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Practice Tips, CLE & News From The Florida Bar Solo & Small Firm Section

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Committees
Section Committee Preference Forms Due April 15

Committee service is an excellent way to network with colleagues from around the state, make a lasting difference in the section and increase your professional profile. The Solo & Small Firm Section’s committees and executive council play an integral role in continuing to improve return on investment for our members through engaging CLEs, relevant publications, members-only benefits and more.

Our goals—with help from leaders like you—are to increase membership, boost involvement, and provide valuable benefits that assist our members in professionalism and the practice of law. Submit your preference form and supporting documents no later than April 15, 2019, to Lee E. “Pete” Muschott, Solo & Small Firm Section Chair-Elect, at FLSoloSmallFirm@gmail.com.

2019-2020 Committees:

  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Health & Wellness
  • Outreach & Expansion
  • Publications
  • Technology
  • Transition to Solo

Learn more about each committee here.

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Wednesday Wisdom
FREE Wednesday Wisdom ‘Roundtable’ Discussion March 27 on Zoom

Here’s your chance to provide feedback on section member benefits, CLE topics, resources and events that would benefit YOU! Join us for the next members-only Wednesday Wisdom event on March 27 at noon. Section Chair Jennifer Kuyrkendall Griffin will share ideas for potential new section benefits, get input into CLEs you want and listen to your ideas for how to move the section forward in ways that can benefit your practice.

We also want you to weigh in on the possible creation of a section-members-only online platform that lets you interact with other solos and small-firm lawyers when you need coverage for hearings, depositions or mediations. The section is thinking about creating this as a member benefit—the concept is like an interactive job board for lawyers. You would log in to the system to post requests by county, courthouse and date for the coverage you’re seeking. Members who have opted in would receive notifications when coverage is needed in their circuits. The platform also could host an online directory of section members for referrals, advice and mentoring. The service would be free and available to any member of the Solo & Small Firm Section. Is this a good idea? Would you use it? How can we improve on the idea to make it a benefit of membership in the section? Share your opinion during the March 27 Wednesday Wisdom or email us at flsolosmallfirm@gmail.com.

Join us for free Wednesday Wisdom events on the 4th Wednesday of the month at noon. The Wednesday Wisdom series is a benefit to our section members—not only informative but a way for you to meet and network with other attorneys and affiliate members throughout the state. Q & A and networking are encouraged!

If you miss the events, check out the videos in the section’s members-only Facebook group.

8 Essential Technologies
Essential (Free) Tech Checklist to Increase Your Firm’s Productivity

“If you want to practice law in the 21st century, actually make a living, and not lose your license, you must increase your firm’s efficiency and productivity by getting in the technology game.” Words of tech wisdom from Susan Cartier Liebel of Solo Practice University®.

If you’re ready to stop playing the no-win technology avoidance game, download the complete MyCase Guide, “8 Essential Technologies to Increase Your Firm’s Productivity” by Liebel and get started. The guide offers quick tips on incorporating technology like PDF conversion software, e-discovery tools, digital dictation and virtual call services into your practice.

Since “essential” differs for every firm, Liebel suggests doing a cost-benefit analysis on the value of your (and your staff’s) time required to do tech-oriented tasks versus getting the additional tech assistance you need to accomplish your goals.

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Depression
Health and Wellness:  Why Are You So Irritable?

Are you momentarily anxious and emotional or is there an underlying cause of your mood swings? Here’s a great article that says the key to understanding depression is to recognize that it is a complex disorder that may show itself differently in different people. Some depression may be hidden, so it is important to recognize that anger and irritability—especially if they are significant changes from a person’s usual behavior—may be signs of depression that need attention and help.

Read more to find reasons why people are more likely to express angry or irritable signs in depression, and please share the article with colleagues who might benefit.

Thank you to the Solo & Small Firm Section Health & Wellness Committee for sharing this content.

Nominations Due April 15
April 15 Nomination Deadline for Section Annual Awards

The Solo & Small Firm Section annually honors lawyers and a paralegal for their exceptional achievements, professionalism and outstanding contributions. Please submit nominations for 2019 awards by April 15. Download forms at the links below and visit the section’s Awards and History web page to learn more.

Mentor of the Year is awarded to an outstanding Florida-licensed attorney who has shown remarkable achievements in the area of mentorship to younger attorneys and/or law students in Florida. The award honors a lawyer who has demonstrated exceptional efforts to achieve a high standard of professionalism in the delivery of mentorship.

Paralegal of the Year is given to that singular paralegal who has contributed significantly to the community and/or (his) (her) law firm. The section’s purpose in providing this award is to recognize that very deserving individual for above-and-beyond efforts in achieving a high standard of professionalism in the delivery of paralegal services.

Tradition of Excellence honors a recipient whose efforts throughout that year have been beneficial to The Florida Bar and specifically to the general practitioner. The award is intended to encourage participation by all Bar members in activities that benefit the general practitioner and the community at large.

The Walter S. Crumbley Award is given each year to an individual who has made a significant contribution to practice management in the State of Florida. The award was originally created by the Practice Management and Development Section in honor of the long service by Judge Walter S. Crumbley on the Practice Management and Development Committee and on the Technology Law Committee. This tradition has been carried on by the Solo & Small Firm Section.

SECTION MEMBER BENEFIT

LexisNexis is an official partner of The Florida Bar Solo & Small Firm Section. This partnership gives members who belong to the Solo & Small Firm Section the opportunity to receive special discounts on all LexisNexis litigation and transactional resources, from case law to CourtLink, Public Records, Lexis Practice Advisor and more. Members can get an additional 5 percent off the best LexisNexis discount available and the company will extend promotions to members as they are available. To learn more about this special partnership and how to take advantage of your discount, please contact Christie Lamb at (937) 247-0274 or christie.lamb@lexisnexis.com.

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Members-Only Facebook Group

Membership is growing in our Facebook group! Find co-counsel, refer a case and share your news. It’s free. Our new Wednesday Wisdom series will be live on Facebook each month. Join today to network with your colleagues from the section.

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Submit Articles by March 11
Call for Articles!

The section’s LINK publication is seeking substantive articles that are of interest to solos and small firms. Practice management, marketing, technology, health and wellness—the sky’s the limit. The magazine has a new design and layout and is an excellent resource for all Florida small-firm attorneys!

Interested in submitting an article? Please contact the section’s Publications Committee Chair Jacina Haston at (727) 464-3354 or jhaston@pinellascounty.org. March 11 is the deadline for article submission.

Dineen Wasylik
Intellectual Property 101 for Non-IP Lawyers
Tuesday, February 26
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Live Audio Webcast
How can you spot intellectual property issues if you’re not an IP lawyer? Register online now and find out!
This presentation will cover the basics of copyright, trademark and patent law, and more importantly, help you identify when a client may have hidden intellectual property issues. IP issues are hidden in estate planning, bankruptcy law, business formation and planning, family law, labor and employment law and more.  And because all businesses have intellectual property issues whether they realize it or not, you will also find some important tips for avoiding IP issues in your law practice.
Presented by Dineen Pashoukos Wasylik of DPW Legal of Tampa. Dineen is the only lawyer in Florida with dual Florida Bar board certification in intellectual property law and appellate practice. She is featured in this week’s member spotlight (see below).
Personal Branding for Lawyers
Free (Seriously, Free) ‘One of a Kind Personal Branding for Lawyers’

Here’s a workbook by lawyer-turned-legal marketer Jay Harrington that will help you understand how to assess your unique strengths and weaknesses as a lawyer.

The questions are derived from his book “One of a Kind: A Proven Path to a Profitable Legal Practice” and are intended to help spark new ideas about how you build your brand and your practice.

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Wednesday Wisdom
FREE Wednesday Wisdom Webinar February 27

Join us for the next members-only Wednesday Wisdom event on Feb. 27 at noon. Attorney and author Steven F. Samilow will present “Perils of Judicial and Attorney Disqualifications: How to Spot (and Avoid) Conflicts of Interest.”

Samilow represents clients in a myriad of complex and varied legal matters such as business and real estate transactions, state and federal commercial and civil litigation, creditor rights, bankruptcy, foreclosure and foreclosure defense, family law, and labor and employment law and appeals. He is the author of Florida Small Firm Practice Tools, a comprehensive guide to 17 practice areas commonly handled by small firms, with citations to 1,000+ Florida and federal cases. The publication also includes more than 370 custom-drafted, practice-tested forms in print and digital format.

The Wednesday Wisdom series is a benefit to our section members—not only informative but a way for you to meet and network with other attorneys and affiliate members throughout the state. Q & A and networking are encouraged! 

