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Lawyers are spread thin, and a lot of time is spent on laboring tasks and not as many billable tasks.

Don’t Make the Same Mistakes: What Makes a Great Law Firm in 2021?

On average, attorneys only bill 2.3 hours of their day, while they spend 30% of their time on business development. Intake process is critical, but without an effective process, you’re losing money. It’s as simple as that.

Take a look at how you can use your online web presence to protect and gain referrals

Reviews & Millennials Part 2: Using Insights to Reduce Friction

Take a look take a look at how you can use your online web presence to protect and gain referrals, how you can utilize the power that is Google, and how to begin thinking about social media as a point of leverage not a pain point.

Having hands-on resources for your law firm’s needs will undoubtedly create more meaningful research that drives cases forward.

Best Legal Research Tools in 2021 for Your Law Firm

Having hands-on resources for your law firm’s needs will undoubtedly create more meaningful research that drives cases forward. This has been a game-changer for smaller firms who once had to shell out huge expenses for legal research software. Check out what you could be missing!

91% of people between the ages of 18-36 (cough millennials), trust strangers reviews online as much as personal recommendations, and 93% of those consumers say that online reviews influenced their purchase decisions.

Reviews & Millennials Part 1: How Your Online Presence Can Make or Break Your Firm

Let’s go back 16 years to 2005. The youngest millennials were what? Around 8 years old? And if you were to take a look at websites and law firm’s online...

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    In 2020 the IRS released form 1099-NEC, a new form which will change the way 1099-MISC reporting has been handled for years.

    Changes to 1099 Forms You Need to Know for 2020

    This year, the IRS released form 1099-NEC, a new form that will change the way 1099-MISC reporting has been handled for years. Do you know what they are? Is your firm ready to handle them? If not, we’ve got your back, take a look at everything you might be missing!

    For many firms, accounting is a huge pain point. It’s time-consuming and tedious, but it’s crucial to any business’s operations.

    It’s Time to Smooth Out Your Year-End Closing Process

    For many firms, accounting is a huge pain point. It’s time-consuming and tedious, but it’s also crucial. Because of this, we have tried to make the process as easy as possible for you by compiling a list that includes some basic, monthly procedures that your firm may find useful. 

    According to the American Bar Association, nearly a quarter of all legal malpractice claims are based on lawyers procrastinating or failing to calendar.

    Calendaring Part 2: Beating Missed Deadlines and Breaking Bad Habits

    According to the American Bar Association, nearly a quarter of all legal malpractice claims are based on lawyers procrastinating or failing to calendar. Don’t let this be you! Learn what you can do to ensure your firm is staying efficient and meeting deadlines.

    Attempting to collect on unpaid invoices is not a fruitless endeavor, no matter how aged the invoice is. Let’s look over a few quick tips to point you in the right direction.

    End the Write-Off: Collection Strategies to Close Out the Year

    Attempting to collect on unpaid invoices is not a fruitless endeavor, no matter how aged the invoice is. Let’s look over a few quick tips to point you in the right direction.

    Calendaring seems so simple and trivial, but there is nothing more critical to your day-to-day operations than an accurate and up-to-date calendar.

    Calendaring Best Practices: Seems Simple, but Is It?

    Calendaring seems so simple and trivial, but there is nothing more critical to your day-to-day operations than an accurate and up-to-date calendar. Check out some calendaring best practices and learn how your firm can establish a successful workflow.

    Your firms security is everything and third-party vendors are not always the most secure

    Data Security Risks of Third-Party Vendors

    Cloud software is really enticing, but make sure you know where your third-party vendors are storing your data. Learn why it’s way more important than you may think.

    Your billing process must run efficiently in order to be profitable

    6 Billing Features Your Firm Needs

    If your firm lacks the necessary legal billing processes, your practice won’t be sustainable. Proper client billing is not a one size fits all approach – learn what you must do to create a system that allows you to be flexible and profitable.

    Understanding how your firm can be more profitable is key to a successful future

    Determining Your Firms Profitability in 5 Steps

    In a world of uncertainty, how do you determine your firm’s profitability? How can you make decisions that will be in the best interest of both your firm and your clients? Let’s take a look.

