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Reserve your spot
 now for the Nov. 2 Annual Ethics Update 2017
, one of the Solo & Small Firm Section’s most popular CLE events  

Join us live at the Orlando Rosen Centre Hotel or via webcast to learn the 21st-century challenges facing lawyers and the legal profession.

Lawyers must keep abreast of professional and ethical challenges to succeed in this new reality while maintaining the integrity of the legal profession. Are you prepared for the future?

Course 2571 (Max. Credit 5.5 hours – General 5.5, Ethics 5.5)
Section member registration – $125 live, $250 webcast

 



Agricultural Law Update 2017

Friday, November 17, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Florida Farm Bureau Federation Building, Gainesville 

From agricultural law IT practices to tax and succession planning for agricultural businesses, this CLE event addresses current regulations and laws that affect the agricultural industry. 

After the CLE, join the UF/IFAS Center for Agricultural and Natural Resource for a complimentary brew and bite at the First Magnitude Brewing Company, and learn about Florida Hops as an emerging crop for Florida farmers and brewers.

Course 2581 (Max. Credit: 5.0 hours – General 5.0 hours)
Section member registration $140



Tech Tip
: How to Reset a Recurring Task in Outlook 

Outlook treats recurring appointments and tasks differently.

Recurring appointments come in sets that begin with the first appointment and end with the last; each appointment is visible on your calendar. 

In contrast, only one recurring task is visible at any given time. Outlook displays the next recurring task after you mark the current one as complete. If you skip a recurring task, you can mark it as completed or skipped and continue to the next recurring task. However, that won’t always be the case.

This article by Susan Harkins of TechRepublic shows you how to avoid problems when you need to reset a recurring task.

 

 



Content Under Pressure: Keeping in Touch with Client Newsletters 
(Excerpts from an article by Susan Kostal)

Are you on content hamster wheel—trying to keep pace with bigger firms that seem to push out client alerts 24/7?

Don’t drive yourself crazy. Get off the wheel.

Regular client newsletters are a way to publish regularly, offer valuable content, and stay in meaningful touch with clients and contacts. Start publishing quarterly and move to short monthly newsletters.

Write about business issues all professionals face, regardless of your practice area or their industry. Offer practical advice, talk logistics and borrow liberally from current events. Don’t cram all this into one article or post. Pick just one topic. Offer one really helpful piece of advice with a clear takeaway. You can do this!

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Member Spotlight: Liza Galindo 

Liza R. Galindo of Liza R Galindo P.A. in Miami Springs practices in a wide range of immigration and nationality areas. She graduated cum laude from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a management specialty and a Juris Doctor degree from Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach. Liza is a former judicial intern for the Honorable John G. Fletcher of the Third District Court of Appeal in Miami and research assistant for family and elder law attorney and author Lynne Marie Kohm. She developed her legal skills and experience by volunteering at Refugee & Immigrations Services in Virginia and working as an associate for immigration and bankruptcy law firms before opening her own practice in 2011. She is active in her church, enjoys traveling and spending time with her family, and owns two small rescued dogs.

Follow Liza on Twitter at @LizaGalindoLaw.

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Members-Only Facebook Group.

Membership is growing in our newly launched Facebook group!

BIG welcome to our newest members:  Nicolette Kramer, David BlumThomas FeiterSteve WatkinsJudi SetzerLarry Silvestri and Liza Galindo!

Find co-counsel, refer a case and share your news. It’s free. Join today to network with your colleagues from the section.

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Member Spotlight: Tom Asbury of Asbury Law in Jacksonville

Asbury Law is a virtual firm based in Jacksonville. Tom Asbury is a graduate of The Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania and Florida Coastal School of Law. He practices in estate planning and probate, business law, asset protection, litigation and administrative law.

Prior to law school, he worked as the webmaster for the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars. Asbury won a bronze medal in the 2011 Sunshine State Games for Judo, won the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Award in 1991 and received the National Defense Service Medal and an Honorable Discharge for service in the U.S. Army.

Follow Asbury on Twitter at @tom_asbury and read his full profile on Facebook.


How Lawyers Can Make Extra Money 

Modern Solo blogger, “solopreneur” and New York family lawyer Joleena Louis says, “As a solo attorney, you have to get used to living on a financial roller coaster. Some months can be really good and some months you worry about meeting basic expenses.”

