Publications

Articles on Law Practice and Office Management

Five Reasons Why QuickBooks Isn’t Enough

By Steven J. Best
July
2019
Column
Page 49
QuickBooks is great, just not for law firms.

Looking Into Microsoft Bookings

By Danielle DavisRoe
June
2019
Column
Page 42
Microsoft's often-overlooked feature for scheduling appointments with ease.

Practice Checkup

By Ed Finkel
June
2019
Cover Story
Page 22
How lean and clean is your business routine?

Houston, We Have a Problem … Top 10 Signs You Have a Virus or Malware

By Kevin Payne
April
2019
Column
Page 46
Everyone dreads the prospect of a computer virus or malware. Here are tips for spotting whether your computer might be infected.

It’s Spring!

By Charles J. Northrup
April
2019
Column
Page 50
Time for a "birds and bees" discussion about client development.

Manage Your Time, or It Will Manage You

By Ed Finkel
March
2019
Cover Story
Page 26
Why do lawyers struggle with getting things done?

Tips for a Lean Law Firm: Improved Efficiencies With Process Mapping

By Jennifer Ramovs
March
2019
Column
Page 43
Learn how to use process mapping and help your firm "go lean."

Reading in the Digital Age

By Jeffrey R. Schoenberger
February
2019
Column
Page 42
Your hectic schedule likely precludes pleasure reading, but many apps will help you reintegrate pleasure reading into your busy life.

Don’t Think Disaster Can’t or Won’t Happen

By Jennifer Ramovs
January
2019
Column
Page 44
Planning ahead is the only way to deal with unforeseen disasters. Learn best-practice tips to implement in your firm before disaster strikes.

What You Might Have Forgotten About Billing Clients

By David M. Neff
January
2019
Article
Page 32
Start the new year by taking a few minutes to assess your billing and fee-collecting practices.

Expenses, Revenue, Talent, and Your Bottom Line

By Jennifer Ramovs
November
2018
Column
Page 44
In today's economic climate, law firms must be diligent in assessing expenses and business practices to ensure that their bottom line doesn't suffer.

Is Your Email an Open Secret?

By Jeffrey R. Schoenberger
October
2018
Column
Page 50
Learn the "dead-simple" way to encrypt your attorney-client communications with Office 365.

A Dollar Here, a Dollar There

By Jeffrey R. Schoenberger
September
2018
Column
Page 44
The cost of software subscriptions can add up quickly. Learn how to decide which subscriptions are worth it.

Outsourced Bookkeeping-Is Your Firm a Candidate?

By Jennifer Ramovs
August
2018
Column
Page 44
Many solo and small firm attorneys struggle with bookkeeping. Read on to be reminded of how important it is and to learn whether outsourcing is a good option for your firm.

Throwing Your Firm a Lifejacket

By Rhys Saunders
August
2018
LawPulse
Page 10
ISBA Assembly approves proposed rule on succession planning and it is sent to the Illinois Supreme Court for consideration.

Measuring Growth

By Erica Fujimoto
July
2018
Column
Page 48
Tips for creating key performance indicators and using the data you already have to measure them.

Taking Your Smartphone on Vacation

By Jeffrey R. Schoenberger
June
2018
Column
Page 42
Guilt-free tips for when you need to check your email inbox during vacation.

Everything Has a Process - Here’s How to Improve Yours

By Erica Fujimoto
May
2018
Column
Page 54
In last month's column, we learned how to identify different processes in your firm. Now learn how to improve them.

Everything Has a Process - Here’s How to Identify Yours

By Erica Fujimoto
April
2018
Column
Page 54
Process mapping is a great technique to help you streamline workflow. Find out why it might be right for your office.

Referring with Style

By Ed Finkel
January
2018
Cover Story
Page 22
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.

Chicago firm’s new client-centric website opens up about fees

By Matthew Hector
December
2017
LawPulse
Page 10
Levenfeld Pearlstein's website redesign pulls back the curtain on billing options and adds other features that put the focus on clients and their needs.

From the Newsletters - Confronting the inevitable: Succession planning for lawyers.

December
2017
Article
Page 38
An ISBA special committee is exploring ways to make sure lawyers have succession plans in place when they die, become disabled, or otherwise discontinue practice.

Office 365: Understanding the Benefits and Busting the Myths

By Jennifer Ramovs
December
2017
Column
Page 40
Learn why Office 365 might be the right choice for you and your firm.

Wrap it Up!

By Jennifer Ramovs
November
2017
Column
Page 52
What you should be doing to close out your firm's fiscal year 2017.

Eyes Wide Open

By Jennifer Ramovs
September
2017
Column
Page 46
What you need to know about starting your own firm.

Partnering with Online DIY Services: The Plusses and Perils

By Ed Finkel
September
2017
Cover Story
Page 22
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
Cover Story
Page 26
What's the experience like at your law firm for the people who matter most - your clients? Isn't it time you asked them?

Moving Toward a Paperless Office

By Steven J. Best
August
2017
Column
Page 48
Ten tips to help you transition to a paperless office.

Staying safe out there

By Matthew Hector
August
2017
LawPulse
Page 12
Before there was cybersecurity there was…security. Are you as safe in your office - and your home - as you should be?

From the Newsletters - The checklist manifesto for lawyers

July
2017
Article
Page 46
Like doctors and airline pilots, lawyers should use checklists to avoid errors and improve efficiency.

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