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Why you may want to rent an office

October 21, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

These days, working from home is all the rage, glamorized by successful lawyers like Chuck Newton at Third Wave Law Blog or Jay Fleischman at Untethered Lawyer, who through writing and by personal example make a compelling case for the virtues of virtual law practice.  I don’t disagree, either – there’s much to be said […]

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Is the Cloud the Cure for Solos Who Are Sick?

October 19, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

Last week’s Maryland Daily Record describes what happens when solos get sick.  The story features one of my buddies, Herb Dubin, a lawyer here in Maryland – and as the article emphasizes, he’s the last person I’d have ever expected to get sick.  I met Herb at a Solosez lunch, but for a couple of […]

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Utah Offers Formal Program, But Nothing Precludes You From Building Your Own

August 3, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

New law graduates embarking on the practice of law in Utah won’t have to stumble around helplessly as they try to figure out the nuts and bolts of law practice.  According to the Salt Lake City Tribune (H/T ABA Journal) Utah has just implemented a mandatory mentoring program that pairs all new attorneys (not just solos) […]

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Why Is Findlaw Charging Money for Inaccurate Forms When the Correct Forms Are Available Online for Free?

June 15, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

OK, so I understand that a company like Thomson Reuters doesn’t "get" the concept of free.  After all, Westlaw, one of Thomson Reuters’ flagship legal products costs a pretty penny.  Even so, it’s one thing to charge for a product that delivers value, as Westlaw undeniably does.  It’s quite another to extract payment for materials […]

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ABA Tech Show – A Good Start, But Not Enough If We Don’t Change the Rules

April 4, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

I have a blogging-based press pass for the ABA Legal Tech Show so I’m compelled to post a dispatch.  So far, I’m enjoying this conference even better than last year.  For starters, I’m not a speaker so I can enjoy, not to mention wear comfortable clothes.  Second, after spending the past few weeks reading about the […]

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Resources for How to Start a Law Firm and Where to Find Solo by Choice

March 5, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

With layoffs increasing, so too are sales of Solo by Choice, and again, it’s sold out at both Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  I wanted to let readers know that you can always purchase a copy directly from the publisher at Lawyer Avenue – it’s the same price, shipping is free and my publisher processes […]

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Comparing the Cost of SaaS LPM Tools to Conventional: The Metrics That Matter

March 4, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

So, how many of you maintain a law library in your practice?  You know, the digests and volumes of caselaw and annotated statutory codes with the annual pocket parts that always slip out and of course, those loose-leaf reporters where you need to unscrew the metal binder clasp with a coin, then fumble around to […]

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How to Use the Bars Reviewed: A Practical Guide

February 23, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

Last week, I unveiled the Bars Reviewed 2009, which surveys the services that bar associations are providing to solo and small firm practitioners.  I’ve received really valuable feedback in the comment section and I’ve been working to continuously incorporate the comments into the chart. But the survey isn’t just a vanity tool to generate visibility […]

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The Bars, Reviewed: What Has Your Bar Association Done for You Lately?

February 19, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

Summary Update (7 pm, 2/19/09) More comments below, with links to additional NC Bar resources and Canada resources too.  In response to Eric’s question, the review took place strictly based on websites alone  – I personally visited about 30 of them, and delegated the remaining review, then did additional link checks.  Talking to bar personnel […]

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The Importance of Human Back-Up

January 24, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

For almost two weeks now, I’ve been dealing with a family situation that has taken me out of town, spending both days and nights at the hospital.  Like many of my colleagues who responded to the MyShingle contest question, I too employ technology that lets me take my office with me on the road.  Unfortunately, […]

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