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Hands On Lawyers and One Future for Legal Services

January 23, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

What’s the most effective way for lawyers to protect their clients from a data breach of  Sony-like magnitude? Sure, they can sponsor trainings for clients, develop handbooks and checklists and purchase cyberinsurance. Or lawyers could take the most direct approach and identify and plug the security gaps themselves. Sounds crazy – and outside a lawyer’s […]

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A Place Where Solos Can Work Away

January 21, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

To me, there’s nothing more depressing than the concept of the staycation  – essentially, spending valuable days off from work hanging around the house and area where you live. Sure, I get the concept of local sightseeing (I live in the tourism capitol after all) but that’s what visitors and houseguests are for. To me, […]

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California Bar Offers A Reason to Keep Your Website and Blog Separate

January 16, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

Should a law firm blog be incorporated into a website or function as a freestanding entity? That’s a question that’s been asked almost since the beginning of time, with at least two experts – Sam Glover and Kevin O’Keefe endorsing separation for a variety of different reasons. But now, a recent California ethics decision offers […]

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Free and the Contract

January 14, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

Once upon a time, law firms used wills as a loss leader. Clients would come to a law firm for a free will and in theory, the firm would have first dibs on the more lucrative probate work when the time came. These days, free contracts are the 21st century version of free wills with […]

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How Can An Incubator That Can’t Support Itself Teach New Solo Lawyers To Do So?

January 9, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

Seven participants in Florida International University (FIU)’s LawBridge program which provides incubator space to lawyers willing to do low bono work recently got a rude dose of reality when FIU was bumped from its donated space by a large law firm that presumably could pay rent.  Without free space, the FIU program leaders can’t figure […]

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Unemployment Benefits as a Transition to Hanging a Shingle

January 9, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

Back in the dark ages when I started my law firm, I took advantage of unemployment benefits to help pay the bills. I’d been working five years before a layoff lead me to hang my shingle, so I figured that I’d paid enough into the system to deserve some support. Although my unemployment benefits maxed […]

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I’m Back!!!

January 9, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

If you haven’t noticed, I haven’t posted since December 19. Three weeks ago. And last year too! That’s a huge gap for my blog, probably unprecedented. But life interrupted, and between a heavy caseload and my college daughter’s return from break, I’ve been too busy or too tired to blog. But I’m feeling reinvigorated. Like […]

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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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