Sam Glover

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Buying a good document scanner is obviously critical for going paperless. So is a solid backup strategy. After that, you can pretty much just start scanning every document in your office. Your overall paperless workflow doesn’t need to be complicated, but it should follow some best practices. Designing Your Paperless Workflow But there is a bit more to going paperless than that. You need to think about your paperless workflow. In other words,…
Ask someone how much they worked last week, and they will probably overestimate the number by 5–10%, according to a study published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And the more someone thinks they worked, the greater their overestimate is likely to be, says the Economix blog at the New York Times. Humans (well, American humans, at least) have really inaccurate memories when it comes to the time they spend working, in other words. We…
Around this time last year, we got a pretty depressing look at solo income. In sum, it looked like solo income was dropping overall, dropping relative to the rest of the economy, and barely rising relative to law firm partners. Those charts were based on IRS data and research by University of Tennessee law professor Benjamin Barton. His research shows that solos’ average take-home (after-tax) earnings are about $49,000. That seems low. I realize the…
If you haven’t already gone paperless, you will. It’s long past time to leave paper mostly behind. I went paperless shortly after I started my solo practice in 2005. Back then, it was still a pretty cutting-edge thing for a lawyer to do. I used to spend a lot of time debunking common misconceptions about the paperless office and pointing out the advantages. It’s not worth doing that any longer. Plenty of law offices…
According to Vanessa Van Edwards, charisma is charisma is “a compelling attractiveness or charm that can inspire devotion in others.” In this episode she explains what factors into charisma—and awkwardness—and how everyone can learn to be more charismatic. Thanks to PwC Insights Officer, Alert Communications, Sanebox, and ROSS Intelligence for sponsoring this episode! Vanessa Van Edwards Vanessa Van Edwards is lead investigator at the Science of People—a human behavior research lab where she teaches…
Dr. Sherry Walling helps smart people do hard things, but trauma can get in the way. In this episode she explains what trauma is and where it comes from, how to find out if you have trauma, and how it can be linked to other mental health issues, like depression and anxiety. Thanks to PwC Insights Officer, Alert Communications, Sanebox, and ROSS Intelligence for sponsoring this episode! Sherry Walling Dr. Sherry Walling is a clinical…
Choosing a laptop and document scanner isn’t covered in law school, but you can’t start a law firm without some basic hardware and software. To make it easier for you to get what you need without a lot of research, here is our standard list of basic recommendations. Obviously, this does not cover everything you need, but it definitely contains the basics—everything you need to get a new law firm up and running, and nothing extra. Basic Hardware Computer.…
In general, lawyers in our Lawyerist Insider and Lawyerist Lab communities spend way too much time worrying about getting the best laptops for lawyers. You can run a law practice just fine on a $400 Dell desktop (but you shouldn’t). Best Desktop Computer for Your Law Office You don’t need to waste time and brainpower obsessively comparing specs or agonizing over whether to get a Mac or PC. You can just get something from Microsoft or…
Seven years ago, about 225 people gathered at the Hotel Sax in Chicago for the very first Clio Cloud Conference. This year over 2,000 people came to the 2019 Clio Cloud Conference in San Diego. For comparison, that’s getting close to the attendance at ABA TECHSHOW. Similarly, Clio itself is growing. This year CEO Jack Newton reported that Clio has over 150,000 users in over 100 countries, and the company itself has around…
There is a lot of discussion in our Lawyerist Insider and Lawyerist Lab communities about the need for lower-cost legal fees. This is an important discussion for lawyers to have, but I think it is also important to stop and reflect on why hiring a lawyer is so expensive in the first place. The Real Cost of Legal Services On top of the considerable cost of acquiring a law degree, malpractice insurance, business overhead, etc.—only…