DOCs, PDFs, XLS and More, Oh My!

There are so many different files types today. Some criss-cross between Windows and Mac while others will not work on the other platform. Some will open up easily on smartphones. Others will need proprietary info to do so. No matter what type of tablet or computer you run, here’s an opportunity to better understand some of the key elements of document creation and sharing. We’ll give you a short rundown of some of the tools that you and your firm needs to easily convert documents. With these skills you will be able to transfer them to the court and to your clients and back! Converting to PDF One of the most needed skills out there is the ability to create PDF files. There’s several different ways to do this. Some include: Photo...

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The Small Law Firm with the Big Reach

The Small Law Firm as You Make It Be Your firm is too small to get anything done! You’re a new attorney without the experience to take on the big boys! Sure, you laid out a shingle but the doubt is holding you back. Who passed the bar but you? You went to 6-8 years of school and have a freshly minted JD. You have far more on your side than against it. Still, you believe that your firm is too small and new to do anything. Your doubt might be your biggest holdback. Yeah, your firm is small. So what? Do you think the biggest law offices in the country didn’t start in a single room? Here’s your opportunity to make your firm into whatever you want and need it to be. You’ve trained this whole period and became specialized...

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The Tech-Paper Balance for Law Firm Tech

What to Digitize and What to Not in Law Firm Tech Your phone and laptop is your life. They’re on you all the time. You pack them in your briefcase out the door each morning. When you’re headed out of town, they’re always with you. It’s hard to remember a time just twenty years ago before such a massive shift in tech. Despite all of these major changes, there is still a world outside of electronics and law firm tech. Sounds crazy, I know. However, stick with me for a little while here. There’s so many different ways to look at the role of technology and where it leads. Your cell phone keeps you connected to the world. However, it also keeps the world directly connected to you. When every other attorney forgot...

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Meeting Clients’ Expectations with Reality on the Ground

Time, Money, and Ease. Pick Two It’s not always that easy to get exactly what you want. Especially for a client. There’s so much to consider for each individual case. There’s diverging goals, time restraints, best bets, legal strategies, and more. All the training in the world won’t prepare you for the full scope of issues that even a single case can bring you. When dealing with a new client, there’s a number of different approaches. Some are desperate. Some are looking for a quick result. Others are simply difficult. Put all of these factors together and you’re looking at a real test of your law degree. The question often isn’t what they’re looking for, it’s how to get there. Aligning...

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The Pitfalls and Rewards of a Solo Practice

PI lawyer using tablet pc computer. If you have ever considered setting up your own personal injury law firm, and you are a new lawyer with no background in leadership, or military training, consider getting a partner or mentor first. Law school can prepare you to be a clock puncher and a form filler, but no way is it going to get you the PIWI Trial Attorney of the Year Award. You really have to know what you’re doing. You have to be Gung-Ho. You have to be confident, cunning, experienced and most of all, bankrolled. Flexible and Sometimes Vulnerable Going solo, especially into the tort law profession, can be a momentous decision. Many attorneys choose not to, for many reasons. One of the key ones is the fear of being on one’s...

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The Role of Focus in the Personal Injury Profession

Michael Ehline, Law Office Study Program Graduate The bottom line is that in the personal injury law profession, making a buck and protecting your client’s interests means working many more hours than the average lawyer. People see our nice cars, our hot wives and feel zero pity for us, as they watch football on the weekend, and we are preparing trial briefs, motions, and paying experts, just to name a few of the things we pi lawyers are doing when you are engaged in leisurely activities. Making a profit is getting harder and harder for both doctors and lawyers, insofar as a rear end auto soft tissue case is concerned. Even the more severe injuries are met with a defense firm, or house counsel that will grind away at hourly billing,...

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Building a Modern PI Law Office Inexpensively Without Being Cheap

PI Law is short for “personal injury law,” which in turn is defined as a personal injury lawyer who spends the majority of his or her time in the practice of law assisting victims of torts, which are negligent acts by a person or persons, which either individually, or in a supervening, or intervening manner, cause injuries to another, for which there was a duty owed not to cause that particular type of harm to that particular type of person. Most people fresh out of law school would probably commit legal malpractice if they jumped right into PI law after passing the bar. But for those who interned, were paralegals, or law clerks, or those on the Law Office Study Program, putting out a shingle is a real option due to their...

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