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Is There a Practice Management Bubble? Plus Review of Best Biz Local Lawyers

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, May 23, 2016

Coming today to SmallLaw: You've heard of the housing bubble of 2008. And perhaps the dot-com bubble of 2000. But what about the practice management market in 2016? With more than 130 products and growing, does a practice management bubble exist? For this issue of SmallLaw, lawyer and ace reporter Chris Freiberg interviewed six CEOs of practice management companies for their insights on whether a bubble exists, why small law firms buy in or stay on the sidelines, market consolidation, and the role of migration tools. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week for a review of online lawyer directory Best Biz Local Lawyers.

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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 | Practice Management/Calendars | SmallLaw | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

Improve Your Internal Communication Plus 49 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 50 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.

Should You Offer Video Consultations?

Communication Tools for Your Law Firm

How to Avoid Email Spam Filters

What's Next for the Law Firm Blog?

Congratulations to Andrew Cabasso of JurisPage on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: Communication Tools For Your Law Firm Review

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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

17 Things People Absolutely Hate About Your Website Plus 45 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 46 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.

Documenting the Client File

The Solo's Quandary

How Should Small Law Firms Use Facebook?

Facebook Advertising for Lawyers?

Congratulations to Lindsay Kolowich of HubSpot on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: 17 Things People Absolutely Hate About Your Website

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

Top 10 Ways to Anger Your Clients Plus 4 Website Conversion Tips

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, May 9, 2016

Coming today to SmallLaw: Podcasts contain great information but require a large time commitment. Solution — podcast summaries like this one. In this issue of SmallLaw, we summarize a recent podcast by the inimitable Lee Rosen who posits that lawyers are usually to blame for an angry client. Rosen lays out 10 surefire ways to anger your clients. Try all 10 and instead of practicing law you might find yourself asking clients of a different sort if they want fries with that. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week for four tips on improving your website's conversion rate.

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: Coming Attractions | Law Office Management | SmallLaw

Do State Bars Hurt Lawyers More Than They Help? Plus 39 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 40 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.

Get Ready to Pay Your Associates Overtime

Technology and Client Retention

How One Question Leads to Months of Solid Blog Ideas

Shove Your Political Opinions Where They Belong

Congratulations to Carolyn Elefant of My Shingle on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: Do State Bars Hurt Lawyers More Than They Help?

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 | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

Do You Have These Bad Email Manners? Plus 44 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 45 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.

Here's How You Compare to Your Competition

Let Colleagues Know You'll Accept Work on a Contract Basis

The Best Email Marketing Software of 2016

Squarespace vs WordPress for Your Law Firm Website

Congratulations to Kristin Piombino of Ragan on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: Do You Have These Bad Email Manners?

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 | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Law Office Management | Legal Research | SmallLaw

Your First Employee Won't Solve the Problem Plus 51 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 52 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.

Making Payroll Is Tough. Here's How to Do It.

Surge in CoWorking Options for Lawyers

How Branded Legal Networks Help Smaller Firms Land Big Work

Why Attorneys Need Responsive Websites

Congratulations to Lee Rosen of Divorce Discourse on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: Your First Employee Won't Solve the Problem

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 | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

The Right Way to Write an Email Message Plus 38 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 39 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 Your High Conversion Rate Is Killing You

Effectively Using Legal Secretaries in 2016

What They Don't Tell You About SEO

Three Things Lawyers Must Fix on Their LinkedIn Profiles

Congratulations to David Sparks of MacSparky on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: The Right Way to Write an Email Message

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 | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | Law Office Management | SmallLaw | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

Review of Box Business Plus Battle of the Tablets

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, April 8, 2016

Coming today to SmallLaw: New Jersey lawyer Edward J. Zohn believes that all solos and small law firms need a cloud storage solution so he's on a quest to find the best one for you. Today in SmallLaw, Ed reviews Box Business, including setup and administration, folder and file sharing, security, Microsoft Office integration on Windows and iPad, user experience, and more. No spendthrift, Ed also assesses Box Business' value. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week for Laptop Magazine's shootout among the Surface Pro 4, 12.9-Inch iPad Pro, and 9.7-Inch iPad Pro.

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: Coming Attractions | Document Management | SmallLaw

Micro-Symposium on Litigation Best Practices Part 2 Plus Fortify Your Writing

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, April 8, 2016

Coming today to LitigationWorld: What best practice and/or technology do many litigators not currently use that would help them achieve better results for clients? We posed this question to some of the leading experts in all facets of litigation practice, and asked them to distill their advice in a micro-article no longer than 150 words. The result is our "Micro-Symposium on Litigation Best Practices." This issue of LitigationWorld contains Part 2 with advice on capturing extemporaneous evidence, mind mapping, email and social media discovery, shoes and donuts (no joke), and much more. Also, don't miss the LitigationWorld Pick of the Week for five tips to fortify your writing.

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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.

Topics: Coming Attractions | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | SmallLaw
 
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