Legal technology and eDiscovery is here to stay, but you know that right? As an attorney, you have probably read numerous articles, case law, and attended CLEs on eDiscovery. Maybe you have even demoed out a few eDiscovery applications and integrated them into your practice. You are on top of it. You’ve got this. But, what about your support staff? Wait, what? You haven’t thought about them? Stop everything and read on.
Significant change is underway in the legal industry. Technology is revolutionizing legal processes, court functions, and how many attorneys and firms work and manage cases. Judge and client expectations are evolving with new technologies too. Now is the time for paralegals to adapt to a rapidly changing legal market, not only to do their best in their current positions, but potentially expand their career.
This article was originally published by Debra Bruce at Raising the Bar Law Practice Management Thoughts and Tips on December 13, 2011. Debra is President of Lawyer-Coach LLC. She draws on her extensive legal experience, as well as a degree in Psychology and well over 500 hours in training as a professional coach, to help lawyers improve their management skills, increase productivity and bring in more business.
The season is upon us! You know — the season of fa-la-la-la-la, holiday decorations, greeting cards, family parties, gift buying, travel plans, winter snow storms, and year-end business. The list goes on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on….too much to do and not enough time. If you make it to January 1, then your knee deep in a different set of tasks headed into tax season.
This article was originally published by Debra Bruce at Raising the Bar Law Practice Management Thoughts and Tips on March 20, 2012. Debra is President of Lawyer-Coach LLC. She draws on her extensive legal experience, as well as a degree in Psychology and well over 500 hours in training as a professional coach, to help lawyers improve their management skills, increase productivity and bring in more business.
Online social media friends and followers represent part of my professional network. For those of us doing business virtually, social media contacts are a major part of that professional network. Do you realize that social media contacts can help or hinder online reputation and credibility?
Today’s guest post contains great tips for paralegal job security. I know these tips are valid because I have personally experienced the rewards of applying these practices. I might add that they apply to traditional paralegals, freelance paralegals and virtual paralegals.
Thanks, Seth, for reminding paralegals of these important facts!
Today’s digital world bombards us with communication from every side. We still have regular old United States Post Office mail currently delivered Monday – Saturday. We have email from multiple email addresses. We get direct messages from LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and any other social media network to which you belong. We have instant messages, online chats, home phone and office phone voicemail systems, smartphones, texting, desktops, laptops, and iPads. Is it ever going to end? Probably not!!
When I decided to start my own independent business to provide virtual paralegal services to licensed U.S. attorneys, one of the things which excited me most was the realization that as my own boss, I would control which tools I use to provide professional services in my area of expertise.
I have experienced firsthand that law firms often try to save money by using outdated software or cutting corners by failing to adequately train staff with the software programs the firm has chosen. That lack of training lands closer to the bulls-eye when attorneys themselves begin using desktop and laptop computers without investing some dedicated time for proper training. This mindset actually robs attorneys and their law firms of hard-earned profits rather than saving them money. Here is an example.
Who isn’t looking for new, cost-effective ways to power their law practice??!!
ABA’s Law Practice Magazine, TechShow Tips Special Issue, outlines a number of tips and tools to add some git-up-and-go to your practice without costing an arm and a leg.
I’m quoting a couple of my favorites below for you to consider.