News and Information – Rocket Matter https://www.rocketmatter.com Making the Lives of Lawyers a Whole Lot Easier Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:31:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A legal podcast featuring business, tech, and all things to make law firms more profitable. The 10 Minute Law Firm Podcast is informative, entertaining, and if you find it absolutely horrible, it will be mercifully over soon. Your host is Larry Port, CEO of Rocket Matter, who has worked with thousands of firms to improve their efficiency and bottom line. Rocket Matter, LLC clean Rocket Matter, LLC info@rocketmatter.com info@rocketmatter.com (Rocket Matter, LLC) Making the Lives of Lawyers a Whole Lot Easier News and Information – Rocket Matter http://media.blubrry.com/10_minute_law_firm_podcast/content.blubrry.com/10_minute_law_firm_podcast/10_Minute_Law_Firm_Podcast.jpg https://www.rocketmatter.com 77784083 Ep 26: Why Should My Firm Go Paperless? https://www.rocketmatter.com/podcast/ep-26-firm-go-paperless/ https://www.rocketmatter.com/podcast/ep-26-firm-go-paperless/#respond Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:31:12 +0000 https://www.rocketmatter.com/?p=25683 On this episode of the 10 Minute Law Firm Podcast, Larry Port chats with Nefra MacDonald, Rocket Matter’s Business Development and Strategic Partnership Coordinator. Nefra talks about the financial and practical reasons to take your firm paperless, including some tools to help you transition to the cloud. Nefra is also the host of our Annual Paperless […]

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On this episode of the 10 Minute Law Firm Podcast, Larry Port chats with Nefra MacDonald, Rocket Matter’s Business Development and Strategic Partnership Coordinator. Nefra talks about the financial and practical reasons to take your firm paperless, including some tools to help you transition to the cloud. Nefra is also the host of our Annual Paperless Law Firm Webinar, which will be held Wednesday, December 13th at 1PM ET. You’ll learn from industry leaders how to take your firm paperless and discover tools and tips that can help you along the way. Can’t make it live? No problem. A recording of the webinar will be sent to all registrants so you’ll be able to watch it at your convenience. Don’t miss out!

Click here to register for our Paperless Law Firm Webinar!

 

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How to Create and Run a Paperless Law Office in 2018—Free Webinar! https://www.rocketmatter.com/legal-billing/paperless-law-office-webinar/ https://www.rocketmatter.com/legal-billing/paperless-law-office-webinar/#respond Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:13:42 +0000 https://www.rocketmatter.com/?p=25657   Want your productivity, mobility, and overhead savings to skyrocket in 2018? Join us for our annual paperless law office webinar to help you achieve all of that and more.  Will will you learn in this webinar? You’ll find out the most up-to-date practices, must-have tools, protocols, and workflows to start and maintain a successful paperless […]

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paperless_law_office

 

Want your productivity, mobility, and overhead savings to skyrocket in 2018? Join us for our annual paperless law office webinar to help you achieve all of that and more. 

Will will you learn in this webinar? You’ll find out the most up-to-date practices, must-have tools, protocols, and workflows to start and maintain a successful paperless office. You’ll also discover the benefits of creating and maintaining a paperless law office. Our experts will share practical tips on paperless naming conventions and the ideal way to store and manage your documents. And you’ll also discover the best paperless tools, cloud-based solutions, and legal practice management software to support your paperless journey.

Here are the details:

What: How to Create and Run a Paperless Law Office in 2018

When: Wednesday, December 13th, 2017; 1pm – 2pm ET.

Who: Our presenters are experts in moving firms to the cloud, so they can really help teach you all the latest tips and tricks on going paperless. Our presenters include Ivy B. Grey who is a paperless lawyer herself and the author of American Legal Style for PerfectIt, which is a proofreading and editing program for lawyers that runs inside of MS Word; Dennis Dimka, the founder and CEO of Uptime Legal Systems, North America’s leading provider of technology, cloud, and marketing services to law firms; and Nefra MacDonald, the Business Development and Strategic Partnership Coordinator at Rocket Matter.

If your resolution for 2018 is to become more productive, save money, and limit paper use, then look no further: This webinar will help you do all of that and more!

Can’t attend live? No problem! A recording of the webinar will be sent to all registrants.

Register for this free webinar today!

