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How Small Firm Lawyers Protect Themselves Plus 48 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to the 49 best articles, podcasts, and videos from the past week worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sampling from today's issue, including our SmallLaw Pick of the Week. SmallLaw is free so don't miss the next issue — sign up now.

Congratulations to Ruth Carter of Attorney at Work on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: Lawyer Safety: Are You Prepared?

ABA Issues Major Ruling on Ethics of Email and Electronic Communications

Tips on Pricing, Billing, and Client Communication

Characteristics of a Troubled Firm

How One Law Firm Motivates Its Attorneys to Write for Business Development

Write Your Own Yelp Reviews

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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. Subscribe now for free.

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

Pareto Principle Now Applies to Biglaw Plus Lateral Moves and Promotions (May 1 to May 14)

By TechnoLawyer | Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Coming today to BiglawWorld: Our editorial team has assembled links to all the partner promotions and lateral moves announced by America's largest law firms during the past week in an easy-to-scan format. You'll also find must-read analysis, rankings, trends, etc. about large law firms.

We'd like to congratulate everyone who leveled up this week. Here's a sampling:

DLA Piper Announces Partnership Promotions for 2017

Dentons Announces New Partners

Cozen O’Connor Adds 17 Lawyers From Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

Fraser Clemens Martin & Miller LLC Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP

Kara Novaco Brockmeyer, Former Chief of the SEC Enforcement Division’s FCPA Unit, to Join Debevoise

Congratulations to Stephen Poor of Big Law Business on winning our BiglawWorld Pick of the Week award: Big Law Clings to 'Guild-Like Veneer' As 'Super Rich' Firms Pull Away.

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BiglawWorld keeps you apprised of lateral hires, internal promotions, mergers, new offices, accolades, and other inside baseball at America's largest law firms. Because we organize this self-reported news by practice area and law firm, BiglawWorld takes just a few minutes to scan yet its comprehensiveness makes it the only source you need. Each issue of BiglawWorld also links to insightful articles, statistical reports, rankings, podcasts, and videos about large law firms. Subscribe now for free.

Topics: BiglawWorld | Coming Attractions | Law Office Management | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

Lawyer's Guide to Electronic Signatures

By TechnoLawyer | Monday, May 15, 2017

Coming today to SmallLaw: Are you still using faxes for signatures? Or printing, signing, scanning, emailing? These old school methods waste a lot of precious time. In this issue of SmallLaw, lawyer and legal technology consultant Seth Rowland dives deep into the world of electronic signatures. You'll learn about the leading players, practical uses such as engagement letters, and how they integrate with products such as Dropbox, HotDocs, Outlook, and more. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week for tips on getting more clients from your website.

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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 | Document Management | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | SmallLaw | Utilities

ABA Issues Major Ruling on Ethics of Email Plus 57 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Monday, May 15, 2017

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected the 58 best legal technology articles, podcasts, and videos from the past week. Below you'll find a sampling from today's issue, including our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week. BlawgWorld is free so don't miss the next issue — sign up now.

Congratulations to Robert Ambrogi of LawSites on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: ABA Issues Major Ruling on Ethics of Email and Electronic Communications

Hassle-Free Out-Of-The Box Experience for Personal Injury Firms

Review: Timing 2 (Lawyer Review)

Picking the Right MSP

Review: BlackBerry Keyone

My FlightTrack Replacement

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Topics: BlawgWorld Newsletter | Coming Attractions | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets

The Gear I Use in My Law Practice and Why I Use It; PCLaw; Surface Pro v. iPad; Knowbrainer a No Brainer

By TechnoLawyer | Friday, May 12, 2017

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Sara Austin, The Gear I Use in My Law Practice and Why I Use It

Dean Surkin, Making PCLaw Bills More Presentable

Michael Schwartz, Why the Surface Pro 4 Beats the iPad

Davide Migliaccio, Knowbrainer a No Brainer for Dragon Users

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

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Our most serendipitous offering (hence its name), TL Serendipity consists of contributions by TechnoLawyer members who have important information to share. You'll no doubt enjoy it because of its mix of interesting topics and genuinely useful knowledge, including brutally honest product reviews and informative how-tos. The TL Serendipity newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | TL Serendipity

Reviews of QwerkyWriter, K480 Multi-Device Keyboard, Das Keyboard Professional 4, Pegasus

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, May 11, 2017

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Matt Zeidel, Review of QwerkyWriter (Mechanical Bluetooth Keyboard)

Glenn Youngling, Review of K480 Multi-Device Keyboard

Bryan Keenan, Review of Das Keyboard Professional 4

Tom Trottier, Review: Pegasus (Alternative Email Client)

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

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Our most serendipitous offering (hence its name), TL Serendipity consists of contributions by TechnoLawyer members who have important information to share. You'll no doubt enjoy it because of its mix of interesting topics and genuinely useful knowledge, including brutally honest product reviews and informative how-tos. The TL Serendipity newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

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Why Personal Injury Software Is the New Punk Rock in Practice Management

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, May 11, 2017

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Personal injury law firms have unique needs, and a growing number of software developers have taken notice. In this issue of LitigationWorld, Chris Freiberg documents the explosion of case management software for personal injury and mass tort firms. Chris focuses on four products — SmartAdvocate, CASEpeer, Litify, and Filevine — along with insights from the CEOs behind each. Find out why personal injury software is the new punk rock in practice management. Also, don't miss the LitigationWorld Pick of the Week for a poignant reminder about the importance of the judge in your cases.