We’re sure you can relate.

Louis offers 14—that’s right, 14—ideas for ways that lawyers can supplement their incomes. From teaching test prep courses to covering cases per diem (and everything in between) Louis offers creative strategies that can benefit your firm’s bottom line.

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Read more on Modern Solosign up to get free practice tips, follow Joleena Louis on Twitter at @joleenalouislaw or contact her at joleenalouis@joleenalouislaw.com


Upcoming CLE Opportunities

 

 

Register online now for the Oct. 4 audio webcast CLE, “Shades of Gray – The Dilemma of an Aging Legal Population.”

How do the professional and ethical issues facing an aging Bar impact your practice? How does this “senior tsunami” affect the public?

The 50 to 65 age group makes up 36 percent of Florida lawyers—and in several years, more than 50 percent of all lawyers will be over the age of 50.

Earn one hour of Ethics CLE credit and hear legal experts Peggy Hoyt and Jake Schickel discuss concerns and solutions to address the critical problems of our aging legal population. Registration is only $75 for members of The Florida Bar Solo & Small Firm Section.


  • Audio Webcast: Shades of Gray – The Dilemma of an Aging Legal Population. Oct. 4, 2017, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Annual Ethics Update 2017: More Shades of Gray – 21st Century Challenges Facing Lawyers and the Legal Profession. Nov. 2, 2017. Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando.
  • Agriculture Law Update 2017. Nov. 17, 2017. Florida Farm Bureau Federation Building, Gainesville.

March 2018 CLE Trip to Ireland Over St. Patrick’s Day

Mark your calendar for March 10 -18, 2018, and join the Solo & Small Firm Section for CLE in Ireland! The land cost is $2,076 per person double occupancy; single room supplement is $925. The tour includes exclusive transport by luxury motor coach with a driver/guide, lunch at the Law Society of Ireland (subject to change), drinks reception at Dromoland Castle, passage on the Tarbert Ferry, sheepdog trials on the Ring of Kerry, a guided tour of Dublin, tour of Dublin Courts (subject to change) and much, much more!

For more information or to book contact Jeanne Hutli, Odyssey Travel, (386) 672-8113.


Hurricane Resources for Florida Bar Members

The Florida Bar will be adding information, resources and recent hurricane-related news on this page for Florida Bar members and the public. Follow social media for additional updates.

President Higer also sent a message of support and a comprehensive list of resources for Florida Bar members and other Floridians affected by Hurricane Irma.

The Florida Bar is currently working with several member benefit providers to enhance existing offerings for members affected by Hurricane Irma, including complimentary additional services or extended complimentary trial periods. Please check the special enhanced benefit page for the latest added services.

 


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Member Spotlight: Harry A. Payton of Payton & Associates in Miami

Harry is one of only 88 lawyers in Florida with dual Florida Bar board certification in civil trial and business litigation. He represents domestic and international corporations and high net worth individuals in complex business litigation matters, and handles professional malpractice cases for plaintiffs and defendants involving attorneys, accountants, architects and engineers. Harry was appointed in 2012 to the Professionalism Committee for the 11th Judicial Circuit and chairs the mentoring program subcommittee. In addition to the Solo & Small Firm Section, Harry is a member of The Florida Bar Business Law & Entertainment and Arts & Sports Law sections. He is active in numerous ABA sections and committees. He earned an LL.B. degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.S. degree cum laude from FSU.

Read the full profile on Facebook.


FREE Cloud Computing Basics from the Florida Bar Practice Resource Institute

The Florida Bar’s Standing Committee on Technology has developed a Quick Start Guide on cloud computing to answer basic questions and suggest questions to ask potential cloud providers. Check out the PRI cloud computing page for free video tutorials:

  • Choosing a cloud storage provider
  • Do I have to have a physical office?
  • How can I safely share files with a client over the Internet?
  • What do I need to know about keeping my network secure?
  • I am interviewing cloud providers. What questions should I ask?

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Upcoming CLE Opportunities

  • Audio Webcast: Shades of Gray – The Dilemma of an Aging Legal Population. Oct. 4, 2017, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Annual Ethics Update 2017: More Shades of Gray – 21st Century Challenges Facing Lawyers and the Legal Profession. Nov. 2, 2017. Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando.
  • Agriculture Law Update 2017. Nov. 17, 2017. Florida Farm Bureau Federation Building, Gainesville.

