12December, 2008

Massachusetts Data Breach Law: Encryption for Mac Attorneys

One of the most important requirements of the new Massachusetts Data Breach Law regulations, effective May 1, 2009, will be the encryption of personal information on portable computers and portable electronic storage devices such as USB thumb drives, and external hard drives. While I’ve written in the past about how to encrypt information on computers […]

5December, 2008

First Circuit Posts Settlement Counsel Position

The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has posted notice that it seeks an experienced attorney as a part-time Boston-based settlement counsel. For details and salary range go to the First Circuit’s website.

19November, 2008

Guest Post: Massachusetts Data Breach Law Affects Solos and Small Firms

My co-chair of the BBA solo and small firm section, Lori Yarvis, Esq., recently sent the following newsletter to her clients concerning the impact of the Massachusetts data breach Law on the small businesses. I thought that the topic was of sufficient concern to solo and small firm attorneys, that I requested her permission to […]

14November, 2008

Managing Outlook e-mail with SimplyFile – 10% off through November 30

Like many attorneys I struggle with keeping my email inbox clear, file my email where I can find it, and easily file attached documents in the correct client file. After reading a series of reviews about TechHit’s SimplyFile about a year ago, I was given the opportunity to use the product.As a Law Practice Management […]

14November, 2008

Market by Watching for Client Service Opportunities

While I often advise attorneys on time management issues including issues such as controlling the time spent on the internet, social networking, etc., the wide world of the internet is also a valuable source of information that you can use as a marketing tool. For example, I followed Robert Ambrogi’s tweet (twitter.com) about a […]

5November, 2008

Vista Forums – Do I Really Want to Use Regedit?

I have not been one to complain about Windows Vista and, until recently, I have generally been happy with my experience. Suddenly, my mouse quit working within Word 2007 although it worked perfectly in all other programs. Now this may not be a big issue for people who use hot-key shortcuts, but […]

5November, 2008

The Classic Retainer – better cash flow, better client relations.

I often talk with attorneys about moving their billing from an hourly based system to a flat fee system or what I call a classic retainer system (i.e., a set monthly payment from a client to assure access to the attorney which is earned upon receipt). This is differentiated from a retainer that is […]

23October, 2008

Business Tactics during an Economic Downturn

It appears that these tough economic times are here for a while. How this impacts solo and small firms depends upon the diversity of the firm’s client base and practice areas, the firm’s existing financial management, and whether the firm strategically plans for the future. These issues were widely discussed at the ABA Law Practice […]

13October, 2008

FDIC Temporarily Increases Insurance Limits to $250,000

Following my most recent post “Financial Meltdown: Taking Care of Your Client’s Money” Congress acted to temporarily increase deposit insurance coverage limits to $250,000. The change was effective as of October 3, 2008 and continues through December 31, 2009. The coverage is provided through the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) which is an independent agency […]

29September, 2008

Financial Meltdown: Taking Care of Your Client’s Money.

In light of the U.S. House of Representative’s decision today that it would not pass the historic $700 billion rescue of the financial industry I thought it was time to help spread the word on how the increasing number of bank failures – or threatened bank failures – may impact your client’s funds held in […]