A survey of 160 small law firms reveals that they can only remain competitive by running their practices on strict business lines and by pro-actively marketing themselves.
Jack Crook shows how and why legal practices should integrate the various benefits of email and social media to make every cent of their marketing spend count.
Jack Crook writes that client newsletters remain the best, most professional and cost-effective way of remaining top-of-mind with your clients and prospective clients.
Digital natives are forcing digital immigrants to accept the use of social networks particularly in relation to human resource management.
Sabinet has announced the launch of online access to the Transvaal Provincial Gazettes Archive from 1910 to 1994.
Gavin John the director of the KwaZulu-Natal Law Society writes that councillors and senior management have embraced tablet technology, using iPads.
Sabinet has announced the launch of online access to the Natal Provincial Gazettes Archive from 1910 to 1994.
Korbitec and the City of Cape Town invite you to an essential yet free information session about new changes to the electronic rates clearance system.
The importance of internet marketing for law firms and details about a part-time course for attorneys is to be held by GetSmarter in March.
GhostConvey - After more than 26 years of business, GhostConvey remains the most cost effective and wide ranging conveyancing solution in the South African market.
SAFLII (the Southern African Legal Information Institute) has launched LawCite, a free online legal citator service.
UK - Timothy Hill writes that conveyancing must move toward technological change… or else.
What "voodoo" words in your client newsletter will trigger spam filters?
The "Assistant-at-Law" identifies the five biggest wasters of law firm time and resources.
The Legal Technology Insider newsletter has just come out.
The Legal Technology Insider newsletter has just come out.
In his latest book, Richard Susskind has predicted the demise of lawyers in IT-led future.
USA - Dennis Kennedy has been predicting for years, and at the start of 2006 he continues this activity.
Recently Richard Susskind delivered the Society for Computers & Law's annual lecture on the topic of "The Next Ten Years".
Law firm websites range from the excellent to the bizarre and the downright awful.
The Legal Technology Insider newsletter has been described by The Times newspaper as "the definitive online resource for the latest news about legal technology."
Renata Saayman writing in this month's De Rebus, calls on conveyancers to take a stand on IT systems.
In Legal Technology Predictions for 2005: Color My World, Dennis Kennedy does some crystal ball gazing.
IT and the Law enjoy an uneasy partnership according to Tony Williams.
Lawyers process information. Today, most of that information exists on paper and in digital format. Adobe Acrobat™ bridges the divide.
The benefits of broadband internet access Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) for law firms are many and varied, and are worth considering.
Christian Beck looks at some recent advancements in conveyancing software and at what will be setting the future pace.
A Note of Virtual Caution: Technology's advantages have a cost, writes Ed Poll in the September issue of Law Practice Today.
UK - The legal IT market is maturing as firms slow down in their race to invest in IT.
As we ease into the new year with shattered resolutions blighting our lives, Inpractice has come up with some more for us to consider.
In this, the first segment of a two-part article, well known writer and speaker, Dennis Kennedy, sets forth his legal technology predictions for 2004.
In this, the second segment of a two part article, well known writer and speaker Dennis Kennedy continues with his legal technology predictions for 2004.
Mydoom, a new computer virus spreading by e-mail, is breaking records for new infections and fouling up networks. It generated more than 100 million infected e-mails in its first 36 hours.
Estate Angels makes it clear that consumers now demand extra services alongside property details when they use the Internet to move home.
UK lawyers are arrogant, ignorant and they still don't understand IT - and those are the politer things said about them!
"Solicitors are often perceived as stuffy and old fashioned. Not so at Andrew Craig Conveyancing."
The Batho Pele Gateway portal is now a useful single-entry point to both government information and government services.
David Kamu opines that given the advancement in technology such as the availability of email, word processors and document assembly tools that enhance productivity, the lawyers' charging system should change.
If you think you don't have spyware on your network, you're probably wrong, Chris Hayes investigates this aspect of the Internet.
Partners should be actively involved in the software procurement process from the start.