March 2018 CLE Trip to Ireland Over St. Patrick’s Day

Mark your calendar for March 10 -18, 2018, and join the Solo & Small Firm Section for CLE in Ireland! The land cost is $2,076 per person double occupancy; single room supplement is $925. The tour includes exclusive transport by luxury motor coach with a driver/guide, lunch at the Law Society of Ireland (subject to change), drinks reception at Dromoland Castle, passage on the Tarbert Ferry, sheepdog trials on the Ring of Kerry, a guided tour of Dublin, tour of Dublin Courts (subject to change) and much, much more!

For more information or to book contact Jeanne Hutli, Odyssey Travel, (386) 672-8113.


Lawyers Advising Lawyers

 

 

Lawyers Advising Lawyers is a free service offered to Florida Bar members who may need advice in a specific area of law, procedure or legal issueThe program consists of more than 300 attorney advisors who volunteer to assist other members. Advice is offered in over 50 areas of law and procedure.

Each LAL attorney advisor is required to have a minimum of five years of experience in his or her respective area of advice.

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Member Spotlight: Theresa Jean-Pierre Coy of Jean-Pierre Coy P.A. in Tampa

Theresa is a former assistant public defender who practices criminal defense law. She handles cases ranging from misdemeanors to murder and has served as lead trial counsel on well over 50 criminal jury trials. She also focuses her practice on personal injury law. Theresa graduated with high honors from Florida A&M University where she majored in political science and public administration. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from Stetson University College of Law, with a concentration in advocacy. She is Haitian-American, fluently speaks Haitian-Creole and takes pride in being able to help the Haitian community with their legal needs in their native language. Read the full profile on Facebook.

 



FREE Lawyer’s Guide to Social Media Marketing 

If your ideal clients are on the Internet (and if they are alive, they are), you could be missing out on a world of marketing opportunity. You can keep telling yourself that you don’t “need” social mediaor you can learn why you do. Check out articles on How to Assess Your Online Image, How to Use Facebook to Drive Traffic to Your Website, How to Reach Your LinkedIn Goals and more.

(From Attorney at Work’s Extras.)

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Upcoming CLE Opportunities

  • Audio Webcast: Shades of Gray – The Dilemma of an Aging Legal Population. Oct. 4, 2017, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Annual Ethics Update 2017: More Shades of Gray – 21st Century Challenges Facing Lawyers and the Legal Profession. Nov. 2, 2017. Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando.
  • Agriculture Law Update 2017. Nov. 17, 2017. Florida Farm Bureau Federation Building, Gainesville.

March 2018 CLE Trip to Ireland Over St. Patrick’s Day

Registration details and brochures are in the works for this exciting CLE experience. You’ll enjoy historic castles, cozy pubs and Irish traditions—and spend St. Patrick’s Day 2018 in Dublin! Travelers may add a March 18-21 visit to Scotland.

More information coming soon.




iMazing: Manage your iPhone. Your way. (Free) 

Get a trusted software to transfer and save your music, messages, files and data. Safely back up any iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Powerful and user-friendly, iMazing is “simply the best” iOS device manager for Mac and PC. iMazing Mini is a free Mac and PC app that backs up your iOS devices automatically, wirelessly, and privately.

Go beyond iTunes. Get iMazing.


 

Florida Bar Member Benefit 

PracticePanther is “easy to use legal software for the modern attorney.” PracticePanther’s law practice management software combines time tracking, case management, billing, invoice, document management and a CRM all in one. Florida Bar members get 15 percent off for life. 

Try it free. No credit card needed. Cancel anytime.


NEW: Members-Only Facebook Group.

Office space to share? Seeking co-counsel on a case? Win a prestigious award? Share your news in the section’s Facebook group. It’s free. Join today to network with your colleagues from the section.

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More Than 100 Administrative Forms – Free From The Florida Bar Practice Resource Institute. These forms are excellent starting points for you to develop standardized client correspondence, fee agreements, client information handouts, etc. Select a category to access forms in Microsoft Word format.

