Top Tips for Running a Modern Law Office
Law practice today isn't the same as it was a generation or two ago. Attorneys in the modern law office are more likely than ever to rely on technology, innovative marketing, or alternative practice structures. At the same time, some things remain constant, especially the need for competent attorneys, stellar support staff, and effective management.
With that in mind, here are six tips for running a modern law office, taken from the best posts in the FindLaw archives.
You're starting up a small firm (or just evaluating your existing one). You know you've got the smarts and you know you can get clients. What else do you need? Some basic technology, from simple word processing programs to sophisticated, cloud-based practice management software.
Work doesn't end when you leave the law office. Telecommuting can be great if you're an attorney who work on the go, if you have responsibilities (children, perhaps) that draw you away from the office, or if you simply want to escape that terrible Monday commute. But, if you or your staff telecommute, make sure you're doing it right.
If you don't have the space or work for a full-time paralegal or legal assistant, consider taking on a virtual paralegal. No, these aren't robots or holograms. Virtual paralegals can help you out via the power of the Internet, completing projects remotely, often on a part-time or task-by-task basis.
Social media is great for connecting with clients, building your brand, and seeing endless photos of your aunt's cats. But social media is also drastically changing the litigation game, raising significant ethical issues while offering a major source of new evidence.
When it comes to media consumption, things aren't the same as they were even ten years ago. The ways you reach potential clients need to change too.
Finally, don't forget why you entered the law: the riches and fame. If you're working for a solo or small firm, you might not be able to have catered lunches every day, but with a few simple apps, you can still give yourself major perks.
- Can Cloud-Based Law Firms Rival Traditional Model? (The National Law Review)
- Are You the Last Lawyer Left Without a Data Breach Plan? (FindLaw's Strategist)
- Virtual Law Office 103: Cloud Practice Management Software (FindLaw's Strategist)
- 52 Ways to Reduce Overhead in Your Law Office (FindLaw's Strategist)
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