Join us on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. ET. Section members from around the state can join free Zoom meetings to learn from a variety of presenters and discuss practice management, tech and more! If you miss the webinars, check out the videos in the section’s members-only Facebook group.

REGISTER

Nominations Due April 15
April 15 Nomination Deadline for Section Annual Awards

The Solo & Small Firm Section annually honors lawyers and a paralegal for their exceptional achievements, professionalism and outstanding contributions. Please submit nominations for 2019 awards by April 15. Download forms at the links below and visit the section’s Awards and History web page to learn more.

Mentor of the Year is awarded to an outstanding Florida-licensed attorney who has shown remarkable achievements in the area of mentorship to younger attorneys and/or law students in Florida. The award honors a lawyer who has demonstrated exceptional efforts to achieve a high standard of professionalism in the delivery of mentorship.

Paralegal of the Year is given to that singular paralegal who has contributed significantly to the community and/or (his) (her) law firm. The section’s purpose in providing this award is to recognize that very deserving individual for above-and-beyond efforts in achieving a high standard of professionalism in the delivery of paralegal services.

Tradition of Excellence honors a recipient whose efforts throughout that year have been beneficial to The Florida Bar and specifically to the general practitioner. The award is intended to encourage participation by all Bar members in activities that benefit the general practitioner and the community at large.

The Walter S. Crumbley Award is given each year to an individual who has made a significant contribution to practice management in the State of Florida. The award was originally created by the Practice Management and Development Section in honor of the long service by Judge Walter S. Crumbley on the Practice Management and Development Committee and on the Technology Law Committee. This tradition has been carried on by the Solo & Small Firm Section.

Solo & Small Firm Section
Input Needed! Join Us This Friday at 10 A.M. on Zoom to Talk About a Potential New Section-Member Benefit

The Solo & Small Firm Section’s Transition to Solo Committee is thinking about creating a new platform that would allow section members to find information about the most up-to-date products, equipment, apps and software available to solo and small-firm practitioners. Members would leave reviews,  comments and ratings for each posting, providing members with a valuable tool in identifying those products and services that best fit their firms as described by people in similar situations.  

Join the conversation! This Friday, Feb. 22, at 10 a.m. Register for the Zoom meeting to give us your feedback on this idea.

Concept. Section members would log in to the platform to rate and review various products, and the searchable database would allow you to find reviews on products. The creators also envision an online directory of section members; you could populate your listing with practice areas, firm information, and the cities or counties where you provide services, creating an online Rolodex that would allow other members to find you for referrals, advice and mentoring. The platform also might include some type of online mentoring service that will connect those who have succeeded in starting their own firms with those who are interested in doing so. Our members would have the opportunity to learn and gather tips from talented practitioners regardless of geographic location. This would be a members-only website—a benefit of membership in the section.  If you’re interested in weighing in on this project, join the Zoom meeting this Friday to talk about it. We welcome your participation. Register at this link.

SECTION MEMBER BENEFIT

LexisNexis is an official partner of The Florida Bar Solo & Small Firm Section. This partnership gives members who belong to the Solo & Small Firm Section the opportunity to receive special discounts on all LexisNexis litigation and transactional resources, from case law to CourtLink, Public Records, Lexis Practice Advisor and more. Members can get an additional 5 percent off the best LexisNexis discount available and the company will extend promotions to members as they are available. To learn more about this special partnership and how to take advantage of your discount, please contact Christie Lamb at (937) 247-0274 or christie.lamb@lexisnexis.com.

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Members-Only Facebook Group

Membership is growing in our Facebook group! Find co-counsel, refer a case and share your news. It’s free. Our new Wednesday Wisdom series will be live on Facebook each month. Join today to network with your colleagues from the section.

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Dineen Wasylik
Intellectual Property 101 for Non-IP Lawyers
Tuesday, February 26
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Live Audio Webcast
Spotting intellectual property issues for non-IP lawyers. Register online now.
This presentation will cover the basics of copyright, trademark and patent law, and more importantly, help you identify when a client may have hidden intellectual property issues. IP issues are hidden in estate planning, bankruptcy law, business formation and planning, family law, labor and employment law and more.  And because all businesses have intellectual property issues whether they realize it or not, you will also find some important tips for avoiding IP issues in your law practice.
Presented by Dineen Pashoukos Wasylik of DPW Legal of Tampa. Dineen is the only lawyer in Florida with dual Florida Bar board certification in intellectual property law and appellate practice. She is featured in this week’s member spotlight (see below).
3 Steps to Streamline Your Billing
Streamline Your Law Firm’s Billing With These 3 Tips and Download a Free How-To Guide

Let’s face it; billing can be tedious. This great article recommends using tools to help your law firm invoice clients quickly and efficiently and make it easier than ever for your clients to pay. Here are three quick tips you can implement today:

1. Send automated invoice reminders. Use legal billing software that allows you to set up automated invoice reminders. With this built-in tool, you can schedule reminders when you send out the very first invoice to a client. If the invoice isn’t paid, a follow-up invoice will automatically be sent to the client, reminding the client that the billed amount is still outstanding. This saves you time and money.

2. Set up payment plans. Encourage payment from your law firm’s clients by allowing them to set up payment plans. This gives your clients increased flexibility and makes it easier to pay large legal bills. The simplest way to establish payment plans is to use legal billing software with built-in payment plan features. That way, you’ll be able to use your law firm’s billing software to create the payment plan, establish the amounts due and due dates, and set up invoice reminders for the amounts due.

3. Accept online ACH and credit card payments. Provide your clients with multiple ways to pay legal bills. Credit cards and online payments are the norm now—and legal consumers expect law firms to offer those payment options. Use legal billing software with built-in online payment tools. When you bill your clients, they can simply click on a link and instantly pay online via e-check or credit card.

For even more tips, download the free guide “Law Firm Finances: Billing and Invoicing Tips.” This MyCase guide teaches you 10 billing issues you must cover during your consultation, how to mitigate clients’ resistance to fees, proven ways to deal with overdue invoices and collection and much more.

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Wednesday Wisdom
FREE Wednesday Wisdom Webinar February 27

Join us for the next members-only Wednesday Wisdom event on Feb. 27 at noon. Attorney and author Steven F. Samilow will present “Perils of Judicial and Attorney Disqualifications: How to Spot (and Avoid) Conflicts of Interest.”

Samilow represents clients in a myriad of complex and varied legal matters such as business and real estate transactions, state and federal commercial and civil litigation, creditor rights, bankruptcy, foreclosure and foreclosure defense, family law, and labor and employment law and appeals. He is the author of Florida Small Firm Practice Tools, a comprehensive guide to 17 practice areas commonly handled by small firms, with citations to 1,000+ Florida and federal cases. The publication also includes more than 370 custom-drafted, practice-tested forms in print and digital format.

The Wednesday Wisdom series is a benefit to our section members—not only informative but a way for you to meet and network with other attorneys and affiliate members throughout the state. Q & A and networking are encouraged! 

Join us on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. ET. Section members from around the state can join free Zoom meetings to learn from a variety of presenters and discuss practice management, tech and more! If you miss the webinars, check out the videos in the section’s members-only Facebook group.

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Unhealthy or Unethical?
Health & Wellness: Is An ‘Unhealthy’ Lawyer An Unethical Lawyer?

Excerpts from a recent article by Brian Cuban.

During the American Bar Association Mid-Year Meeting in Las Vegas, ABA President Robert Carlson addressed the audience on mental health wellness in the legal profession and the importance of taking care of its own and taking care of each other. Carlson said: “If you are not a healthy lawyer, you are not an ethical lawyer.”

Cuban takes issue with this statement.

It could be true that a lawyer who is not taking care of himself/herself from a mental health standpoint is in greater danger of doing something that jeopardizes a client, not to mention the lawyer. This could range from actual malpractice to “not working at a level that gives a client the equivalent work effort to the fee paid or even conduct that violates not only the disciplinary rules but breaks the law.”

However, Cuban asserts that struggling with a mental health issue—depression, substance use, alcohol, etc.—even if a lawyer is not addressing those issues does NOT, in itself, make a lawyer “unethical.”  

According to Cuban, “What we should not do is shame each other with generalizations about what it means to struggle. This stigmatizes and could keep someone from seeking help. A mentally healthy lawyer is a better lawyer. A healthy lawyer will be a happier lawyer on both a professional and personal level.  A healthy lawyer will be at less risk for conduct that is unethical. A healthy lawyer is better able to help colleagues who struggle. That is the narrative that inspires and heals.”

