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How to Ethically Leave or Dissolve a Law Firm Plus 50 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 51 articles from the past week worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sample article from each section of today's issue, including our SmallLaw Pick of the Week.

Meet Brad Reaves of ReavesColey

Legal Services Startups (Know Thy Enemy)

The Elements of Social Media Profiles

Having Fun With Nostalgic Marketing

Congratulations to Sharon D. Nelson and Jim Calloway of Legal Talk Network on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: How to Ethically Leave or Dissolve a Law Firm

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Small law firm, big dreams. Written by successful small-firm founders, managing partners, administrators, and legal technology and practice management experts, SmallLaw provides practical advice on management, marketing, and technology issues in solo practices and small law firms. Additionally, SmallLaw features comprehensive reviews of legal products with accompanying TechnoScore ratings. SmallLaw also ensures that you won't miss anything published elsewhere by linking to helpful articles, podcasts, and videos about solo practices and small law firms. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Coming Attractions | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | Law Office Management | SmallLaw

A Small Firm That Beats Mega Firms Plus Media Coverage

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, July 17, 2014

Coming today to SmallLaw: Stephen Babcock of Babcock Partners doesn't hew to stereotypes. His small litigation boutique competes against large law firms both for clients and in the courtroom. In this issue of SmallLaw, lawyer and journalist Marin Feldman profiles this Louisiana law firm and its founder. You'll learn how Babcock gained complex litigation experience directly out of law school, why his firm has invested more than $150,000 in technology (including the products purchased), and his secrets to success. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week to learn how to obtain mainstream media coverage for yourself and your law firm.

How to Receive SmallLaw
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 | Collaboration/Knowledge Management | Coming Attractions | Document Management | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | Practice Management/Calendars | SmallLaw

How to Measure the Credit Worthiness of Clients Plus 65 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 66 articles from the past week worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sample article from each section of today's issue, including our SmallLaw Pick of the Week.

Why You Should Rethink That Morning Meeting

The Cost of Continuously Checking Email

SEO Is Dead but There's Hope

How Retargeting Works

Congratulations to Lee Rosen of Divorce Discourse on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: How to Measure the Credit Worthiness of Clients

How to Receive SmallLaw
Small law firm, big dreams. Written by successful small-firm founders, managing partners, administrators, and legal technology and practice management experts, SmallLaw provides practical advice on management, marketing, and technology issues in solo practices and small law firms. Additionally, SmallLaw features comprehensive reviews of legal products with accompanying TechnoScore ratings. SmallLaw also ensures that you won't miss anything published elsewhere by linking to helpful articles, podcasts, and videos about solo practices and small law firms. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Coming Attractions | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | Law Office Management | SmallLaw

My New Law Firm's Report Card Plus 69 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 70 articles from the past week worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sample article from each section of today's issue, including our SmallLaw Pick of the Week.

Key Strategies to Start Your Solo Practice

A Lawyer's Personal Demons

Managing the Media in High Profile Cases

The Law Firm Name Game

Congratulations to Florida Esq. of Associate's Mind on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: My New Law Firm's Report Card for June 2014

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Small law firm, big dreams. Written by successful small-firm founders, managing partners, administrators, and legal technology and practice management experts, SmallLaw provides practical advice on management, marketing, and technology issues in solo practices and small law firms. Additionally, SmallLaw features comprehensive reviews of legal products with accompanying TechnoScore ratings. SmallLaw also ensures that you won't miss anything published elsewhere by linking to helpful articles, podcasts, and videos about solo practices and small law firms. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Coming Attractions | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | Law Office Management | SmallLaw

Reviews of WordPress, BackupBuddy, CompassPoint Legal; Time Matters v. Alternatives; Desktop as a Service

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, July 3, 2014

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Philip Franckel, Review: WordPress and BackupBuddy (for Law Firm Websites)

Paul Purdue, Review: CompassPoint Legal (Desktop as a Service)

Bobby Abrams, Review: Time Matters Versus Alternatives

Caren Schwartz, Desktop as a Service Explained (Works on Macs and PCs)

Don't miss this issue — or any future issues.

