Solo http://soloincolo.com/?p=3653 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SoloInColo/~3/vP2W7VV9MW4/januarys-best-blogs Marketing Technology January’s Best of the Blogs We know you are busy! So we read through numerous blog posts and find the best ones to share with you each month. Please let us know if you feel we are missing a particularly good one. Quick Tips Tips for Using Echo in the Law Office from Technologist Automatically Number Discovery Requests from Legal [&#8230;] Wed, 01 Feb 2017 17:25:25 Z http://soloincolo.com/januarys-best-blogs#respond Alexa Drago <p></p><p>We know you are busy! So we read through numerous blog posts and find the best ones to share with you each month.</p> <p>Please let <a href="mailto:adrago@cobar.org">us know</a> if you feel we are missing a particularly good one.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="536"> <h3><strong>Quick Tips</strong></h3> </td> <td rowspan="4"></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <ul> <li><a href="http://lists.cobar.org/t/107830/9390067/8856/23/">Tips for Using Echo in the Law Office</a> from Technologist</li> <li><a href="http://lists.cobar.org/t/107830/9390067/8857/24/">Automatically Number Discovery Requests</a> from Legal Office Guru</li> <li><a href="http://lists.cobar.org/t/107830/9390067/8858/25/">Excel: Removing Duplicates</a> from Mission Critical</li> <li>For more tips, check out Reba’s <a href="http://lists.cobar.org/t/107830/9390067/7823/26/">Tips of the Week</a></li> </ul> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <h3><strong>Product Reviews</strong></h3> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <ul> <li><a href="http://lists.cobar.org/t/107830/9390067/8859/27/">ThinkPad T460s</a> from LawSites</li> <li><a href="http://lists.cobar.org/t/107830/9390067/8860/28/">LEAP Law Practice Management Software</a> from Lawyerist.com</li> <li><a href="http://lists.cobar.org/t/107830/9390067/8861/29/">LegalBoard</a> from Technologist</li> <li><a href="http://lists.cobar.org/t/107830/9390067/8862/30/">Notes Plus — Convert Handwriting to Text</a> from iPad Notebook</li> </ul> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"> <h3><strong>Technology</strong></h3> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"><strong>Five Tech Tools Every Lawyer Should be Using</strong></p> <p><em>Mary Redzic, Attorney at Work</em><br /> Whether you’ve been practicing for one year or 25 years, you’ve likely come across an array of emerging tech tools and services designed to help you improve your law practice. As the industry moves forward, it’s essential for competitive lawyers to invest wisely. <a href="http://lists.cobar.org/t/107830/9390067/8863/31/">Read more</a>.</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"><strong>Resolve to Use Your Device as a Tool— And to Resist Being Tooled by It</strong></p> <p><em>Jack Pringle</em><br /> It’s that time of year: reflection and some soul-searching about what to do differently when we turn over a new leaf on January 1st. Let me offer a modest proposal. <a href="http://lists.cobar.org/t/107830/9390067/8864/32/">Read more</a>.</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"><strong>Top Five Free Computer Maintenance Tools You Should Know About</strong></p> <p><em>Joel Lee, Make Use Of</em><br /> If you treat your computer right, it will stay fast and responsive for many years. But if you neglect proper maintenance, it will turn into a molasses machine that ends up being a source of frustration. <a href="http://lists.cobar.org/t/107830/9390067/8865/33/">Read more</a>.</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"> <h3><strong>Marketing</strong></h3> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"><strong>20 Legal Marketing Ideas for Slow Days</strong></p> <p><em>Cari Twitchell, Lawyerist.com</em></p> <p>We all have them — slow days. The days when the phone does not ring, the emails are not pouring in, and the work is under control. For some lawyers, these days are a welcome relief from the daily grind. For others, however, these days bring increased concern over the lack of viable client prospects. <a href="http://lists.cobar.org/t/107830/9390067/8866/34/">Read more</a>.</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"><strong>How To Make Your Sales Materials More Persuasive</strong></p> <p><em>Jane Oxley, Small Firm Center</em><br /> Many lawyers fail to see how they are in the business of sales when they’re running a small law firm. But the fact is that sales are the foundation of your practice even if you’re a single attorney working alone in your practice. <a href="http://lists.cobar.org/t/107830/9390067/8867/35/">Read more</a>.</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"><strong>Marketing Game Plan for 2017</strong></p> <p><em><span data-reactid=".1.0">Legal Talk Network, Podcast</span></em><br /> It can be difficult to set your course in marketing when you don’t know where your firm has been. In this episode of The Un-Billable Hour, host Christopher Anderson talks with Marketing Vice President Chelsey Lambert from How To Manage a Small Law Firm about building successful marketing campaigns. <a href="http://lists.cobar.org/t/107830/9390067/8868/36/">Listen</a>.</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"> <h3><strong>Miscellaneous</strong></h3> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"><strong>Building Our Dreams: The Finances of Law Firm Startups</strong></p> <p><em>Drew Hefflefinger, Solo in Colo</em><br /> Who is tired of making someone else’s dream come true? The sacrifice, the hours, the faceless P&amp;L reports. Learning how passionate and dedicated attorneys are, it is no wonder that many seek entrepreneurship as a means of providing a greater, more focused service to their clients. <a href="http://lists.cobar.org/t/107830/9390067/8869/38/">Read more</a> .</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"><strong>8 Resolutions To Start The New Year Fresh</strong></p> <p><em>Gary Ross, Above the Law</em><br /> So we’ve taken a good-will draught for times long past and have moved on to 2017. Maybe you’re a celebrity obituary writer and you had a great year last year. Maybe you’re John Podesta and you had a bad year. Or maybe you’re a lawyer and are so caught up in the day-to-day that starting a new year doesn’t really mean much to you. <a href="http://lists.cobar.org/t/107830/9390067/8870/39/">Read more</a>.</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"><strong>Five Ways to Take Control of Your Invoicing Effectiveness</strong></p> <p><em>Wayne Nykyforchyn, Attorney at Work</em><br /> Lawyers in small firms don’t have large-scale technology systems or billing departments to help get invoices out the door. When the time comes to give a client an invoice, it is pretty much up to the individual attorney to make it happen. <a href="http://lists.cobar.org/t/107830/9390067/8871/91/">Read more</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/SoloInColo/~4/vP2W7VV9MW4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> http://soloincolo.com/januarys-best-blogs/feed 0 http://soloincolo.com/januarys-best-blogs 2017-02-01 17:25 +00:00 2017-02-01 10:25 -07:00 http://soloincolo.com/?p=3660 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SoloInColo/~3/ityGVLwKezE/february-solo-small-firm-networking-events Uncategorized February Solo Small Firm Networking Events Solo Small Firm Section networking meetings are a great opportunity to connect with your peers, as well as a practice management and technology discussion forum. The meetings are open to all CBA members, not just Solo Small Firm Section members, the sponsoring entity. Colorado Springs routinely offers CLE credits, although sometimes there is no formal agenda, [&#8230;] Mon, 30 Jan 2017 17:28:05 Z http://soloincolo.com/february-solo-small-firm-networking-events#respond Alexa Drago <p></p><p>Solo Small Firm Section networking meetings are a great opportunity to connect with your peers, as well as a practice management and technology discussion forum. The meetings are open to all CBA members, not just Solo Small Firm Section members, the sponsoring entity. Colorado Springs routinely offers CLE credits, although sometimes there is no formal agenda, and no RSVP is required to attend any of the meetings.