Illinois Bar Journal


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Articles on Law Practice and Office Management

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.
The Rise of the Freelance Lawyer By Ed Finkel December 2014 Article, Page 576 More solos and small-firm lawyers are hiring stay-at-home moms and others on a project-by-project basis as the need arises. The lawyers they hire are trading full-time employment for freedom.
2014 Compensation & Benefits Survey: 5 Key Findings By Timothy A. Slating November 2014 Article, Page 528 How much do ISBA members earn? How many hours do they work? What are the most popular practice areas? Survey respondents answer these and other questions.
Alternative Billing Comes to Main Street By Ed Finkel October 2014 Article, Page 476 Firms that serve corporate clients are no strangers to non-hourly billing strategies. But other attorneys are finding that consumer-friendly pricing can be lawyer-friendly as well.
Accepting credit-card payments? Mind your trust-account ps and qs By Mark S. Mathewson September 2014 LawPulse, Page 418 Make sure retainer-fee payments by credit card are going into your trust account and not your general office account, an ISBA ethics opinion admonishes.
The Powerful Practice Technology You Already Have By Ed Finkel September 2014 Article, Page 428 The technology that can transform your practice by dramatically saving you time and money may already be in your office - if you'd just learn to use it.
Make Your Personal Style Work for You By Ed Finkel August 2014 Article, Page 380 Afraid you're too shy to get up and do what needs to be done to market your practice? Fear not. Good marketing is more about listening than talking.
A Family Lawyer’s Guide to Tending Client Relationships By Janan Hanna May 2014 Article, Page 224 Choosing the right clients and managing their expectations may be the two most important jobs for any family law practitioner.
Good Is Not So Bad By Karen Erger April 2014 Column, Page 198 Perfectionism won't make you perfect. In fact, it might actually inhibit your performance.
The Business Case for Disability Diversity in Legal Employment By Cheryl L. Anderson March 2014 Article, Page 132 Legal employers increasingly recognize that diversity in their workplace is important to success. Yet many overlook disability diversity. Here's why that's a mistake.
The Ratings Game By Janan Hanna March 2014 Article, Page 124 Sites like Avvo that rate lawyers and encourage consumer reviews are evoking reaction positive and negative in the legal community – and posing interesting ethical challenges.
Practice-Launching Tips for Solos and Small Firms By Ed Finkel February 2014 Article, Page 72 Time to strike out on your own? Veteran practitioners help you get off to a good start - and avoid common missteps - with tips on marketing, billing, retainers, client management, and more.
Low Cost Technology for Highly Productive Lawyers By Ed Finkel January 2014 Article, Page 20 Now more than ever, great technology tools - many especially designed for lawyers - are amazingly affordable if not free. But don't forget the crucial difference between "frugal" and "cheap."
Advance payment retainers in dissolution of marriage cases are subject to disgorgement December 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 612 On October 3, 2013, the Illinois Supreme Court held that advance payment retainers paid in dissolution of marriage cases are subject to disgorgement pursuant to the "leveling of the playing field" rules in the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (the "Act").