legal secretary salary survey 2015 for conveynacingThe biggest response group from the secretary salary survey was the conveyancing secretaries – almost two thirds of the information received. This week we break down the conveyancing secretary salaries by experience from the major cities in South Africa.

well detailed bills get paidA regular, descriptive bill is a nice backstop to ensure that you are keeping the client well-informed and that you are on top of the matters at issue.

Legal Secretary 2015 Salaries by ExperienceIn our analysing of the salary survey this week, we have used the experience and supervision percentage to get a better measurement of the value of the legal secretary.

legal billing tips 6By not sending your bills out on time you are essentially offering interest-free financing and performing your services at a discount.

legal secretary salary survey 2015 per cityThis week we take a close look at various disciplines inside the broad description of legal secretary and then drill down further by city or town.

legal billing tips 5When your bills come in on-time and on-budget, your client is more likely to automatically pay them without thinking twice.

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.
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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.

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.

wash rinse repeat“Clients become friends and friends become clients. Wash, rinse and repeat.”
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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. 

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.

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:
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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.

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.
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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.

legal practice actThe Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) welcomes the implementation of Parts 1 and 2 of Chapter 10 of the Legal Practice Act 28 of 2014, which on Sunday, 1 February 2015 will bring into effect the National Forum of the Legal Profession.

paralegal talkParalegals and paralegal students often have difficulty developing their writing skills to the level expected from legal industry. The legal professionals rely heavily on both verbal and written communication, and writing is an essential necessity for both lawyers and legal secretaries. Because the other employees in a law firm will not tolerate inadequate writing skills, all paralegals need to learn to write in a concise and precise manner with proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation. But how should they get started?
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visible expertIn our new book, The Visible Expert℠, How to create industry stars, and why every professional services firm should care, we share exciting findings on the link between personal branding and professional success—for both you and your firm. We also profile real-life Visible Experts, offering personal branding examples from the worlds of law, finance, architecture, marketing, and more. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at a handful of Visible Experts from our series, looking at what they did to get to the top, and how they fit in with our study’s findings.
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great legal secretary mugWanted: Great Legal Secretary. Not a mediocre legal secretary. Not adequate….Great. We’ve all the seen the job postings. Terms like “high-caliber”, “skilled” and “polished” appear throughout, but what does a law firm actually mean when using these types of phrases? What are recruiters really looking for?
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seo for lawyersLawyers can no longer avoid the fact that the Internet has become an easy, accessible and low-cost tool for consumers to research legal services.  Data from Pew Research in 2012 show  that of all Americans, more than 70% used a search engine to find what they are looking for online.  The mission of Attorney Rankings is to help legal professionals harness the power of search engine optimization to find new business and clients.  This page is the beginning of your journey.
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bitcoin“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” - Buckminster Fuller. The bitcoin train is really made up of two revolutions in one: money and finance, based on the bitcoin protocol, and exploiting the “currency programmability” aspects; and decentralized applications, based on the blockchain’s distributed technology capabilities.

legal secretary salary survey 2015As a legal secretary, how do you know you are being paid a fair wage? And for a law firm, how do you know where you rank on the fair average salary for your secretaries? The answer is simple really…

social media checklist for businessIf you find yourself stumped at the prospect of using social media marketing to promote your business, our simple guide can help. Follow these easy suggestions to create a consistent social media internet marketing presence on multiple channels. Thanks to The Whole Brain Group ( for sharing this valuable information with us.

law firm seo searchAs we look back on 2014, we can identify a multitude of changes that have taken place. Some met with joy, but most with a sense of confusion and fear of what is to come. One thing all of these changes have had in common is that they directly affect all industries and anyone involved a firm’s marketing. Let’s take a look at five facts every professional services CMO needs to know about SEO as we move into 2015.
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facebook changes 2015Facebook is changing its rules as of January 1 for businesses that post promotional or advertising content, putting limits on the distribution. Facebook has thus made a big step toward being entirely pay-to-play. Only non-promotional content will be shared with your fans.
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billable hoursI have a perspective on this that is deeper than most in that I have sent out, billed, and negotiated probably over 10,000 legal bills over the past 20 years. Also, in my capacity as de-facto general counsel for my clients, I have reviewed thousands of more bills from other lawyers. None of the foregoing is an exaggeration. Indeed, it is probably much higher. During this time, I have talked to clients thousands of times about bills. In view of my mission to make my clients “happy,” these discussions have been very introspective.
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keywordsHave you heard that Keywords are no longer important to your law firm website and blog copy? It’s a Myth! This myth started some time ago when Google started hiding keywords in Google Analytics. While this change made it increasingly more difficult t determine which keywords were driving traffic, don’t let it fool you; keywords are incredibly important to include in your law firm blog and website copy as they will drive leads to your website.
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lawyer mentorshipLaw practice is one tough go. Hard lessons get learned, sometimes over and over and over. Many of those lessons were in fact explicitly told to me by the old-timers. Maybe experience is the best teacher, but it sure can be painful. So now, with the benefit of hindsight, I can humbly say… They were right!
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email overload(No subject) - Wait a minute – WHAT? These emails were sent to me, and I have no idea what any of it means. To make matters even worse, these are just a FEW examples of the sloppy emails that arrive daily. And almost immediately upon arrival, they turn my inbox into a slovenly mess.
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linked in profile completeAny lawyer who hopes to attract new clients, be known as a thought leader in their area of practice or benefit from their professional network ought to insure that their LinkedIn profile is the best it can be. The $18 billion social network reigns supreme for business to business networking. Success for a lawyer depends on conveying to prospects and clients that you’re at the top of the practice area and LinkedIn can help you do that. The first and most important step is to insure that your profile is optimized and filled out completely.
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does facebook make sense to law frimsFollowing my blog post regarding posts on law firm Facebook Pages not reaching people’s Facebook Newsfeeds, I was asked in a comment what I thought of lawyers having a Facebook Page. My answer is not much.
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IT salary surveyQuest has released its Salary Survey and Staffing Trends 2014/15 report, which provides an overview of the average, minimum, and maximum salaries in South Africa. Quest explained that the research was conducted in June 2014 via an online questionnaire, which was designed to be quick and easy for respondents to complete.
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lexsynergyGlobal domain name management and online brand protection specialists Lexsynergy Limited has announced the launch of a monthly webinar series designed to inform and update brand owners on new domain name extensions.

cliffe dekker hofmeyrDuring a press conference held on 13 March 2014, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) announced that it would launch a public inquiry into the state of competition in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector. ICASA subsequently issued a notice inviting members of the public to comment on issues pertaining to competition in the ICT sector by 23 June 2014.

Find a lawyerRemember back in the good old days, when business just walked in the door, when your law firm placed adverts in the Yellow Pages and people looking for legal advice or representation found your advert and called for an appointment? Well, online works in a similar way, just add a few curved balls.

color accountingAccounting literacy is an indispensable skill for the legal profession, says Peter Frampton of Color Accounting International -- yet most lawyers have few opportunities to develop it.

gTLD nightmaresThe internet as we know it has undergone a remarkable change in the past year as a result of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN’s) introduction of over a thousand new generic top level domain names (gTLDs).

regent business schoolA highly interactive and practical short course on Islamic Law of Inheritance, the Wills Act of 1953 and Administration of Deceased Estates in terms of South African Law.

marketing for law firmsWhat’s the difference between a financially successful attorney and an attorney who sometimes struggles financially? It’s not necessarily their track record or knowledge of the law. Fairly often, its the attorney’s ability to market his or her services to potential clients.
But marketing a law practice isn’t always the same as marketing other types of businesses.
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