The debate about the wisdom of using the cloud or online servers for business needs is finally passing. The ability for a law firm’s partners, associates, paralegals and administrative personnel to be able to access applications, reporting, data and files securely from virtually any device, anywhere in the world, at any time has changed the way many law firms operate. Cloud solutions lower IT costs, are more secure than other solutions and provide scalability for firm growth.
If your firm hasn’t embraced cloud-based solutions yet, the number of choices available to the legal industry are growing but keep in mind that not all clouds are created equal, so consider the following:
No matter how well thought out and planned the conversion/move is, migrating your existing information and your firm’s processes and personnel to a new legal management system is a large undertaking – one you don’t want to repeat.
Here are six factors to consider when implementing a new financial management system, so that the system will not only meet your law firm’s current needs but grow right along with the firm over the coming years.
Law firms, like any other business, need to be aware of, monitor and act on key performance indicators (KPIs). While firms are typically on top of measuring billable hours, there are many other KPIs that can help you better manage revenues and expenses. Knowing how — and when — to measure and benchmark a firm's KPI's against industry trends and best practices will help modify and improve firm performance. KPIs can deliver a treasure trove of information to law firm administrators and partners — the key is knowing what to look for and how to report your findings in a format management can understand.
So, where should your firm start?Read More
Using a manual approach to managing legal projects is fraught with potential issues, as stated in a 2014 ABA article: “… such a seat-of-the-pants approach can place a lawyer at a significant disadvantage, make the work unprofitable and even risk the loss of the client relationship.”Read More
With some analysts’ reports predicting sluggish demand for legal services in 2017, helping your firm grow is going to take more than raising the hourly fee. As a law firm administrator, you have an opportunity to improve and refine your firm’s processes and efficiencies to build a solid, and profitable, operational infrastructure that adds to the overall firm growth goals you set at the beginning of the year.
Here are 5 ways you can support firm growth in 2017:Read More
Any attorney or law firm administrator who has been in the business for any period of time will probably tell you that law firms used to run on paper — an astonishing amount of paper, in the form of memos, case filings, motions, pleadings, timesheets, invoices, new client intake forms, expense reports, check requests, financial reporting, notes and so much more.Read More