Friday, August 23, 2013

Innovation: bane of attorneys?

Great recent article by Jordan Furlong as to reasons why lawyers don't lead when it comes to innovation.

Admittedly, perhaps it's too much to ask a profession built on concepts such as stare decisis to innovate, but the simple fact (which at this point should be self-evident) is that lawyers are not immune to the same market pressures and economic realities as other industries.

A failure to innovate dooms many lawyers, as the old ways become less cost-effective and clients, who must work in a matter suited to the 21st century, demand the same from their attorneys.

Technology and software can be one way attorneys are able to better deliver their services.  We'd be happy to show you how.

Monday, August 19, 2013

New York restricts attorneys' use of LinkedIn profiles

Interesting ethics opinion from New York on the use of LinkedIn; in the opinion, the New York Committee on Professional Ethics held that neither law firm or a lawyer (save one specially licensed) may list practice areas under the LinkedIn heading "Specialties" because, says the Committee, that would be a violation of Rule 7.4

Many commentators discussing this opinion have criticized it, arguing that it does not reflect the reality of social sites like LinkedIn and the meaning said site uses the term "Specialties."  It also could put New York attorneys at a disadvantage when it comes to potential clients or employers using search features of LinkedIn to find attorneys who practice in certain fields.

Nonetheless, the State has spoken and attorneys in the Empire State must heed its command, regardless of the sense or the lack thereof.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Software can help solve your problems

Great article over on 3 Geeks and a Law Blog on some of the problems lawyers have regarding certain basic processes.

While some of these reflect attitudes or short-sighted thinking, it's interesting to note that many of them are concerned with organizational and management issues.

One of the easiest ways attorneys can help bring order to their organizational systems is with case management software, like Online Legal Software.  Systematizing and standardizing your processes, tracking every communication with a client (or potential client) and helping you bill more and find more money are just some of the tasks it can assist you with.

Interested in learning more?  We'd love to give you a demo.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Lawyers must learn to market themselves

Solo Practice University had a good article recently on the fact that law schools still aren't teaching marketing to their students.  While some of the commentators did advise Ms. Liebel that a few programs are out there; her overall point is a salient one.

The fact is that, like it or not, today's private-practice attorneys need to know marketing and sales because they need to get clients.

Back in the day, it may have been possible simply to hang out a shingle, do no advertising, and build a successful practice.  Now, of course, that's a pipe-dream.  Lawyers are a dime a dozen.  Paying clients are dear.  Whether you practice in a solo setting or in BigLaw, without a book of business of your own, you are expendable and your work is a commodity.

If your school didn't/doesn't teach it, learn it on your own, but if you expect to succeed in what has increasingly become a harsh environment for lawyers, you can't just sit around for the clients to come to you.