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Dineen Wasylik and Family
Member Spotlight: Dineen Pashoukos Wasylik

The Solo and Small Firm Section member spotlight this week is on Dineen Pashoukos Wasylik of DPW Legal in Tampa. Dineen is an entrepreneur who helps other entrepreneurs protect everything they work so hard to create. She is board certified by The Florida Bar as an expert in intellectual property law, and she uses that expertise to help businesses understand the copyright, trademark and trade secret issues they face—and navigate those issues to protect assets and prevent lawsuits. She also is Florida Bar board certified in appellate practice, the only Florida lawyer who is dually certified in those areas.

Dineen is a former chair of the intellectual property committee of the Business Law Section of the Florida Bar, is co-chair of the communications committee of the Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section, and is a former chair of the Hillsborough County Bar Association intellectual property and appellate sections. She won the legal category in the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2017 Business Woman of the Year contest. She is a graduate of Georgetown Law and Cornell University. Contact her at dineen@ip-appeals.com or (813) 778-5161. 

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SECTION MEMBER BENEFIT

LexisNexis is an official partner of The Florida Bar Solo & Small Firm Section. This partnership gives members who belong to the Solo & Small Firm Section the opportunity to receive special discounts on all LexisNexis litigation and transactional resources, from case law to CourtLink, Public Records, Lexis Practice Advisor and more. Members can get an additional 5 percent off the best LexisNexis discount available and the company will extend promotions to members as they are available. To learn more about this special partnership and how to take advantage of your discount, please contact Christie Lamb at (937) 247-0274 or christie.lamb@lexisnexis.com.

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Members-Only Facebook Group

Membership is growing in our Facebook group! Find co-counsel, refer a case and share your news. It’s free. Our new Wednesday Wisdom series will be live on Facebook each month. Join today to network with your colleagues from the section.

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Wednesday Wisdom
FREE Wednesday Wisdom Webinar Tomorrow

Join us for the next members-only Wednesday Wisdom event tomorrow, Jan. 23 at noon. Attorneys Renée Thompson and Liz McCausland will discuss apps they use in their practices to increase efficiency and productivity. Register.

The Wednesday Wisdom series is a benefit to our section members—not only informative but also a way for you to meet and network with other attorneys and affiliate members throughout the state. Q & A and networking are encouraged! 

Join us on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. ET. Section members from around the state can join free Zoom meetings to learn from a variety of presenters and discuss practice management, tech and more! If you miss the webinars, check out the videos in the section’s members-only Facebook group.

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This Really Happened
Save the Date! February 6.  This Really Happened: Taking the High Road of Civility and Professionalism

This live audio webcast will discuss actual examples of unprofessional and uncivil conduct that have occurred in the everyday practice of law while identifying potential rule violations and suggesting possible ways to handle or remedy the situation.

Presented by Jacina Haston, former Director of The Florida Bar Center for Professionalism and moderated by Magistrate Jennifer Kuyrkendall Griffin, Chair of the Solo & Small Firm Section. Approved for 1.0 Professionalism CLE credit.

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10 Things Lawyers Should Stop Doing
10 Things Lawyers Should Stop Doing in 2019

There are many things you can (and should) be doing to become a more successful lawyer. But what about the things you should stop doing? The problem with New Year’s resolutions and goal setting is that life and work get in the way. Good intentions succumb to urgency.

The key to true productivity is identifying the most important, essential tasks that drive success, and working to de-prioritize or eliminate the rest. This great article spells it out for you. Underestimating how long things take, working with difficult clients and waiting until the end of the day to do your most important work are among the 10 things lawyers should stop doing in 2019.

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Health and Wellness
Health & Wellness Tip—A Vacation From Work Could Be a Lifesaver

The next time you feel stressed at work and need to get away from it all, it might be a good idea to act on your intuition and book travel tickets for an extended vacation.

A new study, published in the Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, suggests there is a link between taking longer holidays and mortality rate. The researchers concluded that an extended break from work is necessary to relax properly, along with other steps to ensure a healthy lifestyle.

Thank you to the Solo & Small Firm Section Health & Wellness Committee for the QuickLINK wellness tips.

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Member Spotlight
Member Spotlight: Cristina Alonso

The Solo & Small Firm Section member spotlight is on Cristina Alonso of Alonso Appeals, a Florida boutique appellate law firm in Pembroke Pines.

Cristina is board certified in Appellate Practice by The Florida Bar and AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.® She handles appellate litigation in state and federal courts and has handled more than 100 appeals before the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the Florida Supreme Court and all Florida district courts of appeal, among other courts. She also works as an integral part of trial teams and has served as counsel at over 25 trials. Her experience spans various practice areas such as constitutional and civil rights, commercial litigation, mass tort litigation, health care, products liability, personal injury and family law.

She is a graduate of the UF Levin College of Law and UNC Asheville. She served as a staff attorney for Judge Fred Hazouri in Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal and is a former shareholder at Carlton Fields. Cristina was elected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers 2013-18 and Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite 2011-17, among other honors. She also is the chair of the Solo & Small Firm Section’s newly established Health & Wellness Committee.

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SECTION MEMBER BENEFIT

LexisNexis is an official partner of The Florida Bar Solo & Small Firm Section. This partnership gives members who belong to the Solo & Small Firm Section the opportunity to receive special discounts on all LexisNexis litigation and transactional resources, from case law to CourtLink, Public Records, Lexis Practice Advisor and more. Members can get an additional 5 percent off the best LexisNexis discount available and the company will extend promotions to members as they are available. To learn more about this special partnership and how to take advantage of your discount, please contact Christie Lamb at (937) 247-0274 or christie.lamb@lexisnexis.com.

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Members-Only Facebook Group

Membership is growing in our Facebook group! Find co-counsel, refer a case and share your news. It’s free. Our new Wednesday Wisdom series will be live on Facebook each month. Join today to network with your colleagues from the section.

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12 Steps to a Profitable Pratice
12 Steps to a Profitable Law Practice

Check out this great article by attorney and legal tech guru Ernest Svenson, who walks you through steps to transform your practice and boost profitability by making effective use of technology. Learn how to:

  • Simplify and lower overhead.
  • Harness the power of automation.
  • Work virtually from anywhere with an internet connection.

Svenson says, “Frankly, most of us aren’t managing our practices very well. Not because of social upheaval. Not because we’re inherently inept at running a business. But because we tend to focus most of our time and energy solving our clients’ problems.

“Running a law firm presents tremendous business challenges, especially a small one with limited resources. A big key to running any business well is making effective use of your resources.”

As a nationally recognized speaker, author, podcaster and blogger at Ernie the Attorney, Svenson has helped hundreds of small firm lawyers transform their practices. Read more to find out how you can build a more profitable law practice in 2019.

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Apply for Committees by Jan. 15
Serve on a Florida Bar Committee—Applications Due January 15

The annual committee preference forms for Bar members seeking appointments for the term of President-elect John M. Stewart are available online and are due no later than Jan. 15, 2019.

President-elect Stewart will make about 500 appointments to over 70 committees and he wants to make sure he has a diverse group of lawyers from which to choose.

Every Florida Bar committee and its description with current membership can be found on the Bar’s website.

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Mind Your Business CLE Conference
LawPay
Don’t Miss Our Best Practice Management CLE Conference Ever:
Mind Your Business—Best Practices for Solos & Small Firms
Friday, Jan. 18 in Orlando

Earn 8.0 CLE hours in one day while networking with colleagues from around the state. With topics ranging from cybersecurity and tech tips to trust accounting and lawyer wellness, this CLE event has it all! View the conference brochure.

Topics include Integrating AI Into Your Practice, Health and Wellness, Cybercrime Trends and Lawyers’ Ethical Duties Regarding Cybersecurity, How to Mobilize and Automate Your Practice and the popular 50 Tech Tips in 50 Minutes.

One-day CLE seminar on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, 8:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld.

CLE Credits: General: 8.0 hours, Ethics: 2.0 hours, Mental Illness Awareness: 1.0 hours, Technology: 2.0 hours. Section members attend for only $275.

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Nature Rx
Health & Wellness Tip—Prescription: Rx Nature 

The health benefits of engaging with nature are numerous. Since Oct. 5, doctors in Shetland, Scotland have been authorized to prescribe “nature” to their patients. Thought to be the first of its kind in the U.K., the program seeks to reduce blood pressure and anxiety, and increase happiness for those with diabetes, mental illness, stress, heart disease and more. On doctor’s orders, you soon may be asked to take a walk in the woods or appreciate a cloud.

