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Author’s Note: We have, unsurprisingly, heard from more lawyers than usual the previous year about closing a law practice. This post originally appeared as my Law PracticeTips column in the May, 2021 Oklahoma Bar Journal. It will be hosted on our new Closing Your Law Practice page on the OBA Management Assistance Program website, which also includes several related resources, including tips on closing your IOLTA trust account, closing a client’s access to the client…
We enjoyed hosting Mary E. Vandenack,, Founder and Managing Member of Vandenack Weaver LLC, Omaha, Nebraska on the Digital Edge podcast. Her topic was Managing Your Law Firm Through Change. That is something all law firms have dealt with the past year.. But Mary has managed some amazing transitions with her law firm that began far before the pandemic, She has great lessons in bringing an entrepreneurial vision to law firm management and taking…
Communication is something we all do every day. Some days we do it better than others. We have all had the experience of making some statement we immediately wish we could take back. Most of us would admit we could invest some time improving our communication skills. Managing your professional communications with clients is a critical skill and business process for lawyers today. We have all heard the truism that the greatest single source of…
Would you invest just a few minutes doing something that will save you minutes each workday afterwards? Outlook users can quickly and easily automate several email actions to run sequentially using Quick Steps.. Open an email in Outlook and you see the Quick Steps in the Ribbon at the top. You can use the arrow in the lower right-hand corner to expand the view. There is a Create New command to build new Quick Steps.…
So, if your firm wants a better tool for interoffice communication than email should you use Slack or Teams? That was the framework for a presentation “Collaborating: What is the Best Tool?” at ABA TECHSHOW 2021. However, the TECHSHOW planning board asked John E. Grant, the founder of Agile Attorney Consulting and Kenton Brice, Director of Technology Innovation, University of Oklahoma College of Law to do this presentation. These two might have…
Many media outlets covered the plight of Stefan Thomas, the man who, as of January 2021, had $250 million worth of bitcoin trapped in his Bitcoin wallet. He secured the keys to the wallet on an IronKey flash drive. I recall in one 60 tips presentation years ago noting the Mission Impossible feature of the IronKey that provides extra security by terminally encrypting the contents of the drive after 10 incorrect password entry attempts. Yes,…
Attorney@Work posted Takeaways and Tips From ABA TECHSHOW 2021 today. I was happy to contribute, along with several legal technologists and practice management advisors. If you know me, you know I love ABA TECHSHOW. The takeaways on this featuree are wide-ranging and cover a diverse set of issues. I hope it will inspire you to attend the next ABA TECHSHOW, which will be held March 2-5, 2022. Most who take the time to…
Lawyers are trained to consider the negative implications of anything new. When the idea of chatbots on law firm websites first surfaced, many were concerned about the potential for malpractice liability based on poor advice from a chatbot. But giving legal advice is not something your law firm would ever want a chatbot to do. Where a chatbot can excel is assisting visitors with quickly navigating your website, routine questions or directions on how to…
As most of you know, beginning with the March lock down I started posting daily tips and did that for all of 2020. The most popular tip of the year was a fairly basic tip about reformatting Word documents and it pointed out how many Word users don’t know what all of those choices and buttons they see every day actually do. So I am sharing this one once again. Feel free to share the…
Most lawyers now appreciate that an online presence and online marketing efforts are important for client development for most law practices. Your marketing efforts typically cost both time and money. Our latest Digital Edge podcast is How to Win Clients Online for Free! Our guest is Gyi Tsakalakiss, a former lawyer and the founder of AttorneySync, an online legal marketing agency that helps lawyers be where their clients are looking. Gyi stresses that some of…