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  • Considerations for Contract Lawyers and Firms Who Outsource

    August 08, 2019

    The gig economy isn’t just for Uber and Lyft drivers. Many lawyers make ends meet through legal work on a temporary basis, and many firms are willing to outsource discrete legal tasks. So-called contract work can benefit the contract lawyer, the outsourcing firm, and the client alike, but it also raises practical and ethical concerns that are up to the contract lawyer and outsourcing firm to manage.

    by Lee Wachocki

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  • Options for Getting Paid

    February 08, 2019

    Since 2016, Clio has been doing annual surveys that found that lawyers, on average, bill only 30% of their time and collect on about 85% of those billed hours. The reason for this isn’t because solo attorneys and lawyers in smaller firms are slacking off. It’s because they spend part of their workday on nonbillable work that cannot be delegated due to a lack of staff. It’s also because lawyers are not always diligent in entering their time, invoicing, and collecting on their bills.

    by Hong Dao

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  • Managing Client Expectations

    June 29, 2018

    Communication is an important part of establishing and maintaining good relationships with your clients. Most if not all attorneys have represented a client who became upset after not receiving an immediate response to an email or phone call, even if the expected turnaround time is unrealistic. Managing client expectations about how you communicate can avoid the stress of miscommunication or clients feeling neglected.

    by Rachel Edwards

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  • Reduce Malpractice Risk by Properly Managing Files

    May 04, 2018

    How you manage your files can present a malpractice risk. Proper file management can help you reduce the risk because it allows you to find the documents you need and encourages documentation.

    by Hong Dao

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  • 5 Tips to Better Billing

    February 23, 2018

    If your billing rate isn't matched by your collection rate, you may have a problem with your billing. Here are five tips that can help you send out bills that get paid promptly in full.

    by Sheila Blackford

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  • Responding to Requests for the Client File

    December 04, 2017

    Responding to Requests for the Client File
    Lawyers routinely receive requests to share materials from the client file. Sometimes clients ask the lawyer directly, but other times the request comes from new counsel or third parties. Evaluating these requests requires you to consider who is entitled to the client file, as well as what documents and materials belong in the client file. Furthermore, you must also ask whether any limitations prevent you from releasing the complete contents of the client file.

    by Jennifer Meisberger

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  • Communicating Effectively and Professionally

    April 07, 2017

    The legal world is changing quickly on many fronts, most notably technology. The way we communicate is greatly impacted as a result. Unfortunately, it has also highlighted a divergence among different generations of attorneys, particularly regarding the most appropriate form of communication in different contexts.

    by Rachel Edwards

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  • Send Text Messages to Your Clients without Using Your Cell Phone

    March 10, 2017

    Have you ever wanted to text an appointment reminder or a quick message to your clients without having to use your cell phone? There is an easy and free way to do this. It’s called Email-to-SMS Gateway.

    by Hong Dao

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