Running a law firm is about a lot more than just using the right practice management software—it’s a multi-faceted business, and to be successful, you have to be a good lawyer, a good marketer, a good networker, and more. To that end, we released a number of whitepapers, guides, and eBooks in 2014 focused on helping attorneys from firms of any size be more successful. For your convenience, we’ve rounded up our best legal guides of 2014.
There are lots of rules governing what you are and aren’t allowed to do when advertising your practice. But, there are ways to effectively market your firm and make it known to potential clients. What’s even better is that these methods are both simple and affordable—often, even free. All you need to know is how to do it. Featuring Joshua King of Avvo, Gyi Tsakalakis of AttorneySync, and Kevin O’Keefe of LexBlog, this guide will help lawyers navigate the terrain of modern digital advertising, focusing on SEO, social media, content marketing, and reputation management.
You’re a lawyer, not an accountant. But it still pays to know a little bit about your accounting systems. With the advent of new technologies, it’s time for lawyers to move beyond boxes of receipts; there’s a better way to manage your firm finances. This guide covers five easy ways to get a better accounting system in place for your firm with actionable steps that will give you better financial visibility.
Monday to Friday, 9 to 5. Or 9 to 9. That model is slowly being relegated to the past as lawyers are realizing they no longer have to choose between working in Big Law or running a solo storefront practice. Distributed law firms, corporate secondments, and legal freelancers are all becoming successful options for lawyers seeking a change. As generational changes place a greater focus on work/life balance, lawyers are branching out from traditional law firm trappings and finding success in a variety of new business models. Which is right for you?
Even if you’re not dealing with basic legal matters such as estate planning, business entity organization, or an uncontested court case, you can still explore alternative billing structures for your practice. They’re not difficult to implement, and these types of arrangements can actually benefit lawyers who specialize in many different areas of law. Bonus: they often also make clients very happy—and can make your firm more profitable.
As the end of the year approaches, lawyers everywhere are scrambling to close the books. Learn how to create a case closure procedure, how to meet the demands of clients over the holiday season, and more. Your firm will thank you for it when the new year arrives. We’ll be providing even more invaluable resources through 2015 that focus on the nuts and bolts of managing a law firm—if there’s anything you’d like to see, let us know in the comments!