Worldox Enables Office 365 Integration #ABATECHSHOW

    24 Mar 2017, 12:00 pm | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    A series of short posts rounding up product announcements from last week’s ABA Techshow.  Worldox, the document and email management platform, announced an add-in for Office 365, enabling Worldox customers with Office 365 subscriptions to access Worldox documents from any browser and to save new Office 365 documents directly into Worldox even when …

    CASEpeer Adds CASEpush to Transfer Case Information #ABATECHSHOW

    24 Mar 2017, 9:30 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    A series of short posts rounding up product announcements from last week’s ABA Techshow.  CASEpeer, a cloud-based case management platform for personal injury attorneys, introduced new CASEpush functionality for intra-firm collaboration. The new CASEpush feature allows law firms to send and receive cases between CASEpeer accounts with all of the …

    Zola Suite Adds Registered Email Capability #ABATECHSHOW

    24 Mar 2017, 6:52 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    A series of short posts rounding up product announcements from last week’s ABA Techshow.  Zola Suite announced an integration with RPost to provide secure and certified email communications from within the Zola practice management platform. The integration provides tracking of email opens, certified proof of delivery, email encryption, and e-signatures …

    What’s New in Legal Technology? ABA TECHSHOW 2017

    24 Mar 2017, 4:04 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    ABA TECHSHOW has been the place to learn what's new in legal technology for more than 30 years — particularly on the small firm side. Last week in Chicago, we scoped out the ABA TECHSHOW 2017 exposition hall. Here are a few highlights, including entrants in a pre-show "Startup Competition." … Read The Rest The post What’s New in Legal Technology …

    What’s New in Legal Technology? ABA TECHSHOW 2017

    24 Mar 2017, 4:04 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    ABA TECHSHOW has been the place to learn what's new in legal technology for more than 30 years — particularly on the small firm side. Last week in Chicago, we scoped out the ABA TECHSHOW 2017 exposition hall. Here are a few highlights, including entrants in a pre-show "Startup Competition." … Read The Rest

    Page Vault Introduces On-Demand Web Archiving #ABATECHSHOW

    23 Mar 2017, 11:00 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    A series of short posts rounding up product announcements from last week’s ABA Techshow.  Page Vault, a company whose software accurately captures and archives web pages, announced the launch of Page Vault On Demand, an online request service that enables legal professionals to outsource web content collection on a one-shot basis, without a Page …

    Ruby Receptionists Integrates with Rocket Matter #ABATECHSHOW

    23 Mar 2017, 9:00 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    A series of short posts rounding up product announcements from last week’s ABA Techshow.  Ruby Receptionists, the virtual receptionist service, and Rocket Matter, the practice management platform, announced their integration during last week’s ABA Techshow. This is Ruby’s third integration with a legal platform — it also integrates with practice …

    Smokeball Releases AutoTime to Automatically Track and Record Work #ABATECHSHOW

    23 Mar 2017, 7:36 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    A series of short posts rounding up product announcements from last week’s ABA Techshow.  The practice management platform Smokeball released AutoTime, a feature that the company says will revolutionize how small law firms record their time and that will allow them to gain a better understanding of their profitability on a per-matter basis. Smokeball …

    Referral Madness! Stay on Top of Staying in Touch

    23 Mar 2017, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    This is something old-school lawyers say a lot: "Your best sources of referrals are your existing clients." And, for word-of-mouth, referral-based law firms, it’s probably true that referrals from other lawyers or from existing clients are 1-2. However, your existing clients will only remain good referral sources if you determine to stay in contact …

    Referral Madness! Stay on Top of Staying in Touch

    23 Mar 2017, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    This is something old-school lawyers say a lot: "Your best sources of referrals are your existing clients." And, for word-of-mouth, referral-based law firms, it’s probably true that referrals from other lawyers or from existing clients are 1-2. However, your existing clients will only remain good referral sources if you determine to stay in contact …

    Clio Announces New Integrations, Enhanced Features #ABATECHSHOW

    22 Mar 2017, 9:18 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    A series of short posts rounding up product announcements from last week’s ABA Techshow.  Practice management platform Clio announced integrations with five additional third-party applications, bringing its total number of third-party integrations to more than 50. The latest integrations are with: Apptoto, an automated scheduling and reminder platform …

    So I wrote a book

    22 Mar 2017, 7:01 am | From Law21 | Fellows Blog

    This book, to be precise: This is Law Is A Buyer’s Market: Building a Client-First Law Firm. It’s 224 pages in paperback format, runs 15 chapters, and clocks in at about 75,000 words. It explains why the balance of power in the legal market has shifted from lawyers to clients, forecasts the future success of law […] The post So I wrote a book …

    Legal Research Company Casetext Closes on $12 Million in Funding

    22 Mar 2017, 7:00 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Jake Heller, founder and CEO, and Laura Safdie, chief operating officer and general counsel. The legal research service Casetext is announcing today that it has closed on a $12 million Series B funding round. Excluding e-discovery companies, it is one of the largest investments in a legal technology startup ever. The only two larger that I could […] …

