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Why Law Firms Should Embrace Marketing Automation Plus Law School Debt

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, July 18, 2016

Coming today to SmallLaw: Marketing automation software captures prospects who visit your website, and persuades them to hire you with minimal time required on your part. As such, it seems tailor-made for small law firms and is a genuine differentiator according to TechnoLawyer publisher Neil J. Squillante. In this issue of SmallLaw, you'll learn how marketing automation works and some of the major products, and why Neil recommends you get started with what's called a "drip campaign." Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week for an analysis of the debt burden facing young 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 | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | SmallLaw

Fastest Mobile Networks Plus 49 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, July 18, 2016

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected the 50 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 Sascha Segan of PCMag.com on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Fastest Mobile Networks (2016)

Firm Manager 2.0 Broadens Its Appeal to Larger Small Firms

How to Add Real-Time Audience Responses to a PowerPoint Presentation

The Best Laptops of 2016

Five Mobile Dropbox Features You Need to Try

YouTube for Software Training

Fastcase 50 2016 Winners

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Topics: Backup/Media/Storage | BlawgWorld Newsletter | Coming Attractions | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Practice Management/Calendars | Presentations/Projectors | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

Best Practices for Working With Experts Plus Review of AirTable

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, July 14, 2016

Coming today to LitigationWorld: You and your client can whine about prima donna expert witnesses or you can effectively manage them. Jennifer Dixon suggests the latter, offering five best practices from her time at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Patterson Belknap. From selection to preparation to collaboration, Jennifer's advice will steer you to a winning expert report and testimony without cost overruns. Also, don't miss the LitigationWorld Pick of the Week for a review of AirTable as a CaseMap alternative.

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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 | LitigationWorld

The Process Automation Revolution; Legal Technology ROI; Reviews of Process Street, TextFixer; Scanner Tip

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, July 14, 2016

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Neil Squillante, Review Of Process Street And The Process Automation Revolution In Law Firms

Victor Franckiewicz, Where's The ROI In Legal Technology?

Jerry Gonzalez, Review: TextFixer (Remove Hard Returns From Scanned Documents)

Philip Franckel, Tip: Buy A Scanner With Embedded OCR

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: Automation/Document Assembly/Macros | Collaboration/Knowledge Management | Coming Attractions | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | Technology Industry/Legal Profession | TL Serendipity

Firm Manager 2.0 Broadens Its Appeal With Features Requested by Larger Small Firms

By Neil J. Squillante | Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers cloud practice management software with process automation tools that comes in two versions (see article below), a privacy tool for deleting your Google footprint, a note-taking app for Android and iOS, and a desktop scanner that offers more than double the speed of the ScanSnap iX500. Don't miss the next issue.

Process automation — streamlining routine tasks with the help of technology — has caught the attention of law firms. Who wouldn't want improved productivity, a better work product, more satisfied clients, and higher employee morale? The logical location for process automation is your practice management software.

Firm Manager … in One Sentence

Launched this week, LexisNexis' Firm Manager 2.0 is cloud practice management software with process automation technologies among other new features and key integrations.

The Killer Feature

Firm Manager's new customizable templates help get new cases off the ground and keep them on track. Matter Intake Templates contain practice-area specific fields for information you need to perform work. You can add custom fields and even create your own templates. Checklist Templates are designed to prevent errors and reduce time spent providing oversight. Each checklist template consists of a group of related tasks for one of your firm's workflows.

When you assign tasks, you can track their status in the Matter Status sidebar. The progress bar turns red when a task is overdue so you can quickly spot problems. If you assign a budget to a matter, a similar status bar displays how much of the budget remains as you and your team work on the matter.

Other Notable Features

The Home dashboard in Firm Manager keeps you apprised of your events and tasks, which you can sync with Google Calendar and Office 365. The dashboard can also list other information depending on your role such as recent activities from across your firm. With the new role-based permissions, you assign one of three roles to each user in your firm, two of which limit access. For example, you can prevent lawyers and staff from changing billing rates or viewing firm revenue.