Thank you to the Solo & Small Firm Section Health & Wellness Committee for the QuickLINK wellness tips.

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SECTION MEMBER BENEFIT

LexisNexis is an official partner of The Florida Bar Solo & Small Firm Section. This partnership gives members who belong to the Solo & Small Firm Section the opportunity to receive special discounts on all LexisNexis litigation and transactional resources, from case law to CourtLink, Public Records, Lexis Practice Advisor and more. Members can get an additional 5 percent off the best LexisNexis discount available and the company will extend promotions to members as they are available. To learn more about this special partnership and how to take advantage of your discount, please contact Christie Lamb at (937) 247-0274 or christie.lamb@lexisnexis.com.

Wednesday Wisdom
FREE Wednesday Wisdom Webinars (SSF Section Members Only)

Join us for the next Wednesday Wisdom event on Jan. 23, 2019 (newly rescheduled). Attorneys Renée Thompson and Liz McCausland will discuss apps they use in their practices to increase efficiency and productivity.

The Wednesday Wisdom series is intended to be a members-only benefit to our section members—not only informative but also a way for you to meet and network with other attorneys and affiliate members throughout the state. Q & A and networking are encouraged! 

Join us on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. ET. Section members from around the state can join free Zoom meetings to learn from a variety of presenters and discuss practice management, tech and more! If you miss the webinars, check out the videos in the section’s members-only Facebook group.

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Members-Only Facebook Group

Membership is growing in our Facebook group! Find co-counsel, refer a case and share your news. It’s free. Our new Wednesday Wisdom series will be live on Facebook each month. Join today to network with your colleagues from the section.

JOIN NOW

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Five Marketing Strategies
Five Fresh Marketing Ideas for 2019

Make 2019 your law practice’s best year yet with a mix of online and offline marketing tactics. Don’t be afraid to try something new or different—and don’t automatically dismiss old-school tactics.

In this great article, you’ll learn five ideas to get your marketing wheels turning. From spreading your brand throughout your community to developing an online review strategy, these tips will help jumpstart your 2019 marketing plans.

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Mind Your Business CLE Conference
LawPay
All-New Practice Management CLE Conference:
Mind Your Business—Best Practices for Solos & Small Firms
Friday, Jan. 18 in Orlando

From cybersecurity and tech tips to trust accounting and lawyer wellness, this CLE event has it all! View the conference brochure.

Topics include Integrating AI Into Your Practice, Health and Wellness, Cybercrime Trends and Lawyers’ Ethical Duties Regarding Cybersecurity, How to Mobilize and Automate Your Practice and the popular 50 Tech Tips in 50 Minutes.

One-day CLE seminar on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, 8:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld.

CLE Credits: General: 8.0 hours, Ethics: 2.0 hours, Mental Illness Awareness: 1.0 hours, Technology: 2.0 hours. Section members attend for only $275.

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Sleep Deprivation Article
Health & Wellness Tip: Catch Those Zzzzzzzz

Regular sleep is essential for your health. It is not an option. Studies cited in this excellent article show that too little or too much sleep is associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease. Sleeping less than five hours per night raises the risk for a heart attack or stroke by about the same degree as smoking does.

Although individual needs may vary, sleep researchers generally say people should get seven to nine hours of shut-eye per night. That’s considered the amount that’s optimal for good cognitive performance, safety, and brain health, and for lower risk of cancer and death.

Thank you to the Solo & Small Firm Section Health & Wellness Committee for the QuickLINK wellness tips.

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Hilary Creary
Member Spotlight: Hilary Creary

The Solo & Small Firm member spotlight is on Pompano Beach marital and family lawyer Hilary A. Creary, a 17th Circuit representative to The Florida Bar Board of Governors. She practices in all areas of family law and is a Guardian ad Litem and Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator.

Hilary’s philosophy in life is “Tikkun Olam”—the repair of the world—and she strongly believes in giving back to the legal community. She was active in leadership roles for the T.J. Reddick Bar Association and the Broward County Women Lawyers’ Association and currently serves on the boards of the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association and The Caribbean Bar Association. She is a founding member and legal advisor to Jamaican Women of Florida, which is dedicated to educating and empowering Jamaican women.

Hilary received the 2018 Florida Bar President’s Award for Pro Bono Service in the 17th Judicial Circuit for her tireless representation of clients who could not otherwise afford legal services. When she is not representing clients or mediating family law matters, in her “spare” time she is the legal advisor to the Greater Pompano Beach Margate and Lighthouse Point Chamber of Commerce. Hilary received her B.A. and J.D. from Nova Southeastern University. Contact her at hilarycreary@wiselawoffice.com or (954) 783-9737.

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SECTION MEMBER BENEFIT

LexisNexis is an official partner of The Florida Bar Solo & Small Firm Section. This partnership gives members who belong to the Solo & Small Firm Section the opportunity to receive special discounts on all LexisNexis litigation and transactional resources, from case law to CourtLink, Public Records, Lexis Practice Advisor and more. Members can get an additional 5 percent off the best LexisNexis discount available and the company will extend promotions to members as they are available. To learn more about this special partnership and how to take advantage of your discount, please contact Christie Lamb at (937) 247-0274 or christie.lamb@lexisnexis.com.

Wednesday Wisdom
NEW: Free Wednesday Wisdom Webinars (SSF Section Members Only)

Mark your calendar for the next Wednesday Wisdom event on Jan. 23, 2019 (newly rescheduled). Attorneys Renée Thompson and Liz McCausland will discuss apps they use in their practices to increase efficiency and productivity.

The Wednesday Wisdom series is intended to be a members-only benefit to our section members—not only informative but also a way for you to meet and network with other attorneys and affiliate members throughout the state. Q & A and networking are encouraged! 

Join us on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. ET. Section members from around the state can join free Zoom meetings to learn from a variety of presenters and discuss practice management, tech and more! If you miss the webinars, check out the videos in the section’s members-only Facebook group.

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Members-Only Facebook Group

Membership is growing in our Facebook group! Find co-counsel, refer a case and share your news. It’s free. Our new Wednesday Wisdom series will be live on Facebook each month. Join today to network with your colleagues from the section.

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QuickLINK #93

Expanding a Solo Practice
Beyond Solo: Growing Your Practice Ethically in 2019

Considering the expansion of your solo practice in 2019? Here are some critical ethics issues to keep in mind as you make your plans.

What Level of Growth? Do you intend to remain a solo lawyer but add support staff, or are you planning to add lawyers?

Staff. If you are bringing only staff on board, you still have supervisory obligations. You can be found culpable of ethical violations for errors made by non-attorney staff if those errors are the result of your failure to supervise. You must ensure adequate training and oversight of your team members. 

Lawyers. Each new attorney brings potential conflicts, ethics considerations and, if joining as a partner, responsibility for management and supervisory duties.

Key Ethical Issues. As you expand, certain issues are going to take on more importance compared with when you are a solo. Be mindful of issues connected with data security, conflicts of interest and unauthorized practice of law.

Office Systems. Whatever systems a true solo has in place are likely to be revised when adding attorneys and/or staff. When you are planning to expand, fine-tune your systems and put them in writing. Intake, client file management, cloud access, e-service and communications all will be affected, so it’s important to have a plan in place before hiring.

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Dogs Can Be Good For Your Health
Adopt that Dog – It May Just Improve Your Health

Researchers matched 43 older adults with dogs to another 43 without dogs and measured their time spent walking. Compared to those without canine companions, dog owners walked on average 23 minutes more a day—enough to meet U.S. and international exercise recommendations for substantial health benefits, the research found.

“It’s very difficult to find any other intervention that produces this size o feffect,” said senior author Dr. Daniel Simon Mills, a professor of veterinary behavioral medicine at the University of Lincoln in England.

You may just meet your exercise goals by walking that dog (maybe a greyhound that has newly found her freedom from racing around the track)!

Thank you to the Solo & Small Firm Section Health & Wellness Committee for the QuickLINK wellness tips.

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Wednesday Wisdom
RESCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 19:  Free Wednesday Wisdom Webinar (SSF Section Members Only)

Mark your calendar for the next Wednesday Wisdom event on Dec. 19! Attorneys Renée Thompson and Liz McCausland will discuss apps they use in their practices to increase efficiency and productivity. Registration details coming soon.

The Wednesday Wisdom series is intended to be a members-only benefit to our section members—not only informative but also a way for you to meet and network with other attorneys and affiliate members throughout the state. Q & A and networking are encouraged! 

Join us on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. ET. Section members from around the state can join free Zoom meetings to learn from a variety of presenters and discuss practice management, tech and more! If you miss the webinars, check out the videos in the section’s members-only Facebook group.

