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Practice HQ Resource: Email Etiquette Checklist

Posted on January 22, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

It’s a common source of workplace anxiety: Did you inadvertently carbon copy the wrong person on that email? Or was a critical piece of information left out that clarifies your position?

In the fast-paced modern work environment, emails are often sent in a hurry. That’s why it’s especially important that attorneys ensure their email communications are concise, pleasant, and accurate.

Practice HQ Resource: Crisis Communications Planning Checklist

Posted on January 15, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Having a crisis communications plan in place is imperative for all businesses—and especially so for law firms.

Such plans should incorporate both internal and external communications, so that employees are kept abreast of what is happening and to ensure that firms can control the public conversation.

Practice HQ Resource: A Guide to Marketing Your Law Firm on Facebook

Posted on January 7, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Social media is a valuable tool that can drive traffic to a firm’s website.

For solos and small firms, the goal of social media—and Facebook in particular—is lead generation and business development. To do this, attorneys need to build targeted relationships, create and share valuable content, and consistently add value.

Practice HQ Resource: Improving Communications Through Technology and Policy

Posted on January 2, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

What better way to start the New Year than by evaluating the way you communicate with clients?

A recent American Bar Association study reported that 17 percent of all malpractice claims are the result of a poor attorney-client relationship, and nearly 75 percent of all grievances filed against lawyers are the result of poor communication.

Practice HQ Resource: Winter Weather Preparedness Checklist

Posted on December 5, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Severe winter weather can cause property damage, lead to employee illness or injury, and in some cases force attorneys to temporarily close their law offices.

The ISBA’s winter weather preparedness checklist helps attorneys identify the areas of their business that are the most vulnerable to winter hazards. Developing a winter preparedness plan can help lawyers minimize damage and recover more quickly after the storm has passed.

Get Answers to Your Legal Questions with Practice HQ

Posted on October 10, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

ISBA members can now schedule a one-on-one, remote consultation or send questions via email to legal experts through Practice HQ, our one-stop microsite for practice management and technology information.

Formed in partnership with Affinity Consulting, Practice HQ now includes two easy ways to get legal technology and law practice management questions answered for no cost by an Affinity expert.

Making Time to Read in a Digital Age

Posted on August 28, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Editor’s note: This is part of an Illinois Lawyer Now series focused on resources available to ISBA members on Practice HQ, our "one-stop microsite" for practice management and technology information. This wealth of resources was designed to help you practice smarter by housing high-quality information in one place.

By Jeff Schoenberger, Esq.
Affinity Consulting Group

Two things often in short supply for lawyers are time and money. Harried schedules chase away things lacking immediacy. One thing I sacrificed was pleasure reading. Between family, work, and other commitments, sitting down to read a book was a lost joy.

Thankfully, within the last several years, books have become more accessible for people with chaotic lives. Here are some ways that you can find time to read and learn while still moving at a frenetic pace.

Stay Current on Mandatory E-Filing with Practice HQ

Posted on August 15, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Effective January 1, 2018, e-filing will be mandatory for all civil cases in the Illinois circuit courts. Practice HQ, our new one-stop microsite that houses together high-quality practice information, has a page dedicated to e-filing. This page was designed to help our members understand e-filing basics, stay up-to-date on the latest rule changes, and prepare for what's coming next.

Wind Down Your Practice with Practice HQ

Posted on August 9, 2017 by Sara Anderson

We recently launched our new member benefit, Practice HQ. Organized by the lifecycle of a law practice, this one-stop microsite houses together high-quality practice information in one place.

Once you've opened your firm, developed a marketing and retention strategy to build your client base, learned the ins and outs of managing and protecting, the final stage of your firm's lifecycle is to ethically wind down. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to succession planning because practices close for many different reasons; sometimes it is planned while other times the circumstances are outside of our control. As a result, the Practice HQ resources geared toward winding down your practice are valuable to members at all stages of their career, whether you're nearing retirement or simply want to prepare for the future. After all, the planning for eventual succession takes place long before any transactions.

Protect Your Practice with Practice HQ

Posted on August 1, 2017 by Sara Anderson

We recently launched our new member benefit, Practice HQ. Organized by the lifecycle of a law practice, this one-stop microsite houses together high-quality practice information in one place.

Once you've opened your firm, developed a marketing and retention strategy to build your client base, and learned the ins and outs of managing your practice, you can focus your energies on safeguarding your practice. In the face of disruptions — natural or man-made — you have to be prepared to keep your clients' data, firm, and employees safe, and recover quickly from unpredicted circumstances. For members who are interested in developing a plan to protect a practice, Practice HQ offers the tools you'll need. 

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