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October 2019

Growing law firms need a simple and secure way to get more work done and collaborate with less friction. Shared folders are slow and cumbersome, and finding what you need is a productivity nightmare. NetDocuments gives you powerful document management tools that allow you to share, edit, and organize documents and emails in the way that best meets the demands of your practice.  Details  NetDocuments is a cloud-based document and email management system with military-grade…
Todd Herman’s book, The Alter Ego Effect, offers a tool for getting more out of “the six inches between your ears,” as he likes to say. In this episode he explains what the alter ego effect is, and how to use an alter ego to overcome your biggest challenges. Plus, we discuss whether you can still be authentic while you are pretending to be someone else. Todd Herman Todd Herman has been helping ambitious achievers…
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…
If you practice commercial litigation like lots of members of our Lawyerist Insider and Lawyerist Lab communities, it’s likely that one of the first motions you’ll argue is a motion to compel. We want to help small firm lawyers develop their lawyering skills to effectively represent clients. When to File a Motion to Compel Discovery Production Knowing how to effectively bring and defend a motion to compel is important because civil litigation can turn on which party bests its opponent…
MileMark Media is a lawyer marketing company whose founding partners have over 50 years of combined experience in legal marketing. At MileMark Media, they work exclusively with attorneys to build law firm websites. They use their extensive industry knowledge–including time as a practicing attorney–to develop customized dynamic strategies for each of their clients. They are the best of both worlds when it comes to internet marketing and legal marketing and can help you build the…
In an era of mostly-paperless law offices, making your own law firm letterhead as a document template can be a great way to save money, time, and paper resources while still presenting a professional appearance. While you may have to use a commercial printer for business cards, you do not necessarily need a professionally-printed letterhead. If you already have a logo, you don’t even need a professionally-designed letterhead; you can just DIY. That’s…
Coworking spaces have become increasingly popular thanks to advances in technology that have made it easier to work remotely. Coworking spaces are an especially great option for solo and small firm attorneys who want a professional office without the challenge and hassle of office management, or unnecessarily committing to a long-term lease. There are many coworking spaces out there, but most cater to startups and creatives, which is a very different set of requirements than…
Ben Hudson made a hire for his small firm that really didn’t work out. So he went back to the drawing board on his hiring process. He took the time to outline his core values and build a thoughtful, slow-moving hiring process around them to make sure his replacement was the right person. Ben doesn’t take unscheduled calls, either, because it’s better for him and his clients. Ben Hudson Ben is a lawyer for small
The most common complaint made by lawyers is that the constant flow of interruptions (phone calls and emails) throughout the day prevents them from getting any work done. However, the most common complaint made against lawyers is the failure to respond to clients. Fixing these two problems may seem like a zero-sum game, like you can’t correct one without worsening the other. As counterintuitive as it may seem, the move to stop taking unscheduled phone…
Whether you are defending (or taking) your first deposition or your hundredth, you’ve got to be ready to handle deposition objections properly. That means knowing which objections are proper and which are not. Once you know, you can keep the deposition proceeding smoothly, avoid embarrassing yourself, and feel confident when some overzealous know-it-all tries to bully you or your client. Many of the lawyers in our Lawyerist Insider and Lawyerist Lab communities are litigators,…