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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?

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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 | 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.

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Why Susan Cartier Liebel Is Angry at Her Lawyer Plus 39 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, April 5, 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.

Sweat the Small Stuff

What's an Initial Consultation Worth?

Five Ways Lawyers Can Boost Their Call to Action Performance

How Attorneys Can Use Remarketing to Get More Leads

Congratulations to Susan Cartier Liebel of Solo Practice University on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: Why Susan Cartier Liebel Is Angry at Her Lawyer

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How to Deal With Your Law Office Email Plus 37 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, March 29, 2016

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

Five Tasks Your Firm Can Outsource to a Virtual Assistant

Using a "Virtual" Assistant to Schedule Meetings

Study Reveals Best Contact Strategies for Optimal Lead Conversion

How Our Ex-Client Made $1,500,000 by Firing Us

Congratulations to Toya Gavin of Solo Practice University on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: How to Deal With Your Law Office Email Once and for All

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iPad Buyer's Guide for Lawyers (2016)

By Neil J. Squillante | Friday, March 25, 2016

Originally published in our free SmallLaw newsletter. Instead of reading SmallLaw here after the fact, sign up now to receive future issues in realtime.

With this week's announcement of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, Apple's current iPad line-up is both its best ever but also its most complex. In this issue of SmallLaw, TechnoLawyer publisher and iPad expert Neil Squillante helps you sort through the options by identifying the best iPad for each of six common lawyer use cases. Neil also recommends accessories and cases for the well-appointed lawyer. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week (newsletter only) for three auto-attendant irritations to avoid.

With this week's announcement of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, Apple's current iPad line-up is both its best ever but also its most complex. In addition, Apple now offers two professional accessories — Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. In this issue of SmallLaw, I'll steer you to the best iPad and accessories for your law practice.

The Big Picture

Apple currently sells five iPad models in three sizes. However, the iPad mini 2 shipped in 2013 and tops out at 32 GB of storage. Skip that one. This leaves four contenders. Here's how the other models stack up:

• iPad Pro 12.9-Inch (2015): $799 to $1,229
• iPad Pro 9.7-Inch (2016): $599 to $1,029
• iPad Air 2 (2014): $399 to $629
• iPad mini 4 (2015): $399 to $729

Below I explain the key differences among these iPads using common use cases.

You Want to Take Handwritten Notes

In 2012, I was enthusiastic about note-taking on the iPad but never found a stylus worth a damn. Note-taking was more aspirational than reality back then. But by all accounts, the Apple Pencil is the real deal for handwritten notes. The Apple Pencil works only with the two iPad Pro models. You'll just need to figure out which size you want.

You Expect to Read a Lot

What kind of reading?

For letter-size documents (PDF, Word, etc.), go with the iPad Pro or iPad Air 2. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is pretty much the same size as a piece of letter-size paper. However, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is the only model with a True Tone display — ambient light sensors that adapt the display to your environment to make the screen resemble paper as much as possible.

As much as I love the iPad mini, it's suboptimal for PDF and other letter-size documents. But because of its size and weight it shines for reading ebooks, email, Twitter, Facebook, and web pages in Reader mode or saved to Instapaper or Pocket.

You Live in Dropbox (Or a Competitor)

iPads last a long time. The one purchasing decision that can haunt you is scrimping on storage since you cannot expand it. Storage is especially important if you have already replaced or plan to replace your network file server with a cloud storage service such as Dropbox. While Dropbox doesn't immediately download all files to your iPad as is the case on a PC, over time you'll download plenty so it'll add up.

Only the iPad Pro models offer 256 GB. These also come in a 128 GB capacity as does the iPad mini 4. Avoid the iPad Air 2 if you need a lot of storage as it tops out at 64 GB.

You Want to Give Trial Presentations

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro seems like the only reasonable option for the demands of a trial. You get a lot of screen real estate that you can split between two apps such as your outline and a deposition transcript. The 4 GB of memory makes it less likely that apps will have to reload (the other iPad models have just 2 GB). You can connect a full-size keyboard case that doesn't require batteries thanks to the Smart Connector. The pricier iPad Pro models offer enough storage (see above) to hold a lot of exhibits and videos.

The only wrinkle is that TrialPad (the leading trial presentation app by most accounts) doesn't yet support the 12.9-inch iPad Pro's native screen resolution (it works but is a little enlarged) or iOS 9 split screen multitasking. Lit Software CEO Ian O'Flaherty told me today that support for the iPad Pro's resolution will arrive in April, but there's no timetable for split screen support.

O'Flaherty added that the company's other litigation apps — DocReviewPad and TranscriptPad — support the 12.9-inch iPad Pro's native resolution.

You Want a Laptop Replacement

I have to include the elephant in the room, especially since the answer is a little more complex than it was a week ago. Clearly, you want an iPad Pro equipped a keyboard case and perhaps the Apple Pencil. But now that two sizes of iPad Pro exist, you need to determine how much you value screen size versus portability. (What about Microsoft's Surface Book and Surface Pro? That's a different article.)

You Want a TV and Stereo in the Office

Ironically, the abundance of media apps available for the iPad has been under-reported. Armed with your cable TV login, you can live stream Bloomberg TV, CNN, CNBC, Fox News, Fox Business, MSNBC, and of course many of the entertainment networks. Likewise, you can stream virtually any radio station via TuneIn Radio and music via Apple Music, Google Play Music, Prime Music, Spotify, etc.

Sure your iPhone can run these apps if you don't mind squinting. And sure you can use your browser in most cases as long as you don't mistakenly close the tab. Regarding sound, both of the iPad Pro models have four speakers that play in stereo in landscape and portrait orientation. But if you're only going to use your iPad as an entertainment device and especially if you use headphones most of the time, the iPad Air 2 will save you money.

You Want to Look Sharp

All the iPads look sharp but that's not the whole story. I've become a big fan of Sena cases. The company works exclusively with leather, and is one of the few case makers that sells sleeves for those who prefer using their iPad naked and need protection only for transport.

Sena's most versatile case is the Vettra 360. It can prop up your iPad in landscape and portrait orientation thanks to a swivel mechanism, and contains a loop for securely carrying the Apple Pencil.

Apple's Smart Keyboard for the iPad Pro changes your case calculus. It doubles as a case but protects only the screen. I recommend marrying this keyboard case with Apple's Smart Case in the same gray color (or hey maybe go two tone) to protect the back of the iPad. Yes it's shocking that Apple would make these two separate purchases work so well together.

Hope You Like Your New iPad

If you buy a new iPad, reply and let us know which model and how you use it — and whether you disagree with any of my advice.

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The Biggest Health Problem Solos Face Plus 37 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 38 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.

Don't Discount Your Fee: Use This Alternative

Passing on Credit Card Surcharges to Clients

Is Your Blog Destroying Your Website's Performance?

How Lawyers Can Perform an SEO Audit and the Tools to Do It

Congratulations to Karen Caffrey of Solo Practice University on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: The Biggest Health Problem Solos Face

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It's Good to Be a Lawyer Plus 42 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 43 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.

New Partnership Tax Audit Rules Could Put You at Risk

Hollywood's Top Divorce Lawyer Spills Her Secrets

Editorial Calendar Options for Law Firm Blogs

Does Your Law Firm Need Multiple Websites?

Congratulations to Gabe Friedman of Big Law Business on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: It's Good to Be a Lawyer

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