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Law firms need to maintain control over overall productivity regardless if one employee is working remotely on the road (in court, with a client, at a conference) or the entire office is working from home due to COVID-19. We wrote about this issue in late March, and the need for transparency and accountability has only […] The post Keep track of your employees’ productivity with Activity Intelligence appeared first on Smokeball.…
Most of us aspire to maintain (or even increase) our level of productivity when working remotely. But despite those best intentions, the lack of access to office amenities we’ve become accustomed to can still slow us down. That’s why Smokeball has improved and streamlined its e-signature capabilities, and law firms can now send documents via […] The post Smokeball offers simplified e-signing appeared first on Smokeball.…
Beginning in March 2020 courts in nearly every state moved to allowing—if not requesting—eFiling (or e-filing) for certain cases, especially those in civil and family law matters. While some states, such as California, had long required many cases to make use of legal technology to conduct court filing electronically, the coronavirus pandemic made the […] The post eFiling may be the key to unlocking post-COVID future of law appeared first on Smokeball.…
If you are like many lawyers, paralegals, judges, and other legal professionals, you’ve searched at least once for the following terms in light of the coronavirus pandemic:  Future of the legal system  Future of law firms  Future of courts  When will courts open up again?  When can lawyers practice again?  Of course many of us don’t deal well […] The post What will the legal system look like after COVID-19? appeared first on Smokeball.…
The legal industry is the second-most confident profession in the United States, after more than a month into nation-wide acknowledgement and treatment of the coronavirus. The results come from LinkedIn’s inaugural Workforce Confidence Index, which surveyed over 5,000 workers across 21 professions by asking about confidence in their jobs, finances, and career. Tallied together, each […] The post Legal Industry Remains Confident Despite COVID-19 Disruption appeared first on Smokeball.…
While people across the world shelter in place, avoid unnecessary travel, and host virtual happy hours (not to mention their first-ever Passover and Easter celebrations), one theme seems to be on everyone’s minds: their own mortality. The coronavirus has raised people’s existential thoughts, and lawyers and law firms are adopting to the increased interest in […] The post Estate Planning is Surging Due to COVID-19 Concerns appeared first on Smokeball.…
Smokeball’s former President, and current CRO, Jane Oxley, shares her perspective about the culture of a business in the United States and Australia. I work for a software company called Smokeball that makes cloud software for law firms. Smokeball is busy right now with a lot of communication being directed to our client base and to […] The post This Is When Company Culture Shows Its Muscle appeared first on Smokeball.…
The COVID-19 crisis has resulted in court closures and restrictions across the United States. While many law firms have been able to utilize cloud software such as Smokeball to seamlessly transition to working remotely, these court constraints have created an additional barrier to continuing business-as-usual. What this means for courts Social distancing has become the […] The post Court Closings in the Time of COVID-19 appeared first on Smokeball.…
Release ensures that law firms affected by COVID-19 can continue working remotely without disruption Smokeball—a legal practice management software featuring case management, document automation, and billing capabilities—has added a messaging and file sharing feature that will ensure law firms affected by the coronavirus will be able to communicate internally and externally with colleagues and clients. […] The post Smokeball Legal Case Management Software Releases Group Chat and File Sharing Feature to their Cloud Software appeared…
Many of the details (and nearly all of the specific language) of the early morning stimulus bill passed by Congress on March 25, 2020 are yet to be released. But one data point important to small law firms has been released: “Small businesses will get $367 billion to keep making payroll while workers have to stay […] The post Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Includes $367 Billion in Small Business Loans appeared first on Smokeball.…