WordRake is a great tool for lawyers to improve their documents and their writing skills. I consider myself to be a good writer. But when I use WordRake to review a final draft, it always provides several helpful suggestions. It is a great tool if you need to cut a few dozen words out of a brief to comply with a page limit. In our video, WordRake’s Ivy Grey, highlights how WordRake addresses typical problem…
You have received a questionable email. You want to ask your IT Department if it is legitimate. You have received a scam email. You want to warn others. What do you do? Your next step is very important. Do not forward the email! You have received the data equivalent of a bomb, even if it is not exactly ticking. You want to render it harmless, not share it with others. If you really want to…
Wellness and dealing with stress were important subjects for the legal profession long before 2020. Wellness is a critical topic for everyone during 2020. People working in law firms are the most important asset our law firms have and they all need to take care of ourselves. They are doing sometimes stressful work in stressful times. Margaret Ogden is the wellness coordinator at the Supreme Court of Virginia. The Virginia Lawyers’ Wellness Initiative is providing…
Marketing, or as many lawyers prefer to call it, rainmaking takes time. Actors often grumble about being labeled an overnight success for a major performance after they have been working in the field for decades. Effective rainmaking takes time. In Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: The Myth of the Overnight Success, the author makes this point and several other excellent points. Rainmaking is about three things, according to Field. This may be one of…
Joshua Lenon is the Lawyer in Residence at Clio and he has just posted The Ethics of Law Firms Accepting Credit Cards. It is challenging to write about legal ethics for the 50 states where the ethical standards are not uniform. This is a good general treatment. For Oklahoma lawyers I might add that it is certainly legal to accept credit cards for legal services in this jurisdiction, but retainers and other unearned fees must
My Law Practice Tips blog is hosted on the LexBlog network. They are now working with a group of lawyers on a new personal injury law portal called Trial Lawyer View Daily. It is described as “a portal that brings together insight and legal commentary from lawyers with a focus on personal injury law. With 19 blogs currently added and more on the way, it’s your go-to place for insights on topics such as…
Printers can provide more evidence than most might suspect. Digital evidence hidden on the printed page is a wild idea. But apparently the FBI is well aware that many printers hide yellow dots on printed text that identify when a document was printed and the serial number for the printer. So, if your client paid for a printer with a credit card and then used it to create anonymous threatening letters sent to a number…
Scribble is a new feature in iPadOS 14. It looks quite handy. Jeff Richardson of iPhoneJD explains Scribble in this post: “One of the interesting new features in iPadOS 14 is Scribble, the ability to use an Apple Pencil to write text into a text field instead of using the on-screen keyboard.  I wasn’t sure how useful the feature would be when it was announced, but now that I’ve been using it, I really…