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ALPS 411-May 2016 Blog Digest

  Free Ezine: The New Associate’s Guide to Business Development By Kiffin Hope Big firm or small, there’s a single question the partners in any law firm ask about a young associate: “Is she a keeper?” And, while legal skills count, it’s clear they’re thinking: “Can she bring in clients?” Help has...read more

How Long Do We Need to Keep Our Closed Files?

As a risk manager, this question is the one question I’m asked more than any other and I get it. Although my wife is a physician, she had to deal with the same issue. We were paying to store her closed files for years after she left private practice and we both breathed a sigh of relief when that...read more

How to Manage the Risks Associated with Substantive Errors

The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability has been providing a statistical analysis of claims data collected from various lawyer-owned and commercial insurance companies for years. One number that I consistently pay attention to has been the number of claims...read more

2016 Social Media 101 for Business

Did you know that there are over 523,000,000 active social media users worldwide? People are turning to social media not just to post photos and videos but also find amazing products and services that can actually make a positive difference to their lives. It could be anything ranging from video...read more

Law Firm Cyber Insecurity–Fix It!

From the White House to Congress and from Wall Street to the mom and pop storefront on Main Street, the issue of cybersecurity is one that is here and here to stay. Hacking computers is no longer a “cottage industry” or something done by lone disgruntled individuals or teenagers in their parents’...read more

Going Agile: The New Trend in Marketing

Mindset, methodology, and nimbleness in driving revenue. The term agile brings to mind a triathlete; someone light on their feet, flexible, and quick. Years ago software developers began developing a methodology of programming based on this term to move processes along more quickly and effectively....read more

I Don’t Want To Go On Twitter. It’s Stupid. It’s A Waste of Time. Or Is It?

I haven’t written on this topic for a while as I’ve been on Twitter for 8 years and I have just started to assume everyone is on it and knows how to use it effectively. But then I saw these two interesting tweets from a colleague who wrote the following: “I have cleaned out my twitter: for those who...read more

Even Solo & Small Law Firms are Vulnerable to Cyber Crime

Databases of many law firms house the financial information, intellectual property data and trade secrets of their clients, making rich targets for cyber criminals. In recognition of October being National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), this post seemed timely to share. Particularly with...read more

Does Your Law Firm Have A Social Media Presence?

Over 60% of law firms maintain a social site, up from 55% in 2012. Whether for listing services, marketing, branding or all three, law firms and lawyers employing social media continues to increase as it becomes the new tool for old school. (Click image) If the clients you'd dearly love to have are...read more

Want To Promote Your Practice On Facebook? Two Simple Solutions

In the last year Facebook has really done a fine job of creating several types of options to promote products and services on their platform, from getting video views, increasing engagement with an app, to sending people to your website and raising attendance for an event. Out of this suite of...read more

Windows 10 Is In: Should Your Firm Upgrade?

I am now close to one month in with the Windows 10 upgrade on my workhorse Acer laptop. Mine is a fussy old machine so I had my worries about whether the upgrade would slow it down more or help stabilize it. After a lot of reading about the pros and possible cons on the Web, I eventually backed up...read more

Going Solo Does Not Automatically Make You An Entrepreneur

There is a confusing blog post written recently which highlights a big problem within the legal field — confusing self-employment with entrepreneurship. Now, I often write about both solo practice and entrepreneurship on my blog. But, I never confuse the two. Going solo does not make you an...read more

Letting Go Is Hard to Do

One of the hardest things for a solo construction attorney like me (or any other lawyer) is how to "let go" and leave the office at the office (or the [wherever you may work]). As conscientious professionals we spend our days obsessing about other peoples problems, advising clients as to the best...read more

SEO for Solo and Small Law Firms Part 2

This is part two of two of our of blog posts about law firm SEO (search engine optimization) from our friends at Atlanta-based search marketing agency EverSpark Interactive, creators of the Legal Ranking Formula. These posts are in question and answer format and focus on how to maximize SEO for solo...read more

Meetups - the Solo's Secret Weapon

If you haven't heard of Meetups you are missing out on a valuable opportunity to not just grow your practice, but enhance your life on many levels. Let's face it. No one really likes networking events. And more often than not, you are dressed uncomfortably, taking valuable time away from your family...read more

SEO for Solo and Small Law Firms Part 1

Editor's Note: It is a great pleasure to announce a new short series of blog posts about SEO (search engine optimization) from our new friends at Atlanta-based search marketing agency EverSpark Interactive, creators of the Legal Ranking Formula. These posts are in question and answer format and...read more

The ALPS Guide to Getting Started Solo-Newly Updated

Are you thinking of opening your own solo law firm? Then we’ve got good news! ALPS Risk Manager, Mark Bassingthwaighte, Esq., has recently updated the hugely popular ALPS Guide to Getting Started Solo. In this free 68-page manual you will find a list of issues you want to give thought to as well as...read more

The ALPS Guide to Minding Your Law Firm Technology-Free Download

In this time of cyber breaches, hacks, and stolen data, is your law firm up to specs with its technology? ALPS Risk Manager, Mark Bassingthwaighte, Esq., has just penned The ALPS Guide to Minding Your Law Firm Technology, an informative and concise 15-page guide for solo firms up to large firms....read more

ALPS 2015 Top Mobile Apps for Lawyers

It’s been a while since I’ve surveyed the landscape of mobile apps for lawyers, but here we go again. Some apps from my previous post are included, but they have undoubtedly been updated for both functionality and security on the go. This is not an exhaustive list nor am I ranking them. These are...read more

Who’s Steering the Ship? Managing the Business Side of Your Firm

I have always felt that my law school education missed one key component because a comprehensive course on how to manage the business side of a law practice was never offered. Trust me, I had my fair share of missteps early on in my career and a course like that would have helped. Yes, I do know...read more