</p> <p>We encourage you to think about and prepare questions or ideas to present to the group. Don’t hesitate to e-mail a meeting coordinator to suggest a CLE topic and/or speaker! <a href="http://www.cobar.org/For-Members/CBA-Sections/Solo-Small-Firm-Practice">Click here</a> for more information.</p> <p><strong>Colorado Springs – Wednesday, Feb. 1<br /> </strong><em>Lunch at 11:30 a.m. </em>Topic: <em>On Appeal? Process, Pointers and Pitfalls for the Non-</em><em>Appellate Attorney </em>presented by Theresa Sidebotham<em>.</em><strong> </strong> Applied for 1 General CLE credit.</p> <ul> <li><span id="subPage3496"><strong>Jack Quinn’s Irish Pub, upstairs, </strong>21 S. Tejon, Colorado Springs, (719) 385-0766</span></li> <li><strong>RSVP to <a href="mailto:info@stasiukfirm.com">info@stasiukfirm.com </a></strong>for the CLE affidavit and program materials.</li> <li><strong>Contact:</strong> <span id="subPage3496">Tomasz Stasiuk, (719) 359-9311, <a href="mailto:JCD@DuveLaw.com">tomasz@stasiukfirm.com</a></span></li> <li><em>First Wednesday of every month</em></li> </ul> <p><strong>Downtown Denver – Tuesday, Feb 7<br /> </strong><em>Breakfast at 7:30 am (reservation in the name of D.A. Bertram)</em></p> <ul> <li><strong>1884 Restaurant (2nd Floor) inside the Denver Athletic Club, </strong>1325 Glenarm Place, Denver, (303) 534-1211</li> <li><strong>Contact:</strong> D.A. Bertram, (303) 871-9300, <a href="mailto:da@bertramlaw.net">da@bertramlaw.net</a></li> <li><em>First Tuesday of every month</em></li> </ul> <p><strong>Continental Divide Area — Tuesday, Feb. 7</strong><br /> <em>Happy Hour at 5:30 pm</em></p> <ul> <li><span id="subPage3496"><strong>Contact Sandra for February location.</strong><br /> </span></li> <li><strong>Contact:</strong> Sandra Nettleton, (720) 232-0367, <a href="mailto:sandra@nettletonlaw.com">sandra@nettletonlaw.com</a><br /> ***<em>Please RSVP if you plan to attend.<br /> </em></li> </ul> <p><strong>Denver Tech Center Area<em>—</em>Wednesday, Feb. 8<br /> </strong><em>Happy Hour at 5:30 pm</em><strong><span id="subPage3496"></span><br /> </strong></p> <ul> <li><span id="subPage3496"><strong>Bar Louie, </strong>8000 E. Belleview Ave, Greenwood Village, (720) 213-7080</span><span id="subPage3496"></span></li> <li><strong>Contact:</strong> <span id="subPage3496">Laurinda Frederick, (720) 344-9623, <a href="mailto:lcfrederick@gmail.com">lcfrederick@gmail.com</a></span></li> <li><em>Second Wednesday of every month</em></li> </ul> <p><strong>West Denver Metro Area (Jeffco) – Wednesday, Feb. 8<br /> </strong><em>Breakfast at 7:30 am</em></p> <ul> <li><strong>Mimi’s Café, </strong>14265 West Colfax Ave., Golden, 303-384-9350.</li> <li><strong>Contact:</strong> Sarah L. Hostetter, (303) 274-2700, <a href="mailto:slhostetter@qwestoffice.net">slhostetter@qwestoffice.net</a></li> <li><em>Second Wednesday of every month</em></li> </ul> <p><span id="subPage3496"><strong>North Metro Area – Thursday, Feb. 9<br /> </strong><em>Happy Hour at 6 pm</em></span></p> <ul> <li><strong>LODO’s Bar &amp; Grill </strong>3053 W 104th Ave, Westminster, (303)635-8025.</li> <li><strong>Contact</strong>: Bill O’Meara, (303) 298-9888, <a href="mailto:wpomeara@klaaslaw.com">wpomeara@klaaslaw.com</a></li> <li><em>Second Thursday of every month</em></li> </ul> <p><strong>Westminster<em>—</em>Friday, Feb. 10<br /> </strong><em>B</em><em>reakfast </em><em>at 7:30 am</em><strong><br /> </strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>The Delectable Egg (reservation under Lauren da Cunha)</strong><span id="subPage3496"><strong>, </strong>1005 W. 120th Ave, Westminster, (303) 451-7227<br /> </span></li> <li><strong>Contact:</strong> <span id="subPage3496">Lauren da Cunha, (720) 551-1851, <a href="mailto:lauren@dacunhalaw.com">lauren@dacunhalaw.com</a></span></li> <li><em>Second Tuesday of every month</em></li> </ul> <p><strong>Cherry Creek/Glendale</strong><span id="subPage3496"><strong> – Friday, Feb. 17<br /> </strong><em>Brown Bag Lunch at 12 pm.</em> Topic: <em>Jim Coyle, Director of OARC will discuss the new Proactive Management-Based Regulation Committee</em><strong><em><br /> </em></strong></span></p> <ul> <li><strong>The Ptarmigan Building </strong>, 3773 Chery Creek North Drive, Ste 575, Denver</li> <li><strong>Contact</strong>: Amy Symons, amy@symons-law.com</li> <li><em>Third Friday quarterly, location may change</em></li> </ul> <p><strong>Boulder<em>—</em>Tuesday, Feb. 21<br /> </strong><em>Lunch at noon</em> (Reservation in the name of Graham Fuller)<strong><br /> </strong></p> <ul> <li><span id="subPage3496"><strong>Carelli&#8217;s of Boulder, </strong>645 30th St., Boulder, (303) 938-9300</span><span id="subPage3496"></span></li> <li><strong>Contact:</strong> Graham Fuller, (303) 442-0802, <a href="mailto:graham@southboulderlaw.com">graham@southboulderlaw.com</a></li> <li><em>Third Tuesday of every month</em></li> </ul> <p><strong>W.O.L.F. Pack (Women Owned Law Firms) – March 8<br /> </strong></p> <p>Quarterly networking events for women who own (or are thinking about starting) their own law firms. Meetings are held on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The <a href="http://www.thedenvertearoom.com/">Denver Tea Room</a>, 1165 South Broadway, Denver, CO 80210. Tickets are $20 per person (plus tax and gratuity), which include delicious teas, petite sweets and savories. Cash bar. Space is limited, please <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wolf-women-owned-law-firm-networking-group-tickets-27763941697">purchase your ticket in advance.</a> Select WOLF Pack Tea Salon. This event is non-refundable and non-transferable. If you have special dietary needs such as gluten-free or vegetarian meals, please contact the owner and chef, Margo Seymour, directly at (303) 321-2236.</p> <p>Questions about W.O.L.F. Pack events? Contact Kimberly Utesch at (720) 907-4491 or <a href="mailto:kim@uteschlaw.com">kim@uteschlaw.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/SoloInColo/~4/ityGVLwKezE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> http://soloincolo.com/february-solo-small-firm-networking-events/feed 0 http://soloincolo.com/february-solo-small-firm-networking-events 2017-01-30 17:28 +00:00 2017-01-30 10:28 -07:00 http://soloincolo.com/?p=3663 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SoloInColo/~3/3u3YYFa5m_M/back-relaunching-legal-career Practice Management There and Back Again: Relaunching Your Legal Career I re-entered the practice of law after an extended “sabbatical” in public education. I left the legal world 15 years ago and taught high school for 12 years. I started practicing again two years ago. In June 2015, I re-opened my firm. Once in a while, because of technology, I feel as if I’ve traveled [&#8230;] Thu, 26 Jan 2017 16:41:38 Z http://soloincolo.com/back-relaunching-legal-career#respond Paul Miller <p></p><p><a href="http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/bizplan.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-3301" src="http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/bizplan-300x200.jpg" alt="bizplan" width="300" height="200" srcset="http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/bizplan-300x200.jpg 300w, http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/bizplan.jpg 424w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a>I re-entered the practice of law after an extended “sabbatical” in public education. I left the legal world 15 years ago and taught high school for 12 years. I started practicing again two years ago. In June 2015, I re-opened my firm. Once in a while, because of technology, I feel as if I’ve traveled through time, doing the same task in an advanced way. Sometimes I feel as if I’m in <em>Back to the Future</em>, or <em>Sleeper</em>, depending on your age, and/or frame of reference. If you’re considering a there-and-back-again approach to a career in law, I’d like to share with you some ideas and pointers that I picked up along the way. I hope some of these suggestions will help fellow attorneys make a decision on re-entering the legal career after an extended absence, whether planned or a matter of circumstance.