Lost Your Car? Apple Maps Can Find It
How to Find Your Parked Car Using Apple Maps on iPhone

Planning your holiday travel? Apple Maps’ parked car feature allows you to use Maps to find your car in a sea of vehicles. Your car needs either CarPlay or a Bluetooth stereo that your iPhone pairs with. Once you’ve set up the parked car feature, it will be ready for use without you needing to think about it every time you park. Get step-by-step instructions on how to find your parked car using Apple Maps on iPhone at this link.

1. Set up and turn on the iOS parked car feature. Open Settings > Select Maps.

2. Under Your Car, toggle on Show Parked Location. This will allow your parked car to appear on the map as a blue pin if your location can be determined when parking. In order for that connection to be established, your phone must be connected to your car’s Bluetooth or CarPlay stereo. With this feature on, Maps will automatically remember where you’ve parked your car unless it’s parked at your Home address.

3. Find your car by opening Maps. A blue dot indicates your location. A blue pin will show you where your car is parked. 

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SECTION MEMBER BENEFIT

LexisNexis is an official partner of The Florida Bar Solo & Small Firm Section. This partnership gives members who belong to the Solo & Small Firm Section the opportunity to receive special discounts on all LexisNexis litigation and transactional resources, from case law to CourtLink, Public Records, Lexis Practice Advisor and more. Members can get an additional 5 percent off the best LexisNexis discount available and the company will extend promotions to members as they are available. To learn more about this special partnership and how to take advantage of your discount, please contact Christie Lamb at (937) 247-0274 or christie.lamb@lexisnexis.com.

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QuickLINK #92

Preserving Issues for Appeal
Preserving Issues for Appeal, Nov. 27 Audio Webcast
11:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

This presentation will address how to ensure that trial issues are preserved for appeal during pre-trial proceedings, jury selection, the presentation of evidence and post-trial motions.

The CLE includes an overview of principles of preservation and how to avoid common pitfalls. Topics include preserving error in pleadings and dispositive motions, peremptory challenges and cause challenges to potential jurors, jury instructions, addressing potential juror misconduct, evidentiary proffers, objections to admission of evidence, improper closing arguments, verdicts and post-trial motions.

Presented by Lindsay LopezKelly Ruoff, and Bradley Muhs of Trenam Law.

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Online Advertising Woes
Are Google and Facebook Making It Harder to Advertise Your Law Firm?

Do you use online advertising to drive traffic to your website? This great article addresses new challenges with Facebook and Google policies that can impact your ads. Learn about issues related to remarketing (for certain practice areas) and how you can work around them. It also discusses Facebook policies stemming from the 2016 presidential election scandal, requiring ads to be certified and carry the term “paid for by” the entity or person responsible for the ad.

The takeaway: “If you are buying advertising from Google or on social media sites like Facebook, make sure to take a lot of time to study their advertising policies. Also, make sure your website is set up to capture leads and maximize the yield of your paid advertising investment. And if you are using an agency to handle your ads, make sure it is certified with each platform and has a good track record.”

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Not Exercising Affects Your Longevity
Health & Wellness Tip: Not Exercising May Be Worse for Your Health Than Smoking

Most people are aware of the many benefits of being fit, but one new study claims that not exercising may be more harmful to your health than smoking.

Findings published in October in the journal JAMA Network Open say researchers at the Cleveland Clinic studied 122,007 patients from 1991 to 2014 under treadmill testing and later recorded mortality rates. Researchers found a clear connection between a longer, healthier life and high levels of exercise. The report calls for health care professionals to encourage patients to achieve and maintain robust fitness routines.

“Cardiorespiratory fitness is inversely associated with long-term mortality with no observed upper limit of benefit,” the study says. “Extremely high aerobic fitness was associated with the greatest survival and was associated with benefit in older patients and those with hypertension.”

Thank you to the Solo & Small Firm Section Health & Wellness Committee for these great wellness tips.

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Wednesday Wisdom
NEW: Free Wednesday Wisdom Webinars (SSF Section Members Only)

Mark your calendar for the next Wednesday Wisdom event on Nov. 28! Attorneys Renée Thompson and Liz McCausland will discuss apps they use in their practices to increase efficiency and productivity.

The Wednesday Wisdom series is intended to be a members-only benefit to our section members—not only informative but also a way for you to meet and network with other attorneys and affiliate members throughout the state. Q & A and networking are encouraged! 

Join us on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. ET. Section members from around the state can join free Zoom meetings to learn from a variety of presenters and discuss practice management, tech and more! If you miss the webinars, check them out in the section’s members-only Facebook group.

LawPay
Mind Your Business – Annual Solo & Small Firm Conference
January 18, 2019 – Live (Orlando)

Learn best practices for solos and small firms from some of Florida’s top lawyers. Special thank you to Paige Greenlee and Theresa Jean-Pierre Coy, Conference Co-Chairs.

Topics include:

Mind Over Matter – Integrating AI into Your Practice. Eric Ostroff, Miami

Mind Yourself – Health and Wellness. DoriFoster Morales, Miami

Mind Innovation – 50 Tech Tips in 50 Minutes. Adriana Linares, Orlando

Mind the Firm – Emerging Trends in Law Firm Cyber Crime: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know. Moderator: Kevin Rosen, West Palm Beach. Panelists: Konstantinos “Gus” Dimitrelos, Davie; Keith Givens, Maitland; Peter M. Abreu, Miami.

Mind the Data – Every Firm is a Target:  Lawyers’ Ethical Duties Regarding Cybersecurity. Larry Kunin, Atlanta, Georgia

Mind the Money – Trust Accounting. Andy Sasso, Clearwater; Paige Greenlee, Tampa; Chris Teevan, Ft. Worth, TX; Zack Zuroweste, Clearwater.

Mind Your Business … From Anywhere – Mobilize Your Office. Jhenerr Hines, Tampa; Renee Thompson, Ocala; Zack Zuroweste, Clearwater. 

Details and registration coming soon! Monitor conference updates on the Mind Your Business web page. Special thank you to conference exhibitor LawPay!

SECTION MEMBER BENEFIT

LexisNexis is an official partner of The Florida Bar Solo & Small Firm Section. This partnership gives members who belong to the Solo & Small Firm Section the opportunity to receive special discounts on all LexisNexis litigation and transactional resources, from case law to CourtLink, Public Records, Lexis Practice Advisor and more. Members can get an additional 5 percent off the best LexisNexis discount available and the company will extend promotions to members as they are available. To learn more about this special partnership and how to take advantage of your discount, please contact Christie Lamb at (937) 247-0274 or christie.lamb@lexisnexis.com.

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Membership is growing in our Facebook group! Find co-counsel, refer a case and share your news. It’s free. Our new Wednesday Wisdom series will be live on Facebook each month. Join today to network with your colleagues from the section.

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QuickLINK #91

Wednesday Wisdom

NEW: Free Wednesday Wisdom Webinars (SSF Section Members Only)

Join the Solo & Small Firm Section for our all-new “Wednesday Wisdom” series on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. ET. Section members from around the state can join free Zoom meetings to learn from a variety of presenters and discuss practice management, tech and more!

In our first session, Alison Pacuska of Pacuska Professional Services—virtual administrative, legal assistant and paralegal services—explained the benefits of working with a virtual professional. If you missed the webinar, check it out in the section’s members-only Facebook group.

The Wednesday Wisdom series is intended to be a members-only benefit to our section members—not only informative but also to be a way for you to meet and network with other attorneys and affiliate members throughout the state. Q & A and networking are encouraged!

Mark your calendars. The next Wednesday Wisdom will be Nov. 28, featuring Orlando attorney Liz McCausland talking about apps she uses to make her law practice easier.

ABC Blocks
Annual Ethics Update: Back to Basics, the ABCs of Ethics—Nov. 9
Webcast and Live. Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel
7:30 A.M. – 
1:25 P.M.

This back-to-basics approach to ethics looks at the five most important ethics issues facing lawyers today.

A – Ethical Advertising and Social Media, Yen Thi Cam, The Florida Bar
B – The Ethics of Bookkeeping and Trust Accounting, Shelia M. Tuma, The Florida Bar
C – Caring for Yourself; Coping with Substance Abuse and Depression (The Ethics of Being Healthy), Daniel Brinley, Florida Lawyers Assistance
D – Details … The Devil is in Them; The Ethical Practice of Law, Sheila M. Tuma
E – Exit Strategies—Got One? How to Depart your Business Ethically, Ed Alexander, Alexander/Abramson, PLLC.

