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Law Firm Operations
Best Techniques For Reviewing Revenue and Expenses
Law firm leaders understand the concept and importance of profitability. Nevertheless, in many practices, expenses and revenue are not reviewed on a regular basis. While your firm may be focused on other aspects of maintaining business, it is imperative that steps are taken to ensure your firm continuously reviews its finances and expenses.
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Law Firm Operations
Learning New Technology and Software: Making Sure Your Team is Equipped for Success
It is imperative to stay up to date on the latest technology to keep your law firm running smoothly. However, acquiring current technology and software applications is only one piece of the success puzzle. Most end users use approximately 20% of a software application’s features. The more proficient your employees become at using existing and newly acquired software, the more productive and profitable your firm will become. Today’s employees are absorbing more technology than in the past, so fortunately, they have become more accepting of training as well.
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Law Firm Operations
Building Significant Business Partner Relationships
It is critical for your business to align itself with competent and ethical business partners. Mediocre business partners can have a devastating impact on your firm. Every business partner, no matter the size or how often they are utilized, must be transparent, ethical, competent and communicative.
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Law Firm Operations
Maximizing Memberships with Professional Associations and Networking Groups
In today’s environment, networking is a key factor in building professional relationships and an attorney can easily spend a good part of their day networking, if they don’t manage their time appropriately. It is important, therefore, that legal professionals choose wisely those groups that will make a real difference for his/her business.
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Law Firm Operations
Why Branded Touchpoints Are More Important Than Ever Before
With so much technology at our fingertips, individuals are inundated with information in the form of email, text messages, news alerts and social media notifications. As a business, it can be difficult to cut through all of the “digital noise” and connect with people; branded touchpoints are more important than ever. They can lend credibility…
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Law Firm Operations
How Law Firms Can Avoid Failure
In recent years, an alarming number of law firms of all sizes have failed. It is important to understand what happened with these firms and install certain procedures to avoid similar circumstances. These procedures should help any firm to thrive in the near-term and long-term future.
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Law Firm Operations
Best Practices in Onboarding Attorneys
When a law firm hires an attorney from another firm, certain challenges need to be addressed. It is prudent to address these issues prior to day one, before the lateral attorney becomes an entrenched member of the firm. It is equally important to recognize that each attorney is unique and may have unique needs, therefore each onboarding situation should be tailored to the attorney.
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Law Firm Operations
Controlling Expenses
The goal of all law firms is to be profitable, but achieving that goal can be difficult for some lawyers. Generating income is, obviously, the first step towards making a profit; of course, income can only be generated if billable hours are accurately recorded and invoiced to clients, and if payments for those invoices are collected. Moreover, all firms, no matter their size, must spend money to make a profit. The transactions of money flowing out of the firm are recorded as expenses in the firm’s accounting system. Profit is determined by the amount of income that exceeds a company’s expenses incurred to generate the income itself. Therefore, it is important for all businesses, especially law firms, to control operating expenses, which in turn requires timely and accurate accounting, organization and analysis of financial information.
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Law Firm Operations
Best Practices in Collecting Accounts Receivable
Picture this: a new client retained the firm, timely work was performed, invoices were prepared and sent to the client and yet those invoices remain unpaid. Sound familiar? Many law firms have very high accounts receivable balances that are aged over 120 days and these high and aged invoices directly affect the firm’s overall financial health. While it may be daunting to try and collect payments that are long overdue, many times, it requires no more than a simple conversation or the adoption of credit card payments.
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