 

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Ep 25: The LawLauncher Legal Technology Virtual Summit https://www.rocketmatter.com/podcast/ep-25-the-lawlauncher-virtual-summit/ https://www.rocketmatter.com/podcast/ep-25-the-lawlauncher-virtual-summit/#respond Tue, 05 Dec 2017 13:56:59 +0000 https://www.rocketmatter.com/?p=25653 On this week’s episode of the 10 Minute Law Firm Podcast, Larry Port speaks with Andrew Cabasso, the Managing Director of Uptime Jurispage. In addition to helping law firms have a more prominent presence on the internet through web design and marketing, Andrew is the host of the LawLauncher Legal Technology Virtual Summit. The summit is […]

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On this week’s episode of the 10 Minute Law Firm Podcast, Larry Port speaks with Andrew Cabasso, the Managing Director of Uptime Jurispage. In addition to helping law firms have a more prominent presence on the internet through web design and marketing, Andrew is the host of the LawLauncher Legal Technology Virtual Summit. The summit is a two-day online conference geared towards helping lawyers start, manage, and grow their practice. The best part? Registration is absolutely free! You won’t want to miss this!

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affordable gifts

 

Another holiday season is upon us, and it’s inevitable that at least a few people on your list will be tough to shop for. It’s no secret that picking out gifts may be one of the most stressful things about the holidays. But fear not! We’ve spent a lot of time compiling this list just to help you. The gift items run the gamut of geeky and techie to pampering and practical. We hope you find something for you and your friends, family, and colleagues! (And maybe a little something for yourself!)

Decision PaperweightCan’t make a decision? This odd desk trinket can help you answer your most challenging questions. Just give it a spin and see where it lands. Think of it as the sophisticated Magic 8 ball for today’s busy professional.

Cost: $17.64

Muse: The Brain Sensing Headband– Shopping for someone who’s into meditation or wants to be? Muse provides you with real-time audio feedback on what’s happening in your brain when you meditate, letting you know when your mind wanders so you can regain focus (Yes, it’s that smart!). Check out the product website and read about more awesome features!

Cost: On sale for $199.99 (originally $249.99)

Away Luggage– This luggage brand features unbreakable shells, interior compartments, and built-in USB chargers. Each piece is functional, minimal, and reasonably priced. Best of all? Each piece comes with a 100-day trial and a lifetime warranty. They guarantee to fix or replace your bag if there’s ever a problem, making this an incredibly sound investment for any traveller.

Cost: Pieces range from $45.00-$450.00 for an entire set

Google Home, Google Home Mini and Google Home Max– Similar to last year’s pick of Amazon Echo, the Google Home collection is made of voice-recognition speakers that incorporates the Google Assistant. They do everything from play music, launch Netflix, read your recipes, and control your smart home. What’s the difference between the regular, mini, and max versions besides price? The max has superior sound quality and only comes in black and white (our pick for the music lovers in your life). The regular size is similar to that of a standard oil diffuser and allows you to change up the base for a pop of color. The mini is a little less conspicuous and comes in three color options. So many choices!

Cost: Google Home Max: $399.00 Google Home: $129.00 Google Home Mini: $29.00

Touchscreen Gloves– Live in a cold climate and can’t put down your mobile device? Rather than having to rip off your gloves to send a text, you can purchase touchscreen gloves that allow you to work your phone or tablet without getting frostbitten fingers. With a wide assortment of colors and styles for both men and women, it’ll be easy to pick up a pair for a stocking stuffer or a Secret Santa gift.

Cost: $6.99 and up

Kindle Paperwhite Bundle– For the avid reader, consider a Kindle Paperweight (Amazon’s best-selling Kindle model.) This well-priced bundle comes with a Kindle Paperwhite ($119.00), an Amazon leather cover ($39.99), an Amazon 5W power adapter ($19.99) and a $15.00 credit to the Kindle eBook store.

Cost: $159.97

A Coffee Subscription– For the highly-caffeinated, a Blue Bottle coffee subscription is a fantastic gift. The company (Blue Bottle) is a great startup from California that sends coffee to subscribers around the world. You can choose the category, blend, size, and frequency that your coffee gets delivered. All of the coffee is sourced directly from farmers and is vetted for quality. You can cancel your subscription at any time.

