The uniform national Rules for the Attorneys' Profession are scheduled to be gazetted later this month and to come into effect on 1 March 2016.
Jack Crook gives a checklist for finding the right authors for client newsletters, and compares the merits and de-merits of outsourced versus in-house newsletter content.
Allen West will be hosting an LSSA LEAD seminar to provide clarity on the law regarding marriages and the intestate succession of indigenous people of South Africa.
Two significant enhancements to GhostMarketer and LawDotNews mean that users can more quickly and easily create and transmit their own monthly client newsletters.
Risk Alert Bulletin – Special Policy Edition: has the final version of the professional indemnity master policy for the legal profession which came into effect on the 1st of July.
Finding New Ways for Women to lead in Law: A cutting edge no-holds barred conference for women lawyers on innovation, career charting, and dealing with burnout.
The enhanced GhostMarketer Customer Relationship Management tool of GhostConvey strengthens your brand, builds customer relationships and manages your contacts.
In the latest Risk Alert Bulletin, the editor, Ann Bertelsmann asks for ideas and examples from conveyancers for drafting Minimum Operating Standards (MOS) documents.
Did you know that all GhostConvey clients have access to a powerful, easy-to-use, free Customer Communication tool - GhostMarketer? All you have to do is to use it!
Jack Crook answers the question: "If you run a successful conveyancing practice with a loyal client base, why should you bother to market your firm and its services?"
Paddy Crook gives handy tips and discusses some of the more common marketing tools used by firms, and how they can be successfully and effectively used.
Paddy Crook gets into the nitty-gritty of actually using the GhostMarketer platform and its core features to its maximum potential for segmented and targeted communication.
Paddy Crook gives the lowdown on some of the key branding points you should consider when assessing your marketing strategy and developing your brand.
Zelda Olivier brings attention to unsound and flawed routines which amount to a failure to exercise that degree of skill and care required by a reasonable conveyancer.
In article eight of the GhostMarketer series, Jack Crook turns his attention to the most common marketing mistakes made by lawyers - and how to avoid them.
In the last GhostMarketer series article, Jack Crook explains how conveyancers can measure and boost the return on investment (ROI) from their marketing campaigns.
The LSSA welcomes the promulgation of the The Legal Practice Act 28 of 2014 which was gazetted in GN 740 in Government Gazette 38022 of 22 September 2014.
Taken from the AIIF Risk Alert Bulletin - graphs showing the value of claims as at 30 September 2012, a new conveyancing scam and beware imposters.
Covering: An overview of the new Tax Administration Act, a Pension Law update, Evictions and Rental Recovery, and what the Consumer Protection Act means for you.
Due to the rising numbers of conveyancing related claims, an increase in the deductibles for claims arising out of conveyancing matters has been announced by the AIIF.
Four provincial Law Societies have pledged to combat money laundering by signing Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC).
The Legal Practice Bill passed the second reading debate in the National Assembly, and has been sent on to the National Council of Provinces.
The Law Society of South Africa welcomes the release of the Legal Practice Bill and commits to working with other stakeholders.
Kuben Naidoo explores the array of features, functionality and benefits of GhostPractice's recently introduced mobile app - “GP Mobile”.
Not being a victim of fraud depends on your people, your processes, your systems and you writes Kuben Naidoo.
Cathleen Peter-Swart will be presenting a one day workshop on conveyancing skills which make a difference, around the country in August.
Taken from the Risk Alert Bulletin a comparative table and a graph showing the increase in the number of claims notifications received by the AIIF since 2007.
Attorneys have a few days left to register for the Law Society of South Africa's attendance and correspondence courses on Conveyancing and Notarial Practice.
The GhostPractice team has detailed all the latest High Court and Magistrate Court tariffs so that you can get the most out of them.
Definition of a conveyancer, interest on trust accounts and the legal profession must take responsibility for its role in transformation, access to justice and finalising the Legal Practice Bill.
Legalite is the ideal solution for the small firm looking to outperform its expectations and its competition.
The closing date for attorneys to register for LEAD practice management training is 17 June.
Kuben Naidoo unpacks what audits are, what they are not, how the process works and the value of active management tools.
Gustav Radloff's presentation on "The Conveyancer and Ethics" which he delivered during the Tipping Point Roadshow held around the country over the last two weeks.
