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YOUR CAREER

Wish you’d never said that? Here’s how to save the day and perhaps your job

When you’re working in a high-stress environment, it’s not uncommon for tempers to flare and words said that shouldn’t be. It’s unfortunate and…


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INCREASING PROFITS

Some not-so-difficult ways to increase revenue

Need a better bottom line?
Don’t go the way of most firms and start “stripping the heck out of the operating costs.” The real dollars come from…


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YOUR CAREER

How to turn a bad annual review into a self-improvement action plan

We’re all human. Anyone can get into situations that are less than successful. And anyone can meet with a bad job review…


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INCREASING PROFITS

To see better profits, look harder at where money starts and ends

Profit doesn’t happen without a prod.
Particularly in a tight financial environment, a firm has to know where its money is coming in and…


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RISK MANAGEMENT

Secrecy in the age of social media: six ways to keep sensitive practice information offline

You can be sure that most of your employees are active on social media. For younger ones, in fact, using Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are as…


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MANAGING THE OFFICE

To-Dos: Your May office checklist

It can be difficult to focus on work this month. May is when many of us come down with spring fever, yearning to get outside in the garden or the golf course. As Robin Williams reportedly said, “Spring is nature’s way of…


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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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CONFLICT CHECKING

Nine traps to avoid when checking for conflicts

Before a law firm accepts any new file, it must first ensure that no conflict of interest exists. Yet, despite having stringent conflict-checking procedures…


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RISK MANAGEMENT

4 bad financial habits that may increase your policy premiums and your malpractice risk

Ineffective billing and collections practices affect more than the bottom line. They ultimately may determine what the firm has to…


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WORKING WITH ATTORNEYS

How to set a plan for associate development that actually works

One area no firm can afford to ignore is associate business development.
The firm’s future depends on how well the younger attorneys are developed and…


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