25August, 2016

The Expertise Effect: How to Grow with a Niche Law Practice

If you want to see more growth, consider transitioning into a niche law practice.

Almost every lawyer wants to command higher rates, attract more clients, and increase his or her profile in the marketplace. However, many are unable to achieve these objectives because they are stuck pursuing ineffective strategies – or no strategy at all. One […]

18August, 2016

New Requirement for Massachusetts Attorneys to Register Online

The BBO’s new requirement for Massachusetts attorneys is effective September 1, 2016.

Register online? This one should be easy to comply with.

After all, as Heidi loves to remind us, the MRPC Amendments that took effect on July 1, 2015, specifically Comment 8 on Rule 1.1: Competence, introduced a new requirement for Massachusetts attorneys to keep up […]

16August, 2016

A Primer on Law Practice Startup Tech

Law practice startup tech can shape your work-life balance. We saved the best for last in our Startup Questions series!
The first five steps to get moving on your law practice startup tech:

A laptop or tablet is ideal for mobile practitioners, and can serve as a primary computing device. A redundant backup system using external hard drives […]

12August, 2016

Entity Selection for Law Practice Startups

Entity selection isn’t the most exciting post in our Startup Questions series, but you still need to make a decision.
Entity selection is always one of the first considerations in starting a law practice, and it’s worth your time to think it through. There are a number of considerations to weigh when determining whether and what legal […]

9August, 2016

Choosing Your Startup Law Office Space

Decide which startup law office space is right for you here in the second post in our Startup Questions series.
Many practitioners start out practicing in a home office to keep costs low. However, a home office has its drawbacks, including distractions, often a lack of professional conference space for client meetings, and you simply may not want to invite […]

4August, 2016

How to Approach Law Practice Startup Funding

This third post in our Startup Questions series will help you tackle your law practice startup funding.
Unless you are leaving another law firm and you are confident that a steady stream of clients plan to follow you, you’ll need money to cover your startup costs, and if possible, one year of operation and personal living […]

28July, 2016

Do You Need Legal Malpractice Insurance?

We’re starting off a series on Startup Questions with one of the most common inquiries we hear: legal malpractice insurance requirements.
Massachusetts does not require legal malpractice insurance for attorneys. However, it is highly recommended to mitigate the cost of a malpractice insurance claim.

There are a number of places from which attorneys can acquire malpractice insurance. If […]

20July, 2016

Work Planning: How to Use GTD + MIT [Template]

Find out how work planning can improve your time management and organization.

Sam Glover, founder of Lawyerist.com and attorney, joined me on this episode of the Legal Toolkit podcast to talk about time management and organization. One of the many great ideas Sam and I discussed is called “work planning”. Sam describes the concept of work […]

13July, 2016

Emergent Technology for Better Client Relations [Podcast]

How can you harness emergent technology like smart contracts, Bitcoin, and blockchain to help you serve your clients better?

Heidi recently spoke with Josh Stark, head of Operations & Legal at Ledger Labs, to find out how emergent technology could impact the practice of law.

Listen to the Emergent Technology episode of Legal Toolkit here.

Josh explains […]

7July, 2016

Are You Ready to Move Your Law Practice to the Cloud?

Everybody’s law practice is in the cloud but yours?

Using the cloud in your practice can provide a plethora of benefits for a law practice, including increased mobility, productivity, and even security. Once you’ve made the decision to move your practice to the cloud, you should approach the move through a series of preparatory steps. Whether […]