Friday Five : September 23, 2016

Here’s the best/most interesting/popular tweets this week:

  1. Good article -> RT @WAStateBar: Picking Practice Management Software: A Guide for Lawyers ow.ly/NBVX304step
  2. RT @bschorr: Section Breaks in Word buff.ly/2ccRs60 < Handy tool for setting different formats for different parts of a document.
  3. @DavidSug Collected and aggregated user data. Past 5 years. There’s an opt out … now ow.ly/tTPT304rdBe  
  4. Some interesting stats -> How Solos Differ From Other Lawyers: Survey Offers Insights @bobambrogi ow.ly/DQLv304aj8b
  5. Let’s go to the video tape: ow.ly/xnKV304rawj <-the Opening Keynote of #ClioCon by Clio co-founder Jack Newton where he speaks about mining user data since 2010.  This is still a developing story, but according to Bob Ambrogi in Why Didn’t Clio Notify Users of Data Aggregation?ow.ly/ZAsH304vfMP there is now an opt out option and the Terms of Service for Clio were amended late 2014 with provision 2.12 which references paragraph 4.1:
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    It is, of course, up to each attorney user of Clio to determine if the above sits comfortably with them. I know of no other practice management technology which mines its user data.

Cheers!

Andrea

Friday’s Five : September 16, 2016

Here’s the best/most interesting/popular tweets this week:

1.  RT @danielmills: Cyber Security for Small Firms and Solo Practices ow.ly/8e3y304eNcE

2.  RT @bobambrogi: Avvo Wins First Amendment Fight, As Judge Compares It To Sports Illustrated lawsitesblog.com/2016/09/avvo-w…

3.  Which legal practice management tech does LegalTypist recommend? ow.ly/7ABQ304a94O

4.  Some interesting stats -> How Solos Differ From Other Lawyers: Survey Offers Insights
@bobambrogi ow.ly/DQLv304aj8b

5.  Electronic signatures may be convenient, but do they hold up in court … not so much in this case -> ow.ly/Sjct3043LLT
Cheers!
-A

 

Which Law Practice Management Tech Does LegalTypist Recommend?

askandrea1I speak with a lot of attorneys.  One of the questions I am routinely asked is: “Which cloud-based law practice management technology do you recommend?”

My response has remained the same for years: “I don’t recommend any of them.”

While LegalTypist supports firms which use such applications, there remains – what I consider to be – fatal flaws in every solution I have ever personally tested. In fact, it got so bad, I had to stop looking!  Why?  I was investing a great deal of my time trying to find something that worked.  By investing, I’m not saying read a website and tooled around an hour or two … I was investing 60, 80, 100+ hours working in these techs and even more time providing “feedback” … or worse, trying to cajole those at the top to make the changes I knew were necessary for my recommendation.  Ultimately, all I was doing was wasting my time <-and you all know how much I hate waste!!!

In order to stop others from wasting their time, focus and energy, I published the Special Report below which was written by an attorney who had also been searching and coming to the same conclusions:

icon-SpecialReportLPM2014(click on pix to open as pdf in separate window)

Interestingly, in a recent conversation, Avi advised that he had gone back to check and the issues outlined in the Report appear to remain. Note: the report is years old (and has been downloaded 15,000+) <-meaning, I can only imagine those at the companies mentioned in it, are fully aware of the issues.

I’m also very happy to report that Avi has agreed to write a updated version, which will include some of the newer players.

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