    The lender client: not just a third wheel in a purchase transaction

    22 Mar 2017, 7:00 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    It isn’t uncommon for real estate lawyers to be retained to act for both the purchaser of a property and the mortgage lender that is financing the purchase. However, a review of lender claims against lawyers for negligence suggests a misconception by some lawyers who believe that their only obligation to the lender client is... Read More »

    Believing in Your ‘Why’ Can Lead to Joy

    22 Mar 2017, 4:44 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    I'll begin by pulling the Band-Aid off quickly: After 15 years, I'm leaving the e-discovery space. For those who know me, this will come as a really big surprise — especially given my longtime social media moniker "eDiscovery Gold.” In truth, the decision was surprisingly easier than I expected. It was easier because of my strong personal mission …

    MyCase Previews Enhanced Version of Its Mobile App

    21 Mar 2017, 1:16 pm | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    At ABA Techshow last week, MyCase, the cloud-based practice management platform, previewed the new version of its app, which it will be releasing for both iOS and Android devices. (Click any image above for a larger view or see an animated view below.) http://www.lawsitesblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/MyCase-Mobile-Beta-1.mp4 Continue reading → …

    Self-Represented Litigants: A Survival Guide by Carol Cochrane

    21 Mar 2017, 8:44 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    Why do we all shudder on learning that our client’s adversary is self-represented on a litigation file? So often we fail to appreciate opposing counsel – until we hear those dreaded words from our client: “You know, the other side won’t be getting a lawyer.” It is only then that we realize and appreciate the... Read More »

    Do You Deserve Business Development Training?

    21 Mar 2017, 4:25 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Having your own clients and business has long been characterized as “critical” for lawyers in firms of any size. Now that’s elevated to the survival level. The days of paternalistic law firms maintaining client-less lawyers at their long-time compensation levels (or at all) is over. Now, those lawyers’ compensation is being cannibalized to …

    Techshow Recap: Not Your Granddaddy’s Legal Tech Conference

    20 Mar 2017, 3:07 pm | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Clio CEO Jack Newton introduces the Techshow keynote with the CEOs of Avvo, Rocket Lawyer and LegalZoom. After 31 years, ABA Techshow is the granddaddy of legal technology conferences. That can be both a blessing and a curse. Amid a surge of legal-tech-conference upstarts, the challenge for Techshow is not merely to stay relevant, but […] The post …

    Podcast: President Trump vs. Freedom of the Press

    20 Mar 2017, 7:00 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    President Trump has been vocal about his disdain for the press, vowing to toughen libel laws and crack down on so-called fake news. But how far can he go in curtailing the freedom of the press? That is our topic this week on the legal-affairs podcast Lawyer 2 Lawyer. Joining us to help flesh out […] The post Podcast: President Trump vs. Freedom of …

    To avoid real estate claims: take instructions from the party with value at risk

    20 Mar 2017, 7:00 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    If you’ve read even just the title of today’s risk management post, you’re on your way to avoiding a real estate claim. For seasoned real estate lawyers, the process of taking instructions, formulating or answering requisitions, and closing the deal can become, to a large extent, routine. An “ordinary” set of instructions with respect to... …

    Business Development: Help Yourself by Helping Others

    20 Mar 2017, 4:15 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    “Let me tell you how wonderful I am!” One of the most difficult things about business development is having to promote yourself. Given the centuries-long tradition that deems it unseemly for lawyers to talk about their accomplishments, abilities and conquests, you come by this struggle with self-promotion honestly. But keeping mum about your ability …

    Interview: Elevator Pitch, Blogging, and Legal Tech (#LegalTechLives)

    18 Mar 2017, 11:28 am | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    I was recently interviewed about my elevator pitch, blogging, and the future of legal tech for the ROSS Intelligence blog by Kathleen Killin (#LegalTechLives with Ron Friedmann, Consultant at Fireman & Company + Principal of Prism Law).  I reproduce it here. #LegalTechLives with Ron Friedmann, Consultant at Fireman & Company + Principal of Prism …

    Danger Signs: Five activities generally not covered by your LAWPRO policy

    16 Mar 2017, 7:00 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    On occasion, lawyers have engaged in activities that have made them front-page news, subject to embarrassment and possibly lawsuits or discipline complaints. Not only can this kind of attention be bad for a lawyer’s reputation, it can also damage or even destroy client relationships. That’s reason enough to be aware of and avoid activities that …

    “Chat Bot” Offers Free Legal Advice to Refugees

    16 Mar 2017, 6:00 am | From Amazing Firms, Amazing Practices | Fellows Blog

    The Telegraph reports that a university student has developed a way to provide free legal advice via Facebook Messenger to refugees who are looking for asylum in the U.S., U.K. and Canada. Joshua Browder, who has been named a Forbes’ “Thirty Under Thirty” for his entrepreneurial prowess, first attracted attention last year for the legal- …

