Illinois Bar Journal

Articles on Pointers From Practice HQ

Weaving a Virtual Presence: Web Meetings

By Jeffrey R. Schoenberger
August
2020
Column
Page 42
Getting acquainted with Zoom, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, and Google Meet.

Remember Me?

By Danielle DavisRoe
July
2020
Column
Page 50
When reaching out to clients, consider their preferences and track their responses.

Making Websites “Visible” to All

By Jeffrey R. Schoenberger
June
2020
Column
Page 38
While laws provide murky guidance on making websites accessible to people with disabilities, plenty of resources offer good advice.

Don’t Get Held Up by Ransomware

By Danielle DavisRoe
May
2020
Column
Page 40
Sooner or later, you are going to be targeted by ransomware. Don’t fall for it.

Don’t Be a Cookie Monster

By Jeffrey R. Schoenberger
April
2020
Column
Page 42
If you operate a website, become aware of the information it’s collecting from visitors.

Getting Out of the Office

By Jeffrey R. Schoenberger
March
2020
Column
Page 48
How to tune out, tune in, and stay secure.

Charge Ahead

By Mark Riggleman
February
2020
Column
Page 49
Create templates to improve your efficiency. Better yet, check out IllinoisBarDocs.

Better Drafting Through Templates and Automation

By Jeffrey R. Schoenberger
January
2020
Column
Page 48
Create templates to improve your efficiency. Better yet, check out IllinoisBarDocs.

Part 2: Digital Signatures—Key Features

By Jeffrey R. Schoenberger
December
2019
Column
Page 42
The pros, cons, and Digital-signature platforms provide powerful signing tools that integrate with software you already use of digital signatures.

Part 1: Digital Signatures—the Time Has Come

By Jeffrey R. Schoenberger
November
2019
Column
Page 48
The pros, cons, and future of digital signatures.

How Safe Is Your PII?

By Erica Fujimoto
October
2019
Column
Page 51
It’s time to assess the strength of your passwords. Now.

SMS SOS

By Cyara Hotopp
September
2019
Column
Page 44
The do’s and don’ts of texting your clients.

Not Just a Requirement

By Cyara Hotopp
August
2019
Column
Page 46
Moving beyond tech competency and into tech enthusiasm.

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.

Documents, Documents Everywhere

By Bryce Phillips
May
2019
Column
Page 42
Four simple steps to start your DMS search.

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.

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.

Is Dropbox Safe?

By Barron K. Henley
December
2018
Column
Page 43
Options for encrypting and securing data shared online.

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.

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.

How to Make Web Meetings Work

By Jennifer Ramovs
February
2018
Column
Page 48
Do you use web meetings to meet with clients? Read on to see why it might be a good time to start.

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