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Are you at risk to a ransomware attack?

Monday, 25 May 2015 13:16

ransomwareWhat is Ransomware? Ransomware is the universal name for any harmful program that takes your data captive and then demands a ransom "at gunpoint".


How to become a great legal dictator

Monday, 25 May 2015 15:08

dictation tipsWhen it comes to accurate dictation, a few simple guidelines will help not only make transcription of your files easier and more accurate, whilst saving you money into the bargain. The first choice is the equipment you use, but whether it’s a dictation machine or a Smartphone with the latest dictation app., it’s important not to...
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How to View Multiple Pages at Once in Word

Monday, 25 May 2015 15:54

MS Word for lawyersWhen laying out your document in Word, it’s sometimes helpful to view multiple pages on the screen at one time, especially if you have a large monitor. Seeing multiple pages at a time allows you to get a sense of how your overall layout looks.
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How Lawyers Use Evernote

Monday, 18 May 2015 11:04

evernote for attorneysEvernote is more than a note-taking application. I use it to store ideas, recordings, projects, tasks, images, and other information. Evernote allows me to offload my brain and organize my life. And how do lawyers use Evernote? I asked a few Evernote-loving lawyers. Here are their stories.


7 B2B Website Best Practises to Enhance Your Online Presence

Monday, 18 May 2015 11:37

Website Practises to Enhance Your Online PresenceIf you’re in the professional services industry, you already know that the competition today is fierce. What many executives don’t know, however, is just how critical a B2B website is in helping professional services firms stand out from the rest of the pack. So, how important is it? The Hinge Research Institute has found that 80% of professional services buyers check out a firm’s website to evaluate them as a potential provider.
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Lawtendr Finds You a Lawyer by Asking Them to Bid On Your Case

Monday, 18 May 2015 11:56

law firm tendering for businessFinding a lawyer when you need one can be a tricky task, but Lawtendr wants to make the process a little easier. You post the issue you’d like a lawyer to handle for you, whether it’s a case or research or something else, lawyers bid on the task, and you choose the one you want to work with. Lawtendr is easy to use. Just sign up for an account, post the job you’d like to ask a lawyer to handle for you (along with the details, start and end dates, and your budget) and then wait for lawyers near you to bid on the task. The service operates in the United States, Canada, the UK, and Australia, and because laws vary from one state or province to another, the service makes it clear that you should work with lawyers near you in order to get the best possible representation.
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14 Legal Billing Rules

Monday, 11 May 2015 14:27

time billing invoices paidThe following post concludes the series on excerpts from our free e-book, Ridiculously Remarkable Legal Billing. Better billing practices improve your law firm and your life. Here’s a summary of 14 rules from the book.


Why WorldShare Management System in your library?

Monday, 11 May 2015 14:39

WolrdshareRecently, the University of KwaZulu-Natal, a leading African university implemented OCLC’s WorldShare Management Services (WMS) as its library management system. Many libraries today are looking at ways to change the way they operate and save time and money. WMS offers libraries cost savings, workflow efficiencies and the ability to deliver new value to users.


How A Business Lawyer Uses Document Automation In His Practice

Monday, 11 May 2015 17:24

document automation at law firmsIn recent months I’ve attended a number of legal conferences and a topic that comes up often is the increasing need for attorneys to use technology to automate their practices’ workflows in order to compete in today’s rapidly changing legal marketplace. The thinking is that by automating and streamlining their firms’ processes, preparing documents and providing other types of legal services will take less time, allowing lawyers to offer more competitive prices when faced with the prevalence of sites like LegalZoom. It’s really not that crazy of an idea.
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Legal Billing Rule #14: Rolling Out Changes and Letting Your Clients Know

Monday, 04 May 2015 14:10

communicating billing changes to clientsLet your clients know in-person when you are making a change to your billing practices.


Finally! A BigLaw Leader Understands the Importance of Social Media

Monday, 04 May 2015 14:39

The-importance-of-social-media-in-law-firmsIn our research to date we have not yet seen or heard the CEO or managing partner of a major firm who really gets social media marketing. Someone willing to get out in front of the issue by publicly acknowledging how it plays a vital role in a lawyer’s and firm’s business development and relationship building efforts. That is up until now! Yesterday we were delighted when Bloomberg’s new website and newsletter Big Law Business, published a video interview with Carter Phillips, the Chair of Sidley Austin’s Executive Committee in which he talks about the marketing efforts of his firm, and directly addresses the importance of social media.
Read more at Good2BSocial...