Cost: $8.00 and up per shipment

BetaBrand Dress Yoga Pants– These uber-comfy crowdfunded pants combine the sophistication of dress pants with the soft stretch comfort and performance of (you guessed it!) yoga pants. The company boasts that “they’ll be the most comfortable pants you ever wear to work.” And they’re not just for women: You can also purchase flex pants for men!

Cost: $29.00 and up

A PopSocket– This little knick-knack is another stocking stuffer. What the heck is a PopSocket? It’s a collapsible grip and stand for your phone that you can reposition easily. There is also a mount accessory that will allow you to attach your phone to your car dashboard, mirror, fridge, wall, or virtually any other flat surface for hands-free viewing. There are a ton of designs to chose from, and you can even create your own!

Cost: $10.00

A Gratitude Glass Jar– “The more grateful you are, the more present you become, the more joy you bring into your life.” This gratitude glass jar made “Oprah’s 2017 Favorite Things List” and we think it belong on our list, too! It’s a beautiful glass jar that includes 365 cards so you can jot down the things that you appreciate each day. At the end of the year, you can re-read the cards and reflect on what truly made you happy. It’ll do wonders for your attitude and help you celebrate the joy of being alive.

Cost: $45.00

Happy Shopping! 

 

 

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Rocket Matter’s Legal Productivity is Among the ABA Journal’s Web 100 “Best Law Blogs” https://www.rocketmatter.com/in-the-news/aba-journals-web-100-best-law-blogs/ https://www.rocketmatter.com/in-the-news/aba-journals-web-100-best-law-blogs/#respond Wed, 29 Nov 2017 17:11:27 +0000 https://www.rocketmatter.com/?p=25593   We at Legal Productivity take a lot of pride in our work. We always strive to produce content that lawyers will both learn from and enjoy. We fact-check our articles. We cover timely, important news and analyze how it affects attorneys around the world. And now, it seems our hard work and dedication to good journalism […]

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ABA Journal's Web 100 Best Law Blogs

 

We at Legal Productivity take a lot of pride in our work. We always strive to produce content that lawyers will both learn from and enjoy. We fact-check our articles. We cover timely, important news and analyze how it affects attorneys around the world.

And now, it seems our hard work and dedication to good journalism has paid off.

The ABA Journal has included Rocket Matter’s Legal Productivity blog in their Web 100. This honor features 50 blogs, 25 law podcasts, and 25 tweeters that they recommend lawyers follow—and Legal Productivity was dubbed one of the “Best law blogs” around.

So why were we chosen? Apparently our readers wrote in and spoke highly of our Freedom Fighter series and our 10 Minute Law Firm podcast. They appreciate that our blog features posts on how lawyers can get organized, leverage technology, and market their firms. We’ve also recently covered everything from sexual harassment in the legal industry and how lawyers can help veterans to productivity in associates and how to write the perfect business email.

We thank the ABA Journal for this honor.

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Ep 24: Jeff Shavitz and the Ultimate Business Mindset https://www.rocketmatter.com/podcast/ep-24-jeff-shatvitz-business-mastermind/ https://www.rocketmatter.com/podcast/ep-24-jeff-shatvitz-business-mastermind/#respond Tue, 28 Nov 2017 16:56:32 +0000 https://www.rocketmatter.com/?p=25583 On this week’s episode of the 10 Minute Law Firm Podcast, Larry Port interviews Jeff Shavitz, the CEO and founder of LexCharge legal payment processing. Jeff talks about how he became an entrepreneur and divulges his unique mindset for taking your business to the next level. Jeff also talks about his involvement with YPO (Young […]

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On this week’s episode of the 10 Minute Law Firm Podcast, Larry Port interviews Jeff Shavitz, the CEO and founder of LexCharge legal payment processing. Jeff talks about how he became an entrepreneur and divulges his unique mindset for taking your business to the next level. Jeff also talks about his involvement with YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization) as well as the idea of a business “Mastermind” to help foster leadership and growth for other entrepreneurs.