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All practice areas evolve, but none faster than litigation. Written by successful litigators and other litigation experts, LitigationWorld provides you with practical tips related to electronic discovery, depositions, litigation strategy, litigation technology, and trial presentations. LitigationWorld also features in-depth litigation product reviews with accompanying TechnoScore ratings, as well as links to the most noteworthy litigation articles in other publications so that you'll never miss anything. The LitigationWorld newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

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CASEpeer Promises a Hassle-Free Out-of-the Box Experience for Personal Injury Firms

By TechnoLawyer | Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers personal injury practice management software with specialized tools for tracking settlements, liens, medical records, marketing, and much more (see article below). In addition, you'll find links to the previous 11 TL NewsWire features, including our coverage of a Microsoft Word add-in that automates document creation and ensures their consistency with firm-wide rules, a redesigned international arbitration research service with tools such as Visual Connectors for Boolean searches, and much more. Don't miss the next issue.

Personal injury practice differs significantly from other types of litigation. Contingency fee arrangements require careful intake screening and monitoring of settlement offers. In between, you need to keep cases moving along, and manage everything from insurance policies to medical records while not missing any deadlines. This calls for specialized software.

CASEpeer … in One Sentence

CASEpeer is cloud practice management software for personal injury law firms.

The Killer Feature

"Without a doubt, CASEpeer is the most intuitive solution for plaintiff's law firms," says CEO Darren Fancher. "From lead tracking to powerful settlement tools, CASEpeer makes attorneys and staff more efficient and effective."

My demo begins with a look at these settlement tools. Essentially your firm's financial pipeline, the Settlement Management dashboard lists all Demands and Offers across all open cases. You can also view settled cases by Checks In, Pending (waiting for check), and Issues (potential collection problem). The top of the dashboard lists totals for each category and your firm's cut. Search for a specific case or client, or filter by attorney to see your cases or those of a colleague.

The firm-wide Overviews dashboard enables you to compare the performance of your team and identify bottlenecks. At the other extreme, a settlement dashboard exists for each client with the details of each demand and offer, and a running total of settlements, liens, costs, and the client's net. This is where you change the status of a demand, and enter information about attorney, health provider, and other liens.

Other Notable Features

Settlement information is just one of many data types CASEpeer stores for each client. Others include defendants, other parties, expert witnesses, photos, discovery, timeline, and much more. Each file's Home Tab contains the most salient information such as the client's photo, case age, statute of limitations, health providers, health bills, police report, lost wages, etc.

The Home Tab also lists Case Tasks and Case Notes. Case Tasks typically reside within a CASEplan, a custom workflow that automatically assigns tasks to a person when a trigger occurs (e.g., send a letter of representation to health providers after intake). You can manually create Case Notes but many are automatically generated (e.g., when you mark a demand accepted), creating an audit trail of all case activity.

CASEpeer prevents mishaps and offers deep analytics. The main dashboard lists the cases with an approaching statute of limitations, inactive cases and their "last touched" date, open tasks, unread messages, etc. The Intake report enables you to compare the value of each of your marketing channels (Internet, radio, referrals, etc.) thanks to the settlement data in CASEpeer. Every contact in CASEpeer exists as its own independent record, which enables you to identify connections. For example, you can view all cases related to an adjustor, doctor, etc.

"CASEpeer has transformed the way my firm operates," says Samuel Mirejovsky, co-founder of Bergener Mirejovsky, APC. "It is a powerful and intuitive tool for any personal injury practice. CASEpeer encourages collaboration, oversight, and accountability. Its robust features have without a doubt increased our efficiency. With CASEpeer we can plan for the future with ease."

What Else Should You Know?

CASEpeer also offers document management, email capture, expense tracking, eFax integration, and the ability to send, receive, and store text messages. The monthly subscription price ranges from $55 to $85 per user depending on the size of your firm. This includes data migration, online training, and technical support. Learn more about CASEpeer.

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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: Litigation/Discovery/Trials | Practice Management/Calendars | TL NewsWire

Lawyer Salaries Are Dropping Plus 34 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to the 35 best articles, podcasts, and videos from the past week worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sampling from today's issue, including our SmallLaw Pick of the Week. SmallLaw is free so don't miss the next issue — sign up now.

Congratulations to Deborah J. Merritt of Law School Cafe on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: Jobs and Salaries for New Lawyers

Track These Performance Metrics to Improve Client Relations

Five Steps to Collecting Fees

Four Local SEO Hacks Lawyers Can Use to Rank #1 in Google My Business

These Common Blogging Truths Are False

Don't Limit Yourself by Geography

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

Neil Squillante Is Flying Through the Golden Age of Email Plus 46 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Monday, May 8, 2017

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected the 47 best legal technology articles, podcasts, and videos from the past week. Below you'll find a sampling from today's issue, including our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week. BlawgWorld is free so don't miss the next issue — sign up now.

Congratulations to Brett Burney of Apps in Law on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Neil Squillante Is Flying Through the Golden Age of Email With Airmail

Exploring Office 365 (Lawyer Review)

Word LX Professional Automates Document Creation and Reinforces Firm-Wide Rules

The Lawyer's Guide to a Well-Appointed iPad (Fifth Edition) NEW!

Surface Laptop: A Contrary View

The Cloud Computing Tidal Wave

Why Hasn't Anyone Made the Perfect Laptop?

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