If you’ve ever been a guest at a five-star hotel, you know that it feels different from a two-star hotel. While the end result (a place to sleep) is the same, the experience is totally different. A two-star motel gets the job done, but you forget all about it the moment you leave the lobby. With a five-star stay, however, you remember the experience. If you can, you return the next time you’re in town—and…
Law firm pricing is one of the most important aspects of running a legal practice. It affects how your clients see the value they get from your services, and whether they’ll hire you at all. Still, for many law firms, effective pricing remains a challenge. How much should lawyers charge? How do you know if your prices are too high, or too low? What are average attorney rates? Should you charge for an initial consultation,…
In today’s client-centered age, it’s more important than ever that your law firm stands out from the crowd. But how do you differentiate yourself from the competition when you’re all providing very similar legal deliverables? We spoke to Shreya Ley of LayRoots about this very issue at the 2019 Clio Cloud Conference. Shreya is the co-founder of LayRoots, along with her husband, Colin Ley. The firm provides asset protection services, and differentiates itself by…
When you order food at a restaurant, you don’t expect to know exactly what ingredients and techniques go into making your meal—but you do expect to know about how much it will cost.  It might seem obvious when it comes to food service, but this upfront pricing model is not the norm in the legal industry. For most legal services, the billable hour is still prevalent. While billable hours might be the norm, they can…
When it comes to legal work, there’s a lot of pressure on attorneys to be practically superhuman. From long hours to poor work-life balance to inequitable compensation, many struggle to succeed within a law firm culture that isn’t as supportive as it could be—and that struggle holds lawyers (and law firms) back from reaching their full potential. Creating and nurturing a law firm culture that supports lawyers (both as attorneys and as human beings) and…
If you’re searching for the secret to law firm efficiency, bestselling author Daniel Pink might just have the answers you’re looking for. In his latest book, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, Daniel delves into psychology, biology, and economics to provide insight into how we can make better decisions about when we do things. I spoke with Daniel at the 2019 Clio Cloud Conference, where he shared insights into his research for…
We often talk about how lawyers can better use technology, but what about paralegals? How can paralegals use an innovative approach to get more out of their day and do more of the work they love? At the 2019 Clio Cloud Conference, we spoke with Lori Gonzales, head of the RayNa Corporation, which helps law firms run more efficiently by taking administrative work off of their plates. Lori is a well-known leader in…
As a legal professional, you probably know why Microsoft Office 365 for law firms is essential to a firm’s day-to-day operations. With apps like Outlook, OneDrive, Office 365 Calendar, and Microsoft Teams, Microsoft’s suite of business tools is a great way to move away from cumbersome paper files and inefficient processes.  But how do you make your tools matter-centric and specific to your legal workflows? That’s where Clio comes in. By connecting Clio and Microsoft
The weather’s heating up, and so are our efforts to make your work-life run a little smoother this summer. From a VoIP integration to scale your firm’s communication needs, to fresh features for mobile, to updates for Clio’s Outlook Add-in, this month it’s all about helping you communicate more productively (no matter where you are). And—speaking of being productive from anywhere—the first ever virtual Clio Cloud Conference is coming up soon. Don’t forget to register
Organization for lawyers can be tough—especially in such high-stress, high-performing environments. If your desk has disappeared under a chaotic pile of papers, or if you often find yourself spending too much time searching for client files, read this post for some valuable suggestions on how to get organized as a legal professional. And if you find yourself inadvertently missing billable hours on invoices because you’re not regularly tracking time, fret not. We’re here to help…