Using the correct gender neutral language in your agreements

Gender neutrality is important when writing about people because it is more accurate — not to mention respectful — and is consistent with the values of equality recognised, for example, in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It is also professionally responsible…
Read more at The Department of Justice in Canada website...

Mobile apps for SA Lawyers

Mobile apps provide faster access to information – instead of having to use mobile web browsing. Legal practitioners can download apps that will enable them to access information faster and more easily. There are apps that can make the work of a legal practitioner much easier. Below is a list of apps to assist legal practitioners.
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Intergreatme FICA solution

At the recent ITU World 2018 I cornered one of the founders of Intergreatme and asked him to share his story on why they started this much needed business and to explain how the system fundamentally worked and the benefits to law firms.

effective dictation tips from powerhouse dictation

Most of the time audio recordings need to be transcribed. However there are times when the audio is of poor quality or badly dictated and this makes it very difficult for the typist to transcribe the document correctly. Here are some helpful tips to ensure that your recordings can be easily transcribed with minimal errors and editing.

Building blocks of a startup law firm

Running a successful law practice takes a lot more than just a law degree. While you may be the best in your chosen field of law, you will fall short if you are not able to compete with other successful attorneys in the marketplace.

Multi-tasking for paralegals and attorneys

Does this describe you? While you are on a teleconference call you are writing up your quarterly report, checking your email, and texting your friend about where you are meeting for lunch. You would say that you are good at multi-tasking, right? You might want to re-think your strategy. Recent estimates are that you can lose up to 40% of your productivity if you multi-task.
Read more at Psychology Today...sychology Today...

OpenLaw offer Smart Contracts to lawyers

US and Swiss project, OpenLaw, is launching a new smart contract platform that will allow lawyers to make legally binding and self-executing agreements on the Ethereum blockchain. The OpenLaw system allows lawyers to make use of a searchable database of templates on the platform (see video below) to then create customised contracts for specific transactional uses, e.g. a finance agreement, or a short-term employment contract.
Read more at Artificial Lawyer...

Chatbots for law firms

Two years ago, Joshua Browder launched his DoNotPay chatbot as “the world’s first robot lawyer” to help people fight parking tickets.  He later expanded it to provide free legal aid to the homeless, then expanded it again to help refugees seeking asylum in the U.S. and Canada, and earlier this week he announced a massive expansion into another 1,000 legal areas.Today, Browder took it a step further, opening up his platform so that anyone can create a legal bot for free, with no technical knowledge.
Read more at Law Sites Blog...

Understanding technology is important for lawyers

Serious money can be saved if you don’t listen to a vendor peddling snake oil at a conference, or an IT consultant whose prime concern may not be your wallet/purse. When you learn about technology, you at least know the right questions to ask. You may not know enough to make the decisions and you may still need guidance, but you may know enough to be a “BS filter.” And once you smell that bull, you’ll know you’re talking to the wrong person. That is very useful in and of itself.
Read more at Law Practice Today...

Shared workspaces

For hundreds of years, bricks and mortar offices have been the corner stone of legal practices – they have dominated how clients interact for the provision of legal services. The Uber effect is now here and some firms are reducing stress on overheads, harnessing the online word and starting to use “virtual offices” complemented by websites, apps and cloud computing.
Read more at Lawyers Weekly...

Legal tools for law firms

For the roughly 900,000 attorneys serving in firms of ten attorneys or fewer, legal technology is the great equalizer. With the right technology, firms can run more efficiently, satisfy clients better, research cases faster, stay on top of tasks, and maintain an output that keeps them competitive with larger firms. But there exists an incredible amount of software to choose fromso below, we’ve outlined the legal technology solutions that will keep your law firm running like a well-oiled legal machine, wherever and however you work.
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Lawyers embracing technology

Ken Day* – Let’s face facts – many lawyers ‘of a certain age’ are just happy where they are with their tech skills.  They are close to being Luddite in their aversion to new technology.  But being tech savvy is more important than ever in the hyper competitive legal world. As the world changes – and boy has it changed! – the need to adopt more tech savvy skills has not only changed with it, but has become a necessity.
Read more at Law Fuel...

