Josh Taylor

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Undervaluing Yourself Let’s run an all-too-realistic calculation for one single day of work on a case. You’re a darn good family lawyer who bills $250 per hour for your time.  You’ve been working on a divorce case intermittently throughout the day last Monday.  Your total time worked on the case (unbeknownst to you) was 5.6 […] The post [Free eBook] Valuing Your Time as a Family Law Attorney appeared first on Smokeball.…
This post was originally published on Attorney at Work. By Josh Taylor Welcome back to the #LegalWritingReminders series! In this second installment, punctuation takes center stage. Punctuation is perhaps the most variant grammatical rule system among active writers. We need look only to the vigorous arguments surrounding Oxford commas (also known as serial commas). Beliefs around […] The post Honing Legal Writing Skills: Using Colons and Semicolons in Memos and Briefs appeared first on Smokeball.…
by Josh Taylor This article was originally published on Attorney at Work. Throughout my career, I’ve held several positions where learning and training on software was integral to success. In my practice days, learning software was crucial to performing efficient and affordable research for clients. In my software company days, training on practice management software […] The post New Software? Facing Up to Training Hurdles appeared first on Smokeball.…
by Josh Taylor This article was originally published on Attorney at Work. Throughout my career, I’ve held several positions where learning and training on software was integral to success. In my practice days, learning software was crucial to performing efficient and affordable research for clients. In my software company days, training on practice management software […] The post New Software? Facing Up to Training Hurdles appeared first on Smokeball.…
Smokeball’s latest free eBook, “21 Days to a Healthier Practice”, focuses on the most neglected part of a law firm – YOU!  Studies show that lawyers are some of the least healthy and least happy people in the United States.  But why?  The stress and strain of the job obviously takes its toll, but lawyers […] The post [Free eBook] 21 Days to a Healthier Practice by Dr. Jordan Leasure appeared first on Smokeball.…
By Josh Taylor This article was originally published on Attorney At Work. “Write well. Your career depends on it.” Those words are etched all around our Writing Resource Center offices at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. The mantra is so simple it’s almost forgettable, especially to those of us long removed from the halls […] The post Honing Legal Writing Skills: Passive Voice and Parentheticals appeared first on Smokeball.…
Smokeball is thrilled to announce that development is complete for three exciting new layouts affecting the Custody, Support & Visitation, Pre Decree, Post Decree, and Parentage family law matter types in the following states: IL, CA, NY, PA, GA, and FL. These new layouts are the result of a year-long project by Smokeball’s team to […] The post Smokeball Makes Upgrades for Family Law Firms! appeared first on Smokeball.…
This is the first in a series of posts tailored to personal injury firms seeking the right software to improve their profitability and productivity. Personal Injury lawyers wear many hats; they serve as the confidant, the counselor, and the advocate for people in crisis due to accidents, negligence or malicious harm. As a result, the […] The post Personal Injury Success Series: Choosing the Right Software appeared first on Smokeball.…
“Being a lawyer runs in the family.  My father is an attorney, my mother is an attorney, cousin, sister, brother, everybody is an attorney essentially.” That’s how second-generation personal injury trial attorney Robert Curcio, better known as R.J., describes his almost fated path to taking the mantle at his family’s Chicago-based personal injury practice.  Today, […] The post Curcio Law Offices: A Smokeball Personal Injury Firm That’s All In The Family appeared first on Smokeball