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Switching from an iPhone to an Android: Pros and Cons https://www.rocketmatter.com/technology/switching-from-an-iphone-to-an-android-pros-and-cons-after-one-week/ https://www.rocketmatter.com/technology/switching-from-an-iphone-to-an-android-pros-and-cons-after-one-week/#respond Mon, 27 Nov 2017 17:55:22 +0000 https://www.rocketmatter.com/?p=25567   After much deliberation and soul-searching, I decided to switch to Android after being an iPhone user since 2008. The iOS 11 update rendered my poor iPhone 6 Plus virtually unusable, and it made me resentful towards Apple. The flowing display of the Note 8 and the intrigue of the S-Pen stylus were enough for […]

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switching from iphone to android

 

After much deliberation and soul-searching, I decided to switch to Android after being an iPhone user since 2008. The iOS 11 update rendered my poor iPhone 6 Plus virtually unusable, and it made me resentful towards Apple. The flowing display of the Note 8 and the intrigue of the S-Pen stylus were enough for me to take the leap and convert, something I had resisted for three straight phone purchases.

After finding out I made the switch, a lot of people have been asking me to share my experiences of switching to Android after being an iOS user for so long. I’ve only been using the Note 8 for less than a week, but here are my observations so far:

Things I miss about iOS:

iMessage – Text messages in general are just better in iOS. Read receipts and the lack of character limits were great to have and something I’ve grown accustomed to.

Notifications – When you get a text, email or other message a tiny one line strip appears for about one second in Android. It’s gone so fast, it’s almost impossible to take action on it. Even when you open the notification list replying to a text or message is painful and requires multiple clicks on a super tiny drop down arrow. iOS has designed this interaction really well. It just requires a simple swipe. The Android notification list in general is not well designed from a UX perspective. Its cluttered and difficult to scan quickly for the information you are looking for.

Maybe you can do this on Android but I can’t find a way to set different sounds and vibration patterns for specific notifications. With iOS, my phone would be in my pocket and I would know if I got a text, slack message, or email without taking it out.

Lock screen – iOS lock screen is better and you can access the camera a little faster.

Emojis– These Android Emojis that came with the Note 8 are AWFUL. I can’t stand them. I never even realized these weren’t standardized. I use Slack daily and they have the same emojis as iOS. Seems like a small thing but I feel my communication doesn’t quite capture the right feeling without the perfect emoji.

Unlocking the phone – Unless you use the fingerprint scanner (which is not positioned well on the Note 8), it requires pressing a button, swiping the screen, then either looking at the iris scanner (which is hit or miss) or inputting your “unlock pattern.” Too many steps. iOS is just simpler. It seems minor but this is something you are doing all day over and over again. (I will say this about Android: You can set up locations you know to be safe, like your house, where the phone will not lock. That’s really nice.)

Visual consistency – Apple has done a great job of keeping things consistent within the interface including third party developer icons. Things feels polished and refined in iOS.

Things I love about Android / Note:

Google Assistant – Crushes Siri. It’s not even close. But now you can get it on iPhone, although I don’t know if it’s a one-to-one comparison.

Multi App Display – Super sick. You can have 2 apps opened at once and have them split the screen. You can have your bank app open at the same time as your calculator, etc. I used to pull this off on the iPhone by jumping back and forth which was inefficient and annoying. The feature is well implemented too, switching which app is open in each window is easy, as is dismissing one altogether.

The S-Pen – I love it. The way you can draw and take notes is amazing. Adobe Sketchbook is a great app for leveraging this peripheral. Sketching with the pencil feels surprisingly lifelike. It’s very impressive. Taking notes in written form but having them stored in the cloud is a game changer as I’ve always preferred the handwritten medium yet succumbed to typing everything merely for persistence and cloud accessibility. The stylus is small and thus might prove easy to misplace. However the Note remembers the time and date the S-Pen was last removed so you can backtrack where you were when last using it.

Display – The Note’s flowing display is amazing and it makes using the device more pleasurable.

Unlocking the phone – The ability to set locations where the phone stays unlocked, like your house. Very convenient.

Keyboard – The swipe style typing that’s possible is a real time saver. It’s very satisfying to see the long word you were after magically appear after sweeping across the keys with minimal accuracy.  Also the long press access to punctuation and special characters is a godsend for and iOS convert.

Location based reminders – This is amazing and something I’ve thought made too much sense not to have. Reminding me to get dog food when I’m near a PetSmart is incredible. Siri tried but was awful at figuring out where the locations I was telling her were. But now that iOS has Google Assistant, you can probably do this on iPhone too.