 


 

ONE-HOUR CLE on CD. If you missed the July 26 audio webcast, “50 Practice Tips from Highly Successful Solo & Small Firm Practitioners,” you now can get the CLE on CD. Listen while you drive to work! Attorneys Teresa Byrd MorganJohn Maceluch and Paige Greenlee share tips, information and inspiration for running solo and small firms. Solo & Small Firm Section members receive a $25 discount.




Keyboard Shortcuts for Microsoft Word. Wouldn’t it be great to have a quick-access guide to shortcuts that allow you to work faster and more efficiently? This chart shows all keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Word 2016. If you don’t use keyboard shortcuts, give them a try. Here are some that we use most often: 

  • Decrease font size 1 point – Ctrl+[
  • Increase font size 1 point – Ctrl+]
  • Center text – Ctrl+E
  • Undo – Ctrl+Z
  • Re-do – Ctrl+Y

 


 

Florida Bar Member Benefit. MyCase is easy-to-use, web-based, practice management software that helps you manage cases, track time, automate billing and communicate with your clients.

Learn how MyCase can help you practice more and manage less. MyCase is priced at $39/month per user. Florida Bar Members receive a free trial and a 10% off lifetime discount. Access your free trial and 10% Florida Bar discount here.


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ONE-HOUR CLE. Register online for the audio webcast “50 Practice Tips from Highly Successful Solo & Small Firm Practitioners,” July 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Attorneys Teresa Byrd MorganJohn Maceluch and Paige Greenlee share their tips, information and inspiration for running a solo and small firm. Solo & Small Firm Section members receive a $25 discount on registration.


This week’s Solo & Small Firm Section member spotlight is on Peggy Smith Bush, a founding partner of Southern Trial Counsel PLC in Orlando. Peggy graduated cum laude from Barry University School of Law. She defends manufacturers, insurance companies and other businesses in cases of alleged product liability, personal injury, wrongful death and/or premises liability, as well as breach of contract and indemnification issues. Peggy and her husband, Stephen, have been married since 1985 and have twin sons who were born in February 2017.

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Tips for Keeping Strangers Off Your Wi-Fi Network

If someone can access your network, it becomes easier for them to snoop on your browsing history and locally stored files. By far the easiest way to boot freeloaders off your wireless network is to change the Wi-Fi password. Learn how you can give digital trespassers the boot.

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Office Depot Member Benefit

Florida Bar members save 10% off the web price on more than 30,000 office supplies through the Office Depot Partner Program. Helping you save while working better in your office, home, school, or car. Three ways Florida Bar members benefit:

  • FREE SHIPPING: On orders over $50 (and under 50 pounds)
  • EXCLUSIVE SAVINGS: 10% off the web price
  • CONVENIENT SHOPPING: Online and in-store shopping options

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ALL-NEW CLERegister online for the audio webcast “50 Practice Tips from Highly Successful Solo & Small Firm Practitioners,” July 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Attorneys Teresa Byrd MorganJohn Maceluch and Paige Greenlee share their tips, information and inspiration for running a solo and small firm.


Congratulations to the Solo & Small Firm Section’s 2017 Award Winners!


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The Solo & Small Firm Section’s member spotlight this week is on Bea Crocitto LeVine CP FRP, 2017-18 president of the Paralegal Association of Florida Inc. Bea is a senior paralegal and immigration law specialist with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC in Tampa. She received her Certified Paralegal designation in 1988 and her designation from The Florida Bar in 2008. Bea was named the Solo & Small Firm Section’s Paralegal of the Year in 2016.

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Top Legal Technology Tips for Solo & Small Firms

Check out this MyCase blog post for lots of great tech tips and resources to help get your law firm on the right track. Explore more affordable legal research options, learn how other lawyers are using technology in their firms; move to the cloud and choose the right legal practice management software and make the right legal technology choices for your law firm.

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Dell Added to Florida Bar Member Benefits

Dell offers Bar members discounts up to 30 percent on personal computers and 5 percent on other electronics and accessories.There are also free shipping, presale events, members-only offers, and multiple payment options, including financing from Dell. Dell will have dedicated account managers and a special sales team for Bar members.

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NEW:
Audio Webcast Series. 
Listen live to “50 Practice Tips from Highly Successful Solo & Small Firm Practitioners” on July 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (registration details coming). Teresa Byrd MorganSean DesmondJohn Maceluch and Paige Greenlee share best practices to make your practice thrive.