    Billing workflows help increase your firms efficiency and profitability

    Billing Workflow and Automation: Why Your Firm Needs Them

    The purpose of a billing workflow is two-fold: save your firm time and drive the collections process. Technology can help you bill while you work, get your invoices out much faster, and reduce your bottom-line. We’ll show you how.   

    8 tips to improve your collections process

    8 Tips to Improve Your Firm’s Collection Process Right Now

    Unfortunately, clients don’t always pay on time. And did you know that there are specific reasons that lead to bills going unpaid? We’ve got eight tips that will help assist you and your firm with expediting your billing and improving your collection process.

    Customer experience is paramount and operating in the cloud is a good start to gaining customer satisfaction

    How to Provide Exceptional Customer Experience

    The core of conducting good business lies in placing customers at the forefront of everything you do. The world we live in today is vastly different than it was even a few years ago, but delivering the best client experiences is still possible, let us show you how.

    Developing your firms brand is no easy task, but it pays off in the end

    Standing Out in Today’s World: How Communication and Branding Can Make or Break Your Firm

    Your firm’s brand matters. Learn what we have found about the importance of communication and data collection, why you need metrics to gauge your ROI, and automation tools that will make your marketing process worth your while.

    Billing will be much easier if you incorporate the modern technologies we have access to today

    Moving Your Legal Billing Into the Modern Age

    There are a variety of struggles law firms face when it comes to finding that sweet spot in legal billing. Everyone wants to keep the books balanced and income regularly flowing, but that doesn’t always happen. Check out what you can do!

    Modernizing your firm means implementing technology to smooth out and increase your processes

    The Modern Law Firm: Breaking Out of Comfort Zones and Old School Methods

    With the level of competition we are seeing today, firms are faced with a choice: to modernize or not. Check out what we think.

    Efficiency in the Digital Age

    Efficiency in the Digital Age: Best Communication Tools for Law Firms

    Both internal and client communications have been changed forever. Moving forward, it’s time to take charge and find ways to use law firm communication tools that prioritize security and efficiency for everyone involved – including clients. Learn what legal communication tools could do for your firm.

    Clients and attorney's are texting now more than ever

    Everything You Need to Know About Communicating With Your Clients Via Text: The Good and the Bad

    We are in an age of hacking, there is no getting around that. Let’s take a look at the threats your firm faces, the obligations you have with your clients when you communicate through text, and how to protect yourself while you communicate in today’s day and age. 

    A clients journey with a law firm is essential to that law firms success

    The Business of Law Part 2: Running a Client-Centered Law Firm

    The purpose of a client-centered law firm, and why many firms have moved toward it, is to set themselves apart and be more competitive. Learn why this is a client-centered model is critical and how it will keep you profitable for years to come.

    Customers now control how businesses and industries operate. Creating customer-centric models that enhance alignment is how businesses must move forward in order to thrive.

    The Business of Law Part 1: In the Age of the Consumer

    With access to the internet, consumers can now decide for themselves when, where, and at what price point a licensed attorney is required. So, how do law firms move forward and differentiate themselves, scale, and align with customers in a way that meets the needs of our changing society in 2020 and beyond?

    Automation creates efficiencies and advantages that manual labor does not

    Staying Ahead of the Curve: Bolstering Efficiency Through Automation

    Constant developments in automation have made law firms considerably more profitable. Let’s discuss the ways legal automation tools help bolster efficiency in a way that benefits your firm, and doesn’t add unnecessary steps or complications.

    Today people are working wherever they are, whenever they want.

    Dawn of a New Digital Age: How Firms Can Transform to Meet Our New Digital Normal

    Emerging digital technologies are uniquely positioned to disrupt how law firms conduct their businesses today. With the adoption of these technologies, firms can provide better client services and attain higher revenue-driven results.

    Employee pitching an idea to a team

    How to Pitch New Legal Practice Management Software to Your Management Committee

    Over the years, we have compiled some tips and tricks on how our clients have successfully pitched purchasing practice management software to their law firms. We found that the firms who have adopted new technology look for the best ways, venues, and times to voice their ideas and concerns—using rhetorical skill, driven data, and interpersonal connections to move the right leaders to action.

