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Four Habits for Busy Lawyers to Beat Back Email Overload

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, July 27, 2017

Coming today to SmallLaw: Email is a necessity but it can also get in the way of your productivity. Email is email. You can't change it. But you can change your approach to email. In this issue of SmallLaw, lawyer coach Allison Shields shares many email best practices she has developed over the years, including helpful Outlook add-ins and other apps. These tips will improve your email effectiveness and even reduce the number of email messages you receive. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week for the clues that you're firm is the victim of a negative SEO attack.

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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: Coming Attractions | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | SmallLaw

Review of Onsip With Polycom VVX Phones; Cloud a Convenience, Not a Necessity; Review of Pushbullet

By TechnoLawyer | Friday, July 21, 2017

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Robert Rice, Review of Onsip With Polycom VVX Phones

Mark Olberding, Cloud a Convenience, Not a Necessity

Mark Olberding, Review of Pushbullet

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Topics: Coming Attractions | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Online/Cloud | Privacy/Security | TL Serendipity

Review of OnSip; In Defense of TranscriptPad; On-Premise v. Cloud VoIP; Hugo Boss

By TechnoLawyer | Monday, July 10, 2017

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Robert Rice, Review of OnSip

Ian O'Flaherty, Defending TranscriptPad

James Vann, On-Premise v. Cloud VoIP (Plus Vonage Business)

Joseph Kashi, Don't Mention the War to Hugo Boss

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Topics: Coming Attractions | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Entertainment/Hobbies/Recreation | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | TL Serendipity

Reviews of CoinBase, Telus Business Connect; Using an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil in Law Practice; Using Scans as Model Documents

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, July 6, 2017

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Neil Squillante, Review of CoinBase

Ken Laska, How I Use an iPad Pro in My Law Practice Plus Review of NoteTakerHD and Apple Pencil

Michael Osborne, Review of Telus Business Connect (RingCentral)

Douglas Thomas, Tip for Using Scans as Model Documents in Word Format

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Topics: Business Productivity/Word Processing | Collaboration/Knowledge Management | Coming Attractions | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | Online/Cloud | TL Serendipity

LEAP Brings Automated Email Organization and Secure Communications to Practice Management

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, June 29, 2017

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a practice management system that automatically captures email correspondence, integrates with Outlook, and offers a secure client portal (see article below). In addition, you'll find links to the previous 11 TL NewsWire features, including our coverage of cloud litigation management software that enables you and your team to analyze the key documents, testimony, and witnesses in your cases, a new research service that collects primary and secondary sources related to cybersecurity and privacy issues, and much more. Don't miss the next issue.

Practice management software sits at the heart of your law firm. Some would characterize it as the beating heart of your law firm, especially when used for timekeeping, billing, accounting, document assembly, and other vital functions. But email also resides at the heart of your firm. It seems like these two core technologies should work well together.

LEAP … in One Sentence

LEAP is a cloud-based practice management system with a new suite of email tools, especially for Outlook users.

The Killer Feature

LEAP automatically stores your incoming and outgoing email messages and those of your colleagues — including attachments. This feature works with Office 365.

Let's say you draft a Word document within LEAP and want to email it to a client. From within LEAP, right click on the document and select "Email" or "PDF and Email" depending on whether you want to send it in Word or PDF format. LEAP auto-creates the subject line based on the corresponding matter, which you can edit if you wish. You can attach other documents or save your draft to finish later. After sending the message, LEAP prompts you for a time entry and automatically files the message in the correct matter. If you switch over to Outlook, your iPhone, etc, you'll find this message in your "Sent Mail" folder.

If your client replies, LEAP automatically captures and files this reply and all future email correspondence in the correct matter. It doesn't matter which email app or device your client uses. This automatic capture even survives changes to the subject line and additional recipients. LEAP performs this magic through an invisible code in the initial message designed to withstand the rigors of an email discussion.

Other Notable Features

The LEAP integration with Outlook adds a number of functions to the ribbon. For example, you can access any document in LEAP from within Outlook, attach it to a message, and bill the time spent writing the message. When you receive email initiated by clients and other external contacts, you can file these messages from Outlook into the correct matter in LEAP and bill the time you spend reading them. Both LEAP and Outlook contain all your contacts, calendar appointments, and tasks.

