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Articles on Law Practice and Office Management

Is it Really Time to Change Software Systems? By Steven J. Best January 2017 Column, Page 48 Your staff says your software "doesn't work," but replacing it might not be the answer. Here's what to ask to find out.
From the Discussions - Do I have to wear a suit to court? December 2016 Article, Page 40 Q. What are the rules if any governing courtroom attire requirements for lawyers?
Illinois - the third best ‘real billing rate’ nationwide for solos and smalls? By Matthew Hector December 2016 LawPulse, Page 10 When billing rates are compared to the cost of living, Illinois is the third most lucrative state in which to practice for small-firm lawyers, according to Clio's Legal Trends Report.
Keeping Your Cell Phone Secure By Jennifer Ramovs December 2016 Column, Page 44 The reasonable care standard doesn't stop with your phone.
Are You Getting File Retention Right? By Ed Finkel November 2016 Article, Page 22 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.
Don’t Let a Disruption Be a Practice Disaster By Jennifer Ramovs November 2016 Column, Page 54 Can you keep your practice running in the face of fire, flood, or other natural or man-made events?
Don’t Make Outlook Your ‘Practice Management Software’ By Jennifer Ramovs October 2016 Column, Page 51 Outlook is a powerful personal manager, but it's not a replacement for a true law practice management program.
Rare African-American female firm in national spotlight By Matthew Hector October 2016 LawPulse, Page 12 Chicago-based Knight, Morris & Reddick uses technology and an entrepreneurial spirit to carve out niches in real estate, estate planning, and other practice areas.
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, Page 22 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.
Millennials: Communicate Effectively with Baby-Boomer Clients September 2016 Column, Page 50 Among other things, be more formal and do less texting and more talking.
Mapping the Relentlessly Efficient Law Firm By Ed Finkel August 2016 Article, Page 22 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.
The new overtime regs: A wake-up call for lawyer employers By Matthew Hector August 2016 LawPulse, Page 12 Too few law firms follow best practices for paying employees who work more the 40 hours a week, an employment lawyer warns. The new federal overtime rules, effective December 1, are a fresh reason for getting it right.
Using Your Website Titles to Increase Search Rank; Lawyers’ Average Salaries August 2016 Column, Page 51 Title tags are one of the most important factors Google looks at in determining search result rank.
Is it Time to Update Your LinkedIn Profile? July 2016 Column, Page 47 Freshen up your photo, add skills, and take other steps to optimize your presence on LinkedIn.
From the Newsletters - 7 great tips for newbie lawyers June 2016 Article, Page 44 Lawyers share top advice they've received.
Tips for Using Video to Market Your Practice June 2016 Column, Page 47 Videos can help you connect with clients. Here's how to add them to your marketing mix.
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.