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Practice HQ Resource: Starting a Law Firm Checklist

Posted on August 12, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Starting a new law firm can be an incredibly exciting endeavor, but it can also be daunting to navigate the process and face the unknown.

After all, attorneys must consider everything from software to practice management to client services.

Practice HQ Resource: Six-Step Ransomware Defense

Posted on July 30, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Law firms often make easy targets for ransomware attacks.

The primary reason is that firms are late to the security game. Criminals target firms with ransomware because they have low security, very sensitive data, and will pay to keep it.

Practice HQ Resource: Merging Law Firms Checklist

Posted on July 17, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The owners of law firms may consider merger options as part of their succession planning.

While periodically reviewing merger options can be an effective part of long-range strategic plans, it’s important that firms do not rely on mergers as a life raft. Instead, mergers should incorporate a well-thought business strategy and create greater client value.

Practice HQ Resource: How to Manage Leads and Convert Prospects into Paying Clients

Posted on July 9, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Many attorneys spend their time and resources focusing on getting more leads but fail to realize that what they do with those leads is just as important as generating them.

The ISBA’s whitepaper on managing leads and converting prospects into paying clients highlights four major components of improving conversion rates, which include training for your front office and intake staff; specific tactics and strategies to maximize conversion at each stage; an intake customer relationship management software; and tracking and measuring key metrics.  

Lawyer Referral Service Makes More than 800 Referrals in June

Posted on July 8, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois State Bar Association’s Lawyer Finder Service provides referrals to local lawyers Mondays through Fridays. The Service makes referrals in a number of areas of law. For the month of June 2019 there were more than 800 referrals given.

Here are the results for June 2019:

Practice HQ Resource: Do You Have a Substitute Attorney in the Event of Your Disability or Death?

Posted on June 19, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

While retirement is usually planned, the sudden death or disability of an attorney requires contingency planning.

It’s especially important for private-practice attorneys to designate a representative on their ARDC registration documents or certify that they have made a similar designation in a succession plan or comparable agreement. The representative would be able to take limited fiduciary action if the designating attorney loses the capacity to run his or her firm, abandons the practice, or dies, thus preventing the negligence of client matters.

Lawyer Referral Service Makes More than 800 Referrals in May

Posted on June 7, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois State Bar Association’s Lawyer Finder Service provides referrals to local lawyers Mondays through Fridays. The Service makes referrals in a number of areas of law. For the month of May 2019 there were more than 800 referrals given.

Here are the results for May 2019:

Practice HQ Resource: Risk Assessment Form

Posted on June 3, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The age-old idiom “hope for the best and prepare for the worst” can be applied to assessing risks to a law firm.

To plan for recovery, attorneys should understand what risks threaten their practice, and how to determine their potential impact in order to mitigate risks.

Lawyer Referral Service Makes More than 1,000 Referrals in April

Posted on May 3, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois State Bar Association’s Lawyer Finder Service provides referrals to local lawyers Mondays through Fridays. The Service makes referrals in a number of areas of law. For the month of April 2019 there were more than 1,000 referrals given.

Here are the results for April 2019:

Practice HQ Resource: New Firm Technology Checklist

Posted on April 15, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

In the digital age, technology is the cornerstone of any law firm.

With a myriad of options on the table, it’s important to ensure that you don’t forget anything when opening a new practice.

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