Gary Dordick takes personal injury lawyer of the year 2017.Tech and personal injury law in general, are both fickle fields. Just as soon as you update your security, IT, and other systems, they antiquate. So this is difficult enough for people with plenty of time and money on their hands. It’s a whole other level for attorneys and law firms. Communications remains a major instance needed for all offices’ growth. As a matter of fact, data security is one of the leading concerns of law offices and clients alike. We discuss actions firms take to improve all of the above.
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Practical Steps for Any Firm
Establish a well-entrenched comm system. Remember...
How to Go from Just Another Site to THE Site
Still don’t get the importance of proper website design? Well, the fact that you’re here shows that 1.) you’re definitely thinking about it. And 2.) that we’ve pulled it off. We have a few tips for the up and coming attorney or the non-tech savvy lawyer looking to break in. In either case, we have you covered. The Circle of Legal Trust has a series of attorneys that, in part, made it to the top because they knew how to get the word out. You can be the best of the best but people have to know it!
Site Mechanics and Proper Flow
Just about anyone can throw together a website. It’s not exactly easy, but it’s not exactly rocket science either. A number of factors...
Pi Warriors BannerAny good attorney can tell you that they can’t do it all themselves. As with many offices, much of the heavy lifting is shared among many hands. This remains especially the case for clerical employees that handle many of the day to day activities of the organization and make sure that things work the way they should.
Often secretaries, paralegals, and assistants are forgotten when new attorneys get into the business. Even among some seasoned lawyers, there is sometimes a lack of participation in the work of these invaluable pieces of the puzzle. Below you can read about how you can best use such staff to your advantage, especially in the changing field of brick and mortar to digital offices.
A Changing Field
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When I was an up and comer personal injury attorney, I was told by an old timer that: “I make my money off the cases I don’t take.” I never really understood what he meant until I signed up a few difficult cases with equally difficult clients. You may not have become an attorney for the money, but you do expect it to pay your bills. As your family and responsibilities grow pressure will increase for every hour of your time. Making sure that your time at the office is maximized is a key part of establishing your firm and career.
This can be the same for any sized firm and any place you occupy on the totem pole. If you’re on top and run the show, it will land at your feet to make...
Michael Ehline, Law Office Study Program Graduate
Your time is valuable– and perhaps you don’t realize just how much so. Many attorneys face the prospect of burnout thinking that they just have to do “one more hour” of work. Many times under closer review they discover that their methods have been incomplete or inefficient.
There are many ways to make your office tighter and ready to take on more using less time. There are several strategies you can use to ensure more hours without the risk of burning yourself and your crew out.
Thinking of Hours in a New Way
Don’t allow work to change you. If you are aiming for an average of 40 billable hours a week it is important that you don’t allow it to destroy your...
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Running a modern law firm includes many different moving parts. There are often many aspects of managing that are overlooked. Even the best attorney can be hamstrung by poor organization, especially if the team needed for efficiency is not in place. By utilizing different aspects of actuarial statistics, an attorney can make their firm far more efficient than the competition.
Aspects of a Balance Sheet
An injury attorney in particular, must keep in mind the various aspects of keeping the books in the black. There are factors that depend on the number of attorneys...
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There’s a lot more about running a personal injury law firm than what you learned in law school. Managing an office, whether it is a PI mill or a complex litigation firm is not easy. But its personnel, finances, and all things associated may seem deceptively simple. Instead, it is often fraught with additional responsibility. By using the experience of others before you, a new firm can benefit from the incredible organization. As Napoleon said, “Amateurs talk strategy, experts talk logistics.”
Making a profit is often impossible if you select the wrong client or the losing case. This is one reason why I always say: “I make my money from the cases...
Alternate Headline: Wait, Did I Take Finance in Law School?
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Personal finance is often a strong suit of those entering into law school. The drive behind getting a Juris Doctor, coupled with a careful tabulation of student loans, expenses, and projected incomes, likely means that you are entering into the workforce with a significantly above average understanding of how a balance sheet works.
However, in the age of changing technology and for those that might have missed a lecture on staying in the black, there are some easy to learn tips for keeping your firm profitable. Of course, many of you went to work for large firms, or the government, and few of you immediately set up a shingle rights away. The cold truth is that...
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The integration of technology into the legal field appears to be accelerating rapidly. The modern personal injury law firm is often situated as much in cyberspace as it is in a brick and mortar building in the 21st Century. This offers a valuable opportunity for up and coming attorneys and their clients to make a more efficient, data friendly experience.
This is the case when compiling data and allowing it to be shared with interested parties. The advent of cloud technology has made this task much easier, and can keep information constantly updated and accurate. Let’s review some of the potential services that lawyers can utilize for this task.
Modern Apps for the Modern...
Michael Ehline, Law Office Study Program Graduate
Rapid changes in technology and professional attitudes have upended the regular personal injury law office culture. The standard nine to five job, if it ever existed for a self starter, has been partially replaced by those in mobile offices, contract workers, remote services, and other significant shifts. For those in the personal injury legal field or about to enter it, it is important to recognize how these changes have affected the practice and will continue to shape it.
Newly minted lawyers may not realize the profound changes the last thirty years have brought. You can no longer get $20,000 in a quick settlement for a soft tissue, rear end auto accident. Those lawyers cashed out when...