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MANAGING THE OFFICE

Creating the right spaces for your post-pandemic law office

Staff have returned to law offices this summer, with more likely return in the fall. But the pre-pandemic office design might not work anymore, with some staff continuing full-time telework, others opting for part-time presence in the office—and many accustomed to the freedom they enjoyed while working from home. Allwork.Space, a company that focuses on what it calls The Future of Work, has this advice for reconfiguring offices for today’s needs: The open office may be a thing of the past. Large, one-size-fits-all spaces certainly don’t fit all needs, and can negatively impact productivity. Buildings may be static, but people are dynamic, so physical design must account for the motion of people through the static space. Re-designing your space for activity-based working can improve the workplace experience by better meeting… . . . read more

PURCHASING AND LEASING

Paying too much office rent? Try these 7 rent-cutters

Can the partners live with less space?
After payroll, office space is the firm’s second highest expense, in most cases eating up from…


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RECORDKEEPING

Use weekly financial reporting to keep partners aware of cash flow

A Vermont manager has found that running the financial reports weekly instead of monthly is an easy way for the partners to stay always aware and in control of what’s…


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INCREASING REVENUES

Boost quarterly profits with this proven 6-pronged cost cutting plan

As revenues tighten, every administrator is forced to look for new ways to cut expenses. There are lots of dollars waiting to be saved. But many of them are in places so conspicuous they…


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TECHNOLOGY

Buried by paper? Time to crawl out and go digital

In a report dated August 9, 2012, Linda A. Halliday, the Assistant Inspector General for Audits and Evaluations of the Department of Veterans Affairs, called for immediate action to address the “Risks Associated with Veterans Claims Folder Storage, Building Integrity, and Employee Safety at…


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PURCHASING & LEASING

5 purchasing tips that can save your law firm money

Cutting purchasing costs doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are five approaches to purchasing your firm should consider…


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READER TIPS

A manual that covers the entire administration

A Washington, D.C. administrator has set up an operations manual that covers every imaginable item of managing the firm.
It holds the basics of everything so that when she is out, the firm “can be on autopilot and keep the trains running on time,” says Jill D. Hirsch, chief operating officer of Slevin & Hart. And, she says, “it’s for me as well as for someone stepping in for me.” No administrator can remember every detail of the office’s operations, so it’s a quick reference whenever a question arises.
The manual covers the daily administrative procedures, the emergency procedures, the accounting controls, the recruiting – everything. There’s also a timeline, so if a partner wants to…
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TECHNOLOGY

How document automation can save you thousands

Does your firm use document automation tools? If not, you’re not alone. According to a survey conducted in 2013 by the International Legal Technology Association, a whopping 62% of law firms surveyed reported not using a document automation system. But when you think about how much time your team spends assembling variations of the same documents every day, automating the process is something to consider.
“On average our customers who implement document automation technology as a part of their everyday work practice save 72 percent of the time they would otherwise spend on the…

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PURCHASING & LEASING

Don’t put your vendor contracts on auto-pilot

It’s easy, to say nothing of convenient, to get comfortable with business relationships and not to question what the vendors are doing. But in the meantime those vendors have every ability to slip in added costs the administrator does not notice.
Don’t just renew vendor contracts automatically.
The firm can often save money and get better service by putting those contracts out for bid. At the very least, bidding keeps the current vendors honest and on their toes.
How to write the RFP
An effective request for proposals has several elements. Begin by explaining what…

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INCREASING PROFITS

How to make 2018 the year you improve value, cut costs, and increase profits

Are you prepared to handle the competition of 2015? Do you know who’s elbowing in on your firm’s share of the legal market? Are your firm’s partners even aware that there’s a risk?
Ron Friedmann, a consultant with the legal industry-focused management consulting firm Fireman & Company, has spent over two decades improving law practice and legal business operations with technology, knowledge management, and alternative resourcing.
And according to Friedmann, in today’s market, there are a few factors that are putting law firms of all sizes at risk of losing their share. These factors include…

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