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Legal insights and trends

Legal news, ideas, and trends that are shaping the practice of law.

Ten Tips for Selecting a Legal Calendaring Solution

Considering adding a deadline calculation tool to automate your calendaring process? There are many solutions on the market to choose from. Read these tips on what to look for.


Practice technology should make your job easier, not harder.

Practice technology

Small law firms: are you using the best possible online, software, and cloud-based tools? Take a free survey and get a quick analysis of your firm’s legal technology.


Leveraging Knowledge Management for Exceptional Client Service

Leveraging Knowledge Management

When clients reach out to their attorneys seeking counsel, they expect an almost immediate answer. As their expections for timely counsel grow, it is critical that law offices engage in knowledge management practices.

Transitioning to paperless

Starting a Discussion on Paperless Initiatives

Paperless Initiatives

While achieving a fully paperless office still remains elusive for most offices, many legal professionals are discovering a partially paperless or "paper-lite" structure to be more suitable.

Transitioning to paperless

Selecting a Paperless Approach

Selecting a Paperless Approach

Countless methods exist to ease your office's evolution to paperless. Once your office has defined its goals and identified the potential benefits, the structure for your transition can be established.

Key issues in drafting indemnification clauses

2 men in discussion

Many agreements involving stock or asset purchases contain indemnification clauses – clauses that should be tailored each time.

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

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." Explore and see for yourself exactly how going mobile can save your small law firm time and money.

Crafting the perfect cross-examination strategy

The effectiveness of a cross-examination can often have a decisive impact on the outcome of the trial, which is why you need to prepare for them as much as you can.

The law firm growth engine: Creating a culture of active account development

by Tony Signorelli

Growing your business with existing accounts is the easiest incremental revenue available, but most firms are structured to discourage it.

How to win the RFP game

How to win the RFP game

by Tony Signorelli

What do you do if you have been a relationship-driven firm, and now those clients are converting to an RFP process?

Metrics that every legal department should track

Metrics that every legal department should track

by Patrick Johnson

Part 3 in a series: Why and how to track outside and inside spending as a percentage of company revenue.

Legal writing do’s and don’ts for associates

Legal writing

by Adam Gropper

Advice from an associate who learned to improve his writing, then became a partner who taught associates to improve their writing.

Starting out fresh: Hourly billing or flat-fee?

by Jeremy Byelin

When you begin a solo practice, you need to decide not only how much to charge, but which method to use for which cases.

Nervous about your upcoming court appearance?

Court appearance

by Jeremy Byelin

Although it’s difficult to know exactly how things will go in court, a few points can ease the anxiety.

Are you ignoring a third of your firm’s potential?

When 30% of law firm website traffic comes from a phone or tablet, it’s time to show up well in local-mobile searches.

How to evaluate a digital forensic report

Digital Forensics

by Daniel Garrie

Here’s a step-by-step framework for evaluating the expert testimony of computer scientists.

Legal writing: Font matters

by Jason Steed

Most courts simply require a “legible” font of a particular size. Does that mean you should default to Times New Roman – because that’s what judges “expect”?

Expanding into a new practice area

by Connie Hall

When you’ve learned who your prospects are and what they need, it’s time to set revenue and new client targets.

Balancing the practice of law along with marketing your firm

firm marketing

by Michelle Wildenauer

You may be feeling torn when it comes to spending time on cases vs. investing time to seed the growth of your firm.

5 ways to be a better tax researcher

tax research

Take full advantage of tax research technology, using it efficiently without getting bogged down by irrelevant information.

Challenges and solutions for electronic billing

electronic billing

In principle, the benefits are obvious and sound. However, the reality is not so simple.

Why legalese is necessary and how to do it right


by Jeremy Byelin

Here's one article that won't tell you legalese is detrimental to your practice of law and that you shouldn't use it.

Westlaw vs. the Competition

It's not uncommon for Thomson Reuters Westlaw customers who have left for a Westlaw alternative to soon come back. We asked small firm attorneys who left for our main competitor and came back to Westlaw to explain why.