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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 | Coming Attractions | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | Networking/Operating Systems | Online/Cloud | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Answers

Legal Publish: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a content management system for law firms that integrates with other marketing applications (see article below), a cloud storage service with virtually no limits, an iPad app for filling out and signing PDF forms, and a free secure document sharing service. Don't miss the next issue.

CONTENT-DRIVEN REFERRAL MARKETING

Referral marketing remains king for law firms, but a new twist exists that you need to know about. Savvy law firms now publish articles online for their clients (some call these articles "blogs" or "posts" but there's no need for these new age words). Thanks to email, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and other such tools, clients share these articles with others. This sharing acts like a referral. This new twist on referral marketing requires a content management system (CMS).

Legal Publish … in One Sentence
Launched last week, Legal Publish is a cloud CMS specifically for law firms.

The Killer Feature

Without knowing any programming, you can create a responsive website with Legal Publish that will automatically adjust for all screen sizes from desktop to tablet to smartphone. Legal Publish includes pre-built content types such as lawyer bios and practice areas. You can extend your website anytime by adding elements such as blogs, landing pages with forms, etc.

As its name suggests, Legal Publish features a suite of publishing tools that the company claims offers more power than WordPress and its ilk. You can grant various levels of publishing rights to lawyers and others at your firm, view an audit trail for all published articles, and keep all versions of an article so that you can revert back to a prior version.

The articles you publish have integrated social sharing tools to make it easy for clients to refer others to what you publish. Readers can also print articles in PDF format, facilitating email and offline sharing. Legal Publish contains tools for search engine optimization such as the ability to cross link key words back to earlier articles.

Other Notable Features

Legal Publish integrates with a number of marketing tools for centralization purposes. Examples include Google Analytics for measuring the performance of your website, and Constant Contact and MailChimp for email newsletters.

Given Legal Publish's goal, it contains a Proposal Generator so that you can quickly send a proposal to prospects that contact you. Legal Publish can add these proposals to your customer relationship management (CRM) application if you use one for tracking purposes.

What Else Should You Know?

Legal Publish offers value-added services. For example, the company provides translation services if you need to publish articles in multiple languages. Learn more about Legal Publish.

How to Receive TL NewsWire
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: Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | TL NewsWire

The Top Six Skills of Top Rainmakers Plus 54 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 55 articles from the past week worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sample article from each section of today's issue, including our SmallLaw Pick of the Week.

My Lawyer Is Better Than Your Lawyer

Dealing With Anonymous Posts by Employees

Top Eight Reasons to Update Your Website

Testing LinkedIn's New Blogging Platform

Congratulations to Eric Dewey of Lawyer Up! on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: The Top Six Skills of Top Rainmakers

How to Receive SmallLaw
Small law firm, big dreams. Written by successful small-firm founders, managing partners, administrators, and legal technology and practice management experts, SmallLaw provides practical advice on management, marketing, and technology issues in solo practices and small law firms. Additionally, SmallLaw features comprehensive reviews of legal products with accompanying TechnoScore ratings. SmallLaw also ensures that you won't miss anything published elsewhere by linking to helpful articles, podcasts, and videos about solo practices and small law firms. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Coming Attractions | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | Law Office Management | SmallLaw

The Purpose of Your Law Firm Plus 86 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 87 articles from the past week worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sample article from each section of today's issue, including our SmallLaw Pick of the Week.

