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First results from the 2015 Legal Secretary Salary Survey

Monday, 23 February 2015 15:16

Legal secretary salary survey 2015 first resultsIt has been a long time coming, lots of begging and pleading and many, many reminders, but at last we have enough feedback to publish a reasonable guideline for legal secretary salaries in South Africa. Many thanks to all 458 respondents, without you the profession would be in the dark on secretary salaries.


Best Law-Firm Websites, 2015 Edition

Monday, 23 February 2015 16:25

best-law-firm-websites-2015This year we had over 100 nominations for the best law firm website of 2015. With the help of Lawyerist contributors Gyi Tsakalakis, Andrew Cabasso, and Karin Conroy, Sam and Aaron narrowed the list to the ten best.
Read more at The Lawyerist...


Facebook patents method to determine a lawyer’s expertise

Monday, 23 February 2015 16:41

facebook to identify expertsThough not directed specifically at lawyers, Facebook has been granted a patent which identifies experts and their degree of influence. Rather than a directory of lawyers and other professionals rated by numbers or personal andectotes, Facebook will deliver something more valuable to both experts and the consumers of professional services.
Read more at Real Lawyers Have Blogs...


Legal Billing Rule #3: Not Billing in a Timely Fashion Sends a Message

Monday, 16 February 2015 10:51

legal billing tips 3When you don’t send bills in a timely fashion, you send your client a message that receiving prompt payment really isn’t all that important to you.


How to track changes in Microsoft Word without going insane

Monday, 16 February 2015 18:00

MS WordIf you’ve ever opened a document that had more strikeouts than a beer-league ballplayer, you’re familiar with Microsoft Word’s “track changes” feature. It’s one of the most useful tools for collaboration, but in practice a marked-up document can quickly overwhelm with its tangle of additions, deletions, and comments all displayed in multiple colors—one for each contributor. It's enough to make you want to put a big red “X” on the whole thing. But before you do, read through our guide to safely—and sanely—navigating a multi-authored document using track changes. We’re confident that by the time you’re done you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.
Read more at PCWorld...


Wash, Rinse and Repeat

Monday, 16 February 2015 17:39

wash rinse repeat“Clients become friends and friends become clients. Wash, rinse and repeat.”
Read more at Real Lawyers Have Blogs...


Legal Billing Rule #2: Clients Won’t Pay a Bill Unless They Receive One

Monday, 09 February 2015 06:55

second tip on legal billingThe following post is an excerpt from our free e-book, Ridiculously Remarkable Legal Billing. Better billing practices improve your law firm and your life. Here’s the second one from the book we identify.


5 Traits to Look For in a Great Legal Assistant

Monday, 09 February 2015 10:56

stand out as great legal secretaryWhat should you look for in a paralegal or legal assistant? We don't mean "what should you put in the job application." That's easy: Writing skills, attention to detail, flexible schedule, and so on. We're talking about personality traits that an ideal paralegal possesses, things that are essential to him or her. You can only find these types of qualities after an interview, or maybe only after a test run of a few days or weeks, but in the end, a paralegal with these qualities will make your firm run a whole lot smoother:
Read more at FindLaw...


Protecting Your Practice from Interruption

Monday, 09 February 2015 07:27

law firm backup and restoreThe need to protect the electronic data and related systems has always been top of mind to most legal firms. It falls, however, on the IT staff to properly protect their practice with limited budget and time to do proper research. In many cases, backup products are installed and files are copied to tape which is either stored in a locked drawer or taken home by an employee. Larger practices may use outside companies to transport their backup tapes to secure off-site locations, paying heavy fees for this service. Read more in the full whitepaper.
Read more at the Axcient  website...



Philips Professional Recorder DPM7200 special offer – This week only!

Monday, 02 February 2015 16:53

philips special offer powerhouse dictationPurchase FIVE Philips DPM7200 recorders and receive a Philips LFH7277 Transcription kit for FREE!


2015 – nine years of dedicated service from AIS and DocFusion

Monday, 02 February 2015 13:19

Ernest Kleynhans2015 represents a monumental year for local specialist software and IT service provider Assimilated Information Systems Pty Ltd. (AIS). The company will reach a milestone by marking nine years of successful operation.


