Articles on Law Office Management

Employment Law Update for All Illinois Employers (Including Law Firms) By Kevin J. Stine Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, September 2019 Illinois has recently enacted new statutes that affect all Illinois employers, including law firms.
Google Reviews: How Many Reviews Does Your Law Firm Need and Why Are They Important? By Barry Zlotowicz Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, September 2019 A discussion on the important of Google reviews for law firms.
Practice HQ Resource: Starting a Law Firm Checklist Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, September 2019 The Starting a Law Firm checklist, available on Practice HQ, provides a breakdown of the basic framework and issues to consider when opening a firm.
What every lawyer should know about the internet of things By Jonathan Nessler Business Advice and Financial Planning, July 2019 The internet of things is an ever-expanding group of smart devices that have infiltrated our everyday lives and the daily operations of many law firms, but they present a number of security concerns.
Managing expenses for a new office By Amber Mikula Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, June 2019 When starting a new law office, it is advisable to set up a budget for expenses in order to determine the most cost-effective options.
What every lawyer should know about the internet of things By Jonathan Nessler Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, June 2019 The internet of things is an ever-expanding group of smart devices that have infiltrated our everyday lives and the daily operations of many law firms, but they present a number of security concerns.
Improving productivity and profitability in an insurance defense law firm By John W. Olmstead Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, March 2019 Practical tips for insurance defense practitioners.
Law practice management bookshelf By Stephanie L. Butler Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, March 2019 Summaries of books that will compel you to think critically of your business of law practice, rather than just your legal technique.
Sharing the load: Advantages of co-managing a law firm By Jennifer L. Friedland Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, March 2019 There are many good reasons to have two managing partners working together.
The necessities: The difference between wants and needs By Kerry M. Lavelle Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, December 2018 Tips on how to get your law office up and running.
Quick tips and tricks for taking better notes By Alex Rechenmacher Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, December 2018 The key to useful note-taking—a skill that will help you manage your cases more effectively—is to develop reliable habits.
Simple advice to ward off fraudsters By Kevin J. Stine Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, December 2018 Security breaches can be minimized by simply following some basic rules regarding passwords and email use.
How to set yourself up for hiring success By Jennifer M. Danish Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, November 2018 Hiring can be a time-consuming and stressful process, but a well-thought-out approach helps you recruit and hire individuals who will be critical to your firm's success.
How to use Facebook to create top of mind awareness By Nicole Sartori Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, November 2018 Some easy, relatively inexpensive and effective ways for your firm to use Facebook to gain that “top of mind awareness” to reach potential clients.
A refresher on the ‘five tool attorney’ By Kerry M. Lavelle Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, November 2018 There are five necessary tools that an attorney should possess or have the ability to develop to add great value to your law firm.
Financing your first year in practice By Kerry M. Lavelle Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, May 2018 Starting your own practice comes with financial risks. This article addresses the traditional ways to stay afloat while you get your practice up and running.
What are the ‘externalities’ of practicing law? By Kerry M. Lavelle Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, May 2018 To build your book of business, meet referral sources, and become a better lawyer, it is critical for attorneys to participate in activities outside of the firm and courthouse.
Cutting costs, maximizing memberships and streamlining your practice By Elisha S. Deen Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, December 2017 This article highlights the many small ways in which one can keep the costs of necessities down by using resources he or she already has or by simply doing a little price checking.
Formulaw from IICLE By Alan Pearlman Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, December 2017 In the practice of law, nothing can seem more tedious than the constant repetitive actions of legal forms, petitions and documents.
The role of the office manager By Kerry M. Lavelle Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, December 2017 The office manager needs to be an extension of the managing partner. His or her job is to serve as an absolute support mechanism and system for the managing partner.
View your mail before it is delivered By Don Mateer Senior Lawyers, October 2017 The U.S. Post Office offers an app called 'Informed Mail' that allows you to see what will be delivered each day.
Bothered by unsolicited calls on your mobile phone? By Don Mateer Employee Benefits, September 2017 Download Hiya and identify whether an incoming call is legitimate or spam!
Law firm financial management: Practical tips and suggestions—Part 1 of a multi-part series By John W. Olmstead Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, September 2017 Managing the firm’s finances is one of the most important management roles in a law firm.
Tax basics for the new managing partner of the small firm By Amy Rupiper Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, September 2017 A look at the various taxes a new managing partner will encounter and a proposal on how to best deal with theses taxes and their various reporting and payment obligations.
Legal technology resources for your practice By Kimberley Crum Klein Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, July 2017 A list of apps for both iPhone and iPad that can help you with productivity in your legal practice.
Bothered by unsolicited calls on your mobile phone? By Don Mateer Senior Lawyers, June 2017 Download Hiya and identify whether an incoming call is legitimate or spam!
Issues to consider when moving or opening a new law office By Amber Mikula Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, June 2017 Some issues to consider include compliance with municipal requirements, developing or updating your marketing information, informing your client of your new contact information, and registering the changes with the appropriate licensing bodies or government agencies.
Systems, processes, and checklists all critically important to a successful law office By Kerry M. Lavelle Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, June 2017 Imagine having a compelling and detailed checklist, or litigation handbook, specific to your firm’s “process” encompassing the local rules where every new attorney and attorney thereafter would need to understand in the process for litigation.
Can you find it? By Donald E. Weihl Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, February 2017 This article will show you how to create your own data system using a Microsoft Word program.
Effective communication between attorney and assistant leads to better work product By Elisha S. Deen Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, February 2017 Use these suggestions to make the most of your assistant's help.

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