Category: Legal hot topics

  • Is a virtual law office right for you?

    BYJason Long0 commentsLegal hot topics

    Some people have defined a virtual law office “as a professional law practice existing online through a secure portal and is accessible to both the client and attorney anywhere the parties may access the internet.”  Others may count LegalZoom and similar services as a virtual law office, or virtual law service. For this post, however, […]

  • 5 Ways to Delegate Depositions to Associates

    BYCyclone Covey0 commentsDeposition Tips

    At some point in most litigators’ careers they’ll get to a point where they have to delegate taking depositions to less experienced attorneys. And at some point, every attorney who’s going to pursue a career in litigation will have to take their first deposition. I’m covering how to delegate and more specifically, tips for sending […]

  • 4 Ways to Manage Client Expectations for Phone Calls

    BYJason Long1 commentsLegal hot topics

    Let me start off by saying that I am fresh out of law school and have yet to have my own legal client. I’m drawing on my own background in sales and my experience managing numerous sale reps. Although lawyers likely would not call clients “customers”, there’s one parallel that is valuable to use for […]

  • 13 Free Sites to Do Your Legal Research

    BYJason Long4 commentsLegal hot topics

    Legal research is expensive, but there are a number of free alternatives available. Aside from running over to the law library at the local courthouse or law school, or hiring law students with subscription access to Westlaw and Lexis, your options can sometimes be limiting. However, the trend is moving away from traditional hard copy […]

  • 2 Quick Tips to Improve Your Legal Writing

    BYJason Long0 commentsLegal hot topics

    Legal writing is all about strong language, and brevity. Here are some tips to improve your legal writing. Avoid passive voice when you can: Use active voice whenever possible. This not only sounds better, but it’s also more persuasive. It’s now commonplace to speak and write using passive language, but with a little bit of […]

  • 6 ways to be a tech-savvy lawyer

    BYCyclone Covey1 commentsLegal hot topics

    Do you remember the days of legal research in books? Shepardizing cases took days and you didn’t have access to the most recently decided cases? How about the days of coding documents with sticky notes, notepads, and dictated indices? Remember when Lotus was the dominant email program? Ah, how technology has changed the legal profession. […]

  • 5 things to avoid when selling to lawyers

    BYCyclone Covey0 commentsLegal hot topics

    During my time at AgileLaw, I’ve spoken to many vendors who sell to the legal industry and lawyers in particular. Many lament how hard it is to get face time with lawyers to demonstrate and sell their product. Sure, it’s hard to get in front of lawyers. Most of them bill by the hour (or […]

  • 8 ways to prepare and succeed in a negotiation

    BYJason Long2 commentsLegal hot topics

    Power in a negotiation equates to emotional control, experience, intuition, flexibility, and knowledge of the facts and law. It isn’t anger, hostility, ego, or cockiness. In a negotiation, since the facts determine the law to be used, you must be prepared to persuade. Arming yourself with information and knowing your “audience” should be an integral […]

  • 10 ways to prepare your client for mediation

    BYJason Long1 commentsLegal hot topics

    Mediation is part of the law of A.D.R. or alternative dispute resolution. It’s an efficient, cost-effective, flexible, and viable alternative to the trial process. It often allows clients to resolve disputes in a less formal and costly setting than a courtroom and since court dockets are often backlogged, it can save a significant amount of […]

  • 4 ways to mitigate data security risk at your law firm

    BYSimone Otenaike0 commentsLegal hot topics

    We covered Information Governance basics and why you need to have an IG plan (Part 1 and Part 2) in our first two posts. Make sure to check out the multiple resources we linked, especially in the first one, to jumpstart your thought process on putting together an IG plan that fits your firms needs. […]