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Solo and small law firm news

Stay current with this timely collection of legal news, best practices, peer profiles, and trending topics for solo and small law firms.

STUDY REPORT

Challenges and insights into building a successful small law firm

Challenges and insights into building a successful small law firm

In the State of U.S. Small Law Firms Study, more than 300 solo and small law firm leaders reveal goals, challenges, how they define success – and what "Very Successful" firms are doing differently.

INFOGRAPHIC

ALM study: Attorneys' view on litigation case analysis

ALM study: Attorneys' view on litigation case analysis

Discover the key to better access case files, shape your overall strategy, and confront your pain points - all in this independent ALM study.

INFOGRAPHIC

Pressure is on for smallest U.S. law firms

PRESSURE IS ON FOR SMALLEST U.S. LAW FIRMS

Why the rules of engagement are changing, how the demand for legal work is shrinking, and how time and money are fast becoming challenges instead of resources.

CHECKLIST

What features should drafting software provide?

Small Law

These 12 unique features are the difference between drafting technology and a word processor. Use this shopping list of actual functions that a drafting program should provide, to be worth investment above & beyond any word processor.

CHECKLIST

Matter Management Checklist for Overworked Attorneys

Small Law

Chances are, you do more duplicated work than you think. This checklist helps you streamline admin tasks and use your time for lawyering.

INFOGRAPHIC

Can business law firms prove technology ROI?

Can business law firms prove technology ROI?

Small business law firms report the results of using an integrated suite of technology—with effects on client service ratings, efficiency and annual billings.

Video

Pressures Outside and From Within for Litigation Firms

Pressures Outside and From Within for Litigation Firms

Watch this video for an examination of the top 3 changes in the litigation arena and how can small litigation firms can thrive in the face of these pressures?

Video

Today’s Landscape for Business Law Firms

Today’s Landscape for Business Law Firms

Discover the three most pressing challenges facing solo and small business law firms – and how your firm can thrive in the new legal landscape.

INFOGRAPHIC

Do you know how to know-how?

Do you know how to know-how?

The real practice of law is more than knowing the law.This infograph defines a new genre of legal resource, "know-how," built around realtime knowledge and practice tasks.

Video

The Truth Behind the Pressures on General Practice Lawyers

The Truth Behind the Pressures on General Practice Lawyer

What are the top three pressures weighing most on solo and small general practice lawyers? Turn obstacles into sustainable success with market insights.

INTERACTIVE TOOL

Where should you focus first, to improve your bottom line?

Where should you focus first, to improve your bottom line?

Reduce practice costs? Increase marketing? Invest in tech? Answer 6 quick questions & see the one area your firm should address first.

FIRM CENTRAL BLOG SERIES

Five Ways for Overworked Attorneys to Relax at the Office

Resolve to Work Faster and More Efficiently

Being a legal professional isn’t easy on the body. In this edition of the Practical Law blog, a massage therapist offers five quick and easy tips on how to de-stress.

PODCAST

Legal Technology: Explore Fearlessly. Invest Strategically.

Legal Technology: Explore Fearlessly. Invest Strategically.

This podcast discusses the dos and don'ts of managing the growing legal technology trend, and offers 3 practical steps on choosing the right tools for your practice to gain sustainable success.

INFOGRAPHIC

Time and Money: Law Firms’ Vanishing Resources

Time and Money: Law Firms’ Vanishing Resources

Many small firms are running lean these days when it comes to support staff. That means attorneys are spending more time on nonbillable tasks. See how your firm stacks up against these industry stats... and how to turn less into more.

INFOGRAPHIC

Clients Are Changing the Rules of Engagement

Clients Are Changing the Rules of Engagement

Since the 2008 economic downturn, legal services has been a buyer’s market. The stats in this infographic illustrate some ways clients are demanding more for less, and how a firm can succeed in this new normal.

BLOG SERIES

Check these tips as you streamline your firm's workflow

Resolve to Work Faster and More Efficiently

Check these tips as you streamline your firm's workflow:
#1: Get Paid
#2: Secure Data
#3: Build and Use Checklists
#4: Upgrade Technology

SURVEY & CUSTOM ANALYSIS

Practice technology should make your job easier, not harder.

