Paralegal News: Productivity and Law Firm Growth

Every month, every week, even every day new content surfaces with helpful tips and tricks to support growth in your paralegal career. You’re busy taking care of the demanding tasks of organizing a case, chasing down transcripts, and scheduling important events to ensure the outcome your client deserves.  Finding the time in your busy day to stay current on news and legal insights is daunting.

You honestly just don’t have time.

So, we’re here to help you. Every month, we’ll compile some of our favorite articles to help guide you to be a better, more informed paralegal.

Read on.

6 Tips for Lawyers on Maintaining a Positive Outlook

Whether you’re Biglaw or SmallLaw or government law or stay-at-home-parent law, there are a few things that are important to pay attention to every day. Leaving aside the fact that some of the complaints above can be cured by going out on your own (though unfortunately not the never going home part), here are some suggestions for how to maintain a positive outlook to get you through your day.

Build This Flowchart to Overcome Procrastination

Psychologist Dr. Patrick Keelan has a series of questions to ask yourself when you feel stuck with your work. These four questions can act as a flowchart to help you beat procrastination and be productive again.

How Lawyers Should Use Social Media in 2017

Social networking platforms have evolved significantly. However, even more significant has been our evolution as users. We’ve gone from simple, periodic status updates to rich documentations of our daily lives. For better or worse, the social web has become inextricably intertwined with the very fabric of our culture. And the evolution continues.

What Lawyers Can Learn from a Dollar-Store Model

Law firms have for decades been one of the most profitable business models in existence. But profitability will be going down under the current business model. While clients are becoming more sophisticated and professional, they find that multiple law firms or lawyers are able to handle the same assignments equally well: Legal expertise is becoming increasingly commoditized. If everything else is equal, the client will make a choice based on the price.

How Much Evidence Can You Get from Wearable Devices, and is it Reliable?

There are many ways to get data from wearable devices, and frequently users don’t have an opportunity to consent. If you wear a FitBit, does that imply that you are consenting to provide information from this device? The Fifth Amendment is a key issue raised by these devices.

Referral Madness! Stay on Top of Staying in Touch

This is something old-school lawyers say a lot: “Your best sources of referrals are your existing clients.” And, for word-of-mouth, referral-based law firms, it’s probably true that referrals from other lawyers or from existing clients are 1-2. However, your existing clients will only remain good referral sources if you determine to stay in contact with them, making your desire for receiving their referrals known — and not in some indirect way, either.