    Getting over technology

    15 Mar 2017, 12:29 pm | From Law21 | Fellows Blog

    Since the start of the year, I’ve received three different media calls asking me about the role of artificial intelligence in the law. Partly to make good use of the notes I prepared for these calls, and partly so that I’ve got something written down to which I can send reporters with future inquiries of this type, here […] The post Getting …

    True Collaboration Drives Profitability and Client Loyalty

    15 Mar 2017, 7:08 am | From Rainmaking Oasis, LLC | Fellows Blog

    Collaboration in the workplace is widely recognized as an important success factor in the most effective organizations. It is necessary in order to build and share knowledge, accelerate innovation, break down silos and facilitate connectivity.  A recent Harvard study found that managers and employees now spend 50% or more time in collaborative activities …

    Exclusive: Shark Tank’s Daymond John to Keynote 2nd Law Firm 500 Conference

    15 Mar 2017, 7:00 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Daymond John, the self-made multimillionaire founder of the FUBU clothing company and a star of the ABC business reality TV show Shark Tank, will be the keynote speaker at the second annual Law Firm 500 conference and award ceremony Oct. 20 and 21 in Boca Raton, Fla. SHARK TANK – Daymond John is a “Shark” […] The post Exclusive: Shark Tank’ …

    10 Common Mortgage Blunders You Can Easily Avoid

    15 Mar 2017, 7:00 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    The Smiths (seemingly friendly and genuine people) walk into your law office with what appears to be a straightforward real estate deal including mortgage financing, for which you are to represent the lender as well. But, is it really that straightforward? Consider this: a high percentage of claims are caused by communication errors, inadequate investigation …

    The Startup That Shut Down Is Now Back Online

    15 Mar 2017, 6:03 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Earlier this week, I wrote about a legal startup that appeared to shut down after I questioned its management. As of this morning, its two sites are back online, after being offline for at least a week. You can check them out at LawTova.com and LawTovaServices.com. Of course, this development doesn’t change the questions I […] The post The Startup …

    This App May Forever Change How You Read Legal Documents

    14 Mar 2017, 10:00 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Out today is a significant enhancement to an app that may forever change how you read and annotate complex documents — at least if you use an iPad and especially if you use an iPad Pro. The app is called LiquidText and it has been available since 2015. Since coming on the market, it has […] The post This App May Forever Change How You Read Legal …

    Cultural competence: An essential skill in an increasingly diverse world

    14 Mar 2017, 7:00 am | From AvoidAClaim | 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 …

    New Today from Rocket Matter: Microsoft Office 365 Integration (and More)

    14 Mar 2017, 7:00 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    The cloud practice management platform Rocket Matter today is announcing a deep integration with Microsoft Office 365, enabling two-way Outlook calendar and contact synchronization and the ability to save emails and Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents directly into Rocket Matter. Rocket Matter previously integrated with Outlook through an add-in, …

    Dream big. Why not?

    As a young boy, I vividly remember following Bobby Kennedy’s Presidential campaign. Like his brother Jack, Bobby was greatly admired in my Irish-American household. His death was met with great sadness. I sat riveted during Teddy’s eulogy, and my mind was seized when he said this: As he said many times, in many parts of... Continue Reading The …

    Dream big. Why not?

    As a young boy, I vividly remember following Bobby Kennedy’s Presidential campaign. Like his brother Jack, Bobby was greatly admired in my Irish-American household. His death was met with great sadness. I sat riveted during Teddy’s eulogy, and my mind was seized when he said this: As he said many times, in many parts of... Continue Reading The …

    Startup Showdown At ABA Techshow Wednesday Night

    13 Mar 2017, 2:00 pm | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    If you are attending ABA Techshow this week, be sure not to miss a special opening night event — the first-ever startup pitch contest. On Wednesday night, from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m., during the Techshow opening reception in the exhibit hall, 12 legal technology startups will face off in a fast-paced, bracketed “March Madness” pitch […] The post …

    Survey Finds Virtual Dead Heat in Lawyers’ Use of Westlaw, LexisNexis and Fastcase

    13 Mar 2017, 9:51 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Westlaw and LexisNexis are typically viewed as the dominant leaders among legal research services. But a recent survey found that Fastcase is in a virtual dead heat with Westlaw and LexisNexis among smaller-firm lawyers. The just-released information comes from a survey conducted in 2016 by law practice management company Clio. The survey asked Clio …

    Email etiquette: think about it from your client’s perspective.

    I just spent a couple of minutes looking for the telephone number of someone who sent me an email.  No big deal, except that if it is your client’s time spent looking for your number, it is a big deal.  If you do something that wastes your client’s time, it suggests you have no idea... Continue Reading The post Email etiquette: think about it …

    Email etiquette: think about it from your client’s perspective.

    I just spent a couple of minutes looking for the telephone number of someone who sent me an email.  No big deal, except that if it is your client’s time spent looking for your number, it is a big deal.  If you do something that wastes your client’s time, it suggests you have no idea... Continue Reading The post Email etiquette: think about it …