How to Set Compensation

Selling Your Practice (Video)

Why Directory Listings Still Matter

Real Estate Lawyers Should Try This Technique

Congratulations to Bruce Stachenfeld of Above the Law on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: Law Firms Firms Exist for This Reason

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Small law firm, big dreams. Written by successful small-firm founders, managing partners, administrators, and legal technology and practice management experts, SmallLaw provides practical advice on management, marketing, and technology issues in solo practices and small law firms. Additionally, SmallLaw features comprehensive reviews of legal products with accompanying TechnoScore ratings. SmallLaw also ensures that you won't miss anything published elsewhere by linking to helpful articles, podcasts, and videos about solo practices and small law firms. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Coming Attractions | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | Law Office Management | SmallLaw

What General Counsel Think About Your Law Firm's Marketing Plus 63 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, June 19, 2014

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 64 articles from the past week worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sample article from each section of today's issue, including our SmallLaw Pick of the Week.

How to Predict Client Portability

A Simple Intake Tip That Makes Clients Happy

Why Quality Web Content Has Become Important

Eight Tips for Online Law Firm Marketing

Congratulations to Toni Bianco of JD Supra Perspectives on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: What General Counsel Think About Your Law Firm's Marketing

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Small law firm, big dreams. Written by successful small-firm founders, managing partners, administrators, and legal technology and practice management experts, SmallLaw provides practical advice on management, marketing, and technology issues in solo practices and small law firms. Additionally, SmallLaw features comprehensive reviews of legal products with accompanying TechnoScore ratings. SmallLaw also ensures that you won't miss anything published elsewhere by linking to helpful articles, podcasts, and videos about solo practices and small law firms. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Coming Attractions | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | Law Office Management | Online/Cloud | SmallLaw | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

LAW PreDiscovery 6.6: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Kathryn Hughes | Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers new litigation software for processing electronically stored information (see article below), free local search marketing tools, an email app for iPhone, and a remote desktop app for Android, iPad, and iPhone. Don't miss the next issue.

Ediscovery Processing for the Speed Obsessed

Discovery is the most expensive component of litigation. And ediscovery is the most expensive component of discovery. Therefore, saving time during ediscovery can significantly reduce costs for your clients. This explains why ediscovery processing software exists with which relatively inexpensive litigation support staff or paralegals remove duplicates, group near duplicates, make scanned document searchable, etc. (culling) to minimize the number of documents that more expensive lawyers must review. The faster and more efficient your processing software, the more time and money you save clients on the portion of ediscovery they're least likely to appreciate.

LAW PreDiscovery 6.6 … in One Sentence

Launched recently, LexisNexis' LAW PreDiscovery 6.6 is ediscovery processing software.

The Killer Feature

After removing duplicates and making all the remaining documents you've collected searchable, you generate a so-called "load file." As its name suggests, a load file enables you to import all the documents that made the cut into an ediscovery review application so that lawyers can take a look at them. LAW PreDiscovery can create a load file not only for sibling product Concordance, but also for all the major products. Most of these products use a proprietary load file format.

Previously, if you needed to regenerate a load file or output to a different load file format, you would have to start from scratch at a speed of about 80,000 documents per hour. Think re-rendering a movie after making an edit. By contrast, the new version of LAW PreDiscovery can regenerate a load file in any supported format instantaneously.

Other Notable Features

LexisNexis has also sped up the process of making native documents in PDF or TIFF format searchable — a process known as optical character recognition or OCR. You encounter such documents when importing ediscovery. Previously, you had to designate each such document as an image before LAW PreDiscovery could perform OCR. In the new version, LAW PreDiscovery recognizes image files automatically, eliminating this step.

Some load files contain images and corresponding converted text, eliminating the need for OCR — assuming you can make use of the text. The new version of LAW PreDiscovery can associate images in a load file with its corresponding text. You can also use the software's deep set of tools on these load files — near duplicate grouping or email threading, etc.

What Else Should You Know?

Other new features include the ability to filter documents by "duplicate values" (e.g., the name of a custodian) in search results, support for Office 2013 file formats, and integration with Avanstar's Quick View Plus 13. Quick View Plus is native file viewer that can open more than 300 file formats, enabling you to convert batch convert documents into TIFF format for load file creation. LAW PreDiscovery runs on Windows 7 and 8. Learn more about LAW PreDiscovery 6.6.

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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.

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