</p> <p><strong>Do It Your Way</strong><br /> Design the legal career of your dreams. Create a career that will leave time for you, your family and your friends. A healthy work/life balance is, after all, central to the pursuit of happiness. Whether it’s a full-time or part-time position, at a firm or a try at going solo, envision your ideal practice and determine a path that will help you get there. Practice law in a way that’s best for you. Do the type of law you enjoy for the clients that you enjoy working for. Keep in mind that since you’ve done this before, you have more wisdom and experience to make it happen.</p> <p><strong>Chart a Path</strong><br /> Before you begin, decide where you want to go. Chart a path and write down your plans. Change often causes stress; having a plan will reduce it. Set goals and expectations and take positive steps to achieve them. Enlist the support of family and friends, and keep a positive attitude. Don’t listen to doubters. Be nimble and willing to accept setbacks. As John Steinbeck would say, “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”</p> <p><strong>The Final Countdown</strong><br /> If you can manage it, keep your day job. At some point, you’ll have to leave, but only do so when you’re ready. You’ll know when it’s time to depart, when you have no regrets about doing so. In the meantime, create a financial plan in anticipation for a temporary drop in income. If you’re income is going to increase, ask yourself why haven’t you left already. If you need motivation for getting up and going to work, listen to “The Final Countdown” by the 80s Swedish hair-band Europe. For extra motivation, watch the YouTube video.</p> <p><strong>Take What You’ve Learned with You</strong><br /> The skills you’ve attained in your non-legal career will enhance your legal one. It doesn’t matter what you’ve been doing, your talents and experience will help you. In a sense, it’s a matter of retooling and refining what you already know. Fear not: Your experiences, knowledge and skills will be applicable to your resurrected legal career.</p> <p><strong>Get Your Legal Chops Back</strong><br /> You’ll need to get your legal skills and knowledge up to speed. One of my chief worries when I returned to the practice of law was that I had forgotten everything from my former legal life; I soon found that my fears were unfounded. I recommend signing up for a CLE pass through the CBA. With a yearly subscription, you will be able to download every CLE course that is offered through the bar association. This subscription is a tremendous help in many ways. You will learn about the current trends in the law and what the current best practices are. It will allow you to fulfill your CLE requirements in a short amount of time. Most importantly, it will give you the knowledge and resources needed to confidently and competently represent your clients. Think smart: Before your subscription expires, remember to download all the CLE courses you may think you need. You will still have access to them after your subscription expires. The CLE pass helped me overcome my biggest psychological hurdle.</p> <p><strong>Grow Your Network</strong><br /> Expand the breadth and reach of your network. Become a member of your local bar association and become actively involved in it. Up your game on social media and improve your “look” on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Join meet-ups and other professional networking groups. Reconnect with past clients and attorneys that you formally worked with, and consider volunteering to meet new people. As with everything else, make a plan, be selective in your efforts and be in it for the long haul.</p> <p><strong>Technology Has Made Things Easier</strong><br /> Depending on how long it’s been since you last practiced, the changes in technology will vary considerably. The wonderful thing is that it’s much easier and more convenient than it used to be. Today, papers are filed with the courts without having to go to the courthouse. Truly amazing! There is no longer a need to drive to the courthouse, find parking, go through the metal detectors, walk into the clerk’s office and have the clerk stamp your papers. Filings are handled today through an e-filing system. Likewise, you don’t have to go to a physical library to do research. Online software and platforms allow you to carry your law library on your phone. No more schlepping case books around the library to make copies … now you just hit “print.” These are just two examples of the countless ways in which technology has made things easier. If you knew how to do it the old way, before Wi-Fi, you’ll find the new way to be much easier.</p> <p>Going back to the legal profession after an extended absence isn’t an easy choice for anyone. If you’re considering a re-entry, know that your legal knowledge is still there and that the skills you’ve brought with you are transferable. You’ll need to get current on the law and plan ahead. Lastly, being older and wiser can be more of a help than a hindrance. I wish you the best of luck in your transition!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Paul Miller is a sole practitioner whose firm specializes in estate planning, nonprofits and small business law. In his spare time, he enjoys skateboarding, snowboarding, playing golf and working with young people. He can be reached at paul@pmillerlawoffice.com.</em></p> <p>This post was originally published in <em><a href="http://www.dbadocket.org/the-business-of-law/relaunching-your-legal-career-miller/">The Docket</a></em>.</p> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/SoloInColo/~4/3u3YYFa5m_M" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> http://soloincolo.com/back-relaunching-legal-career/feed 0 http://soloincolo.com/back-relaunching-legal-career 2017-01-26 16:41 +00:00 2017-01-26 09:41 -07:00 http://soloincolo.com/?p=3648 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SoloInColo/~3/JvMoJz2H-9Q/late-new-years-resolutions Uncategorized Is it Too Late for New Year’s Resolutions? January 1st has come and gone. Does that mean it’s too late to make New Year’s resolutions? Many people wait until January 1st to make commitments, promises, and pledges on what they will do better or on how they will achieve greater success in the upcoming year. However, there is absolutely no rule that says [&#8230;] Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:48:11 Z http://soloincolo.com/late-new-years-resolutions#respond Melanie Fischer <p></p><p><a href="http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/newyear.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-3650" src="http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/newyear-300x206.jpg" alt="newyear" width="300" height="206" srcset="http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/newyear-300x206.jpg 300w, http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/newyear-768x527.jpg 768w, http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/newyear.jpg 1000w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a>January 1st has come and gone. Does that mean it’s too late to make New Year’s resolutions?</p> <p>Many people wait until January 1st to make commitments, promises, and pledges on what they will do better or on how they will achieve greater success in the upcoming year. However, there is absolutely no rule that says that January 1st is the only, or even the optimal, day of the year to make declarations meant to better personal or professional lives.