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Call Your Client Before Putting That Letter in the Mail

Friday, May 15th, 2009

My secretary is now calling each client before she sends them a letter.  We send our clients copies of complaints, interrogatories, letters regarding depositions, letters regarding settlement conferences and more.  I am sure you do the same.  My secretary told me yesterday that over 80% of our clients have email and are willing to receive […]

Another Great Tool to Help in the Paperless Game

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

We are now sending all arbitration summaries and facilitation summaries via email.  I had a secretary yesterday print out 4 copies and Federal Express them on a Arbitration.  I couldn’t believe it!  The money, time, energy, paper and postage lost were incredible.  It is very easy to scan the summaries and email them to the […]

Have you tried a VA (Virtual Assistant)?

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Lately I have been hearing about VA’s.  With 37 employees, I personally have not tried one, but I think it is a great idea.  LegalTypist, Inc. and Fortier Business Solutions are two that look interesting.  Digital dictation, which everyone should have by now, easily is sent to these companies for typing.  It sounds like a […]

60 Sites in 60 Minutes

Monday, May 11th, 2009

One of the best segments of the ABA Techshow was the 60 Sites in 60 Minutes.  The room was packed.  The presenters not only talked about the sites, but they pulled them up on the big screen and walked us through them.  They told us and showed us why they liked these sites.  Some will […]

Not Much Creativity at Case Evaluation Yesterday

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

I sat as a case evaluator yesterday in Wayne County.  We had dozens of summaries to read the night before.  I am always looking for people who present their case in a new and interesting way.  I sit as a case evaluator to learn how to better present cases, how to better present summaries and […]

Dual Monitors are the bomb!

Friday, May 1st, 2009

And I mean that in a good way.  My friend Wayne Miller has had dual monitors for over a year now.  The first time I walked into his office and saw it I was amazed, perplexed and downright befuddled.  I thought he had too much time on his hands or just too much money to […]

What Apps are on your BlackBerry?

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

I made the switch from a Treo to BlackBerry a couple years back and could not be happier.  I know that many people like the iphone but I wanted to stick with Verizon so I am not making the switch.  I wanted to write about some of my favorite applications on the BB and have […]

Should you turn off your PC at night?

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Well it depends on whether you want to be more environmentally friendly or save some money, or maybe both.  Some very recent articles show that you can save about $90 a machine if you turn it off at night in energy savings.  This does not even count the money you save on wear and tear […]

Use social networking sites to vet your clients, defendants, potential employees and potential jurors

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

We are now using MySpace, Facebook, Google, 123people, zoominfo, and other similar sites to vet our own clients and defendants.  The first thing we do when we sign up a new client is review their social networking sites.  We of course tell them we are doing this and in fact, do it in front of […]

One of my favorite new sites: Wordle

Monday, April 27th, 2009

This was introduced to me at the 60 sites in 60 minutes session at the Techshow. I have been playing with it since I have been back and it is amazing and fun. Wordle is a toy according to the makers of it. It creates “word clouds” from text that you paste into a very […]

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