Illinois Bar Journal

Articles on Law Practice and Office Management

Top Billing

By Ed Finkel
October
2016
Cover Story
, 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
Cover Story
, 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
Cover Story
, 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.
1 comment (Most recent August 18, 2016)

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.
1 comment (Most recent June 1, 2016)

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
Cover Story
, 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
Cover Story
, 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
Cover Story
, 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
Cover Story
, 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?
1 comment (Most recent October 6, 2015)

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
Cover Story
, 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.
1 comment (Most recent August 22, 2015)

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.
1 comment (Most recent August 22, 2015)

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