Sabinet in conjunction with the profession's Law Library is offering small law firms free access to South African legislation.
Details of two 2012 L.E.A.D seminars on the Consumer Protection Act and Eviction and Rental Claims.
A legal practice is more than the sum of its parts writes Kuben Naidoo, and understanding them can drive change in your legal practice.
Attorney firms must encourage staff members to learn continuously otherwise they risk being left behind writes Kuben Naidoo.
Matthew Spagnoletti analyses and suggests solutions to a few of the common risks that all attorneys should be managing in their legal business on a daily basis.
As from 1 July 2010 the AIIF will not provide professional negligence cover to attorneys in respect of some bridging finance matters.
Kingsbury International College, with LEAD and SASSETA, is offering a New Legal Business Creation Programme, which focuses on essential entrepreneurial skills for attorneys.
Vincent Faris CA(SA) will be presenting a number of seminars around the country on understanding the practical auditing of a law firm and its operations.
Running a business without clear cut policies and procedures could have dire consequences argues Matthew Spagnoletti.
How much more successful could law firms be if they employed more traditional business principles?
Softlog and GhostPractice together will ensure your firm recovers 100% of the recoverable costs incurred on behalf of clients.
Traci-Ann Cripsey writes that good communication skills, especially one's listening skills are vital in tapping into the needs of one's clients.
Michael Irvine and Michael Carrigan of Ireland will be presenting a seminar in Cape Town on Alternative Dispute Resolution from an international perspective.
Christo Smith, author of Eviction and Rental Claims: A practical guide will be presenting seminars around the country on eviction and rental claims.
Registration has opened for L.E.A.D's Certificate in Practice Management.
Registration has opened for the LSSA's Certificate in Corporate Law Practice.
GhostPractice allows users to run their business processes efficiently and in real time.
Korbitec's new product launch has "wowed" customers with its cost effective solutions.
By following basic principles, attorneys can improve the quality of billing while continuing to grow their client relationships writes Matthew Spagnoletti.
Small firms are viable writes Roland Darroll in the April edition of De Rebus.
Is e-mail the currency of business, asks Matthew Spagnoletti and if so how well can we and should we use it?
High Court and Magistrate's Court tariffs will change with effect from 15th June. To help you, the GhostPractice team has detailed these in a very useful comparative document.
Getting the most out of your trust audit need not be a painful, necessary evil, especially when using the expertise of the GhostPractice team and the ability of GhostPractice to generate vital reports.
Hesma Strydom recommends a number of preventative steps to guard against claims arising when undertakings are given to bridging finance companies.
Even though your system is not broken, there could still be problems to be fixed and needs to be addressed, writes Matthew Spagnoletti.
To know how much you invest in Practice Management depends on what you define it as and what it means to you.
Details of two L.E.A.D seminars on the Administration of Estates and Child Law.
Automated client reporting provides clients with an elegant mechanism for reviewing the work they have instructed you with and you with an opportunity to cement your relationship with them.
Attorneys who are issued with Attorneys Fidelity Fund certificates for the first time after 14 August 2009 must complete a satisfactory practice management course.
The September edition of Law Practice Today is devoted to the ins and outs of going paperless.
Matthew Spagnoletti gives an overview of how to manage and automate documents, efficiently and without compromising the quality of the final result.
The October issue of LawPractice today poses the question, "Lost in the Crowd?" and suggests a number of marketing strategies you can use if the answer is "Yes".
Legal Practice Management should be seen as the driving force behind maximising a legal practice's potential writes Kuben Naidoo.
Congratulations - the winners of R150 000.00 worth of prizes in the GhostPractice / Law Society of the Northern Provinces competition have been announced.
GhostPractice has the only truly functional "Draft Bills of Costs" generator which offers a way out of the nightmare of drafting a Bill of Costs.
Peter Refferty looks at the objective of practising law and managing your practice to achieve it.
The developers of GhostConvey and WinDeed would like to introduce GhostPractice - a complete Legal Accounting and Practice Management System - to you.
Eskom's load shedding has affected everyone. Keep It On has a solution for law firms looking for a secure, effective and efficient alternative power solution.
The developers of GhostConvey and WinDeed would like to introduce GhostPractice - a complete Legal Accounting and Practice Management System - to you in Johannesburg.