Speaking of revenue, Firm Manager has beefed up its financial tools. Most notably, Firm Manager integrates with both the desktop version of QuickBooks and QuickBooks Online. Creating an invoice in Firm Manager automatically creates the same invoice in QuickBooks.

Also new, batch invoicing enables you to create a workflow that comports with your firm's controls for processing and reviewing time entries. You can write off time, apply discounts to invoices, pay invoices from one or more trust accounts, and customize the design of invoices.

Firm Manager also offers financial reporting, including aging, billing and payment history, trust account summary, and productivity summary. The Money Finder feature lists all unbilled activities so that nothing falls through the cracks.

What Else Should You Know?

Firm Manager comes in two versions — Starter ($29 per user per month) and Essentials ($44 per user per month). The latter includes intake and checklist templates, role-based permissions, QuickBooks integration, and reporting. "Solo and small firm attorneys can now choose the Firm Manager software package that squarely fits their business needs based on their firm's size and complexity," Director of Product Management Wes Gillette told me. "Whether a solo is looking to get more control over the practice as a whole, or a larger firm wants to chart productivity and grow its business, these new package options provide a tailored range of features and benefits." Learn more about Firm Manager 2.0.

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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: Practice Management/Calendars | TL NewsWire

Angry Associates Lash Out About Their Pay Plus Last Week's Inside Baseball

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, July 12, 2016

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:

Katten Names 13 New Partners

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP Announces New Partners

Dickie McCamey Opens Its 15th Office, Entering West Coast

Hello Los Angeles, California! Howard & Howard Continues West Coast Expansion

Jennifer R. Minter ASsumes New Role as Co-Chair of Buchanan's Corporate Section

Congratulations to Joe Patrice of Above the Law on winning our BiglawWorld Pick of the Week award: ArticleTitle.

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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 Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | Law Office Management | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

Will This Partnership Thrive? Plus 33 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to the 34 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 Lee Rosen of Divorce Discourse on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: Will This Partnership Thrive?

To the Doers Go the Spoils

Chapman Spingola's New Office Space

How to Choose a Law Firm Website Hosting Provider

Mobile Is Not a Trend; It's Here to Stay

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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 | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

The Best Folding Bluetooth Keyboards Plus 60 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, July 11, 2016

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected the 61 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 Seamus Bellamy of PCWorld on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: The Best Folding Bluetooth Keyboards

Tips for Choosing Practice Management Software

Amicus Cloud Adds a Client Portal

Review: iAnnotate 4

The Future of Company Devices May Be as a Service

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Topics: BlawgWorld Newsletter | Coming Attractions | Computer Accessories | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Online/Cloud | Practice Management/Calendars | Transactional Practice Areas

The Litigation Financing Boom Plus 43 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, July 8, 2016

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 44 articles from the past two weeks worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sample article from each section of today's issue, including our LitigationWorld Pick of the Week.

Who Sits in Judgment on State Courts?

Amazing and Hilarious Courtroom Transcripts

Manage Court Deadlines Entirely Within Office 365 With New LawToolBox Bundle

Review: Grafio

Congratulations to Jason Krause of ABA Journal on winning our LitigationWorld Pick of the Week award: The Litigation Financing Boom

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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. You'll also receive in-depth litigation product reviews as well as links to the most noteworthy articles in other online litigation 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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The Lie of Technology; Email and Security at My Law Firm; Why Our Law Firm Provisions 2 Monitors Per Person; Much More

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, July 8, 2016

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

David O'Connell, The Lie Of Technology And Productivity Plus

Email And Security At My Law Firm

Carol Baker, Why Our Law Firm Provisions 2 Monitors Per Person

Burton Bruggeman, How To Use A ScanSnap S510 With Windows 10

Jerald Stein, Great TechnoRelease But This Feature Isn't Exclusive

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

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Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Backup/Media/Storage | Coming Attractions | Copiers/Scanners/Printers | Document Management | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Monitors | Online/Cloud | Practice Management/Calendars | Privacy/Security | TL Serendipity
 
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