider how they may be perceived by clients and the public, since those who hold themselves out as a law firm risk being treated as such by the courts and can expect to be held […]

    Site of the Week: World of Swiss

    Navigating the homepage of Swiss International Air Lines, you would hardly know you’re on a major aircraft carrier’s website. The image displayed in the background, a picturesque mountain covered in snow—which is often the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Swiss culture—takes center stage. But as you scroll down the […] …

    Commercial debt collection scam using the names Masakatsu Yoshikawa and Dayani Garment Indonesia

    24 Jul 2014, 8:57 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Masakatsu Yoshikawa of Dayani Garment Indonesia 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 […]

    LawBiz® Legal Pad: Ethical Considerations in Collecting Your Fee

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

    Ed discusses managing a client’s fee expectations.  … Continue Reading

    New Balance: Finding the Dividing Line Between Life and Work

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

    Sometime before the Great Recession (Depression?), there existed a quaint notion that people could stop working — at least some of the time. Over the course of recent years, however, the line of argumentation has advanced, with advocates of a new wave going about convincing everyone that there is really no such thing as what had been termed work- …

    App of the Week: Shutter

    Storage on your iPhone is hard to come by. By the time you download all the apps and music you want, there is hardly any room for photos. Of course you have the option of backing up photos on your computer or deleting them on your phone to free up space, but it’s always nice […] The post App of the Week: Shutter appeared first on Brand Thinking …

    The Three Professors- Henderson, Susskind and Harper

    This post may not have the lyrical flair of The Three Tenors, but hopefully you will find something useful (if not quite musical) by following the fusion of the thoughts of the three law professors that I recommend to you...

    Couple of Other Cool Things I Saw at AALL

    23 Jul 2014, 11:15 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    After returning from the American Association of Law Libraries annual meeting in San Antonio last week, I wrote about having seen previews there of major changes in the works for Fastcase, Lexis Advance and Wolters Kluwer. I also wrote last week about WellSettled.com, which I learned about through conversations at AALL. But these were not […] The …

    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...

    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 …

    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 …

    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 […]

    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 …

    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...

    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...

    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 …