Brace yourself, because the forecast isn't changing anytime soon.
The modern data landscape is trapped in the eye of a raging storm. Private information is being swept away like debris caught in a violent crosswind, and the only options left are to prepare for impact or resign to drowning in the maelstrom.
Organize, prioritize, and prosper.
Docketing is a critical process for any law firm, from the solo proprietor who only handles real estate closings, to the mega-firm with a broad range of complex areas of practice. The docket function does not produce billable hours; it is invisible to clients. Nevertheless, an incomplete process or failure to follow established protocols can result in claims that harm your firm's reputation and bottom line.
Roll with the changes.
The digital landscape is constantly evolving; can your law firm keep up? Check out our infographic for more on the ever-changing world of technology and how it affects the legal profession.
How to use “big data” for your firm.
It’s no secret that the legal field seems to be behind on data trends. Apart from its effectiveness in measuring the basics—like cutting costs, increasing efficiencies, and evaluating marketing results—data hasn’t had a significant presence in the court room. But the industry is evolving, and the world as you know it is changing.
Always leave a paper trail.
Too often, attorneys cite great client relationships as their reason for not using official letters. But even long-time clients may second-guess your work or the outcome of a legal issue. If you rely on handshakes and verbal agreements, you may lack crucial documentation to help defend your reputation and career against claims.
Resolve to connect with people and causes.
The new year has begun, and chances are, you’ve already created an epic list of New Year’s resolutions designed for self-improvement. Perhaps you’ve resolved to eat better, sleep more, or procrastinate less. A commitment to bettering yourself is commendable, but what if you could adopt resolutions that helped improve your own life as well as the lives of others?
Prepare for a successful 2017.
On top of holiday shopping and preparing your home for family get-togethers, your firm’s to-do list is probably a mile long. This time of year is stressful, but with proper planning, you can end the year feeling refreshed. As you’re preparing your firm for a successful 2017, take into consideration these dos and don’ts of year-end planning.
Clients can avoid liability claims by putting safety first.
From screams of terror to ghastly ghouls and monsters, haunted houses and hayrack rides are among the most popular Halloween pastimes. Unfortunately, such events can sometimes open the door to legal liability claims. However, haunted attractions cannot be held liable for achieving their stated objective: scaring visitors.
Plan today, retire comfortably tomorrow.
You can’t pass the torch when no one’s waiting for it. Though you may not want to step away from practicing law, you’ll need to hand over your clients and responsibilities at some point. Succession planning helps you find the right replacement, maintain the monetary worth of your firm, and organize a smooth transition for your clients and employees.
You don’t have to accept every customer.
You exhaust the possibilities to expand your client base, face new career challenges, and get a leg up on your competition. But you can’t let your business goals cloud your better judgement. As much as referrals can help your law firm succeed, they can cause just as much harm if not handled properly.