Legal Billing Rule #4: Don’t Poison Relationships and Scare Away Business

Monday, 23 February 2015 16:03

legal billing tips 4Sending late, large, and surprising bills will ruin your relationship with your clients and hurt your chances of earning more business from them.


Word for Windows 10 Preview

Monday, 23 February 2015 16:55

office preview 10Like many of you, I was quite happily surprised by this week’s unexpected preview releases of the Office for Windows 10 apps: Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Since I use Word every day, I thought I’d take a quick look at this new app and see how it compares to Word on the PC desktop and on rival mobile platforms like Android and iOS.
Read more at Thurrott...


The unspoken communication game

Monday, 23 February 2015 17:13

humourEver wondered what the unspoken communication is when people meet?


Last week for legal secretary salary survey

Monday, 16 February 2015 11:26

legal secretary salary survey 2015 last  weekOf the many thousands of legal secretaries in South Africa, we have received approximately 350 responses to our Legal Secretary Salary Survey 2015. Please help the profession and take the 10 click survey, this is our last week before we close the submissions and start finalising the reports. 


Total power blackout – what happens to telecoms services?

Monday, 16 February 2015 10:33

no power telecommunicationsIn January 2015 Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona warned that one unexpected event at any of its power stations could result in a total failure of the national electricity system. A failure which may take weeks to resolve. This raises the question: What will happen to South African telecommunications networks in the event of a prolonged power blackout?
Read more at MyBroadband...


The latest ....Only in South Africa series

Monday, 16 February 2015 16:52

Only in South AfricaThe great thing about South Africans, is that we can laugh at ourselves, or the absolute nightmare we are going through together. While doing a search for "South Africa" in Google, these are some of the real funny images I came across - here is my latest version of "Only in South Africa!"


Discover the benefits which dictation can bring to you and your business

Monday, 02 February 2015 13:13

speechexec-for-smartphonesThe Philips range of digital recorders are easy to use, optimised for specific environments and situations and have exceptional recording quality which ensure that you never miss a word. But  wait, aren’t basic voice recorders obsolete?


How Lawyers Use Dropbox

Monday, 09 February 2015 10:44

dropbox for attorneysDropbox is an online storage vault for your files that syncs with a designated folder on your computer and across mobile devices. It’s increasingly popular with lawyers as the 2014 ABA Legal Technology Survey Report indicates, with 65.3% of lawyers downloading Dropbox in 2014, up from only 15.2% the prior year. Here are stories from lawyers who use Dropbox.
Read more at Legal Productivity...


Get a Load (Shed) of this – the Good, the Bad and the Top 10 Best Things!

Monday, 09 February 2015 16:27

load shedding scheduleThis morning we received a rather irate message from a Gauteng resident – Michael B.: “Where the hell are the lights? And now we have no water!” In fact in the past week we’ve received plenty of similar messages…Andrea in Durban was furious when she left work early “especially to get home in time to cook for my family…only to find, for the third night running, that the freaking load shedding was on. Yet again we’ll eat late tonight.” And in typical South African fashion, we’ve also received many brilliant load shedding jokes…
Read more at SA People News...


Legal Billing Rule #1: The Longer You Wait, the Less You’ll Get Paid

Monday, 02 February 2015 13:30

rediculously remarkable legal billingRidiculously Remarkable Legal Billing - Free E-Book. The following post is an excerpt from our free e-book, Ridiculously Remarkable Legal Billing. When you don’t get your bills out in a timely fashion, you inadvertently cause yourself several problems. Here’s the first one from the book we identify.


The Empowered Paralegal: Effective, Efficient and Professional

Monday, 02 February 2015 16:17

The  empowered paralegalEvery day thousands of paralegals and legal assistants leave their offices feeling frustrated, overworked and under utilized.  As an attorney and professor, author Robert E. Mongue, J.D. hears from paralegals who, despite their education and professional training, feel poorly equipped to meet the real challenges of today’s law office. Too often paralegals are taught law and procedure but not how to effectively manage their time, workloads and clients. Too often they feel ineffective and powerless when dealing with attorneys, clients and court personnel, inside and outside the office.
Read more at Carolina Acedemic Press...

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