Leaving your law firm

So the time has come for you to depart your law firm. Maybe your book of business has outgrown the firm. Maybe the firm has charted a course that doesn’t include you. Maybe you just need a change. Whatever the reason, departing a law firm partnership can be a surprisingly challenging — and potentially perilous — exercise if you are not prepared.
Read more at Attorneys at Work...

law firm hosted telephony

Making the transition to a Hosted system is a step businesses in every sector will need to consider in the near future. While the many benefits of hosted telephony are becoming vastly more understood, any upgrade to your firm’s infrastructure needs to be carefully weighed up. So, what makes hosted telephony such an attractive option for modern businesses, and how well do these advantages translate to the specific needs of your law firm?
Read more at Legal IT Professionals...

productivity in your law firmForget juggling. Most of us feel like we’re endlessly spinning plates, hoping we can keep all the parts and pieces of our lives from crashing to the ground. Then along comes summer, and the promise of a little downtime to relax and refresh — or at least remove a few plates from the stack. Assuming, of course, you can squeeze out any time for yourself.
Read more at AttorneyAtWork...

private browsing mode law firmsPeople snicker about private browsing mode, but it isn’t just for pornography. In fact, it’s not even just for browsing privately–it has other uses. This is all thanks to the way private browsing mode works. It gives you a temporary browser session that doesn’t share cookies with your main browser, and the data–including those cookies–is automatically erased when you close the private browsing window.
Read more at HowToGeek...

change and automate law firmA few years ago a number of industry experts began talking about the transformation of the legal profession, and how commoditisation, competition, and automation would change the way in which law firms work. “Not us,” said the large firms. “It will only affect small and mid-sized firms.” “Not us,” said the small firms. “It will only affect the mid-larger firms.” “This won’t affect me,” said the older practitioners, “since I will be retired in 20 years”.

Ultimate guide to KPI for professional firmsHow valuable is your organisation? What is your company worth? To most people, these are fairly straightforward financial questions. To find the answer, you would go back to budgets and profits. However, this isn’t the only way to track value. Business KPI management is becoming an increasingly important indicator of a business’ value. There are many KPIs that need to be taken into account for Professional Services organisations.
Read more at SilverSoft...

SilversoftWhat does it mean to practice law in “the new normal”? Simply put, it means lawyers will no longer be able to achieve financial success while operating with sloppy or ineffective business practices. For years, too many law firms have gotten by with marginal or inadequate management practices. Silversoft South Africa offers a White Paper on "The New Normal".
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dellYou may personally not have to deal with bureaucracy or red tape, but that doesn’t mean big decisions come easily for any small business. Every corporate initiative, pilot project, new direction or policy change could mean the difference between survival and shutdown. So given how many heaping-full plates you’re already spinning at once, a mobility program might be the furthest thing from your mind.

dragon naturally speaking law firm better recognitionDragon Speech Recognition software can greatly enhance your efficiency and productivity if used correctly. Stephanie Diamond from ‘Dragon NaturallySpeaking for Dummies, 3rd Edition’ has some useful tips to help you use Dragon to its full benefit.

scary technology stories from legal industry expertsWhat do lawyers fear most about technology? What should they fear? We asked the practice management experts for their best — or is it worst? — legal tech horror stories. Here are their chosen tales, along with a little guidance on warding off the technology goblins.
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be productive todayYou can use the Pomodoro Technique to focus on one task at a time, and adhere to the principles of effective calendaring, checklists, and touching tasks only once. But operating at optimal productivity every day starts with the simple and so-obvious-it’s-overlooked premise: preparing for the next day by writing down and prioritizing tasks.
Read more at Legal Productivity...

Silversoft-Logo-with-DeltekWho makes the decisions in a company? Is it the CEO, middle management or the employees? The answer is actually none of the above, as it is the customers who decide ultimately.

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.

