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Articles on Law Practice and Office Management

Keeping Costs Down for Your New Solo Practice May 2016 Column, Page 44 As a new solo, it's important to be frugal. Here are tips for reducing your overhead.
From the Newsletters - If you’re using an attorneys lien to collect fees, sweat the details April 2016 Article, Page 46 If you're using an attorneys lien to collect fees, sweat the details.
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.
Search-Based Tips for Better Website Marketing March 2016 Column, Page 56 Six tips to ensure that your website is meeting your marketing needs.
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.
Taxing legal services still on the table By Matthew Hector February 2016 LawPulse, Page 12 Studies by independent think tanks argue that while increasing service taxes is a good idea, extending that tax to professional services isn't.
Tips for Hiring Your First Associate February 2016 Column, Page 45 Don't forget to consider the cost of training.
Tragedy in the Tall Corn State By Karen Erger February 2016 Column, Page 48 The sad case of Iowan David Roth has lessons for lawyers on both sides of the Mississippi.
IllinoisBarDocs: ISBA’s Affordable Forms By Timothy A. Slating January 2016 Article, Page 28 The ISBA is launching a document assembly system.
Researching Opposing Counsel, Judges, and Juries on the Internet January 2016 Column, Page 52 A look at some of the best tools, from simple to complex.
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.
Making the Most of Holiday Cards December 2015 Column, Page 44 Holiday cards are a great way to connect with clients - here's how to do it right.
Creating a Client-Centered Practice By Ed Finkel November 2015 Article, Page 26 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.
Do you have to give clients their files? November 2015 Article, Page 24 In Illinois, clients own briefs and other "end products" of the matter, but lawyers control early drafts and notes.
Top Tens for Client Satisfaction November 2015 Column, Page 50 Making clients happy isn't just about good legal outcomes - it's also about good customer service.
The looming court-reporter shortage By Matthew Hector October 2015 LawPulse, Page 12 Seventy-five percent of the state's licensed reporters could be eligible for retirement before the end of the decade. Will there be qualified candidates to replace them?
Rethinking Email Encryption By Charles J. Northrup October 2015 Column, Page 46 Evolving ethics standards make it more important than ever for lawyers to understand encryption.
Securing Your Electronic Client Communications By Timothy A. Slating October 2015 Column, Page 50 A look at ways to ensure that your clients are the only ones reading email you send them.
The ABCs of LLLTs By Ed Finkel September 2015 Article, Page 20 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.
Best Practices for Billing, Robot Lawyers? September 2015 Column, Page 50 5 tips for better billing; will a robot take your job?
New York ban on nonlawyer ownership upheld By Matthew Hector September 2015 LawPulse, Page 12 A federal district judge issues a strongly worded rejection of Jacoby & Meyer's challenge to New York's rule banning nonattorney ownership of law firms.
Making the Ask By Ed Finkel August 2015 Article, Page 20 What can female attorneys - and firms that want to hire and keep them - do to ensure that their compensation and opportunities keep pace with their talent and commitment?
Solos’ Shrinking Income, Getting Along with the OC August 2015 Column, Page 49 Solos' incomes take a deep dive; it pays to get along with opposing counsel.
Get Encrypted, Get Referrals…and Get a DUI App? July 2015 Column, Page 51 Protect clients' digital information; use post-engagement review calls to get client referrals; a new DUI app?
Rule change makes it easier to clear ‘mystery money’ from IOLTA accounts By Matthew Hector June 2015 LawPulse, Page 10 Unidentified funds rattling around in your IOLTA account? Effective next month, amendments to Illinois Rule of Professional Responsibility 1.15 make it easier to dispose of them.
Sleepless in the Corner Office By Karen Erger June 2015 Column, Page 48 Sleep is a necessity, not a luxury.
We’re All in This Together By Richard D. Felice June 2015 Column, Page 8 Oregon and California could join Washington in authorizing LLLTs.
Plan to Grow By Ed Finkel March 2015 Article, Page 24 Lawyers and practice advisers explain the importance of strategic planning to long-term success.
The sting of IOLTA overdraft alerts By Matthew Hector March 2015 LawPulse, Page 14 Since 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 Cloud By Ed Finkel January 2015 Article, Page 20 You'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.