Disaster recovery for small and medium firms is eminently worthy of one's attention, according to disasterrecoveryworld.com.
Paper is no longer the sole source of documentary evidence, and in many cases most of the documents created exist in electronic form only. This article examines the implications of this fundamental shift.
Property Direct is the largest solicitor's conveyancing operation in the UK and their entire conveyancing operation is handled online.
In this the first segment of a two part article, well known writer and speaker, Dennis Kennedy, sets forth his legal technology predictions for 2003.
This précis of a presentation given by Brian Blackwell and Allan Carton at Legal IT 2003 in February highlights the need for conveyancing firms to embrace technology to increase their profitability.
In this the second segment of a two part article, well known writer and speaker, Dennis Kennedy, continues with his legal technology predictions for 2003.
Part two of this series considers the following questions:
On 31 December 2000 and 31 December 2001, Microsoft terminated its support for Windows 95 and Word 95 respectively.
A link to Microdoc News giving useful tips on how to execute better searches using Google. The short article discusses simple ways of getting the information one wants without having to resort to complicated Google search syntaxes.
Most legal firms have invested significant sums of money in technology. However, it is widely recognised throughout the legal profession that lawyers have not succeeded in harnessing the full return on investment (ROI) potential of their investment.
For small firms, IT offers risks, opportunities and challenges. Tom Fitzpatrick writes about his positive experiences in inbrief.
Richard Susskind, described in an interview as the "new media guru" and "the most accurate of futurologists", has a vision for the future of technology and the legal profession that is both alarming and compelling.
New models of service delivery will lead to overall improvement in service value and might also create new revenue streams for law firms, according to an article published on the Singaporean Law Gazette site.
The phrase "The Digital Lawyer" was first coined by Professor M. Ethan Katsh in a series of articles and his book, Law in a Digital World. What does it mean?
A new survey by Digital Message in the UK has found that although 99% of lawyers surveyed use PCs, nearly three quarters of them admit they don't enjoy learning new software. A large percentage of lawyers also have only a basic grasp of common packages such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
This is a must-read white paper by Charles Christian, which appears on the Legal Technology Insider website. He provides a concise overview of developments in the online world and then comes up with ideas and practical advice to help firms determine their Internet and online legal business strategies.
Your firm's website can harm your reputation. Attorney and web designer Peter Boyd identifies 17 of the horrors your firm should avoid to achieve the quality of a professional website.
WinXfer Plus is a useful bulk search tool for property transfers. It is used by amongst others financial institutions, mortgage originators and estate agencies to retrieve information from the deeds office about South African property sales.
A survey by the Law Society of England and Wales into the extent and nature of solicitors' use of information and communication technologies has revealed that their reluctance to use computers is holding back universal desktop PC access at small and mid-sized law firms.
Could it be curtains for Windows? In Linux for Law Firms: Is the Penguin an Emperor or a Turkey on the inpractice website, Dominic Watson gives an excellent overview of what the state of play regarding Linux is and its use in the legal profession.
Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP is a United States Law firm with over 1600 PC users, including 600 attorneys. This Case Study documents their implementation of GhostFill Document Assembly and Document Management software during 2003.
The smaller legal firm has very real and immediate problems facing it. These include rising overheads and an inability to afford the real cost of technology, including the purchase price, training, support and replacement. Time spent on administration as against fee earning is also high.
In this article legal technology consultant Carol Schlein lists basic guidelines every law firm, regardless of size, should follow to remain competitive with and even get a leg up on the rest of the legal profession.
During the last week two insidious viruses have blighted the business world, causing much irritation, damage and embarrassment all round. These are the W32/Sobig.f@MM and W32.Blaster high-risk worms (a worm is a variant of a virus).
A Spam Summit was held in Sandton on 22 October. A web site with useful links and documents is the result.
In this article from TechnoLawyer.com, legal technology consultant John Heckman discusses the basic functionality of document management systems, including a checklist of features to help you decide which ones are essential to your firm.