</p> <p>If you intended to make New Year’s resolutions on January 1st, but you neglected to put the resolutions in writing, don’t let yourself off the hook. Just because it’s no longer January 1<sup>st</sup> does not mean it’s too late.</p> <p>If you are a solo attorney, or if you are thinking about opening a solo law practice sometime soon, creating resolutions can be an excellent motivational tactic. Many small business owners find resolutions useful and helpful – even if they are not made the moment the clock strikes midnight on the first day of a new year.</p> <p><strong>Are Resolutions Beneficial for a Solo Attorney?<br /> </strong>The benefits of creating positive resolutions are numerous for just about anyone. The overall purpose of making resolutions is to encourage people to make constructive changes or improvements, or to reach specific goals. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with making resolutions on any day of the year. Therefore, if you neglected to make resolutions on January 1st, don’t wait a full year to start thinking about how you can better yourself and your law practice.</p> <p><strong>Tips on Creating Resolutions that Can be Kept<br /> </strong>One of the most common reasons that people do not succeed with keeping their New Year’s resolutions is that they make commitments that are practically impossible to fulfill. For example, you might have made a New Year’s resolution to gain 100 new clients this year.  But is that realistic?</p> <p><strong>Following are tips on how to create resolutions that can be kept:</strong></p> <p><strong>Make sure your resolutions are reasonable.</strong> It’s practically impossible to succeed when you make unreasonable promises to yourself. If your resolutions are related to your career as a solo attorney, make sure to commit to promises that can be kept. A commitment to attending networking sessions once a month or to keeping your desk more organized are two examples of reasonable resolutions.</p> <p><strong>Create resolutions that involve professional advancement.</strong> Is there anything negative that can come from learning more about your profession or about a specific area of law? Of course not! One way to keep a resolution that involves professional advancement is to promise yourself that you will enroll in more CLEs that focus on a specific area of law that interests you. This resolution can also be easily accomplished by reading more books or by signing up for and reading professional e-newsletters.</p> <p><strong>Volunteer your time to support a good cause.</strong> Many solo attorneys wish to donate their time to support a non-profit organization or to someone who would benefit from free or reduced-cost legal help. While you might not have dozens of hours per week to donate, it is possible you would have one or two hours each week to spare.</p> <p>Remember, just because January 1st is merely a distant memory at this point does not mean that you should neglect making resolutions this year. Resolutions can be a great motivator that help yield positive results.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/SoloInColo/~4/JvMoJz2H-9Q" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> http://soloincolo.com/late-new-years-resolutions/feed 0 http://soloincolo.com/late-new-years-resolutions 2017-01-23 17:48 +00:00 2017-01-23 10:48 -07:00 http://soloincolo.com/?p=3644 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SoloInColo/~3/qHk50CM5Elo/establishing-strategic-plan-balanced-legal-career-workshop-feb-15 Life-Work Balance Establishing a Strategic Plan for Your Balanced Legal Career — Workshop, Feb. 15 In this interactive workshop, private practice lawyers will envision and begin formulating a strategic plan to achieve a balanced legal career. Recognizing that everyone has a different definition of what a balanced legal career is, Kirby Gamblin Joseph, Managing Partner, Joseph Law Firm and President of Strategy4Success, will guide participants through a structured process that [&#8230;] Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:53:21 Z http://soloincolo.com/establishing-strategic-plan-balanced-legal-career-workshop-feb-15#respond Alexa Drago <p></p><p><a href="http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Work_Man_Sitting.svg_.png"><img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-3233" src="http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Work_Man_Sitting.svg_-150x150.png" alt="Work_Man_Sitting.svg" width="150" height="150" /></a>In this interactive workshop, private practice lawyers will envision and begin formulating a strategic plan to achieve a balanced legal career. Recognizing that everyone has a different definition of what a balanced legal career is, Kirby Gamblin Joseph, Managing Partner, Joseph Law Firm and President of Strategy4Success, will guide participants through a structured process that focuses on mission, vision, and firm culture, and establishes a framework for taking control of your practice. You will also have the opportunity to hear from several seasoned practitioners from a variety of law firm settings about how they have achieved their own balanced careers.</p> <p>Join the CBA Balanced Legal Career Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 15 from 11:30 a.m. &#8211; 1 p.m. at the <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/1900+Grant+St+%23900,+Denver,+CO+80203/@39.7466361,-104.9853748,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x876c7928516e5e4b:0x59686826e81cdc43!8m2!3d39.7466361!4d-104.9831861">CBA</a>. <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cba-balanced-legal-career-solo-and-small-practice-strategic-planning-workshop-tickets-30859552753?ref=enivtefor001&amp;invite=MTEzMzMwMDYva2ltc3BvcnJlckBjd2JhLm9yZy8w&amp;utm_source=eb_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=inviteformalv2&amp;utm_term=eventpage">Click here</a> for more information and to register.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/SoloInColo/~4/qHk50CM5Elo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> http://soloincolo.com/establishing-strategic-plan-balanced-legal-career-workshop-feb-15/feed 0 http://soloincolo.com/establishing-strategic-plan-balanced-legal-career-workshop-feb-15 2017-01-17 22:53 +00:00 2017-01-17 15:53 -07:00 http://soloincolo.com/?p=3634 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SoloInColo/~3/SYoNZNw4ZIc/legal-marketing-etiquette-21st-century Marketing Legal Marketing Etiquette in the 21st Century By Guest Blogger, Meranda M. Vieyra Good etiquette doesn’t cost a thing. Bad etiquette can cost you everything. In the legal industry, we have our own ways, customs, standards and norms when it comes to marketing etiquette. Lawyers can use etiquette as a tool to cultivate relationships with potential client sources, establish their professional reputation [&#8230;] Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:50:15 Z http://soloincolo.com/legal-marketing-etiquette-21st-century#respond Alexa Drago <p></p><p class="heading"><strong>By Guest Blogger, <em>Meranda M. Vieyra</em></strong></p> <p><strong>Good etiquette doesn’t cost a thing. Bad etiquette can cost you everything.</strong></p> <p>In the legal industry, we have our own ways, customs, standards and norms when it comes to marketing etiquette. Lawyers can use etiquette as a tool to cultivate relationships with potential client sources, establish their professional reputation and develop their personal brand. Use this guide to incorporate modern etiquette into your legal marketing strategy.</p> <p><strong>Marketing Etiquet<a href="http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Victorian-Etiquette.jpg"><img class="alignleft wp-image-3636" src="http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Victorian-Etiquette-300x287.jpg" alt="Victorian-Etiquette" width="247" height="236" srcset="http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Victorian-Etiquette-300x287.jpg 300w, http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Victorian-Etiquette.jpg 320w" sizes="(max-width: 247px) 100vw, 247px" /></a>te — In Person</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>The Name Game.