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Essential Software for Law Firms on a Tight, Moderate, or Large Budget Plus Picking Partners

By Kathryn Hughes | Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Coming today to SmallLaw: Many lawyers dream of the starting their own law firm. When they take the plunge, they tend to have one of three types of budgets for software — tight, moderate, or large. In this issue of SmallLaw, legal technology consultant Jack Schaller discusses the six essential categories of software for law firms, and then makes recommendations for each of these three budgets. His advice isn't just for startup law firms, but also for established firms that have outgrown their software. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week for tips on how to pick partners when starting or growing a law firm.

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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: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Backup/Media/Storage | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Document Management | Online/Cloud | Practice Management/Calendars | SmallLaw

How Success Can Become Your Undoing Plus 75 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 76 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 Panic, Plan for Retirement

Are You Getting Good Cases for You?

Three Examples of Effective Content Marketing

Three Mistakes to Avoid When Networking

Lawyers Have the Worst Email Newsletters

Congratulations to Paula Black of Slaw on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: How Success Can Ultimately Kill Your 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

Review of CaseManager Plus Law Firm Home Pages

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, February 28, 2014

Coming today to SmallLaw: Startup companies typically adopt new platforms faster than established players. Enter GoodCase Apps' CaseManager, a practice management app for the iPad and iPhone that costs just $20. When the company launched optional companion versions for Windows ($30) and Android ($20), we asked New Jersey lawyer Edward Zohn to review CaseManager for this issue of SmallLaw. Can you run your solo practice or small law firm on CaseManager? Ed has the answer. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week for new research about law firm website home pages.

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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 | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Practice Management/Calendars | SmallLaw

Red Flag Client Bingo Plus 61 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 62 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.

Talent Battle Pits Small Against Big

What Clients Don't Care About

Fourteen LinkedIn Tips for 2014

Three Ways to Generate Ideas for Articles

Congratulations to Carolyn Elefant of My Shingle on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: Red Flag Client Bingo!

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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

Improve Your Word-Flow: Three Microsoft Word Features Worth Mastering Plus Email Signature Tips

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, February 20, 2014

Coming today to SmallLaw: The aspect of law practice that generates the most revenue for most law firms is also its least glamorous — document drafting. In this issue of SmallLaw, law firm technology consultant Ben Schorr explains how three Microsoft Word technologies — AutoCorrect, Building Blocks, and Templates — can make document creation more efficient. As always, Ben provides step-by-step instructions. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week for tips on creating an email signature that will help rather than hurt you.

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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: Automation/Document Assembly/Macros | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | SmallLaw

A Law Firm Founder Admits Defeat and Wins Plus 51 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, February 18, 2014

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.

A Former Boxer Becomes a Legal Heavyweight

Money Won't Keep the "Poachers" Away

Analyzing My Daily Blogging Experiment

Avoid This Terrible Public Speaking Advice

Congratulations to Lee Rosen of Divorce Discourse on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: How I Solved My Greatest Weakness as a Law Firm Founder

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 | Presentations/Projectors | SmallLaw

What's Hot and Not in Law Practice Plus 61 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 62 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.

Poaching Now Fair Part of the Game

Unconventional Wisdom on Time Management

Yahoo's New Local Listings

14 Tips to Grow Your Business in 2014

Congratulations to Robert Denney of WisconsinLawyer on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: What's Hot and Not in Law Practice in 2014

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

Six Effective Law Firm Websites Plus 66 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 67 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.

Top 10 Mistakes Small Firm Owners Make

A Hollow Victory in Court

How to Blog Without Burning Out

Successful Icebreaking Strategies at Events

Congratulations to Robert Algeri of The Great Jakes Blog on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: Why These Six Law Firm Websites Are So Effective

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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 | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

The Internet v. Law Firm Websites Plus How to Set Your Rates and Get Paid

By Kathryn Hughes | Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Coming today to SmallLaw: Your law firm website just got sued — figuratively, not literally. Channeling Jonathan Swift and Johnnie Cochran in equal measure, online legal marketing expert Gyi Tsakalakis uses a fake lawsuit to explain many of the problems that prevent law firm websites and blogs from attracting prospective clients. Given the more than 40 problems he lists, many of them annotated, it's likely that at least some apply to your law firm. Don't miss this satirical tour de force that also happens to be incredibly helpful. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week for tips on setting your rates and getting paid.

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 Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | SmallLaw

Turn "Likes" Into Clients Plus 66 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, January 30, 2014

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 67 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 Lawyers Suicides Are Rising

Manage Your Firm By the Book and the Numbers

Google's Spam Chief on Guest Blogging

Deciphering Google's Stance on Guest Blogging

Congratulations to Peggy Gruenke of GPSolo eReport on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: How to Turn "Likes" Into Clients and Referral Sources

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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
 
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