Members-Only Facebook Group. Office space to share? Seeking co-counsel on a case? Win a prestigious award? Share your news in the section’s Facebook group. It’s free. Join today to network with your colleagues from the section.


Use Tech to Enable Your Virtual Law Practice. In this YouTube video, CuroLegal CEO Chad Burton offers sage advice on the best cloud-based solutions and core tech choices for your firm. Learn more about Google for Work and Microsoft Office 365 and how they integrate with practice management suites like Clio. Burton is a former litigator who developed one of the nation’s first “new model” law firms, leveraging cloud-based technology and modern business practices to develop a lean virtual law firm.


Section Awards During Florida Bar Annual Convention. Make plans to join the Solo and Small Firm Section Executive Council at 1:45 p.m. on June 23 in Royal Palm Ballroom II to congratulate the winners this year’s awards: Tradition of Excellence, Walter S. Crumbley, Mentor of the Year, Paralegal of the Year and L. Michael Roffino Pro Bono. Photo: Carl Schwait, 2016 Tradition of Excellence Award winner and Renee Thompson, 2016 Walter S. Crumbley Award recipient.

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Florida Law Update. Today is the last day to register online (be sure to have your new member portal info handy) for The Florida Bar Annual Convention if you plan to attend the Florida Law Update live presentation on June 22 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Can’t make the deadline? Download the form and register onsite. You also can sign up for the real-time live webcast.


 


Florida Bar members save 10% off the web price on more than 30,000 office supplies through the Office Depot Partner Program. 

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SECTION NEWS: Check out the Solo & Small Firm Section’s brand-new, members-only Facebook group. Join today to network with your colleagues from the section.


Solo & Small Firm Section Member Spotlight: Elad Hakim

The Solo & Small Firm Section member spotlight this week is on Elad Hakim of Elad Hakim P.A. in Boca Raton. Mr. Hakim is a litigator and concentrates on civil matters including, but not limited to, breach of contract, civil theft, real estate disputes, unjust enrichment and landlord-tenant disputes. His Juris Doctor degree is from the University of Miami School of Law and his undergraduate English degree is from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to opening his firm in 2001, Mr. Hakim worked for several firms and gained invaluable experience in insurance defense, personal injury and general civil litigation. He is a member in good standing of The Florida Bar. He also is fluent in Hebrew. Mr. Hakim lives with his wife and three children in Boca Raton. Read his full profile on the section’s Facebook page.

   


Tech Tip: The Top Ten Apps for Lawyers—And How to Use Them


Brett Burney
Principal of Burney Consultants LLC

If you’ve been weeding through tech clutter to find the best apps for your practice, look no more. A recent MyCase blog post hits the highlights of Brett Burney’s “Top 10 Apps for Lawyers” presentation, which actually covers apps in ten categories for lawyers, and different ways that lawyers can (and should) be using apps in their practice. Learn Burney’s top picks for cloud-based file management, document scanning, legal presentations,  file/PDF management and more.

Scroll to the bottom of the post to watch the whole presentation (it’s free) on more than 40 different apps. Or, read the Q & A summary for answers to the top questions asked during the webinar (see more below)—such as how to address client confidentiality concerns when an app has access to document contents (e.g., PDF to word converter), which iPad and tablet to choose, and the best hardware to use with an iPad for projecting presentations.

Here’s a sample:

Q: What is the recommended video/online conference software?

A: The two main online conference services – GoToMeeting & Webex – both have excellent mobile apps that continued to be improved.

Q: Is Dropbox any better than Apple’s iCloud?

A: I would say yes, although I use iCloud for several apps on my iPhone and iPad because it’s built into the ecosystem. But Dropbox syncs files better, is more accessible through the app, and generally more flexible for storing, managing, and syncing files.

Q: Is adding specific password protections to individual documents considered best practice or is it OK to just have a password to access OneDrive?

A: The first step is to use a strong, secure password for your Microsoft OneDrive account. You’ll need to input that password the first time you launch OneDrive on your mobile device. The second step is to make sure you have a passcode enabled for your mobile device. On the iPad and iPhone, you can also turn on a passcode inside the OneDrive app, which provides a second level of protection.