</strong> There are thousands of lawyers in Colorado, and at networking events it can feel like they are all in one place at one time. Don’t take it personally when a professional contact you have met before can’t remember your name. Rather, handle this situation with class by doing them a favor and reminding them of your name. You can kick up your own marketing game by doing your best to remember names and something anecdotal about what the person shared with you the last time you met.</li> <li><strong>Give Your Attention.</strong> When you are speaking with someone, actually look at them. Take the time to pay attention to what they are saying. They can tell if you are looking around or over their shoulder during your conversation to find the next person to chat with. In networking situations, try to listen more than you speak and be sure to engage in the conversation by asking questions and making eye contact.</li> <li><strong>Overdressed Is Better than Underdressed.</strong> Law firm culture is generally conventional and conservative. Although many firms support a casual Friday policy, not all of them observe the same protocol. If you are attending an event at another law firm or at a client’s office, make sure that you are dressed appropriately, from head-to-toe, even if it’s a Friday.</li> <li><strong>Use Titles.</strong> There are a handful of elevated positions in the legal industry that have titles, and you should address justices, judges and magistrates accordingly unless they insist otherwise. There are also lawyers with political job titles that should be used as well.</li> <li><strong>Be On Time.</strong> Be mindful of what time an event starts, and try to arrive shortly after it begins. If you are meeting a client or referral source for lunch, you should arrive exactly on time. Being late is not fashionable. If you are invited to someone’s house, be there on time and bring a gift for the host. (A bottle of wine or a bouquet of seasonal flowers are two excellent options.)</li> </ul> <p><strong>Marketing Etiquette — In Writing</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Timing is Everything.</strong> When you meet someone at an event whom you want to stay connected with, make sure that you follow up on your initial meeting promptly with a LinkedIn request and an email. Although you can send electronic correspondence at any time during the day, be mindful that your email is sent during normal business hours and on a weekday. Although many lawyers do not bat an eye at receiving an email near midnight on a Sunday, that is not necessarily the practice in other industries.</li> <li><strong>Notecards 101.</strong> Handwritten notecards are one of the fastest and most effective ways to stay “visible” in your network and showcase your manners. At a minimum, be sure to send a handwritten notecard to the referring attorney when they send you a case. You should also send a notecard to your client at the closure of their matter to thank them for their business. You can also send notecards to acknowledge a client or referral source’s awards, new additions to their firm or other professional successes.</li> <li><strong>Emailing and Texting.</strong> Emailing and texting can be two of the most informal forms of communication in marketing. If you are communicating with a professional contact in writing, regardless of the medium, make sure that you are professional in tone and text. Steer clear of casual abbreviations (BTW, etc.) and typos. Trend toward formal on any closing salutations.</li> <li><strong>Be Respectful.</strong> Make sure to respond to invitations promptly. Ignoring an invitation by not responding is not a declination of the invitation. It actually creates more work and uncertainty for the event host if they don’t know whether or not you will come. When you are at an event, be respectful toward all people that you meet, regardless of their current position and views. Remember that one day the in-house associate that you are speaking with won’t always be an associate. Everyone will (and should) remember how you have treated them during their career.</li> <li><strong>Don’t Criticize.</strong> Your reputation will always precede you. It doesn’t matter where you are in your career or what you have accomplished, it is never appropriate to criticize other people in the legal industry. The Colorado legal community is small. Gossip and meanness will earn you a reputation that will not be conducive to business development or marketing your practice.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Marketing Etiquette — Online<br /> </strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Social Media.</strong> Many lawyers and law firms are embracing social media platforms in their marketing strategies. However, posting is not a free-for-all, and more is not always better. Marketing etiquette on social media is centered on respect for people’s time. The value of your insight and legal services is the most important aspect of what you post. Avoid over promotion on social media and limit posting to what will effectively reinforce your brand or marketing message. A great rule of thumb to follow is for every three informational posts on social media, post one promotional piece.</li> <li><strong>Lawyer Ranking Sites.</strong> More and more, meeting new clients doesn’t necessarily happen in a traditional setting. Every year, there are new websites coming out to serve as online portals related to law. Websites, such as LegalZoom, have revolutionized legal document preparation by removing local lawyers from the equation. There are also sites, like AVVO, that are meant specifically to connect lawyers with potential clients. Some of these sites allow reviews of lawyers to be written by former clients. In the event of a negative online review, first try to take the review down by researching the site’s guidelines to find applicable exceptions. If you are unable to have the review removed, it is critical to respond to it professionally if the site allows you to do so. In your response, be sure to address the issue that the negative review speaks of in a respectful tone. Keep in mind that the angry former client will not be the only one reading your response — potential clients and professional peers will be doing so as well.</li> <li><strong>Email Marketing Campaigns.</strong> Marketing by email is a great way to get in front of new and current clients. Be sure to follow the current spam laws with these types of messages. Your email campaigns should include an “opt out” option so that your newsletter doesn’t work against your marketing efforts by becoming an annoyance to someone who does not want to receive it.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Meranda M. Vieyra is the owner of Denver Legal Marketing LLC, which was founded to bring her years of experience in high-level legal marketing to solo practitioners and small law firms. Her impactful marketing services focus on recognition, promotion and visibility for Colorado lawyers in all practice areas. She can be reached at <a href="mailto:meranda@denverlegalmarketing.com">meranda@denverlegalmarketing.com</a>.</em></p> <p>This article originally appeared in <a href="http://www.dbadocket.org/the-business-of-law/etiquette-meranda-vieyra/"><em>The Docket</em></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/SoloInColo/~4/SYoNZNw4ZIc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> http://soloincolo.com/legal-marketing-etiquette-21st-century/feed 0 http://soloincolo.com/legal-marketing-etiquette-21st-century 2017-01-13 16:50 +00:00 2017-01-13 09:50 -07:00 http://soloincolo.com/?p=3631 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SoloInColo/~3/H845C2-eI0Y/survey-oarcmalpractice-carrier Uncategorized Survey — OARC/Malpractice Carrier You may have noticed that the Office of Attorney Registration will this year require lawyers to provide the names of their malpractice insurance carriers when they register.  