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Articles From Ed Finkel

How to Be Sure You’re Cybersecure

By Ed Finkel
February
2018
Article
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Law firms and their trove of sensitive data are prime targets for hackers. Are you doing enough to protect yourself from cyber attacks?

Referring with Style

By Ed Finkel
January
2018
Article
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Referring a case can be good for all concerned - referring lawyer, recipient, and client. But make sure you understand referral ethics and follow best practices.

Illinois Law 2017: The Year in Review

By Ed Finkel
December
2017
Article
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The year saw the advent of electronic filing, major federal and state Supreme Court cases, a new method for calculating child support, the release of the ISBA "futures report," and other noteworthy developments. Here's a look back.

Choosing an E-Filing Service Provider

By Ed Finkel
November
2017
Article
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At the top of every lawyer's to-do list before mandatory e-filing takes effect is choosing an e-filing service provider. Early adopters discuss the various options and why you might choose one over another.

The Pro Se Revolution

By Ed Finkel
October
2017
Article
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Cases involving at least one self-represented litigant make up most of the civil docket outside Cook County. What does the mean for courts and lawyers in Illinois?

Partnering with Online DIY Services: The Plusses and Perils

By Ed Finkel
September
2017
Article
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Chicago-based Road to Status provides immigrants with a DIY application process and attorney referrals. What are the pros and cons for lawyers in joining forces with online legal-service providers?

Mapping Your Client’s Journey

By Ed Finkel
August
2017
Article
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What's the experience like at your law firm for the people who matter most - your clients? Isn't it time you asked them?

From Bar to Bench and Back

By Ed Finkel
July
2017
Article
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Retired circuit judge, mediator/arbitrator, veteran trial lawyer, football referee, and longtime ISBA champion Russell Hartigan begins his term as ISBA president.

Countdown to Mandatory E-Filing

By Ed Finkel
June
2017
Article
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Illinois attorneys soon will have to file civil cases electronically. Here's how you can be ready on day one.

Digital-Age Document Management: A How-to Guide

By Ed Finkel
May
2017
Article
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Document management is so much easier in the digital age (think searchability) - and so much harder (think security). But with mandatory e-filing coming soon to Illinois, the stakes for getting it right have never been higher.

Moneyball for Lawyers

By Ed Finkel
April
2017
Article
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When it comes to optimizing your business, do you trust your gut? Don't. If you aren't using data to measure what works and what doesn't, you can't be sure you're winning the game.

Transform Your Practice with a Business Plan

By Ed Finkel
March
2017
Article
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Kerry Lavelle used a business plan to grow his firm from five to 24 lawyers. You can do it, too, he says.

Making the Most of Online Client Reviews

By Ed Finkel
February
2017
Article
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Online reviews are scary - and for most lawyers, inevitable. Attorneys need to promote and defend themselves online without being defensive. Here's how to respond to negative reviews and otherwise manage your online reputation.

Seeing - and Shaping - the Future

By Ed Finkel
January
2017
Article
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Well Grounded

By Ed Finkel
December
2016
Article
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Lloyd A. Karmeier grew up on a southern Illinois dairy farm and was the first in his family to practice law. A few weeks ago, he completed the journey from one-room schoolhouse to Illinois Supreme Court chief justice.

Are You Getting File Retention Right?

By Ed Finkel
November
2016
Article
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Ethics rules and opinions provide a (mostly) clear picture of file retention best practices if you read them carefully. But cheap electronic storage is making discarding files a thing of the past.

Top Billing

By Ed Finkel
October
2016
Article
Page 22
Law firm billing is full of economic, ethical, and legal stumbling blocks for those who aren't systematic and conscientious about it - and opportunities for those who are, according to practitioners and billing consultants.

The Lowdown on Law Firm Transfers

By Ed Finkel
September
2016
Article
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The market for law firms is still maturing several years after transferring a practice became legal in Illinois. A recent buyer discusses the legal, financial, and ethical considerations.

Mapping the Relentlessly Efficient Law Firm

By Ed Finkel
August
2016
Article
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In today's competitive legal market, relentlessly efficient firms will succeed where others fail. And the proponents of "process mapping" insist that's just as true for solos as for megafirms.

Stepping to Center Court

By Ed Finkel
July
2016
Article
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Joliet and Wheaton trial lawyer Vincent F. Cornelius, the first African American to lead the ISBA, will focus his year on new lawyers, diversity and inclusion, and high-quality CLE for small-firm lawyers.

Preventive Regulation

By Ed Finkel
June
2016
Article
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Illinois attorney regulators are taking a hard look at "proactive management-based regulation," which would encourage - and perhaps someday require - lawyers to put systems in place that help prevent ethical missteps before they happen.

The Perils of Witness Prep

By Ed Finkel
May
2016
Article
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Lawyers owe it to clients to thoroughly prepare witnesses to testify. On the other hand, they have a duty not to present false evidence. Here are best practices for ethical-yet-effective witness preparation.

Are We Making Murderers? False Confessions and Coercive Interrogation

By Ed Finkel
April
2016
Article
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It's no secret that criminal suspects in Illinois and elsewhere confess to crimes they didn't commit, often after aggressive police interrogation. But how widespread are false confessions in the post-Jon Burge era?

Mandatory E-Filing Is Coming

By Ed Finkel
March
2016
Article
Page 30
Effective January 1, 2018, electronic filing will be mandatory in all 102 counties in Illinois. How will it work? Attorneys and judges share their hopes and concerns.

Lincoln and Herndon 2016

By Ed Finkel
February
2016
Article
Page 22
If Abraham Lincoln were practicing today, what management techniques and tech tools should he use? LPM experts offer advice.

Supercharged Social Media Marketing

By Ed Finkel
January
2016
Article
Page 24
Are you using Google Plus? Blogging? Using video? Describing yourself consistently across social media and the web? Find out what social media power users are doing to market their practices.

Limited Scope Representation: Tales from the Trenches

By Ed Finkel
December
2015
Article
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The limited scope rules have been in place for a few years now, and savvy, forward-thinking lawyers are using them to serve clients who would otherwise be lost to online document services.

Creating a Client-Centered Practice

By Ed Finkel
November
2015
Article
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In a tough legal marketplace, putting clients first and providing excellent service is a must. It starts with putting yourself in the client's place.

Keeping the Road Safe and the Law Sane

By Ed Finkel
October
2015
Article
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The ISBA Traffic Law Section had one of its best years ever this legislative session, helping advance laws that remove harsh and counterproductive DUI restrictions while keeping (and sometimes boosting) appropriate punishments.

The ABCs of LLLTs

By Ed Finkel
September
2015
Article
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Proponents say limited license legal technicians provide legal representation to people who couldn't otherwise afford it. Critics argue they'll compete with underemployed lawyers and lower the quality of legal services.

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