Solo & Small Firm Lawyers: Technology
Making KM work
Knowledge management aligns
people, process and technology
to share information.
Lock and Save
Web-based file archiving and data sharing solutions can increase productivity while adding peace of mind.
Working in the clouds
iPad Applications for Lawyers
2011 might well be the year when cloud computing becomes an essential feature of business culture. The concept has many proponents, but there are also some detractors.
Smile, you're on camera!
Lawyers have a reputation for being great speakers. Now is the time to prove it to the world! Broadcasting online videos on topics of expertise is a form of “content marketing” that is becoming increasingly popular.
Virtual solutions for your law office
All law firms want to foster flexibility, improve efficiency and save money. For some practitioners, particularly the small firms or recent calls going solo, the inability to attain these objectives makes it difficult to stay in business.
Legal translation turns a page
In the translation of law documents, technology has found a niche, but don’t expect computers to replace translators any time soon.
Getting comfortable with cloud computing
There are signs that more small- and medium-sized firms are open to partnerships with external providers to fulfill their IT needs.
Lawyers may not view the iPad as a viable replacement for the laptop today, but that may change with the development of new apps.
Google Tools for Lawyers
More lawyers are looking to the internet giant's business tools for opportunities to lower their office expenses and increase their productivity.
@Firms: #what are your lawyers tweeting about?
Some lawyers have three times as many Twitter followers than their firm does. But guidelines for their online activity are lacking.
Top Ten Mistakes Lawyers Make With Social Media
Lawyers and law firms are rapidly adopting social media to market themselves and connect with peers. Just to make it more difficult, the tools themselves are rapidly evolving as we are learning how to use them. Some lawyers are doing a great job using them. Some are doing a terrible job. I thought I would share my thoughts on the mistakes I see.
Technology in Canadian Courts
Certain high-profile trials have proven the value of technology usage in courtrooms. Yet most trials in Canada still do without even common technologies, like video conferencing, document management systems and document displays. And this absence spawns dissatisfaction. “Clients complain that the process costs them more money than it should,” says Gordon Kelly, a senior lawyer for Blois, Nickerson & Bryson. “They expect technology.”
Internet Marketing: Keeping a Human Presence in a Digital World
From Facebook to Twitter, technology has given lawyers more marketing tools than ever. But while blogs and tweets can position you as a forward-thinking lawyer, be sure to focus your efforts wisely on your business development goals.
Technology Tips for Riding Out the Recession
In these uncertain times, technological opportunities may help law firms lower costs, start and solidify client relationships, provide better service, ride out the economic downturn and prepare for more prosperous times ahead.
National Technology Roundtable: The Rise of the Smartphone
Smartphones: those ubiquitous devices that people either love for their versatility and connectedness or hate for their distraction and intrusiveness. Do you need one? What features should you look for? Are there security issues? How will smartphones evolve? Our expert panel tells all.
How to Secure Your Laptop Before Crossing the Border
A new U.S. border security policy poses a potential threat to solicitor-client privilege. Here’s what you need to know, and how you can protect sensitive data. Here are 10 steps you can take to shield sensitive information, like that protected by solicitor-client privilege, when crossing the border.
Law blogs are the great equalizer
Law blogs are taking lawyers back to the future. Lawyers who use law blogs are simply blending new technology with tried and proven approaches to client development.
How the electronic era is changing the practice of real estate law
The electronic era has brought dramatic changes in the practice of real estate law, and practitioners who ignore the need to adapt risk being swept away by the tide.
Going virtual: Are you ready for the challenge?
Two years ago, when Stephanie Kimbro, a lawyer in Wilmington, North Carolina, launched her virtual law office (VLO), some lawyers could not fathom someone would attempt such a radical idea.
The year ahead in legal tech: more interest in social marketing, SaaS, and virtual lawyering
Legal industry bloggers marked the end of 2008 with predictions for the year ahead. Here are some of the top trends and tips that emerged.
If you think metadata and zombie botnets sound like the stuff of science fiction, you could be putting your practice and professionalism at risk.
A pox on your inbox! Reign in email chaos with these essential tools
Although e-mail is a valuable communications tool, we can be too easily be bogged down by inbox information overload and personal security issues.
Security alert: what you need to know about passwords and encryption
One of the more dreadful things for a lawyer to discover is that their electronic device—desktop computer, laptop, Blackberry, PDA, portable hard drive or USB flash drive—has gone missing, taking confidential client information with it.
Anatomy of a Law Firm Website (Re)Design
If your law firm website is meeting the expectations of visitors and your lawyers are still championing it, it could still have some life left. But, if it’s no longer effective in attracting regular visits and your lawyers are reluctant to contribute content, it’s time for a critical review.
The ABCs of SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
Lawyers ask constantly what single investment they can make to help grow their practice and our answer is always the same: invest in a first class creative website and pay attention to search engine optimization (SEO). Read on to find out how to develop a law firm website that really helps your bottom line.
Document and File Security: Fulfilling Your Duty to Preserve
The ethical duties of lawyers to their clients are paramount, and one of the most important is the responsibility to protect and preserve client property. Firms of all sizes should develop a comprehensive plan that addresses technology safeguards, disaster preparedness planning, and record security.
Linked in or Left Out: ‘Supercharge’ Your Interactions Through Social Networking
A strong and targeted social network—or “who you know”—has always been essential to a lawyer’s professional success. But face-to-face networking has its limits. Read on to discover how social networking websites can help savvy lawyers and law firms further enhance their practice and their bottom line.
Ethics in the Electronic Era: Avoiding the Icebergs
There are so many ways to potentially commit malpractice with technology that it's impossible to list them all. But authors Sharon Nelson and John Simek of Sensei Enterprises do their best with their list of 50 ways to get in ethical trouble with technology.
Cool Technology for Hot Lawyers
These days, no law office can expect to be successful unless it begins to harness the power (not to mention the low cost) of new technology. Best of all, there are additional revenue streams to be found from the tech world. Here are some recommendations for gadgets that can make everyday tasks easier and more secure.
How to Make Your Office (Almost) Paperless
Creating and maintaining a nearly paperless law office is not only possible, but with recent advancements in technology it’s easier than you might think. We talk to several lawyers who share their tips on working efficiently and effectively without printing and storing huge amounts of paper files.
Blogging Policies and Best Practices for Lawyers and Law Firms
When done right, a blog can be a living, detailed entity that represents you to the world. When done wrong, blogs can be an ethical minefield and an unwelcome expense that produces little return on your effort. The difference can lie in how well you implement blogging policies.
10 Things You Should Do Before Installing Windows Vista
Windows Vista's enhanced functionality and snazzy Aero Glass visual effects will demand steeper hardware requirements for the machines you support. Check this list to make sure you cover all the bases before deciding what Vista versions those machines will be able to run.
How to Build a Successful Client Relationship Management (CRM) System
Client Relationship Management (CRM) is the latest term for a tried-and-true marketing truth: The key to business development success is building relationships with potential clients. But for CRM to work, law firms must give up the "my client" mentality in favor an "our client" approach—a task easier stated than accomplished.