At first, the intent was to include the name of each attorney’s malpractice insurance carrier in his/her online profile. Several on the Solo and Small Firm Section Executive [&#8230;] Wed, 11 Jan 2017 22:53:46 Z http://soloincolo.com/survey-oarcmalpractice-carrier#respond Alexa Drago <p></p><p>You may have noticed that the Office of Attorney Registration will this year require lawyers to provide the names of their malpractice insurance carriers when they register.  At first, the intent was to include the name of each attorney’s malpractice insurance carrier in his/her online profile.</p> <p>Several on the Solo and Small Firm Section Executive Council, and others around the bar, have concerns about the impact on lawyers/SSF’s if their malpractice insurance carrier’s name is public and easily accessible.</p> <p>While we sort this out, Jim Coyle with OARC has agreed that the name of the insurance carrier will not be published on-line this year, but that it will be made available to anyone who asks for it pursuant to open records laws.</p> <p>We are asking for SSF Member input on this so that we may best represent you. We’ve developed a 3-question, <strong>anonymous</strong> <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MRYT3BJ">survey</a>. Please respond by <strong>January 23.</strong></p> <p>Thank you for your time!</p> <p><em>Your Solo and Small Firm Section Executive Council</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/SoloInColo/~4/H845C2-eI0Y" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> http://soloincolo.com/survey-oarcmalpractice-carrier/feed 0 http://soloincolo.com/survey-oarcmalpractice-carrier 2017-01-11 22:53 +00:00 2017-01-11 15:53 -07:00 http://soloincolo.com/?p=3619 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SoloInColo/~3/n9jAiNse4z8/building-dreams-finances-law-firm-startups Finance Building Our Dreams: The Finances of Law Firm Startups By Drew Hefflefinger Who is tired of making someone else’s dream come true? The sacrifice, the hours, the faceless P&#38;L reports. Learning how passionate and dedicated attorneys are, it is no wonder that many seek entrepreneurship as a means of providing a greater, more focused service to their clients. According to the American Bar Association’s [&#8230;] Thu, 05 Jan 2017 17:04:47 Z http://soloincolo.com/building-dreams-finances-law-firm-startups#respond Alexa Drago <p></p><p><em>By Drew Hefflefinger</em></p> <p><a href="http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/trustee.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-186" src="http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/trustee-300x199.jpg" alt="Analyzing financial data" width="300" height="199" srcset="http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/trustee-300x199.jpg 300w, http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/trustee-1024x682.jpg 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a>Who is tired of making someone else’s dream come true? The sacrifice, the hours, the faceless P&amp;L reports. Learning how passionate and dedicated attorneys are, it is no wonder that many seek entrepreneurship as a means of providing a greater, more focused service to their clients. According to the American Bar Association’s “Lawyer Demographics of the Year 2016,” nearly half of all attorneys work in groups with five or fewer members.</p> <p>For those considering, or already in the depths of solo/small firm ownership, I congratulate you. Operating a wealth advisory firm has enabled me to tailor every detail of my business to the unique needs of the people I serve. I suspect an attorney’s motivation is no different.</p> <p>To inform, and perhaps provide a little motivation, this article offers a handful of financial considerations that an attorney should take into account before making the jump, what to consider as the doors open and what to contemplate when the business starts to thrive.</p> <p><strong>BEFORE THE JUMP</strong></p> <p>Financially speaking, the theme before day one is to reduce outgoing cash flow and reduce financial risk. New businesses are cash monsters, and expenses tend to be unusually high in the first couple years of operation.</p> <p><strong>Hoard cash.</strong> There is plenty of existing information on what the cash will be spent on, but how does an attorney “hoard” cash? First, save effectively. Review current expenses and see where costs can be cut without reducing the current lifestyle in question. Some examples include consolidating personal insurance, considering a different car or cutting subscriptions that are no longer in use. Second, consider reducing expenses that lack personal value. Eating out versus bringing a bagged lunch will still satisfy an appetite, but one costs three times as much.</p> <p><strong>Review debt.</strong> Have a mortgage? Consider refinancing household debt in an effort to acquire the lowest monthly payment possible. In many cases, a borrower can apply for a 30-year refinance and significantly reduce outgoing cash flow. Also, it would not hurt to establish a home equity line of credit to provide another easy source of cash if necessary.</p> <p><strong>Have student loans?</strong> Consider an income-based repayment plan to temporarily reduce monthly payments. It will be more advantageous to apply after severing ties with the current firm since current income, or lack there of, is the main driver of the repayment calculation. In some circumstances, the borrower can nearly eliminate payments in year one.</p> <p><strong>Balance risk.</strong> Salary-based income earners have little volatility in their income. This steady stream of income enables employees to be fairly aggressive with their investable savings (401(k), etc.) due to the low likelihood of using the savings within a short period of time.</p> <p>An entrepreneur’s income is much different. Income is typically volatile and subject to the immediate successes and failures of the business. By having a variable stream of income, it is prudent of business owners to be more cautious with their investable savings (Rollover IRA, etc.). In a balanced world, the entrepreneur is increasing risk in his or her ability to generate income and reducing risk in investable savings. This balanced approach provides an attorney with another stable cash lifeline, regardless of the conditions of the outside economy.</p> <p><strong>Develop a relationship with a Certified Public Accountant.</strong> Make sure they have experience in small businesses and are willing to give tax advice. Some accountants only file returns based on the information provided and fail to dig deeper into their clients’ unique circumstances.</p> <p>By implementing the above, an attorney becomes risk averse in nearly every aspect of his or her financial life. This enables the concentration of risk taking toward the new business venture.</p> <p><strong>OPENING THE DOORS</strong></p> <p>The next step focuses on benefits. In the past, benefits were generally taken care of by the employer, which is not the case anymore. An attorney is now building his or her own self-sufficient island, and nothing comes for free.</p> <p><strong>Healthcare.</strong> Technically everyone needs to have it; the failure to do so can lead to a tax penalty. Working with an independent healthcare broker will do wonders. They have the ability to diagnose existing circumstances, family dynamics and identify a suitable plan.</p> <p><strong>Disability income.</strong> I worked with a former anesthesiologist who, at 40, developed a form of multiple sclerosis that left him unable to practice medicine. He was unable to provide for his family on his own but wisely transferred the risk of disability to an insurance company at an early age. Today, he and his family are still accomplishing their financial goals despite his inability to generate a doctor’s income.