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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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  • We’re excited for our second Smokeball User Symposium coming up on October 12, 2017! The Symposium is a unique event where users come together at our Chicago office to learn about new features, get additional training, network with other users, and share their Smokeball experiences. One of the best parts about the Symposium (other than […] The post Smokeball User Symposium 2017 appeared first on S...

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  • Bringing in new clients is the lifeblood of every new law firm. That’s why it’s important that law firms have a solid strategy in place for getting new business. Let’s take a look at a few reliable tactics for getting clients when you’re starting from ground zero. Personal Network The first thing you should do […] The post Law Firm Finances: How To Build Your Firm’s Book Of Business appeared first...

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  • I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Neil Squilante of Technolawyer and demonstrated our latest feature, TimeScribe, to him.   I walked him through Smokeball and couldn’t wait to show him how TimeScribe is transforming the practice of solo and small law firms. Solo and small law firm attorneys spend too much time on the […] The post Smokeball’s TimeScribe featured as “Killer Feature” on Te...

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  • You’ve taken the first step and scheduled a demo to learn more about a software that looks promising. Congratulations! But what now? Choosing the right software for your firm is a big decision, and sometimes hearing about all the bells and whistles within the software can be overwhelming. To help you get the most out […] The post 5 Questions to Ask About In Your Demo appeared first on Smokeball Le...

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  • As an attorney, your client data is under constant threat from hackers. That’s why it’s important that you avoid using public Wi-Fi when communicating with clients or accessing their information whenever possible. However, there may be times when you need to use public Wi-Fi to access email or other data under emergency circumstances. Here are […] The post Legal Tech Tips: How To Stay Secure When ...

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  • Driving business to your law firm, isn’t just about delivering the best legal services you can, it’s also about becoming a respected expert in your field.  Let’s take a look at a few ways that you can establish your law firm as a thought leader among lawyers and in the industries you serve. Strong Branding […] The post How To Establish Your Law Firm As A Thought Leader appeared first on Smokeball ...

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  • Email is a great way to quickly and easily communicate with clients and fellow attorneys about a matter, but if it’s not managed effectively, email can become a productivity killer. There are a few things every law firm can do to improve email management. Use Software Tools Every attorney should utilize email management software tools […] The post What Law Firms Can Do To Improve Email Management ...

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  • In today’s legal marketplace where software is making it easier for ordinary people to access legal information and forms, law firms who want to remain competitive must automate their processes. Here’s why: Lower Prices/Higher Profits When lawyers spend hours creating legal documents, that’s a cost they must pass on to clients. Because automating processes allows […] The post How Work Process Auto...

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  • Law Firm Hiring: How To Get The Most Out Of Your New Hires Getting the most out of your new hires is probably one of your major goals when it comes to staffing and managing employees. But how can a small law firm do that in a way that’s beneficial to the entire firm and […] The post Law Firm Hiring: How To Get The Most Out Of Your New Hires appeared first on Smokeball Legal Practice Management Sof...

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  • The costs associated with hiring and maintaining an office of attorneys and support staff is typically a law firm’s biggest expense. For law firms that want to trim down their expense line, reducing those costs is a priority. Let’s take a look at some tips for the frugal law firm. Be Accurate, Honest, and Specific […] The post Human Resources Tips for Frugal Law Firms appeared first on Smokeball L...

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  • Legal information is easier to access with just a simple web search. For attorneys, this is both an advantage and a curse since easy access to information means that some clients will want to serve as backseat legal advisors on their case. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to address clients who […] The post Law Firm Basics: What To Do When Clients Second Guess Your Expertise appeared...

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