Real estate law includes a wide range of specialties, from residential sales to multi-million-dollar commercial transactions. To be consistently successful, real estate law firms need practice management tools that can be tailored to the specific needs of these complex undertakings. Learn why now.
Finding the love of your life is rare. It isn’t something you can search for or pull out of thin air, and sometimes, people go through their entire lives without it. But that wasn’t the case for Mark Bridgeman (HR Manager, Shuffield, Lowman & Wilson, P.A.). From the Navy to Chief Legal Records Manager to three ALA chapter leadership positions, Mark has seen it all. But what he didn’t see coming was Steven Wingert. From a love born out of a Starbucks line to defying the odds, and navigating pancreatic cancer, Mark takes us through a love story that continues to live on through their children, grandchildren, and Steven’s leadership legacy. It will be remembered as the deepest and purest form of love, partnership, and hope.
This episode is dedicated to and in loving memory of Steven Wingert, CLM, PhD. (FEBRUARY 7, 1960 – MARCH 18, 2019)
Check-in on any firm administrator or managing partner communication platform, and you will find conversations regarding the challenges of finding help. There is a shortage of good talent and the difficulty in recruiting that talent is felt across the board by firms of all sizes and locations. Learn what you can do about it.
Michael Bumgarner (President of ALA) and Debbie Elsbury (former President of ALA) join the show to discuss everything from the hurdles that come with huge career transitions to the power of titles within a firm. They also discuss how one can progress into leadership within ALA.
In the legal community, it’s easy to feel like the dumbest person in the room because let’s face it, you’re surrounded by so many great minds and imposter syndrome is real. But both Debbie and Mike have some tips on how to overcome this. And if that wasn’t enough to pique your interest, they also have a haunted house story!
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Law practice management software gives criminal defense firms the tools they need to navigate a case from intake to payment using a centralized hub. Comprehensive case management, combined with integrated billing and accounting tools, keeps law firms on top of their numerous responsibilities.
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.
You may be asking yourself, why should I listen to a podcast about legal management? The answer is simple: as a pioneer in law firm tech sales and a seasoned...
Lyn Calu (Regional Office Administrator at Dinsmore & Shohl) and Michael Keatts (Regional Office Administrator at Bowman and Brooke) began their friendship at Bowman and Brooke where they navigated the...
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.
Over the last 10 years, business leaders around the world have incorporated cloud-based technologies, recognizing their greater efficiency and cost savings potential. However, many law firms still rely on filing cabinets and in-office servers, but the disruption of service that has taken place over the last couple of years has made the drawbacks of this decision painfully clear.
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.
Law firms today are finding it increasingly necessary to meet specific client needs with their invoices. How does your firm receive payments from clients in a timely manner? Is it important that your invoices communicate the information expected by each client in the format that they require? Ask yourself, are you managing this process in a way that is financially beneficial to your firm?
As in-house legal departments and large corporate law firms seek to meet the immediate needs of a changing legal environment, legal operations will continuously play a major role. Firm administrators will identify new methods and tools for streamlining firm operations, saving costs, and providing clients with top-notch service.
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.
Software is constantly improving, and firms that continue to use server-based software are finding it impossible to keep up with advancing technology. If a firm wants to take advantage of the latest and greatest, is it essential to be willing to adopt a cloud-based system?
From Hesitancy to Acceptance: How to Encourage Seasoned Law Firm Members to Embrace New Technologies
As law firm administrators seek to introduce new technologies into their firms, they may find that some more seasoned members resist the changes. But the legal industry is quickly changing, and innovative technologies must be a part of that transition. By implementing these strategies, law firm administrators can encourage older members of the firm to embrace tech advances.
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.
Without a plan for where you’re headed, you will never arrive at the desired destination. Growing your law firm is no easy feat, but there are simple planning steps you can take to ensure you set yourself up for success. The common saying goes, “if you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.” Don’t let that be you!
Bottlenecks commonly occur within the law firm environment, but certain pain points are specific to attorneys. At every stage of a matter lies an opportunity for obstacles, especially when lawyers lack the technology needed to handle their cases efficiently and effectively. Check out what these bottlenecks are and how you can solve them.
We all know it’s easier to keep an existing client than to obtain a new one, yet many firms fail to focus on practices that will ensure their clients receive a consistently positive experience with their firm. Take a look at some of the common mistakes that firms make that can be easily addressed to create a more positive client experience.
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.
Why are referrals so important? You already know that referred clients tend to be your highest quality clients, but they are also the most affordable to obtain. There is no question that referrals are gold for law firms and because of this, it makes sense to invest time and money into generating a process for creating and maintaining a referral partner network.
Today more than ever, attorneys are realizing there is more to being a lawyer than the practice of law. Firm leadership needs to run the firm like a business. The…
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.
Law firms who wish to work for insurance carriers or larger companies are finding it almost impossible to do so if they are unable or unwilling to practice LEDES e-billing. For the firm manager who has never dealt with LEDES e-billing requirements, the task can feel daunting. With a basic understanding and a few tips to get your invoices approved through the audit process, your firm can accept clients who require e-billing without fear.
If your firm has decided it needs to move into another practice area, you may be wondering where to start. There are many things to consider, check out our tips to get you started!
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!
Should firms work directly with practice management vendors or should firms utilize practice management consultants? Ultimately, you will have to make the best decision for your firm and choose a direction that best aligns with your goals and processes, but we have some tips that can help you make that decision!
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.
Change can be hard, but without it, your firm will lack the progress and development needed to stay competitive. There are steps you can take to encourage your firm to embrace this change and mitigate the pain points that arise from such adoption. Take a look!
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.
There are multiple metrics that your firm can use to monitor and ensure financial success. One of those is how you structure your departments
The legal billing process can be a challenge for every law firm, but it doesn’t have to be. A combination of the right policies, procedures, and technology can be used to stay on top of attorney time and make the billing process efficient and accurate.
Because of our cellphones, we can now get our work done anywhere and at any time. But this comes with a price… Mobile security is a must, especially in the legal industry and if you’re not taking the appropriate steps to ensure your client’s information is safe, you could be opening yourself up to security breaches.
How does a firm determine the cost of their product? It isn’t as complicated as you may think, find out why!
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!
What does your cash flow look like this year? How about your net income by year-end? Having a quality budget in place removes the guesswork and fear from your financial picture and ensures you end up where you want to go.
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!
Everyone handles their email inbox differently, but one thing is for certain, our inboxes today are significantly more overwhelming than they were even just a few years ago. Because of this, three things are significantly impacted by our time spent on email: our mood, our focus, and our to-do list. Let’s take a look at how you can better manage your inbox and your time!
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.