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Battle Tested Backup Plan for Law Firms; Integrating PCLaw and Time Matters; Paragraph Numbering in Word; Review of Everything

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, June 26, 2015

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Karen McCormick, A Battle Tested Backup Plan for Law Firms

Caren Schwartz, Tips for Integrating PCLaw and Time Matters

Terese Driscoll, Simple Paragraph Numbering in Word (Yes It's Possible)

Tom Trottier, Review: Everything for Filename Searches

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Do you believe in the wisdom of crowds? In TL Answers, TechnoLawyer members answer legal technology and practice management questions submitted by their peers. This newsletter's popularity stems from the relevance of the questions and answers to virtually everyone in the legal profession. The TL Answers newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Backup/Media/Storage | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Document Management | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Answers

Customizing File Fields and More in Amicus Attorney; Reviews of Genie9, SpeakWrite, Brother Laser Printers

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, June 18, 2015

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Thom Miranda, Customizing File Fields and More in Amicus Attorney Premium

Philip Franckel, Review: Genie9

Paul Bannon, Review: SpeakWrite for Transcription of Handwritten Documents

Scott Bassett, Longevity of Brother Printers

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Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Backup/Media/Storage | Coming Attractions | Copiers/Scanners/Printers | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Answers

Reviews of Dragon, Tabs3 Connect, Everything; Surface Pro at Trial; Storing Client-Related Email

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, June 11, 2015

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Roy Greenberg, Review of Dragon NaturallySpeaking Plus Headsets

Donald Coker, Review: Tabs3 Connect for Mobile Time Entry

Miriam Jacobson, Storing Client-Related Email; Review of Everything

Nancy Chausow Shafer, Using a Surface Pro 2 at Trial

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Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Coming Attractions | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | Document Management | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Presentations/Projectors | TL Answers

Five Small Firm Financial Faux Pas Plus Your Unknown Problem

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, May 28, 2015

Coming today to SmallLaw: Many small firm founders neglect the business side of their practice, which inevitably results in arrears and other financial problems. In this issue of SmallLaw, Law Practice Advisor Heidi Alexander explores five common financial blunders and how to avoid them with a combination of best management practices and software. From lost billable time to write-offs to poor client selection and more, you'll surely pick up a helpful tip. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week to learn about a problem you don't realize you have.

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Small firm, big dreams. Written by practicing lawyers who manage successful small firms and legal technology and practice management experts who have achieved rock star status, SmallLaw provides practical advice on management, marketing, and technology issues in small law firms, as well as comprehensive legal product reviews with accompanying TechnoScore ratings. SmallLaw also ensures that you won't miss anything published elsewhere by linking to helpful articles (and podcasts and videos) about solo practices and small law firms. The SmallLaw newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Coming Attractions | Law Office Management | Practice Management/Calendars | SmallLaw

Backup Strategies for Law Firms; Reviews of Live Inbox, ScanSnap iX500; PCLaw Integrations

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, May 21, 2015

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Brad Painter, Backup Strategies for Law Firms

Mark Olberding, Review: Live Inbox

Al Greene, Review of ScanSnap iX500 Plus Office 365 Versus WordPerfect

Elisabeth Sachs, Review: Integrating PCLaw With Amicus Attorney or Time Matters

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Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Backup/Media/Storage | Coming Attractions | Copiers/Scanners/Printers | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Answers

A Law Firm System; Listen to Articles and Email; Acrobat v. Foxit; WordPerfect X7 Copy Protection; Pedometer Apps

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, May 15, 2015

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Aaron Zimmerman, Our Law Firm's Technology System and Core Programs

Neil Squillante, Tip: Listen to Articles and Email on Android and iOS

Silvio Nardoni, Acrobat Pro v. Foxit; Secure Cloud Storage for Lawyers

Bobby Abrams, WordPerfect X7's Copy Protection

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Cost Recovery Policies; The Two Clouds; Judgment Calculations; WordPerfect Paragraph Numbering

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, May 14, 2015

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

David Hudgens, Our Cost Recovery Policies

Dennis Dimka, The Two Clouds: Everything Versus Backups

Lee Herman, How to Calculate Amounts Due on Judgments

Steve Buchwalter, Paragraph Numbering in WordPerfect

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Xero: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers accounting software to which you can migrate from QuickBooks (see article below), a legal research service with a modern take on secondary authorities, an online forms library for New York practice, and software that assists with due diligence. Don't miss the next issue.

ESCAPE FROM QUICKBOOKS (IF YOU WANT)

QuickBooks remains as popular as ever among law firms. However, most law firms continue to use the desktop version according to legal technology consultant Caren Schwartz who specializes in financial software. Given the benefits of the cloud such as easier multiuser access, a shift seems likely to occur. Competing products must offer a QuickBooks migration tool if they hope to attract switchers.

Xero … in One Sentence

Xero is a cloud accounting system that integrates with more than 350 products, including legal applications such as Actionstep, Chrometa, and Clio.

The Killer Feature

Earlier this week, Xero began offering do-it-yourself QuickBooks migration. After signing up, you can import your QuickBooks data instead of starting with a blank slate. The conversion takes about three hours after which Xero notifies you by email. The migration tool supports QuickBooks Pro, Premier, Online, and Mac versions.

Other Notable Features

Xero takes advantage of running in a web browser in a number of ways. You can import bank and credit card statements, and then automatically reconcile them. Clients can pay the invoices you send with a credit card after which Xero enters the payment. You can give your accountant access, and also give limited access to colleagues. Android and iOS apps enable you to use Xero on your smartphone and iPad.

Xero includes integrated payroll with direct deposit and federal and state tax filings. Integrations with third-party products enable you to handle retirement plans, HSA and FSA distributions, and fringe benefits. Xero supports fixed salaries as well as timesheet-based compensation, including overtime. Your employees can update their address, withholdings, and more on their own. Xero also enables you to create and file 1099 forms for independent contractors.

Xero's core accounting features include purchase orders, bill entry and payment, expense reporting and reimbursement, and a general ledger. Reports include balance sheet, profit and loss, cash flow, and more.

Xero offers "bank-grade" security and encryption, as well as redundancy by storing your data in several locations. The company offers 24/7 email and telephone technical support. Xero contains contextual help within the app. You can take advantage of video tutorials and webinars for more in-depth training.

What Else Should You Know?

Xero offers Starter, Standard, and Premium plans for $9, $30, and $70 per user per month respectively. The Starter plan imposes limits on transactions and lacks support for payroll. The Standard plan provides payroll for up to 5 employees, while the Premium plan accommodates 10 employees and also handles multiple currencies. Learn more about Xero.

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Young Lawyers and Legal Technology; What Made WordPerfect 5.1 Great; TC Is Not Dope; List Your Law Firm System

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, May 8, 2015

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Donald Coker, The Dearth of Young Lawyers Passionate About Technology

Tom Trottier, What Made WordPerfect 5.1 (And Others From That Era) So Great

Thomas F. McDow, The Term TC Is Not Dope But My Soft Drink Is

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Reviews of PracticeMaster and Tabs3, Cleanup Duplicate Contacts; Windows Desktop Search; Acrobat and Outlook Integration

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, May 7, 2015

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Ken Laska, Review: PracticeMaster and Tabs3

Brian Peterson, Windows Desktop Search Tips

Colleen Heine, Review: Cleanup Duplicate Contacts

Scott Collins, Acrobat and Outlook No Longer Integrate

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