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Upcoming CLE Opportunities

Florida Law Update. There’s still time to register for the 2017 Florida Law Update, scheduled for 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Thursday, June 22, at the Boca Raton Resort & Club (during Florida Bar Annual Convention). Register online for Course Number 2320R. Special thanks to Program Chair Peggy Hoyt for putting together a great lineup of speakers: Denis DeVlaming (Criminal Law), Kevin Johnson (Employment Law), Barbara Leach (Bankruptcy Law), Adam Hodkin (Business Law), Wade Luther (Family Law), Michael Gelfand (Real Property Law) and Alex Douglas, Peggy Hoyt and Sarah AuMiller (Estate Planning/Elder Law). See you there!

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Practice Management Tip of the Week: How Lawyers Can Use Client Data to Grow Their Practices

Law practices are businesses, and these days, successful businesses leverage data to thrive. Here are some tips from a recent Attorney at Work blog post that will inspire you to learn more about embracing data to grow your law practice.

Data Helps Answer Questions. Data comes in all shapes and sizes, and you can access it more easily than you think. It can be as simple as asking first-time callers where they heard about you. Or sending emails to clients after you’ve wrapped up their cases, asking them how you did. You can use Google Analytics to track traffic to your website and measure the return on your various marketing and advertising efforts. If you’re wondering whether your website is easy to use, ask 10 acquaintances to pretend they have a legal problem and let you know how easy your site was to use. Keep it simple.

More Data Is Not Always Better. Start with the right questions. Maybe you’re curious whether you’re getting as many referrals as you think you are. Maybe it’s whether your website is turning users into callers. Whatever it is, if you start there, you’ll have a better chance of getting the right data that is directly relevant to the answers you want to find.

Working with data is not a one-shot deal. You don’t need to do it all the time, but thinking about it as an ongoing process rather than a discrete task will get your business where it needs to go.

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Tech Tip from the 2017 Florida Bar Tech Show Presented by the Solo & Small Firm Section: Protect Your Email Like It’s Your Social Security Number

 

During this year’s Florida Bar Tech Show, we learned that using multiple email addresses—each with specific purposes—can help you avoid spam, protect yourself from hackers and allow greater access.

Avoid spam. If you need to sign up for a service but don’t want all the promotional updates that come with it, sign up with an email address other than your main account.

Protect yourself. Having a separate account for things like social websites and online purchasing, which are more prone to attack, will leave your main account less vulnerable. Make sure you choose different, strong passwords for each site.

Manage projects. If you’re collaborating with various people on a case (think virtual paralegal), having a separate email address dedicated to specific workflows will help you manage communication channels, but you’ll be able to share the login details with other people who are also working on the project.

Greater access. If you’re using an email service that’s only accessible on your desktop, it might be a good idea to have a web-based service to be able to access important emails remotely.

Here are some examples of how to use multiple email addresses with specific purposes:

  • Work email – strictly business.
  • Professional interest email – newsletters, groups, organizations, social media for business.
  • Personal – personal emails, hobbies, websites, clubs and organizations.


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Florida Bar Member Benefit: MedJet Protection for Your Summer Travel

 

 

 

Medjet Membership – Air Medical Transport and Crisis Response Protection: Peace of Mind for Florida Bar Members. 
As a Medjet member, if you become ill or injured domestically or abroad (more than 150 miles from your primary residence) and need inpatient hospital care, medical transfer to a hospital of your choice within your home country will be arranged for you at no additional cost beyond your Medjet membership fee. If you think all travel protection plans are the same, you could be in for an unwelcome surprise. While travel insurance and platinum card programs have important benefits, there may be restrictions that could leave you wishing you had additional protection. Medjet closes this gap. Learn about MedJet classic.

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Solo & Small Firm Section Member Spotlight: Jim Mullaney

Jacksonville divorce attorney Jim Mullaney is featured in this week’s Solo & Small Firm Section member spotlight. Mullaney is licensed to practice law in Florida and Georgia and is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Court Mediator. His family law practice also includes paternity, adoption, child support, timesharing, alimony and modification. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida and a Juris Doctor degree from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. A Jacksonville native, Mullaney has practiced law since 1996 and founded his own law practice in 2000. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court (Middle District of Florida), the Court of Appeals of Georgia, the Georgia Supreme Court and the United States 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Read Mullaney’s full profile on the section’s Facebook page.