    Staff working remotely in their own space

    The Disadvantages of Working Remotely: How Legal Professionals Can Overcome Them

    While there are considerable advantages to working from home, there are also disadvantages of remote working for legal professionals that need to be addressed. In this pandemic, and moving forward, some degree of remote work will become commonplace, so it’s time to get ahead on managing performance and balancing the pros and cons that will inevitably crop up.

    Principles of a Lean Law Firm: Creating a Framework to Optimize Your Business

    The benefits of adopting the Lean principles are endless. Your firm will see revenue-driven results, dramatic reductions in cost, improvements in quality and consistency, and faster legal processes through the improvement of client services.

    Want A Competitive Edge? Invest in Your Training

    Training is one of the leading factors that creates the largest gap between buying and utilizing technology. But training doesn’t have to be such a pain point. At its core, the key is to look at technology training as an investment rather than a cost.

    Running A Lean Law Firm: How Eliminating Waste Can Drive Revenue

    Learn how adopting Lean methodology at your law firm can maximize value and minimize waste.

    Tips For Firms to Attract the Best Recent Law Grads

    For one-third of law firms, a 2019 survey revealed recruitment is among management’s top challenges. Here are some tips on how you can incentivize new talent to join your firm.

    7 Benefits of Consolidating Your Legal Tech Stack

    Consolidating your legal tech stack has its benefits. From easier training and onboarding, billing accuracy, and time tracking, the advantages of integrating your practice management software far outweigh the costs.

    10 Actionable Tips to Speed Up Your Monthly Billing Process

    Legal billing doesn’t have to be hard. Here are our top tips for ways that you can start accelerating your law firm’s billing processes.

    Legal Collaboration: Expectation vs. Reality

    Matter collaboration opens up a treasure trove for lawyers to work across specialties, gain loyal clients, and charge more for their work in the long run.

    5 Questions to Ask a Legal Practice Management Software Vendor Before Purchasing

    Traditionally, law firms only replace their practice management and billing software every 10-20 years, so evaluating new products after all that time can be overwhelming. Take a look at these 5 specific questions you should always be asking your new software vendors.

    7 Benefits of Legal Practice Management Software in a Law Firm

    There are endless reasons why you should adopt case management software, but we’ve narrowed it down to 7 specific reasons to consider.

    4 Tips on How to Begin Using Legal Practice Management Software

    Implementing legal practice management software can be challenging! Learn about the things you can do to make the transition smoother for your employees and increase your adoption rate.

    How much does legal practice management software actually cost?

    The cost of migrating to a cloud-based, legal practice management software can be a lot more than just the subscription price vendors advertise on their website. Take a look at our cost breakdown to get a better understanding of how much it could cost your firm.

    3 Types of Legal Practice Management Software to Consider for Your Law Firm

    With so many legal practice management software applications in the marketplace, it’s hard for any law firm to know where to start when deciding to change from their existing platform. Check out the pros and cons of each platform and decide for yourself which practice management software would work best for your firm.

    How to Create a Legal Practice Management Software Training Program

    If your firm is making an investment in new legal practice management and billing software in order to achieve some desired financial and procedural improvements, we’ve got tips on how you can set up your legal practice management and billing software training program.

    What Should be Imported Into Your New Legal Billing Software?

    If you’re moving to a new legal billing or practice management software, we’ve got you covered! Check out everything you should be able to import and some of the tricks that can result from what’s imported into your new legal billing software.

    What Features Do I Need In a Legal Practice Management Software?

    Before you purchase legal practice management software, it’s important to understand the capabilities that most programs offer. Check out the features you should consider when you’re evaluating practice management software.

    Protecting your sensitive information through secure cloud services

    Data Security for Law Firms: Everything You Need to Know

    Law firms store a veritable treasure trove of data that any cyber-pirate would covet. Find our what data security meaures your firm should be taking.

    Everything You Need to Know About Legal Workflow Automation and Why You Should Have It

    Workflow automation of legal processes helps departments in law firms improve performance, slash costs and errors, and become more efficient.