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  • Are you stressing out about getting your invoices out on time? Are you a small law firm owner that bills hourly? If you are, you know that your firm doesn’t get paid if invoices are not sent out timely. With no cash flow, how will you pay your staff? They are depending on you. You […] The post Invoice Fast to Last appeared first on Smokeball Legal Practice Management Software.

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  • In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, attorney Atticus Finch accepted nuts from Mr. Cunningham as payment for legal services. If you can be paid in nuts for legal work, can you be paid in Bitcoins? One jurisdiction answered that question. You’ve probably heard or seen “Bitcoin” in the news recently about it’s value being […] The post Can You Take Bitcoin For Legal Fees? appeared first on Smokebal...

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  • It’s the start of a new month and a perfect time to look back and see how your firm performed. There are several factors in measuring your firm’s success, but here are three stats everyone should be measuring: How many new cases/matters did you have? Who referred the new matters to you? Which practice area […] The post How Well Did Your Law Firm Do Last Month? appeared first on Smokeball Legal Pra...

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  • Under the law, paralegals are prohibited from engaging in the unauthorized practice of law. Violating this prohibition can result in fines and imprisonment. It’s important that law firms who have paralegals on staff carefully monitor their activities so that they don’t fall afoul of the law. Allowing your paralegals to engage in the unauthorized practice […] The post How Can Paralegals Avoid Engag...

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  • Social media is constantly evolving, and it seems like every year there’s at least one new social media platform to discover. Well, Instagram, which has been around since 2010, is a great way for law firms to promote their business with videos and photos. But there are a few best practices you should follow if […] The post Law Firm Marketing: Tips for Using Instagram to Promote Your Law Firm appea...

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  • Technology is a disruptive force in the legal industry—changing the way lawyers do business and interact with clients. But this disruption doesn’t have to mean a loss for your law firm as long as you’re ready to recognize the changes and use them to improve your productivity. Let’s take a look at a how one […] The post How do Law Firms Use Video Chat Technology to Stay Competitive? appeared first ...

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  • Every law firm partner, associate and administrative assistant wishes there was some way to find more time in the day. Unfortunately, no one can create more time, but the good news is that everyone can use the time they have more efficiently. One way to save time is by creating processes for low-level tasks. What […] The post How Can Lawyers Avoid Working on Unprofitable Tasks? appeared first on S...

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  • As you know, Smokeball provides you the tools and empowers you to do what you do best – practice law. That’s why I recently wrote an article for attorneyatwork.com in their Product Spotlight section discussing three KPI’s that every small law firm should know. In a couple of weeks, Smokeball clients will receive a new […] The post Firm Insight Dashboards with Just a Click appeared first on Smokeba...

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  • Getting clients to go from interested prospects to loyal customers is the goal of every law firm. But to accomplish that goal, you must understand the sales funnel, how it operates and what you can do to help clients through that process. Let’s take a look at each phase of the sales funnel and explore […] The post Law Firm Business: How to Move your Clients Through the Sales Funnel appeared first ...

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  • Often heard throughout the office, either providing clients insightful tips or cracking a joke, you’ll find Client Success Manager, Ian Sperry. Ian has played a large part in ensuring our clients are given the proper training and tools when it comes to using Smokeball, so at the end of the day they’re able to increase […] The post Meet Smokeballer: Ian Sperry appeared first on Smokeball Legal Prac...

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  • One of the toughest parts of your practice is getting paid for your work.  If you want to get paid faster, you need be running a more efficient practice and be willing to offer more options to your clients. So here are three tips to help you get paid faster for all of your work. […] The post Tips on Getting Paid Faster Using Smokeball and LawPay appeared first on Smokeball Legal Practice Managemen...

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  • We just wrapped up our biggest User Symposium yet and we couldn’t be more thrilled! We had attorneys, paralegals, and staff members from the Chicago-land area from an array of practice areas, such as criminal, family, real estate, and personal injury. Many of our users had never met each other before, but they all had […] The post Fall 2017 User Symposium Wrap-up/Recap appeared first on Smokeball ...

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  • If you’ve heard about How to Manage a Small Law Firm (”HTM”) or are a member, you know that Smokeball being selected as 2017 Admitted Vendor is a big deal. The Admitted Vendor list is exclusive and requires vendors to be fully vetted by HTM. You can’t pay your way onto this list. If you’ve […] The post Smokeball Selected as 2017 Admitted Vendor by How to Manage a Small Law Firm appeared first on S...

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  • The departure of a valuable associate, partner or administrative staff is inevitable but too many law firms fail to prepare. Failure to plan for succession and transition as associates, partners and other employees retire or move to new job opportunities can create a lot of disruption and productivity loss. Let’s explore what your law firm […] The post Law Firm Basics: How to Plan for Succession a...

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  • When you’re a busy attorney, especially a solo-practitioner, billing as many hours as possible is the most important thing on your mind. However, billing more hours isn’t enough to ensure the long-term success of your law firm. If you want to see your law firm succeed in the long-term, you must develop a five-year business […] The post Law Firm Basics: How to Lay the Groundwork for an Effective Fi...

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  • Have you ever sent an email to the wrong person? It’s quite easy to do if you don’t have the proper safeguards in place.  Last week, an attorney from WilmerHale mistakenly sent an email to the Wall Street Journal about an SEC investigation of PepsiCo. WilmerHale is a big law firm with over $1billion in […] The post How to Ensure you Don’t Email the Wrong Recipient appeared first on Smokeball Legal...

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  • Many law firms are looking at the online social media profiles of candidates as part of their background check. But if this process isn’t done correctly and according to the law, hiring managers could be putting themselves at risk for a lawsuit. To incorporate social media checks into your hiring process, you’ll need to follow […] The post How Can Law Firms Use Social Media to Background Check Can...

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  • Thank you for choosing Smokeball Legal Websites!  As a part of our continued efforts to make your professional life as worry-free as possible, we are now offering monthly Weebly Tips & Tricks to our website clients.  These are tips and recommendations that you can utilize on your own via your personal Weebly website login credentials.  […] The post Adding Google Analytics Tracking to Your Website ...

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  • We recently asked Cory Easton, a Criminal Defense attorney based in St. Louis, for feedback on the impact Smokeball has had on his firm and his response was too valuable to not share with you. As a legal professional, the scenario Cory describes pre-Smokeball is all too familiar. Taking a line from Cory, if you are still […] The post Smokeballer Cory Easton, Shares How Smokeball Has Increased His ...

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  • Attracting high quality attorneys and support staff for your law firm is critical to success. But there are certain important qualities that simply can’t be identified until after someone is hired and has worked for your law firm for at least a few months. That said, one of the most valuable employees you should keep […] The post Law Firm Management: How to Identify Self-Starters in Your Law Firm ...

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