Things the jury is out on:

Widgets – At first I thought these would be so cool and I was always frustrated that iOS didn’t allow them. After playing around with them and trying to get my widget screens just right, I’m not convinced. The info they provide is ok but opening the app is just as easy and provides the full experience. Also I wish Android had some design standard for these widgets. They all look different and have different sizes and shapes and by the time the widget screen is compiled it looks like some type of pieced together frankenstein screen which drives me crazy.

Bottom line: Early impressions

iOS is a bit more polished and attention is spent on a lot of the micro-interactions you engage in daily. There’s less friction when using the device. Android has some really nice usability additions that are helpful in the context of your daily routines outside of the phone. It alerted me to a major traffic accident I was approaching even though I was not in any active navigation route. Calendar reminders include traffic information and they let you know when you should leave to arrive on time. Google assistant is awesome, but now you can get that on iOS.

I’m still learning and experimenting with the device so we’ll see how it goes over the next few weeks. I’m certain many of my misgivings are due to being a novice on the platform. I’ll have a follow up after a month of using the Note. Stay tuned!

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Thoughts on Staying Happy and Rejecting Divisiveness on Thanksgiving https://www.rocketmatter.com/general/thoughts-staying-happy-rejecting-divisiveness-thanksgiving/ https://www.rocketmatter.com/general/thoughts-staying-happy-rejecting-divisiveness-thanksgiving/#respond Thu, 23 Nov 2017 15:27:29 +0000 https://www.rocketmatter.com/?p=25553   Thanksgiving is a holiday that has the potential to change our lives for our better. For this reason, it is my favorite of all holidays. The food doesn’t hurt, either. According to academic research, giving thanks leads to gratitude which leads to happiness. In our 10-minute Law Firm Podcast the other day, we discussed […]

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Thankfulness and gratitude is good for you.

 

Thanksgiving is a holiday that has the potential to change our lives for our better. For this reason, it is my favorite of all holidays. The food doesn’t hurt, either.

According to academic research, giving thanks leads to gratitude which leads to happiness. In our 10-minute Law Firm Podcast the other day, we discussed this relationship. We then went on to discuss other happiness cultivation techniques, including recognizing that contentedness is largely an internal process, tracking your achievements, and recognizing that your happiness level now is what it is likely to be in the future.

It is easy in today’s age to be anxious and angry. Our time-saving devices tend to not give us more time, but the ability to cram more activities into one day. Life is hectic and we are stretched thin. We live in a very divided age, which leads to frustration and anger. Whatever your politics, I’m sure you’ve seen something reported in your news media or social network of choice that makes you so upset you can feel it in your gut.

But can I float a couple of ideas to counter all of this stuff?

1) We do have our problems, but we live in an amazing age.

We take for granted things that people throughout human history desperately wished for. Our children typically survive to adulthood. Women typically survive childbirth. The number of agonizing diseases that kill us is far less than in the past.

Additionally, we enjoy humdrum conveniences of air conditioning, the ability to travel anywhere in the world in a day, or GPS navigation. We enjoy the freedom of unfettered access to ideas through books. We can say what we want and protest our government in the street. We communicate in real-time with loved ones in distant locations.

2) Divisiveness is profitable, so don’t be manipulated.

People are making money off of your outrage. News organizations are having a hard time making money, and they are facing competition from their left and right flanks, so they are constantly adjusting their headlines and images to achieve a visceral reaction from people. The almighty click is dominating the direction of our discourse. Twitter and Facebook thrive off the discord. So the next time you see an Internet article that pisses you off, recognize that your emotions are being manipulated for profit.

And your favorite opinionated pundit on TV or radio? Find out what their salary is. They are making a lot of money stoking anger.

I don’t mean to say there are not legitimate issues taking place in our society that need to be worked on. From the tragedy of the opioid epidemic to societal injustices, there certainly are problems and I don’t mean to diminish those. But do recognize that people are advancing their careers making money at society’s expense. The trick is to identify those instances.

3) Our digital world is making us anxious.

I highly recommend taking a day or two away from your smartphone. It is hard to put these devices down, but excessive usage of them are proven to cause anxiety. Because of all of the shouting that comes through my smartphone via news and social media, I have started referring to my device as my “outrage machine”.

One of the antidotes to life’s stressors and digital overdosing? Spending time in nature.

