Plan to GrowBy Ed FinkelMarch 2015Article, Page 24Lawyers and practice advisers explain the importance of strategic planning to long-term success.
The sting of IOLTA overdraft alertsBy Matthew HectorMarch 2015LawPulse, Page 14Since 2011, banks have been required to report IOLTA-account overdrafts to the Illinois ARDC. The resulting investigations often uncover bookkeeping mistakes that get lawyers into trouble.
Feeling Secure in the CloudBy Ed FinkelJanuary 2015Article, Page 20You're probably already using the Internet to access remote servers - aka cloud computing - whether you know it or not. And you should be. But make sure you understand the risks.
The Rise of the Freelance LawyerBy Ed FinkelDecember 2014Article, Page 576More solos and small-firm lawyers are hiring stay-at-home moms and others on a project-by-project basis as the need arises. The lawyers they hire are trading full-time employment for freedom.
2014 Compensation & Benefits Survey: 5 Key FindingsBy Timothy A. SlatingNovember 2014Article, Page 528How much do ISBA members earn? How many hours do they work? What are the most popular practice areas? Survey respondents answer these and other questions.
Alternative Billing Comes to Main StreetBy Ed FinkelOctober 2014Article, Page 476Firms that serve corporate clients are no strangers to non-hourly billing strategies. But other attorneys are finding that consumer-friendly pricing can be lawyer-friendly as well.
Make Your Personal Style Work for YouBy Ed FinkelAugust 2014Article, Page 380Afraid you're too shy to get up and do what needs to be done to market your practice? Fear not. Good marketing is more about listening than talking.
The Ratings GameBy Janan HannaMarch 2014Article, Page 124Sites like Avvo that rate lawyers and encourage consumer reviews are evoking reaction positive and negative in the legal community – and posing interesting ethical challenges.
Practice-Launching Tips for Solos and Small FirmsBy Ed FinkelFebruary 2014Article, Page 72Time to strike out on your own? Veteran practitioners help you get off to a good start - and avoid common missteps - with tips on marketing, billing, retainers, client management, and more.
Low Cost Technology for Highly Productive LawyersBy Ed FinkelJanuary 2014Article, Page 20Now more than ever, great technology tools - many especially designed for lawyers - are amazingly affordable if not free. But don't forget the crucial difference between "frugal" and "cheap."
Limited Scope, Expanded OpportunityBy Ed FinkelOctober 2013Article, Page 508Recent Illinois Supreme Court rule changes enable lawyers to represent clients in litigation for only a portion of a case. Proponents say that's good for lawyers, clients, and judges.
Marketing Your Practice via Social MediaBy Maria KantzavelosApril 2013Article, Page 180You can find clients on Facebook and LinkedIn. Or, more to the point, they can find you. But be sure to go about it the right way or you'll lose business and run afoul of ethics rules.
Riding the DIY WaveBy Maria KantzavelosMarch 2013Article, Page 128Lawyers should respond to do-it-yourself law sites by serving clients in new ways, an Elmhurst lawyer suggests.
Sharpening Your Pencil: Financial Basics for Law FirmsBy Maria KantzavelosFebruary 2013Article, Page 76Are your employees getting the tax relief they deserve? Are you? Should you process your own payroll? A CPA tells lawyers a thing or two about the business side of running a practice.
For Sale by Owner: Getting the Most for Your Law PracticeBy Maria KantzavelosOctober 2012Article, Page 524How much is your practice worth? How can you maximize its value? How do you find buyers? Even if you aren't ready to sell, experts say the time to ask yourself these questions is now.