</p> <p><strong>Life insurance.</strong> The family’s goals are bigger than those of any one person. College, retirement, and lifestyle are important, and without the breadwinner’s income, many of these goals could never be accomplished. Should the unthinkable happen, make arrangements so that loved ones are still poised to succeed.</p> <p><strong>THRIVE</strong></p> <p>The firm is growing, clients are happy, referrals are flowing in — the dream is becoming a reality. But the firm is not the only goal. How does the firm connect with the other important aspects of the business owner’s life? Here, an attorney is typically looking at his or her personal life and considering college for the kids and retirement flexibility. By building net worth, an attorney stands in a strong position to accomplish these personal goals.</p> <p><strong>Go back and review debt.</strong> Rising cash flow affords the opportunity to get back on track with student loans, mortgage and other debt obligations. By decreasing these liabilities, the business owner increases net worth.</p> <p><strong>Go back and review financial risk.</strong> Since income may not be as volatile as it was when the doors first opened, it may be prudent to increase risk in investable accounts (Rollover IRA, SEP-IRA, etc.).</p> <p><strong>Establish a retirement savings plan.</strong> A retirement savings plan is arguably the biggest facilitator in connecting the firm’s financial success to the family’s personal goals. The result is less income in top-income tax brackets and big steps toward building net worth.</p> <p><strong>PARTING THOUGHTS AND MOTIVATION</strong></p> <p>When I left the corporate world, my former mentor watched over me as I packed my personal belongings into a cardboard box before leading me to the elevators. It was all very stereotypical; I could hardly hold myself back from laughing at the sheer audacity and rigid formality of the situation.</p> <p>But I was tired of being on the receiving end of other people’s energy. As I stepped into the elevator with my cardboard box, a powerful inversion occurred. Energy started flowing outward. My old life was over; I was going to make my own dreams come true.</p> <p>Best of luck and cherish the opportunities you create.</p> <p><strong><em>Drew Hefflefinger is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ at Engage in Wealth in Denver. He specializes in working with attorneys by helping them grow and protect wealth while achieving personal goals. He can be reached by phone at 303-459-4355 or by email at <a href="mailto:drew@engageinwealth.com">drew@engageinwealth.com</a>.</em></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This article originally appeared in <a href="http://www.dbadocket.org/the-business-of-law/finances-of-law-firm-startups-hefflefinger/"><em>The Docket</em></a>.</p> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/SoloInColo/~4/n9jAiNse4z8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> http://soloincolo.com/building-dreams-finances-law-firm-startups/feed 0 http://soloincolo.com/building-dreams-finances-law-firm-startups 2017-01-05 17:04 +00:00 2017-01-05 10:04 -07:00 http://soloincolo.com/?p=3624 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SoloInColo/~3/V8kWiAlb4UQ/decembers-best-blogs-2 Marketing Practice Management Technology Uncategorized December’s Best of the Blogs We know you are busy! So we read through numerous blog posts and find the best ones to share with you each month. Please let us know if you feel we are missing a particularly good one. Quick Tips Five Ways to Reduce Your Outlook Mailbox Size from Software Pro Tech Jargon: Cheat Sheets for [&#8230;] Wed, 28 Dec 2016 15:50:32 Z Alexa Drago <p></p><p>We know you are busy! So we read through numerous blog posts and find the best ones to share with you each month.</p> <p>Please let <a href="mailto:adrago@cobar.org">us know</a> if you feel we are missing a particularly good one.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="536"><strong>Quick Tips</strong></td> <td rowspan="4"></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <ul> <li><a href="http://thesoftwarepro.com/reduce-outlook-mailbox-size/">Five Ways to Reduce Your Outlook Mailbox Size</a> from Software Pro</li> <li><a href="http://blogs.findlaw.com/technologist/2016/12/tech-jargon-some-cheat-sheets-for-lawyers.html">Tech Jargon: Cheat Sheets for Lawyers</a> from FindLaw</li> <li><a href="http://www.mcstech.net/blog/index.cfm/Word">Add a Watermark to a Document</a> from Mission Critical</li> <li>For more tips, check out Reba’s <a href="http://www.cobar.org/For-Members/Law-Practice-Management/Tips-of-the-Week">Tips of the Week</a></li> </ul> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>Product Reviews</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <ul> <li><a href="http://futurelawyer.typepad.com/futurelawyer/2016/12/sync-boogie-board-never-buy-a-legal-pad-again.html">Sync Boogie Board — Never Buy A Legal Pad Again?</a> from FutureLawyer</li> <li><a href="http://www.iphonejd.com/iphone_jd/2016/12/review-olala-id300.html">Olala iDisk ID300 (USB and lightning flash drive)</a> from iPhone J.D.</li> <li><a href="http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-ipad-stylus/">The Best Stylus for Your iPad or Other Touchscreen Device</a> from WireCutter</li> <li><a href="http://www.iphonejd.com/iphone_jd/2016/11/empire-v-solo.html">Keynote and TrialPad for iPad</a> from the York County Bar Association</li> </ul> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"><strong>Technology</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"><strong>Hardware to Get Excited About</strong></p> <p><em>Jeff Bennion, Above the Law</em><br /> There’s been a big emphasis on software and legal apps, so people often miss the cool developments in hardware. Since Christmas is coming up, I thought I’d discuss some of the coolest hardware for law offices. <a href="http://abovethelaw.com/2016/12/hardware-to-get-excited-about/">Read more</a>.</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"><strong>Secure Your Phone Today or Face a Data Breach Tomorrow</strong></p> <p><em>The Clio Team</em><br /> According to the ABA’s 2015 Legal Technology Survey Report, nearly 40 percent of lawyers in the U.S. use public Wi-Fi to access client data, but only 22 percent are using an encrypted connection. Clearly, mobile security isn’t always front-of-mind for lawyers. <a href="http://abovethelaw.com/2016/12/secure-your-phone-today-or-face-a-data-breach-tomorrow/">Read more</a>.</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"><strong>Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium 13.0 </strong></p> <p><em>Jeffery L. Weeden, Solo in Colo</em><br /> Speech recognition has long been a tantalizing staple of science fiction. Voice recognition technology in the past was hindered by being too slow and inaccurate. Computers continue to get faster and the software continues to get better. <a href="http://soloincolo.com/dragon-naturallyspeaking-premium-13-0-review">Read more</a>.</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"><strong>Marketing</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"><strong>Media Resources For Lawyers</strong></p> <p><em>Staff, Associates Mind</em></p> <p>Considering that the majority of lawyers are solos or in small firms, it’s also likely that you’re going to be in charge of marketing your practice. Many lawyers are increasingly turning to alternative sources for marketing their practices than the usual website and newsletters. <a href="http://associatesmind.com/2016/11/07/media-resources-for-lawyers/">Read more</a>.</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"><strong>How to Write an Engaging Lawyer Bio</strong></p> <p><em>Cari Twitchell, Lawyerist.com</em><br /> The About page on your law firm website is probably the second-most visited page. Make sure you do it justice by writing a bio that engages your audience. <a href="https://lawyerist.com/89087/write-engaging-lawyer-bio/">Read more</a>.