This Thanksgiving, I am grateful for the people in my life, the journey I’ve been on, and the privileges I enjoy living in the United States. I wish all of our Rocket Matter family and the larger community as a whole a peaceful, happy holiday today.

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Ep 23: How to Practice Gratitude and Cultivate Happiness https://www.rocketmatter.com/podcast/ep-23-practice-gratitude-cultivate-happiness/ https://www.rocketmatter.com/podcast/ep-23-practice-gratitude-cultivate-happiness/#respond Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:27:58 +0000 https://www.rocketmatter.com/?p=25526 On this special Thanksgiving episode of The 10 Minute Law Firm Podcast, Larry Port talks about how to practice gratitude and cultivate happiness. In today’s hectic world, it’s important to focus on small achievements and reflect on how far you’ve come. Larry gives some great scientifically-proven tips on little things you can do every day to […]

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On this special Thanksgiving episode of The 10 Minute Law Firm Podcast, Larry Port talks about how to practice gratitude and cultivate happiness. In today’s hectic world, it’s important to focus on small achievements and reflect on how far you’ve come. Larry gives some great scientifically-proven tips on little things you can do every day to help you shift your perspective and stay grateful and content.

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Productivity in Associates: Setting Your Team Up for Success https://www.rocketmatter.com/general/productivity-in-associates-setting-your-team-up-for-success/ https://www.rocketmatter.com/general/productivity-in-associates-setting-your-team-up-for-success/#respond Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:20:46 +0000 https://www.rocketmatter.com/?p=25492   Solo attorneys often come to the point in their practice when they ask themselves: Should I hire an associate? If you’ve never hired one, you’re missing out on opportunities to grow your firm. However, it’s critical that you ensure you get the most out of the associates you hire. Here’s how: Determine what you really need. Before you start […]

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productivity in associates

 

Solo attorneys often come to the point in their practice when they ask themselves: Should I hire an associate? If you’ve never hired one, you’re missing out on opportunities to grow your firm. However, it’s critical that you ensure you get the most out of the associates you hire. Here’s how:

Determine what you really need.
Before you start interviewing associates, or setting benchmarks for your current associates, you need to set the standard for performance at your company. Ask yourself, “What am I really looking for? And what is the minimum standard of skill I’m going to apply to all of my associate attorneys?” Most entrepreneurial attorneys will look for someone who can not only increase the firm’s billable hours, but will also bring value to your clients and be an overall asset to the firm.

It’s also helpful to think about the skills that you may be lacking, and what a good associate could do to make your firm more well-rounded. For example, if you’re a great litigator but you hate going to mediations or negotiating settlements, then it might be smart to hire someone happy to do those tasks.

Most importantly, make sure that you’re clear on your firm’s purpose and the kind of company culture you’re seeking to build. This will help weed out people who don’t fit in with your vision.

Develop your associates.
First, associates should always know what’s expected of them—whether it’s the hours they should be in the office, whether they’re entitled to remote work or vacation and sick days, their target billable hours, or what the compensation plan is when they bring the firm new business. Making this up on the fly may seem attractive when you really need the help and want to hire someone right away, but having a structure in place serves everyone involved. Document everything!

Also, your associates should have an easy way to track all of their time, so use a good practice management software like Rocket Matter at your firm. Practice management software also cuts down on administrative time, so you and your associates can focus on the practice of law and making the firm more money. Plus, the reports that you can generate will give you a good idea of whether your associate is meeting your expectations in terms of productivity and profitability.

You can also develop your associates by creating opportunities for continued education to ensure that they stay on top of the latest developments in the area of law you’re practicing. Technology classes can be helpful as well as these skills speed up your associate’s effectiveness and productivity.

Have a regular review process.
It’s one thing to just put a review on the books, but what are both parties getting out of the valuable time you spend doing them? Make sure you set your associates up for success by allowing them to review their own work based on the expectations you’ve continued to set for them. Pull up reports that show their utilization and realization rates. Show them these numbers overall, but also on a matter-by-matter basis. If they’re doing a good job, encourage and reward them according to the compensation plan you set. If they’re not performing as they should be, ask them what they think they could be doing better, and offer your opinion of the same. It’s helpful to chart the course forward by giving the associate goals to hit for their next review so they know what they’re working toward. And this is also a time to be open to hear what they may need or what may be lacking structurally at the firm for them to perform.

 

 

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