Posts by Chelsea Huss
Studies show that mental, emotional, and physical health issues have become more common among legal professionals as they struggle to deal with the demands of their chosen careers. Wellness is not a one-size-fits-all concept because different people need different strategies to help them feel healthy and at their best. Wellness includes an improved work-life balance, better stress management, and a positive mindset that prioritizes self-care.
Firms are uniquely situated to address these issues by making wellness an aspect of their overall firm culture. Learn strategies to promote wellness here:
Chris Sims and Chrissie Eastin (shoutout to Chrissie for being our fill-in for Tina Terrian) share their thoughts on law firm strategy and the change that has come to the industry due to the pandemic. From recruiting hurdles, getting your house in order, to finding the spotlight, Chris and Chrissie give us a lot to think about.
The Susan L. French Emerging Leader Fellowship Fund was established by GLJ Benefit Consultants in memory of former ALA President Susan L. French. In 2019, Jess Beyer and Emily Spehar were bestowed the honor of the Fellowship and for the last two years, have had the privilege of experiencing the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Join co-hosts Rob Joyner and Amanda Koplos as they sit down behind the mic with Jess and Emily and get a first-hand look at what the Fellowship meant to them and how their career trajectory changed.
Over the course of season 1, we began amassing a donation to present to The Foundation of The Association of Legal Administrators. For every subscriber, we pledged to donate $10! Well, season 1 has come to an end and we have a big number to announce!
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Law firms nationwide are redefining the traditional law office by embracing virtual work, reducing their financial footprint, and promoting flexibility.
Now, more than ever, it is important to be adaptable in all aspects of your business, including financially and operationally. The right legal technology tools can support remote and hybrid work arrangements while ensuring both productivity and client confidentiality.
Law firms can simplify their legal billing process, and even expand their client base, by implementing the acceptance of credit card payments. E-billing and simplified time tracking combined with multiple payment options are sure to make your billing easier for internal and external clients alike.
Family law clients have a lot on their plates as they try to care for their families and traverse the waters of domestic relations law. Family law firms can alleviate some of their worries by implementing legal practice management tools that promote excellent client service, streamline various billing arrangements, and promote accurate trust accounting.
Buckle your seatbelts, because there is a lot to unpack in this episode! Holly Pulido (Chief Operating Officer at Slack Davis Sanger LLP) and Eric Hightower, CLM SPHR (Director of Operations at Wright, Constable & Skeen, L.L.P.) take us through a jam-packed, 60-minutes’ worth of award-worthy entertainment. From uncovering the real myth behind the legal management profession and navigating mergers and acquisitions, to learning how to prioritize an onslaught of requests, this episode will remind you why you do what you do. And, as a bonus, you’ll also discover what really happens when the light bulb during a Kmart blue light special goes out… Take it from us, if the hosts of our show suddenly become Holly and Eric, you’ll know why!
Everyone knows you should always maintain a professional relationship with your coworkers, but what happens when your coworker also happens to be a great friend? From a floating Walmart to...
Insurance defense law firms are faced with unique challenges every day. Because of this, they need specialized tools that will help them manage complex matters while maximizing productivity and promoting profitability. This blog will delve into some of those issues and suggest how the right software features can help firm attorneys and administrators effectively address them.
With the world starting a slow return to normal, court systems nationwide are beginning to open up, welcoming attorneys and the public back into courthouses for in-person appearances and other court-related business. While some jurisdictions remain at partial or limited capacity, others have made the transformation to 100%, forcing many attorneys to make a quick transition. Is your firm ready for this? See if you have what you need here.
Legal regulatory guidelines and industry standards require considerations not often seen within other business industries. While most big law firms maintain an HR department to address these complexities, HR issues often wind up on a law firm administrator’s long list of duties. This blog will take a look at eight unique HR challenges commonly experienced by law firm administrators.
As law firms announce their respective return-to-office strategies, flexibility appears to be a common theme. To best handle these transitions, law firm administrators and members need a comprehensive practice management system that promotes consistency while minimizing potential roadblocks, learn why.
When you think about the function of a law firm, your thoughts probably go straight to the provision of legal services. But, with regular reporting, firms can track metrics that provide valuable detailed financial analysis.
The law firm administrator keeps the entire firm running with productivity and efficiency. A huge part of that responsibility involves identifying bottlenecks and implementing solutions to address them. Take a look at the latest technology that law firm administrators need to address the many inefficiencies that hamper law firm processes.
Attorneys time is their most important asset. It’s what they use and it’s what they bill for. Anything they can do to take that time, preserve it, and use it effectively, and furthermore bill for it, is going to go a long way in making their firm more efficient, more profitable.
A practice management system creates a hub for the entire firm to find information about your cases, which makes you more efficient and allows you to give better client services, answer questions faster, and gain a better grasp of your data. But how do you decide which practice management features you need? We have your answers!
Buying legal technology can be a huge source of stress. By building out a requirements list you’ll not only be better prepared, but you will have a better sense of what your firm actually needs. This step is critical in the buying process, find out why.
Timing is everything, right? The old adage holds true when thinking about upgrading technology. How do you know when it’s time to start evaluating new technology? Is there ever a bad time? And why do you need to make a change anyway? We have your answers.
Every firm has its own set of goals and objectives, but not every firm knows how to reach them. Utilizing a strategic plan will help you properly analyze and allocate your resources to achieve your targets. If you’re unsure of where to begin, we can help!
In this remote world we live in now, many aspects of our jobs have changed. Conducting remote international depositions is no exception. Learn what you should be aware of, the steps you should be taking, and how you can best navigate this critical part of your job in our new world.
How do you manage exhibits in a virtual courtroom? Going to court today looks different. The processes and procedures we may have followed at one point have changed. Because of this, there are some steps you should follow, take a look!
Think of your client intake process as your first impression. What would potential new clients say about you to their friends? Would they hire you on the spot? This process can be easy to overlook, but we have made it easy for you with a checklist that will keep you on track.
There are so many communication tools that work to improve your business development process, but if you do not know how to use them you will not only be creating inefficiencies for your firm, but you will also be losing billable hours too.
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. 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!
8 out of 10 millennials will not buy anything without reading a review first and 77% trust reviews they read on brand websites. So what’s the takeaway here? Reviews are crucial, learn why.
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.
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.
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.
With the level of competition we are seeing today, firms are faced with a choice: to modernize or not. Check out what we think.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Learn how adopting Lean methodology at your law firm can maximize value and minimize waste.
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.
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.
There are endless reasons why you should adopt case management software, but we’ve narrowed it down to 7 specific reasons to consider.
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.
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.
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.