The Fica Amendment Bill puts legal industry on alert - and has the banks concerned.
Paul du Plessis writes in De Rebus about the user-unfriendly law society rules under which attorneys operate.
Will you survive? Asks Peter Rafferty, in the fifth in a series of practice management articles.
To work on time - Peter Rafferty continues in his series of articles in De Rebus.
Peter Rafferty gives a possible strategy effective debtors' control for the first month after an invoice has been raised.
Be like Arkwright: know your customers well, write Alastair Moyes and David Monk.
Korbitec's Executive Series for conveyancers is well under way.
In this comprehensive article, Matthew Spagnoletti analyses the advantages of the "one system" GhostPractice approach to complete Practice Management.
Peter Rafferty looks at Time management, cutting costs, setting targets and debiting fees.
A growing challenge faced by conveyancers is retaining (and expanding) their existing client bases in the face of fierce competition.
Research suggests that retaining clients as a strategy could be eight times more profitable than any other type of marketing.
Sean Bosse considers the competitive advantage of intellectual capital and the dilution of the "conveyancing brand".
Keep your web site fresh and interesting with client newsletters and news-feeds.
The third draft of the Legal Services Charter has been posted onto the Law Society of SA web site.
Are you "Working the Room"? - Jack Crook gives some tips on how to.
To BEE or not to BEE, that is the question, according to Sean Bosse.
"Do you need a business development director or a development department at your law firm?" asks Sean Bosse.
Jack Crook explains the benefits to law firms of using the e-mail newsletter as a marketing tool.
Business process management offers a unified system that promises to end the bouts of tug of war that dogged users of previous IT developments within law firms.
Lesirela Letsebe considers the need for practical bookkeeping experience as highlighted in a recent case.
Success is in the details when planning partner retreats, writes Sean Bosse.
Successful business development means closing the communications gap with your clients.
Australia - clients are almost entirely united in seeing an end to the billable hour.
Sean Bosse gives advice on how to successfully promote your conveyancing service to clients.
Sean Bosse emphasises the need for law firms and lawyers to use marketing and public relations as a strategic business tool to retain and acquire clients.
Two amendments to the rules of the Northern Provinces and Kwazulu-Natal Law Societies were recently published on the SAICA website.
David Feeman believes that lawyers need to know what to do rather than how to become leaders.
The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has released its revised 459 page draft guide on Capital Gains Tax for comment.
The last Risk Alert Bulletin issued by the AIIF was published in February.
Carole Curtis passes on some very practical tips and advice on how to deal with difficult clients.
The long awaited survey from GhostDigest for you about you to help you the conveyancing professional.
Most firms are still confused as to whether to fully integrate their back-office systems. Adam Westbrooke takes a look at the pros and cons.
The first of four articles by Shaun Gillanders on producing and implementing a strategy plan, looks at methods of measuring financial performance.
In the second article by Shaun Gillanders, he examines the tools available for building a coherent business strategy (while continuing to do the day job).
In the third article by Shaun Gillanders, he looks at the difficult step of converting a business strategy into a business operation.
New technology delivers on the promise of joined-up legal management for the e-mail age.
The wide acceptance of document management systems is giving rise to a demand for more sophisticated models according to Kellie Harpley in the Australian Lawyers Weekly.
When used properly, technology has the potential to make the lives of busy lawyers much easier. But, as Kellie Harpley reports, there is still plenty of room for progress.
Client relationships took their place in the limelight at the World Masters of Law Firm Management conference last month in Australia.
Learning about emotional intelligence and employing it in today's competitive and pressured business environment will help to give law firms the edge over their competitors.
The Precise Oxford Dictionary defines a paralegal as someone "trained in subsidiary legal matters".
In his last contribution for the year Sean Bosse looks at practice development through strategic marketing.
E-mail, without question, increases productivity and reduces costs significantly. In spite of this, many firms don't use e-mail effectively. Some don't use e-mail at all.
One of the distinctions between firms that are doing well out of conveyancing and those that aren't is that the latter are so embroiled in the day-to-day issues of conveyancing that they can't see the wood for the trees.
Law firms increase their profits by either increasing fees or by reducing costs. Increased fees flow from price increases and generating additional business. While firms cannot simply increase their fees arbitrarily, a look at what other firms in the industry are doing can pay dividends.