5.0 Ethics CLE credits. Section member discounted registration: $135 live; $185 Webcast.

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Preserving Issues for Appeal
Preserving Issues for Appeal
Nov. 27 Audio Webcast
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

This presentation will address how to ensure that trial issues are preserved for appeal during pre-trial proceedings, jury selection, the presentation of evidence and post-trial motions.

The CLE includes an overview of principles of preservation and how to avoid common pitfalls. Topics include preserving error in pleadings and dispositive motions, peremptory challenges and cause challenges to potential jurors, jury instructions, addressing potential juror misconduct, evidentiary proffers, objections to admission of evidence, improper closing arguments, verdicts and post-trial motions.

Presented by Lindsay LopezKelly Ruoff, and Bradley Muhs of Trenam Law.

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Health and Wellness Tip
Health & Wellness Tip: Free Resources From The Florida Bar Mental Health & Wellness Center

The Florida Bar’s Mental Health & Wellness of Florida Lawyers Committee is working to destigmatize mental illness, recommend best practices and remedies, and help bring more balance into members’ daily professional lives. 

As part of that endeavor, The Florida Bar has established a Mental Health & Wellness Center that offers numerous resources: free videos, articles and podcasts; well-being coaches; toolkits and more, including a free CLE from The Florida Bar Annual Convention on Lawyer Health and Wellness.

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Mind Your Business – Annual Solo & Small Firm Conference
January 18, 2019 – Live (Orlando)

Learn best practices for solos and small firms from some of Florida’s top lawyers. Topics include:

  • Integrating AI Into Your Practice
  • Health and Wellness
  • Cybercrime Trends and Lawyers’ Ethical Duties Regarding Cybersecurity
  • How to Mobilize and Automate Your Practice
  • 50 Tech Tips in 50 Minutes.

Details and registration coming soon!

SECTION MEMBER BENEFIT

LexisNexis is an official partner of The Florida Bar Solo & Small Firm Section. This partnership gives members who belong to the Solo & Small Firm Section the opportunity to receive special discounts on all LexisNexis litigation and transactional resources, from case law to CourtLink, Public Records, Lexis Practice Advisor and more. Members can get an additional 5 percent off the best LexisNexis discount available and the company will extend promotions to members as they are available. To learn more about this special partnership and how to take advantage of your discount, please contact Christie Lamb at (937) 247-0274 or christie.lamb@lexisnexis.com.

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Members-Only Facebook Group

Membership is growing in our Facebook group! Find co-counsel, refer a case and share your news. It’s free. Our new Wednesday Wisdom series will be live on Facebook each month. Join today to network with your colleagues from the section.

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QuickLINK #90

iPhone Search

How to Find Apps on iPhone

If you’ve ever wasted time searching through your home screen and folders to find an app that you’ve strategically hidden, this simple tip is extremely helpful.

From any Home screen, swipe down from the middle of your screen. This will open Spotlight search.

Type in the name of the app you’re seeking. If it’s located on your iPhone, it will pop up and also give you the name of the folder in which it is located.

Here’s a great article that will help you learn more about how to hide apps on iPhone and how to find them later on.

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How to Manage Your Online Reputation
FREE Checklist: How to Manage Your Online Reputation

Online marketing can be a powerful way to reach potential clients and bring in business. However, we all know that online resources that help legal consumers find you can also be used to express dissatisfaction with you or your services.

So how do you effectively monitor and manage your online reputation? Start by downloading your free copy of the “Reputation Management Checklist” by MyCase. The guide offers steps you can take to set up alerts to monitor chatter about your firm, track and respond to what’s being said about you online, ask clients for feedback, augment positive reviews, manage negative reviews and more.

MyCase is a Florida Bar member benefit; members get a 10 percent lifetime discount.

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Factfulness
Health & Wellness Tip: Factfulness

Factfulness: The stress-reducing habit of only carrying opinions for which you have strong supporting facts.

Ever feel like there’s just so much wrong with the world—or like things used to be so much better? Don’t let those negative media posts get you down. Pick up a copy of “Factfulness,” by Hans Rosling. Read the 10 reasons why things are better than you think. Bill Gates said it’s “[o]ne of the most important books I’ve ever read—an indispensable guide to thinking clearly about the world.”

Special thanks to the Solo & Small Firm Section Health & Wellness Committee for providing the QuickLINK wellness tips.

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UPCOMING CLE OPPORTUNITIES

Software Showcase CLE
Software Showcase

Compare multiple practice management systems without wasting time on research and free trials! During this one-hour live audio webcast, representatives from Centerbase, Clio, CosmoLex, PracticePanther and Practice Master (Tabs3) will explain the features and benefits of their products and answer questions. Find out if your practice management software is the best option for your firm.

1.0 Tech CLE credit. Members of The Florida Bar Solo & Small Firm Section register for only $75. Course 2875.

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Special thank you to our Software Showcase sponsor, Robinson, Kennon & Kendron, P.A., Lake City personal injury, business law, estate planning and litigation attorneys.

NEW Wednesday Wisdom
All-New Wednesday Wisdom
Oct. 31 – FREE for Solo & Small Firm Section Members
Noon – 1 p.m. ET

Have you ever wanted to talk with other solo or small firm practitioners about your practice? Join The Florida Bar Solo & Small Firm Section for our all-new FREE Wednesday Wisdom series, each 4th Wednesday of the month. Section members from around the state can join a free Zoom meeting to discuss practice management, tech and more!

In our premier session, Alison Pacuska of Pacuska Professional Services—virtual administrative, legal assistant and paralegal services—will explain the benefits of working with a virtual professional. Learn the ins and outs of logistics, fees and scheduling. Registration details coming soon!

ABC Blocks
Annual Ethics Update: Back to Basics, the ABCs of Ethics
November 9 Live (Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel) and Webcast
8:50 A.M. – 1:25 P.M.

This back-to-basics approach to ethics looks at the five most important ethics issues facing lawyers today.

A – Ethical Advertising and Social Media, Yen Thi Cam, The Florida Bar
B – The Ethics of Bookkeeping and Trust Accounting, Shelia M. Tuma, The Florida Bar
C – Caring for Yourself; Coping with Substance Abuse and Depression (The Ethics of Being Healthy), Daniel Brinley, Florida Lawyers Assistance
D – Details … The Devil is in Them; The Ethical Practice of Law, Sheila M. Tuma
E – Exit Strategies—Got One? How to Depart your Business Ethically, Ed Alexander, Alexander/Abramson, PLLC.

5.0 Ethics CLE credits. Section members register for only $185.

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Mind Your Business – Annual Solo & Small Firm Conference
January 18, 2019 – Live (Orlando)

Learn best practices for solos and small firms from some of Florida’s top lawyers. Topics include:

  • Integrating AI Into Your Practice
  • Health and Wellness
  • Cybercrime Trends and Lawyers’ Ethical Duties Regarding Cybersecurity
  • How to Mobilize and Automate Your Practice
  • 50 Tech Tips in 50 Minutes.

Details and registration coming soon!

SECTION MEMBER BENEFIT

LexisNexis is an official partner of The Florida Bar Solo & Small Firm Section. This partnership gives members who belong to the Solo & Small Firm Section the opportunity to receive special discounts on all LexisNexis litigation and transactional resources, from case law to CourtLink, Public Records, Lexis Practice Advisor and more. Members can get an additional 5 percent off the best LexisNexis discount available and the company will extend promotions to members as they are available. To learn more about this special partnership and how to take advantage of your discount, please contact Christie Lamb at (937) 247-0274 or christie.lamb@lexisnexis.com.

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QuickLINK #89

Outlook Emails Task Reminders

EASY Instructions for Setting Outlook Email Follow-Up Reminders

Everybody needs reminders, right? Here’s how to turn those pending email items into tasks with reminders:

Select the email for which you want a reminder then hold down the right mouse button and drag the message down to Tasks. Release the mouse button, and you’ll be presented with three choices:

1. Copy as Task with Text. This leaves the original email in your Inbox or other folder and embeds the text of the email in a new Task.

2. Copy as Task with Attachment. This leaves the original email in your Inbox or other folder and embeds the email in your new Task as an attachment. This choice is particularly useful if the original email has attachments that you want to open and view from the Task.

3. Move as Task with Attachment. This embeds the email into your new Task just like the previous choice, except it does not leave the original email in your Inbox or other folders.

Pick one, and a new Task item opens. You then can manage this like a calendar item: Set a start and end or due date and a reminder, note the status and priority, and even assign it to someone else in your workgroup.