The Paralegal Society

Monday, 25 May 2015 16:39

keep calm im a paralegalWhat is The Paralegal Society™ you ask? Think of it as a social conduit of information created for all paralegals. Whether you are new to the field or a savvy and experienced paralegal, you are welcome here. In fact, we created this blog just for you. You can find interesting articles, glean helpful information and career tips,  ask questions and seek advice from our team of experienced paralegal mentors who will provide assistance, guidance and support.
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Worst ever Internet censorship law planned for South Africa

Monday, 25 May 2015 14:54

internet censorship saOnly once in a while does an Internet censorship law or regulation come along that is so audacious in its scope, so misguided in its premises, and so poorly thought out in its execution, that you have to check your calendar to make sure April 1 hasn’t come around again. The Draft Online Regulation Policy recently issued by the Film and Publication Board (FPB) of South Africa is such a regulation. It’s as if the fabled prude Mrs. Grundy had been brought forward from the 18th century, stumbled across on her first excursion online, and promptly cobbled together a law to shut the Internet down. Yes, it’s that bad.
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Golfing on Sunday

Monday, 25 May 2015 16:56

priest playing golf on sundayOne Sunday morning, a priest wakes up and decides to go golfing. He calls his boss and says that he feels very sick, and won't be able to go to work.


Drones to be legalised in South Africa

Monday, 18 May 2015 11:25

drones legalised in south africaThe Director of the SA Civil Aviation Authority announced on 17 May that South Africa will introduce new regulations to help regulate remotely piloted aircraft systems, popularly known as drones. These regulations were recently signed by the Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters, and will be published and implementable by 1 July 2015. The long-awaited regulations are expected to encourage drone development, with huge potential benefits for the security industry.
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8 Reasons Law Firms Fail

Monday, 18 May 2015 15:55

8 reasons why law firms failIt used to be that law firm failures all came around the time of the annual deadline for the Yellow Pages listings. The lawyers scrambled to find new places to land and wanted to be sure they had their number in the book. Today, failure takes place year round. We can ruin our practices 24/7/365. Excellent. These are some of the top reasons law firms fail, unravel, disintegrate, and explode.
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Little Johnny jokes

Monday, 18 May 2015 13:04

Little johnnyA teacher was working with a group of children, trying to broaden their horizons through sensory perception. She brought in a variety of lifesavers and said, "Children, I'd like you to close your eyes and taste these."


10 Benefits Of Moving to a Paperless Law Office

Monday, 11 May 2015 14:21

paperless for law firmsYou’ve heard talk of going paperless for some time now. Perhaps you’re even aware of a colleague or friend whose law office has gone paperless recently. Still need convincing? Here are some of the top benefits of going paperless to help get you motivated:


5 Law Firm Website Mistakes You Need To Fix

Monday, 11 May 2015 17:39

seo tips for law firmsSimply being a lawyer is not enough to gain business these days. Your site is in competition with the world, not just your local firms. Typically we like to share tips on how you can be better than your competition. But at the same time there are common mistakes that I see every day looking at legal websites. Don’t make these mistakes.
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How criminals steal money from your online bank account

Monday, 11 May 2015 17:30

online banking fraudMany South Africans have lost money after criminals stole funds from their online banking accounts – here is what to watch out for. While the methods used to steal a person’s banking details may differ, the process followed by fraudsters to steal money from online banking users in South Africa is nearly always the same.
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Cyber Crime Can Affect Your Business. Are You Protected?

Monday, 04 May 2015 14:23

protect your law firm from cyber crimeSurprisingly, computer criminals tend to have no prior record of crime. Computer criminals also tend to be responsible, honest people in a position of trust. In fact, many of the businesses that fall victim to a computer crime, find out that it was one of their employees that was the perpetrator of the act.


11 Ways to Avoid Wasted Time in Networking

Monday, 04 May 2015 15:08

tips on business networking for lawyersChances are you’ve attended a conference or other event with the express purpose of “networking.” The activity is a staple in the business development toolbox. It’s also an expensive activity—mostly spent on third-party events—in both time and direct costs. So, is it worth it? It depends. First, the word itself has been so overused that it may have lost its meaning to us.
Read more at Bloomberg...

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