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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time billing tips for law firmsGetting a physical is an important part of everyone’s life. You need to look at the important parts of your body like the blood, the heart, etc. Just like your body, your law firm has parts that are vital to its health—none more important than your billing system. Time accounting and billing is the lifeblood of your firm. Without timely and accurate billing efforts, you will work harder than you should at less money than you should make. We do what are called “systems audits” which is just a fancy name for a billing system physical.
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time suckers in law firmLawyers are besieged with time suckers: unscheduled phone calls, urgent emails and spontaneous interruptions for co-workers. But there is a way to take control of your limited time that you can focus on the “A” cases in your practice.
Read more at Law Practice Advisor...

cell phone charging tips"Don't use your phone while it's charging," "don't leave it plugged in overnight" and "always let it die completely" — these are just a few popular myths about smartphone batteries. When it comes to battery life, there are many little rules for what you can and can't do with your smartphone. While plenty of real rules exist, there are several rumored ones you can simply ignore. 
Read more at Mashable...

lawtrustAdvanced electronic signatures were provided for in the ECT Act (2002), which defines two types of signatures – electronic, and advanced electronic. An electronic signature enables you to link an act of acceptance (signing) with a data message, which leaves it wide open to interpretation as to what constitutes acceptance, and what can be proven to have evidentiary weight or be considered binding in a court of law. 

fitbitData from activity-tracking devices such as Fitbit are now being used in the courtroom, presenting another potential application for channel partners selling wearable technology. In an apparent first, a law firm in Calgary is using activity data from a Fitbit to help show the impact an accident had on their client, according to a Forbes article. Previously such cases had to rely on clinical interpretation.
Read more at Channelnomics.com...

commoditization of law firmsThe legal profession is being commoditized by businesses and the internet. Companies are finding new and innovative ways to play both ends of the equation, that is, to make money from both attorneys and consumers of legal services, as well as ways to insert themselves further into the attorney-client relationship. Some of these companies have made brilliant business moves that I believe are responsible for some of the recent decline in lawyer happiness and quality of life. Legal marketing and business development is a slippery slope that we, as lawyers, need to understand before it’s too late.
Read more at Lawlytics...

rental vs buying equipmentArranging finance for business equipment can seem like a daunting task. However, it doesn’t need to be. There is a range of flexible asset finance solutions to suit every organisation, and some, more than others, offer sound opportunities to put working capital to better use.

tecnology change in law firmsDoes your law practice struggle with making change? Do you fear even broaching the topic with the firm’s management? There are easy ways to deal with making changes in your law practice. First you need to identify what it takes to manage the change process. There are numerous articles, postings and documents on the web that share information about managing change. The following are some of the top items that we recommend thinking about before your jump into changing things in your law firm.
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ILTA Adoption of new technology in law firmDuring ILTA 2014, a number of panellists gave a series of TED-style talks on how to subtly encourage their attorneys into adopting new technology. Each panelist presented their own successful method of stealth disruption, most of which were not driven by technology but rather by social techniques for driving change within their organizations. Each panellist led an engaging nine-minute talk about how they led their organization through a technology change.
Read more at Legal Current...

legal tech auditLawyers have traditionally revelled in their technophobia — much to their client’s chagrin. Then along came Kia America’s in-house counsel, Casey Flaherty. Casey had little concern over the quality of the legal services he received by his outside law firms. His lawyers were damn good. He was concerned however, how those “damn good” legal services were “delivered.” Where these services delivered in the most efficient way possible? More to the point, did the lawyers delivering these services make the most of their office technology?
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paperless vs paper lessA new study by Altodigital, the UK’s leading independent supplier of digital print and document solutions, has revealed that far from heading towards a paperless office environment, UK law firms are in fact going the other way, with inefficient document storage practices, and an ever-increasing volume of wasted paper, energy and consumables across the UK.
Read more at Legal IT Professionals...

evernote securityI love Evernote and I use it every day, but I am uncomfortable with the idea of using it for client data. The other day on the MILO list, someone said they were exploring using Evernote to manage client files. I responded that I do not think it is a good idea. Here are the reasons:
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Nuance-Dragon-NaturallySpeakingMost people struggle to type more than 30 words per minute, but have no problems talking at more than 160 words per minute, (some speak even faster!). Why not harness the power of your voice and type as fast as you can talk?

windows XP 8The world’s most successful and well-loved computer operating system days are over. Microsoft officially pulled the plug on Windows XP support on 8 April 2014. #GetOverIt #GetToModern

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