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Foods to Eat Together
Health & Wellness Tip:  Food Pairings for a Nutrition Boost

Healthy eating is not just about what you eat, but how you eat it. To maximize the health benefits of certain foods, it’s best to pair them. 

Certain vitamins in different foods can work together in your body to help you get the most nutrition out of your meal. For example, spinach and strawberries. Your stomach’s pH makes it hard to absorb the iron in plants. Vitamin C can help with this because its acidity converts the iron into a more absorbable form. This video shows some more examples.

Special thanks to the Solo & Small Firm Section Health & Wellness Committee for providing the QuickLINK wellness tips.

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Dell Member Benefit
Florida Bar Member Benefit: Dell

The Dell Member Purchase Program is a free discount program that allows Florida Bar members, their family members and friends to receive member only pricing on all personal purchases from Dell. Florida Bar members, their family members, and friends can utilize the program to access discounted pricing and order online. 

Up to 30% off Dell PCs, electronics and accessories; Dell Advantage Rewards: 3 percent back + free expedited shipping (register at checkout); new member exclusive store access; additional 20 percent off select PCs; a dedicated account team for assistance with questions, quotes, orders, etc.; presale events, member-only offers, early access and doorbusters; multiple payment options, including Dell financing. 

Just visit the program page to access discounted pricing. Use Member ID: GS530003797178. Prefer a custom quote? Email Jake.Teta@Dell.com.

ABC Blocks
Annual Ethics Update: Back to Basics, the ABCs of Ethics
November 9 Live (Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel) and Webcast
8:50 A.M. – 1:25 P.M.

This back-to-basics approach to ethics looks at the five most important ethics issues facing lawyers today.

A – Ethical Advertising and Social Media
B – The Ethics of Bookkeeping and Trust Accounting
C – Caring for Yourself; Coping with Substance Abuse and Depression
D – Details … The Devil is in Them; The Ethical Practice of Law
E – Exit Strategies – Got One? How to Depart your Business Ethically.

5.0 Ethics CLE credits. Section members register for only $185.

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Mind Your Business – Annual Solo & Small Firm Conference
January 18, 2019 – Live (Orlando)

Learn best practices for solos and small firms from some of Florida’s top lawyers. Topics include:

  • Integrating AI Into Your Practice
  • Health and Wellness
  • Cybercrime Trends and Lawyers’ Ethical Duties Regarding Cybersecurity
  • How to Mobilize and Automate Your Practice
  • 50 Tech Tips in 50 Minutes.

Details and registration coming soon!

SECTION MEMBER BENEFIT

LexisNexis is an official partner of The Florida Bar Solo & Small Firm Section. This partnership gives members who belong to the Solo & Small Firm Section the opportunity to receive special discounts on all LexisNexis litigation and transactional resources, from case law to CourtLink, Public Records, Lexis Practice Advisor and more. Members can get an additional 5 percent off the best LexisNexis discount available and the company will extend promotions to members as they are available. To learn more about this special partnership and how to take advantage of your discount, please contact Christie Lamb at (937) 247-0274 or christie.lamb@lexisnexis.com.

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QuickLINK #88

Procrastination Image

10 Hacks for Beating Procrastination

Ninety-five percent of us procrastinate.
Professor Piers Steel reported this surprising statistic in his book “The Procrastination Equation: How to Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Stuff Done.” So, assuming you’re among that 95 percent, how negatively does procrastination affect your productivity at work?

This article outlines 10 ways to reduce the impact of procrastination on your life. Learn how to pander to your limbic system, leverage a focus tunnel and ask yourself motivational questions. Check it out (and don’t put it off).

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Exercise Benefits the Brain
Health & Wellness Tip:  The Brain-Changing Benefits of Exercise

“Exercise is the most transformative thing that you can do for your brain today.” That’s right—it’s not just about looking great—it’s about improving your focus too!

So the next time you’re having trouble concentrating or drafting that responsive memorandum of law, put on those walking/running shoes. This TED talk will convince you to exercise 3-4 times a week.

(Special thanks to the Solo & Small Firm Section’s Health & Wellness Committee for contributing this content to QuickLINK.)

Microsoft Word CLE
Tips and Tricks to Make Microsoft Word Work FOR You, Not Against You
September 25 Audio Webcast, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Don’t miss this all-new CLE on Microsoft Word, presented by Solo & Small Firm Section Chair Jennifer Kuyrkendall Griffin. Get pro tips that let you skip trial-and-error tutorials and learn how to fully integrate Microsoft Word into your law practice. This lunch-hour CLE will teach you exactly what you need to make your practice more efficient and will walk you through, step-by-step, how to set up and use Microsoft Word effectively. Practice with your PC or laptop while you listen. Learn Word features that can make formatting nightmares go away—and master shortcuts that will take your efficiency in Word to new levels. REGISTER ONLINE

1.0 Technology CLE credit. Solo & Small Firm Section members register for only $75.

Special thanks to our CLE sponsors:

CosmoLex

 

 

Tabs3

ABC Blocks
Annual Ethics Update: Back to Basics, the ABCs of Ethics
November 9 Live (Tampa) and Webcast
8:50 A.M. – 1:25 P.M.

This back-to-basics approach to ethics looks at the five most important ethics issues facing lawyers today.

A – Ethical Advertising and Social Media
B – The Ethics of Bookkeeping and Trust Accounting
C – Caring for Yourself; Coping with Substance Abuse and Depression
D – Details … The Devil is in Them; The Ethical Practice of Law
E – Exit Strategies – Got One? How to Depart your Business Ethically.

5.0 Ethics CLE credits. Section members register for only $185.

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Mind Your Business – Annual Solo & Small Firm Conference
January 18, 2019 – Live (Orlando)

Learn best practices for solos and small firms from some of Florida’s top lawyers. Topics include:

  • Integrating AI Into Your Practice
  • Health and Wellness
  • Cybercrime Trends and Lawyers’ Ethical Duties Regarding Cybersecurity
  • How to Mobilize and Automate Your Practice
  • 50 Tech Tips in 50 Minutes.

Details and registration coming soon!

SECTION MEMBER BENEFIT

LexisNexis is an official partner of The Florida Bar Solo & Small Firm Section. This partnership gives members who belong to the Solo & Small Firm Section the opportunity to receive special discounts on all LexisNexis litigation and transactional resources, from case law to CourtLink, Public Records, Lexis Practice Advisor and more. Members can get an additional 5 percent off the best LexisNexis discount available and the company will extend promotions to members as they are available. To learn more about this special partnership and how to take advantage of your discount, please contact Christie Lamb:

christie.lamb@lexisnexis.com or (937) 247-0274.

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Members-Only Facebook Group

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LegalFuel

LegalFuel’s Free Document Library

The Practice Resource Center of The Florida Bar offers an online library of sample documents and forms that are excellent starting points for you to customize and use in your practice. Choose from more than 100 administrative forms in Microsoft Word format that cover topics like client correspondence, fee agreements, intake, changing firms and more. They may be used “as is” or modified as needed. 

The Florida Bar and the creators of these forms make no warranties, express or implied, concerning their use, and disclaim any responsibility whatsoever for the information contained in them.

Avoid the Hangries!
Health & Wellness Tip: Avoid the “Hangries”

Feeling hangry? It turns out that science says being hangry (hungry + angry) is a real thing, resulting from overzealous neurons.

Hunger affects our mood and anxietybut don’t just grab that candy bar. Eat thoughtfully and before the Hangry Monster convinces you to send that nasty e-mail to opposing counsel. Here’s an article with some ideas and the science behind the Hangry Monster.

(Special thanks to the Solo & Small Firm Section’s Health & Wellness Committee for contributing this content to QuickLINK.)

Word CLE by Jennifer Kuyrkendall Griffin
NEW CLE: Tips and Tricks to Make Microsoft Word Work FOR You, Not Against You

Register online now for this all-new CLE on Microsoft Word, presented by lawyer and General Magistrate Jennifer Kuyrkendall Griffin, who also is chair of the Solo & Small Firm Section. Get pro tips that let you skip trial-and-error tutorials and learn how to fully integrate Microsoft Word into your law practice. This lunch-hour CLE will teach you exactly what you need to make your practice more efficient and will walk you through, step-by-step, how to set up and use Microsoft Word effectively. Practice with your PC or laptop while you listen. Learn Word features that can make formatting nightmares go awayand master shortcuts that will take your efficiency in Word to new levels. Solo & Small Firm Section members register for only $75.

