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Success Through Succession Plans

December 19, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Do your or your law firm have a succession plan? If you don’t you’re not alone. CNBC reports that a majority of financial advisors — more than two thirds – don’t have a succession plan for their own business – and that’s actually one of the tasks that they’re paid to handle for clients. You […]

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2014: The Year of New Law, No Hashtag

December 18, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

In May of 2014, Jordan Furlong published a comprehensive list of the universe of NewLaw business models – some that increase lawyers’ efficiencies, others that marginalize or eliminate the need for lawyers. But even though 2014 may have been a watershed for #newlaw, it was an even bigger year for new law, no hashtag. What […]

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Two Lessons in One: Law Firm Trade Names & Easy Data Compilation

December 16, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Do you ever have a bunch of data that you need to compile but don’t want to take the time of fussing with Excel spreadsheets or creating tables? In this kind of situation, I’ll create my own data intake using Google’s Free Form creator.  I find it easier to enter the data through a form, […]

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MyShingle Turns Twelve.

December 10, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Twelve years and a couple of hours ago, I launched MyShingle.com, determined to create a site that would support and celebrate solo and small firm lawyers . Since then, so much has changed within the legal profession and for me personally. Just to take one example, the Yellow Pages are no longer the preferred form […]

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I Was Mired So I Hired An Esquire

December 1, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

For years, I’ve been a proponent of relying on independent contractors, freelancers, and other outsourced or temporary labor to provide back up during a busy spell, to test potential full-time hires or to ease into growing solo . Yet, while I’ve used freelancers over the years both in my practice and for various projects at […]

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Stand Up for Solos: Our Horton Moment

November 26, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

I know, I’m a glutton for punishment. But ensuring a future for solos and smalls is too important a task to let slide. And so, I intend to file comments to the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services . And you should too. Because the  Commission that declare wants to find ways for […]

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People Regret Not Working Harder – Not Working Too Hard

November 25, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

One of the most annoying memes dominating my Facebook feed lately is this one: Deathbed Regrets: The 5 Wishes of Most Dying People. I’m not bothered so much about the incessantly plauditory comments the meme invokes (so true! great reminder to reset my priorities!) or the fact that thoughts of death are closer to me […]

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Please Attend the Iron Lawyer Competition at Georgetown Law Dec. 3

November 24, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

I am so excited to be judging the upcoming round of the Iron Lawyer Competition, to be held at Georgetown Law School, 11 am – 1 pm December 3, 2014, details here . I blogged about the inaugural round of the event back in April 2013, and have returned to watch the subsequent rounds. Each […]

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How Staying On the Cutting Edge About New Technology Can Avert a Fate Of Dressing Up Like Thomas Jefferson Pleading For Your Law License

November 24, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

“I had no idea that cellphones had GPS capabilities at that time…if I had known it, I’d have been on it like a dog on a bone.” [26:19] A recent Forbes article reports on a case out of Calgary, billed as “the first known personal injury case that will use activity data from a Fitbit:” […]

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Product Development for Lawyers

November 17, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Editor’s Note:  I’m very excited to host this post by Eva Hibnick and Allen Rodriguez, co-founders of a law innovation agency, One 400, focusing on helping law firms build products, create inbound marketing channels and acquire clients. I realize that many lawyers don’t want to see legal work commoditized, but if that’s inevitable, I’d rather […]

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