LEAP's email functionality also works from the free mobile app for iPad, iPhone, and Android. If a client needs a document when you're out of the office, you can send it to your client from the mobile app, bill your time, and capture all subsequent communications.

When you need a more secure form of communication than email, you can use LawConnect, the client portal built into LEAP. Right click on the document or folder you want to share and select LawConnect instead of emailing it. A few more clicks and you'll create a secure web portal in which your client can view the document and communicate with you. LawConnect notifies you when your client has viewed a shared document, and enables you to manage your client's access rights (you can revoke access anytime).

What Else Should You Know?

LEAP offers a full suite of practice management features in addition to these communications tools, including a growing library of forms and accompanying document assembly engine as alluded to above. LEAP can also design and host your website. Learn more about LEAP.

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So many products, so little time. In each issue of TL NewsWire, you'll learn about five new products for the legal profession. Pressed for time? The newsletter's innovative articles enable lawyers and law office administrators to quickly understand the function of a product, and zero in on its most important features. The TL NewsWire newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Email/Messaging/Telephony | Practice Management/Calendars | TL NewsWire

Reviews of ProLaw, Time Matters, Power PDF 2, Windows 10, Surface Pro, RingCentral

By TechnoLawyer | Friday, June 23, 2017

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Robert Pennell, What I Use and Why: ProLaw, Windows 10, iPhone 7, Acrobat Pro 11, Power PDF 2

Theodore Borrego, Review of Time Matters

Andrew Condlin, Review of Surface Pro

Walter Reaves, Review Of RingCentral

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Topics: Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Networking/Operating Systems | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Serendipity

Reviews of Mitel IP Phone System, Cisco Umbrella, PFSense; 4K Monitor Advice; Lower Cost Practice Management Options

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, June 22, 2017

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Chuck Pollack, Review of Mitel IP Phone System Plus Failover Internet Access

Tom Trottier, Reviews of Cisco Umbrella and PFSense

John Ahern, Advice for Running Old Apps on 4K Monitors

Donald Coker, Lower Cost Practice Management Options

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Topics: Coming Attractions | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Monitors | Practice Management/Calendars | Privacy/Security | TL Serendipity | Utilities

My Beef With the Cloud; Case Management Data Conversions; Reviews of Pushbullet, PSPad; My Keyboard Setup (DVORAK)

By TechnoLawyer | Friday, June 16, 2017

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Mark Olberding, My Beef With Cloud Applications (Hint: Storage)

Emily Janosko, Case Management Data Conversions Easier Than You Think

Bobby Abrams, Review of Pushbullet

Tom Trottier, Review of PSPad for Creating Excel Files From Unstructured Data

Michele Adams, My Keyboard Setup (Including DVORAK)

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Topics: Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Computer Accessories | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Online/Cloud | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Serendipity

Tools of the Legal Trade: How I Work Remotely in a 12-Lawyer Firm

By TechnoLawyer | Friday, June 9, 2017

Coming today to SmallLaw: Like you, Chris Freiberg practices law in a small firm. Unlike you, he works remotely 400 miles away from the office and visits only once a year. And yet he's never out of the loop. In this issue of SmallLaw, Chris walks you through the technologies he uses to make this possible, and shares best practices on communicating with colleagues, scheduling client meetings, and using a smartphone creatively. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week for tips on complying with new ABA email guidelines.

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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: Collaboration/Knowledge Management | Coming Attractions | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Practice Management/Calendars | Privacy/Security | SmallLaw

Reviews of Grandstreams UCM6200, LexPI; Running Old DOS and XP Apps; Migrating From Practice Management Software; Much More

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, June 1, 2017

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Jason Smith, Review of Grandstreams UCM6200 Series Telephone System

Joshua Gordon, Tip for Running Old DOS and Windows XP Software

Robert Boydstun, Review of LexPI

Donald Coker, Two Options for Migrating From Legacy Practice Management Software

Donald Lowrey, Why I'm Unhappy With the Practice Management Market

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Topics: Coming Attractions | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Networking/Operating Systems | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Serendipity
 
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