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Digital estate plan

Posted in Management, Technology
I’ve talked about a lawyer having an estate plan. I’ve talked about creating an estate plan for your law practice; this is an idea first generated by Ellen Peck, retired judge of the California State Bar Trial Court. Now, there is another estate plan to prepare: Digital. What are you going to do with all… Continue Reading

Can you live without your mobile toys?

Posted in Technology
77% of professional services mobile device users agree that their company would lose competitive ground without mobile devices. This, according to a survey conducted by CDW, distributor of computer and related equipment. Irrespective of the actual percentage, it is clear that mobile devices such as the mobile phone and new tablets, not to mention laptops,… Continue Reading

Technology drives new client service dynamic

Posted in Management, Technology
Electronic and computer technology enable lawyers to do more and better work in less time, but this creates a new service dynamic where clients continually demand to pay less for what they increasingly see as a commoditized service. Law firms must meet client needs through greater technology efficiencies. Not only does this seem obvious, it… Continue Reading

Credit:: Man’s confidence in man

Posted in Technology
Kevin Genirs, formerly with Lehman Bros. and now Global General Counsel, Investment Banking, Barclays Capital, was a keynote speaker at AML’s LegalTech West. He was reminiscing on some lessons from the demise of Lehman Bros. Several of his comments struck me, in particular: He set the stage by commenting on a statue that is in… Continue Reading

Law market segmentation – It marches on

Posted in Management, Marketing, Technology
The Wall Street Journal, perhaps reflecting the concerns of its corporate readership, continues to emphasize what it considers to be the overpaid lawyers at the pinnacle of the profession.  In a recent article that had the less-than-subtle title, “Biggest Lawyers Grab Fee Bounty,” the Journal reported that partners in the top 25% of more than… Continue Reading

Innovation in the legal world

Posted in Technology
The College of Law Practice Management now has applications available for entries for its legal innovations awards.  Check it out. The profession is changing. How will technology and improved management impact these changes?… Continue Reading

Technology continues to change the legal world

Posted in Technology
The tech show in Chicago is very interesting. Some of the items that I think deserve close attention are the new portable Fujitsu Scan Snap scanner. It’s light enough to go into the briefcase with no discernible problem. I love it and will get one. Another interesting item is netdocuments … it’s a case management… Continue Reading

Tips for Increased Revenue

Posted in Technology, Videos
Ed offers 5 ways to increase your law firm’s revenue. 1. Emphasize collections. 2. Hire lateral lawyers to meet specific demands, a new practice area, a new need. 3. Leverage technology. 4. Create a cooperative compensation model that emphasizes the law firm as an institution. 5. Outsource functions that are better done by others. Delegate.… Continue Reading

Law firms can now use “.org”

Posted in Technology
The web is changing. First, everyone wanted to use "com" in their web address.  The .com world became crowded, so we saw .biz, .net and others come onto the scene. The .org generally was reserved for non-profit organizations … But, now the Arizona Bar says that it’s o.k. to use .org for profit-making organizations as… Continue Reading

What is the lawyer’s responsibility for metadata?

Posted in Management, Technology
Corey Stephenson of Lawyers Weekly USA wrote an article about the Oregon Bar’s position about metadata: "If a lawyer receives a document and knows or reasonably should know that metadata was inadvertently included, the Oregon Rules of Professional Responsibility only require notice to the sender. The receiving lawyer is not required to return the document… Continue Reading

Can you find your stolen laptop?

Posted in Technology
In a recent theft of a laptop … from one’s home … the burglar was caught because of an embedded anti-theft software program. The homeowners were puzzled and could not figure out how someone was able to get into their home, steal their property, and get away, since there was no sign of forced entry… Continue Reading

Is your website a “retailer” under ADA?

Posted in Management, Technology
Target is. How long will it take for a law firm to be considered a "retailer"? Will size matter? The Court, in the Target case said "… a retailer may be sued if its website is inaccessible to the blind, stating that the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibits discrimination in the "enjoyment of… Continue Reading

Is Your Law School a Defendant?

Posted in Management, Personal Thoughts, Technology
“With these lawsuits,” Law School Transparency says, “nearly 10 percent of all ABA-approved law schools across eight states will be accused of tortiously misrepresenting job placement statistics and violating state consumer protection laws.” The complaint says, among other things, that law schools’ employment figures include work outside the law. And Senator Barbara Boxer of California… Continue Reading

Technology Will Change the Way We Communicate

Posted in Technology
Our first stop on our Road to Revenue National Road Show is Ashland, OR for the Shakespeare Festival. We’ll see 4 plays in 3 days, a daunting task. But, I love this part of the country. And this oldest of Shakespeare Festivals (since 1935) is done so well amid such great surroundings, how could you… Continue Reading

Communication – The good, bad and ugly

Posted in Management, Technology
Lawyers need to communicate.  The ones who face malpractice actions typically fail to communicate with their clients to learn what clients want, how they want to hear about it, and where the client’s business or personal needs may be headed.  But I think lawyers – and most of the rest of society – have increasingly… Continue Reading

Facebook cashes in on our Profiles

Posted in Technology
Develop a complete profile; make sure your profile is not merely a resume but, rather, an expression of your persona. Be authentic. Remember, this is for your friends and people you want to befriend. This is the advice from every social media expert I’ve heard. Yet, it now seems that this “rich” profile is the… Continue Reading

Virtual visitation

Posted in Technology
The issue of child visitation is a very hotly and bitterly contested issue among many parents who find themselves in a divorce court.  Using technology in this process, "virtual visitation," has only recently come to the fore. Below is a guest post from one of the leading Family Law attorneys in Southern California.   How… Continue Reading

Digitizing All Your Files

Posted in Management, Technology
  In today’s Managing Partners Roundtable, we talked about the costs of digitizing all files the firm maintains. One partner suggested that failure to do so might result in malpractice allegations. This is an interesting concept, one that I don’t believe has yet taken hold. Cons: Expensive, time consuming, lawyers must be involved to determine… Continue Reading

Wireless network rules

Posted in Technology
<auer Brown writes about a new California Bar opinion that addresses wireless network use. Quoting from their note, they say: "Attorneys owe their clients a duty of confidentiality and competence. But when an attorney uses wireless Internet to communicate or access files, such as in an airport or other public location, is that communication over… Continue Reading

Firm Manager by LexisNexis

Posted in Technology
LexisNexis will announce tomorrow the release of a new product called “Firm Manager.” I’ve seen the beta version of the product (and am on its Advisory Board). It looks like it will be a leading contender in the practice management arena. Lexis has put a lot of effort, and that means money, to help the… Continue Reading