Practice technology

Small law firms: take an
in-depth survey to see your firm's technology score and custom recommendations, based on your size, tech use and practice type.

INTERACTIVE TOUR

Go mobile: Tour today's virtual law office

Go mobile: Tour today's virtual law office

Take an interactive tour of this virtual law office and learn what it means to practice "in the cloud." See for yourself exactly how going mobile can save you time and money.

FREE How-To Guide

Own It: How to Start a Law Firm in the Virtual Office Era

FREE How-To Guide

Topics include:

  • Getting started
  • Leveraging technology
  • Marketing your firm
  • Connecting with clients
  • Managing your time
  • And more

WHITE PAPER

Why Your Tech Tools Should “Play Well” Together

Why Your Tech Tools Should “Play Well” Together

Hyperlinks and file-sends used to be cutting-edge. See why more and more attorneys are turning to a new approach: True integration.

WEBINAR SERIES

Effective Legal Writing

C. Edward Good

From "nouniness" to misuse of clauses, C. Edward Good (founder of Grammar.com) dives into the details of correct and effective writing in these 4 recorded webinars.

WORKSHEET

Calculate Your Return on Litigation Technology

Calculate Your Return on Litigation Technology

How much time can you save on day-to-day legal tasks using litigation technology? This litigation software Return-on-Time Calculator will help you estimate the potential savings from case analysis and drafting software.

INFOGRAPHIC

Survey Results: How much time does drafting software save litigators?

Introduction to the Cloud

We asked dozens of Drafting Assistant – Litigation customers nationwide, representing more than 20 practice areas.

WHITE PAPER

Two Ways to Measure ROI: The Bottom Line on Litigation Software for Small Law Firms

Measure ROI

What if you could measure the actual impact of technology on your time (and money)? Learn how in this white paper on litigation software.

Presentation

Introduction to the Cloud

Introduction to the Cloud

What is the cloud? What is Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)? Learn how to combine them to benefit solo and small law firms.

White Paper

Technology to Keep Your Business Law Practice Moving Forward

Business Law Technology: 2015 Overture

In this free Independent Thinking white paper, discover small-firm strategies for choosing the right mix of business-law technologies that can bring productivity, accuracy, responsiveness, and as a result, success.

Checklist

5 Things Legal Cloud Services Should Provide

4 Things Legal Cloud Services Should Provide

Know the most important questions to ask cloud computing providers, and get information on why each point is important for meeting minimum standards for the legal industry.

White Paper

Strategies For Business Law Firms To Provide What Clients Value Most

Strategies For Business Law Firms

In this Independent Thinking white paper, discover five ways small law firm management software eases administrative tasks and lets you focus on delivering quality legal service to business clients.

White Paper

Powerful Drafting Tools Give Business Firms a Bigger Edge

Powerful Drafting Tools

In this Independent Thinking white paper, discover how advanced transactional drafting software is helping small law firms beat DIY sites and compete with larger firms.

Small firms cautiously embrace technology

Examine how small law firms have adjusted their approach to technology since the American Bar Association implemented new ethical guidelines surrounding quality of service and data security.

White Paper

Why small law firms are getting ahead in the cloud

Why small law firms are getting ahead in the cloud

Learn why the unique needs of solo law practices and small law firms are served well by the unique benefits of cloud-based applications.

Video

Karl Florida on How Small Law Firm Management Software Saves Time and Money, and Boosts ROI

Grow profitability in your small firm

Watch this free video by Karl Florida, managing director for Thomson Reuters’ Small Law Firm Business Segment, as he lays out today’s online legal technology software options and how they can drive profitability.

White Paper

Mobile in practice: the benefits of a virtual law firm

Mobile in practice: the benefits of a virtual law firm

Analyze the operations of a virtual law practice, and see why small law firms should leverage mobile technology to strengthen their practices.

How to decide what a solo attorney should charge

How to decide what a solo attorney should charge

What’s the best way to determine how much to charge? This article provides some general advice on price setting.

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