Tech Tip from The Florida Bar: Expanding Your Home or Office Network’s Reach

 

The Florida Bar this week shares a tech tip from the New York Times Tech Tip Blog on how to boost your home or office Wi-Fi signal if you’re sharing your internet connection by using a single wireless router to broadcast a network signal (and not one of the newer mesh-networking systems). Here are some basic tips to try to improve your coverage:

  • Try moving the router to a different location, preferably out in the open and away from appliances, cordless phones and big metal objects that can block or absorb the Wi-Fi signal.
  • Make sure your router’s firmware is up to date and your network is password-protected so that only authorized family and friends can log on.
  • If you don’t want to upgrade to a newer router that may offer better coverage, consider a compatible network range extender or booster device to help your Wi-Fi signal reach farther. Most companies that make routers (like Linksys, Netgear and D-Link) also sell less expensive add-ons for increasing your network’s reach.

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Upcoming CLE Opportunities

Florida Law Update. 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Thursday, June 22, 2017, Boca Raton Resort & Club (during Florida Bar Annual Convention). Register online for The Florida Bar Solo & Small Firm Section’s popular Florida Law Update, Course Number 2320R. Special thanks to Program Chair Peggy Hoyt for putting together a great lineup of speakers: Denis DeVlaming (Criminal Law), Kevin Johnson (Employment Law), Barbara Leach (Bankruptcy Law), Adam Hodkin (Business Law), Wade Luther (Family Law), Michael Gelfand (Real Property Law) and Alex Douglas, Peggy Hoyt and Sarah AuMiller (Estate Planning/Elder Law). See you there!

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Practice Management Tip of the Week: Should You Hire a Virtual Paralegal?

Virtual paralegals typically are independent contractors who work remotely and are specifically trained to offer support to attorneys or entire law firms, large or small. Solos and small law firms can gain from these arrangements by handing over day-to-day administrative tasks, paying virtual assistants only for the time you use their services and avoiding overhead costs associated with hiring full-time employees. In most cases, you won’t have to provide technology or other equipment either.

Tips for Working with a Virtual Paralegal

  • Don’t assume — check credentials.
  • Protect your data. Working with a virtual paralegal often means sending confidential or sensitive information online.
  • Plan ahead to ensure availability. Virtual assistants and paralegals may have multiple clients.
  • Be realistic about your needs. Make sure your virtual paralegal is aware of what you expect. To guarantee the best possible outcome, do the appropriate research ahead of time and know what you want to get out of the service.

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Tech Tip from the 2017 Florida Bar Tech Show Presented by the Solo & Small Firm Section: Customize the Quick Access Toolbar in Word

The Quick Access Toolbar is a customizable toolbar that contains a set of commands that are independent of the tab on the ribbon that is currently displayed. You can move the Quick Access Toolbar from one of the two possible locations, and you can add buttons that represent commands to the Quick Access Toolbar.

Add a command to the Quick Access Toolbar (watch video):

  1. On the ribbon, click the appropriate tab or group to display the command that you want to add to the Quick Access Toolbar.
  2. Right-click the command, and then click Add to Quick Access Toolbar on the shortcut menu.


Group the commands by adding a separator between the commands:

You can group the commands by using the separator to make the Quick Access Toolbar appear to have sections.

  1. Right-click the Quick Access Toolbar, and then click Customize the Quick Access Toolbar on the shortcut menu.
  2. In the Choose commands from list, click Popular Commands.
  3. Click <Separator>, and then click Add.
  4. To place the separator where you want it, click the Move Up or Move Down arrow.

Export a customized Quick Access Toolbar (watch: customize the ribbon).

You can export your ribbon and Quick Access Toolbar customizations into a file that can be imported and used by a coworker or on another computer.

  1. Click the File tab.
  2. Under Help, click Options.
  3. Click Quick Access Toolbar.
  4. Click Import/Export, and then click Export all customizations.

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Florida Bar Member Benefit: Get 15 Percent Off FTD Flower Orders Just in Time for Mother’s Day

It’s not too late to order flowers and gifts for Mother’s Day! Florida Bar members receive a 15% discount with FTD.

You may order by phone at 1-800-SEND FTD and use code 30646 to receive the 15% discount.


What has The Florida Bar done for you lately? Plenty! Check out TFB’s extensive Member Benefits Page to learn more.

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