</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"><strong>There and Back Again: Relaunching Your Legal Career</strong></p> <p><em><span data-reactid=".1.0">Paul Miller, The Docket</span></em><br /> I re-entered the practice of law after an extended “sabbatical” in public education. I left the legal world 15 years ago and taught high school for 12 years. I started practicing again two years ago. In June 2015, I re-opened my firm. <a href="http://www.dbadocket.org/the-business-of-law/relaunching-your-legal-career-miller/">Read more</a>.</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"><strong>Miscellaneous</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"><strong>How to Expand Your Practice with Freelance Lawyers</strong></p> <p><em>Podcast, Legal Talk Network</em><br /> In this episode, Lisa Solomon explains what freelance lawyering is, how to work with a freelance lawyer, and where to find one. She also points out that because you can bill a freelance lawyer’s time at more than you pay, a freelance lawyer can generate a profit for your firm. <a href="https://lawyerist.com/137494/podcast-97-expand-practice-freelance-lawyers-lisa-solomon/">Listen</a>.</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"><strong>Holiday Gift Ideas for Small Law Firms and Solo Practitioners</strong></p> <p><em>Meranda Vieyra , Denver Legal Marketing LLC</em><br /> Here are some ideas for small law firms and solo practitioners to consider when deciding what to give to their clients and referral sources this holiday season. <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/holiday-gift-ideas-small-law-firms-solo-practitioners-meranda-vieyra">Read more</a>.</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"><strong>5 Year-End Planning Tips For The Procrastinating Attorney</strong></p> <p><em>Shannon Achimalbe, Above the Law</em><br /> While year-end planning is important, it does not have to be a multi-day ordeal. It should cover the basics: finances, profitability (or lack thereof), business development, and job satisfaction. Here are a few quick year-end planning ideas you can do while you wait for your lunch to be delivered to your office. <a href="http://abovethelaw.com/2016/12/5-year-end-planning-tips-for-the-procrastinating-attorney/">Read more</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/SoloInColo/~4/V8kWiAlb4UQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> http://soloincolo.com/decembers-best-blogs-2 2016-12-28 15:50 +00:00 2016-12-28 08:50 -07:00 http://soloincolo.com/?p=3616 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SoloInColo/~3/nlnIBjgB0Os/common-challenges-faced-new-solo-attorneys Practice Management Common Challenges Faced by New Solo Attorneys Starting a solo law practice is a major accomplishment. No matter how many days, weeks, months, or years you have been anticipating the grand opening of your new law practice, your firm’s grand opening is a significant milestone. Once you are open for business, you can hit the ground running. Hopefully, you will face nothing [&#8230;] Tue, 20 Dec 2016 15:11:32 Z Melanie Fischer <p></p><p><strong><a href="http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/tired.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-3395" src="http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/tired-300x200.jpg" alt="tired" width="300" height="200" srcset="http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/tired-300x200.jpg 300w, http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/tired.jpg 500w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></strong>Starting a solo law practice is a major accomplishment. No matter how many days, weeks, months, or years you have been anticipating the grand opening of your new law practice, your firm’s grand opening is a significant milestone. Once you are open for business, you can hit the ground running. Hopefully, you will face nothing but huge success with your solo practice!</p> <p>Launching any type of new business is exciting. Most solo attorneys on the verge of opening their own small law firm have a positive outlook on its ultimate success. If you are an attorney who recently launched a solo practice, or if you are thinking about opening a solo firm, it’s helpful to be aware that you will likely face challenges as you settle into your role as a small business owner.</p> <p>No matter how much planning you put forth, you are bound to encounter challenges as you journey through the first few weeks and months in business. Following are some of the most common challenges faced by attorneys who are in the throes of launching a new solo law practice:</p> <p><strong>Business Seems a Little Slow! </strong>It might be possible to open a brand new solo law practice and immediately have more clients knocking on the door than you can possibly handle. However, this is unusual. Most new law practices go through an “entry into the market” phase that is relatively slow. For many solo attorneys, it takes time to build their law practice.</p> <p><strong>Everyone Wants My Money! </strong>Don’t be surprised to find your mailbox, voicemail, and e-mail box filled with messages and advertisements from businesses that want you to purchase something from them. It can be easy to get carried away with purchases and subscriptions when launching a new business.</p> <p><strong>Where Is All My Money Going? </strong>Even though you may have created a meticulous budget spreadsheet before opening your law firm, it’s not unusual to spend more than your budget allows. It can be difficult to anticipate all your expenses before launching your firm. Having to spend more money than you have allotted to your budget is a common experience for just about any new business owner.</p> <p><strong>My Office is a Mess! </strong>Getting used to practicing as a solo attorney as well as dealing with all the other typical duties required of a small business owner can be daunting. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and to neglect mundane tasks – such as filing paperwork and keeping your office as tidy as possible. To make things easier, stay on top of things – and dedicate a few minutes each day to organization efforts.</p> <p><strong>I Feel Like I Don’t Have Any Free Time! </strong>Launching a new business can be extremely time-consuming. There are not enough hours in the day to get everything done. Many solo attorneys spend more hours in their office than they do at home, which can lead to overwhelming stress and exhaustion. Building and developing a business takes excessive amounts of time and effort – and this is something required of most new solo attorneys.</p> <p>If owning a successful solo law firm is a dream that you are hoping to fulfill, don’t be discouraged by challenges that you will face along the way. Every new business owner faces trials and tribulations. Understand that your peers are likely to be dealing with the same (or similar) circumstances can help make handling situations easier.</p> <p>Remember, you are not alone –  networks, groups and organizations are available to support your endeavors, answer your questions, and provide you with guidance that will help you achieve ultimate success.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="border-radius: 2px; text-indent: 20px; width: auto; padding: 0px 4px 0px 0px; text-align: center; font: bold 11px/20px 'Helvetica Neue',Helvetica,sans-serif; color: #ffffff; background: #bd081c no-repeat scroll 3px 50% / 14px 14px; position: absolute; opacity: 1; z-index: 8675309; display: none; cursor: pointer;">Save</span></p> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/SoloInColo/~4/nlnIBjgB0Os" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> http://soloincolo.com/common-challenges-faced-new-solo-attorneys 2016-12-20 15:11 +00:00 2016-12-20 08:11 -07:00