Save the Dates! Upcoming CLE Opportunities


Sept. 25, 2018.
Tips and tricks to make Microsoft Word work for you, not against you. Audio webcast, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Nov. 9, 2018. Annual Ethics Update: Back to Basics, The ABC’s of Ethics. Live (Tampa) and webcast.

Jan. 18, 2019. Minding Your Business – Solo & Small Firm Conference. Live (Orlando).

June 27, 2019. Florida Law Update. Live (Boca Raton).

Executive Council at Amelia Island
Health and Wellness Outing
Solo & Small Firm Section Executive Council Meeting

The Solo & Small Firm Section Executive Council met last weekend at Amelia Island and we were honored to that Josh Doyle, Executive Director of The Florida Bar, could join us on Friday afternoon. Dan Dearing of Professional Retirement Services Inc. gave an excellent presentation on retirement plans for small businesses. Special thanks to PRS for also sponsoring the section’s Saturday health and wellness event—a boat tour around beautiful Cumberland Island.

LINK Summer 2018
Solo & Small Firm Section LINK

The section’s quarterly LINK magazine has returned after a brief hiatus; read the summer issue online. If you’re interested in submitting an article, please contact the section’s Publications Committee Chair Jacina Haston at (727) 464-3354 or jhaston@pinellascounty.org. We are seeking substantive articles on practice management, marketing, technology, health and wellness, etc., that would be of interest to solos and small firms.

Mediator Christina Magee
Member Spotlight: Christina Magee

This week’s member spotlight is on Christina Magee of Satellite Beach, a solo mediation practitioner who chairs the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of The Florida Bar and The Florida Bar Small Claims Rules Committee.

Chris is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil, Appellate and County Mediator with more than 20 years’ experience litigating and trying cases for both plaintiffs and defendants and as inside counsel for a major insurance carrier. She established Brevard Mediation Services LLC in 2011 to provide expertise in commercial matters, personal injury, wrongful death, employment law and matters where resolution involves an insurance company.

She is a Master of the Vassar B. Carlton American Inn of Court and recently was honored with a 2018 Founders’ Award by the Brevard County Association for Women Lawyers. She graduated with honors from Wesleyan University in Connecticut and received a J.D. from NYU School of Law. Contact her at cmagee@brevardmediationservices.com or (321) 773-3396. READ FULL SPOTLIGHT

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Members-Only Facebook Group

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NEW: Ruby Solo

Ruby Receptionists is an official Florida Bar member benefit; receive 8 percent off with promo code TFB.

Ruby® has just rolled out a new product designed for “true solo” practitioners. For only $149 per month, Ruby Solo offers:

  • 30 live receptionist minutes
  • A local phone number (or they can work with your existing number)
  • Voicemail box
  • Live customer support
  • Bilingual receptionist answering

With Ruby’s mobile app, you can toggle Ruby’s coverage on and off as you need it, make and receive calls from your business number and (coming soon) send and receive SMS texts from your business number. Ruby Solo is an economical solution that allows customers to add an additional line to their cell phones, keep their personal numbers private, and benefit from a team of professional receptionists who make sure every business calls is answered.

To learn more call 855-997-4769. Try Ruby Solo today.

Boost Your Productivity With Ambient Sound Apps

Did you know that moderate levels of ambient “noise” boost creativity for most people? One study showed that compared to a relatively quiet environment (50 decibels, similar to an office environment or a quiet suburb), a moderate level of ambient noise (70 decibels) proved to be optimal.

So, tune in to your favorite ambient sounds and turn up your productivity!

Florida Bar Opens Nominations for Pro Bono Service Awards

The Florida Bar’s annual pro bono service awards honor lawyers, judges, law firms and associations for extraordinary pro bono service. The deadline for most nominations is Nov. 1, 2018; nominations for The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Pro Bono Service Award are due Aug. 31.

In 2016-17, the last year reported, Florida Bar members collectively contributed more than $5.5 million to legal aid organizations and donated nearly 1.6 million hours of free legal service. The 2019 pro bono service awards ceremony will be held at the Florida Supreme Court at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7. Nomination forms are available online.

Save the Dates! Upcoming CLE Opportunities


Sept. 25, 2018.
Tips and tricks to make Microsoft Word work for you, not against you. Audio webcast, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Nov. 9, 2018. Annual Ethics Update: Back to Basics, The ABC’s of Ethics. Live (Tampa) and webcast.

Jan. 18, 2019. Minding Your Business – Solo & Small Firm Conference. Live (Orlando).

June 27, 2019. Florida Law Update. Live (Boca Raton).

Publish an Article in the Solo & Small Firm Section LINK!

The section’s quarterly LINK publication is returning after a brief hiatus, and we’re seeking substantive articles that are of interest to solos and small firms. Practice management, marketing, technology, health and wellness—the sky’s the limit. We are re-launching the magazine with an all-new design and layout and we hope to make the LINK an excellent resource for all Florida small-firm attorneys!

If you’re interested in submitting an article, please contact the section’s Publications Committee Chair Jacina Haston at (727) 464-3354 or jhaston@pinellascounty.org.

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Members-Only Facebook Group

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How to Scan Documents Into Notes on iPhone

If you haven’t signed up for iPhone Life‘s Daily Tips, you should! Helpful, easy tips and iPhone tricks delivered each day to your inbox.

This recent post shows you step-by-step how to scan documents into notes in iOS 11. This new feature is super helpful for storing paper items electronically, allowing you to access printed information from anywhere and send or share it as needed.

Open the Notes app, and either start a new note or open an existing note and then:

  • Tap the plus sign icon in the toolbar above the keyboard then tap Scan Documents.
  • Position your camera over the document until all of the desired text is in the picture. Tap the white shutter button to scan the document.
  • A square will appear over the document. Drag the corners to include all of the information you want to keep in your scan. (If your scan missed anything, tap Retake in the lower left corner of the screen. Otherwise, tap Keep Scan.)
  • Your phone will return to the scan documents camera, convenient if you need to scan multiple documents. If not, tap Save to keep the scan(s) you just took and exit.
  • Your scanned document or documents will appear in your note, which you can share, print, save to your Files app and more.

 


Publish an Article in the Solo & Small Firm Section LINK!

The section’s quarterly LINK publication is returning after a brief hiatus, and we’re seeking substantive articles that are of interest to solos and small firms. Practice management, marketing, technology, health and wellness—the sky’s the limit. We are re-launching the magazine with an all-new design and layout and we hope to make the LINK an excellent resource for all Florida small-firm attorneys!

If you’re interested in submitting an article, please contact the section’s Publications Committee Chair Jacina Haston at (727) 464-3354 or jhaston@pinellascounty.org.

Five Best Practices for Law Firm Content Marketing
Excerpts from an Attorney at Work article by Jay Harrington

The best law firm content marketing—website content, articles, video or audio—focuses on the client’s needs and not the firm’s preferences.

Law firm content marketing should start with a smart strategy in place. Here are five best practices that focus on both quality and quantity that can help you build a powerful online brand presence for your firm.

1. Become a “lighthouse” for your clients. Help clients gain new insights, identify new solutions to problems, and anticipate new trends in their industries. Shine a beacon of light on what’s to come to gain trust and be perceived as an essential resource.

2. Quality first, SEO second. A law firm’s SEO strategy should emphasize quality content that engages and informs visitors. When it comes to content marketing and SEO, don’t focus on what you do, but rather focus on answering the questions of your potential clients.

3. Tell a story. Great content resonates with an audience by helping them meet a need and telling your law firm’s story in the process. Stories connect emotionally, not just intellectually. Your ability to tell stories through your firm’s brand and its content will let you break through in the crowded marketplace.

4. Publish on a regular schedule. Readers, viewers and listeners have expectations that must be met if content producers expect to hold their attention. Even if you’re producing high-quality content, if you’re doing so sporadically then you’ll soon be out of sight and out of mind.

5. Use an editorial calendar. Manage and streamline your content workflow and map your content to your audience’s needs. A calendar can help you capture the big picture of your content strategies, look into the future at what content needs are coming and assign editorial responsibility to those inside or outside of your firm.

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FLSoloSmallfirm.org Has a New Look

Check out the Solo & Small Firm Section’s newly redesigned website! Its features include an interactive calendar, a library of past QuickLINK issues, contact information for the section’s Executive Committee and Council and more.

Give us your feedback and suggest ways that we can make the website a great resource for solos and small firms in Florida. Submit your ideas to our section consultant Lisa Tipton at lisa@prflorida.com.

Legal Fuel: The Practice Resource Center of The Florida Bar

The Florida Bar this week officially launched LegalFuel.com, the former Practice Resource Institute. LegalFuel offers strategic tools to help you fuel your law practice with more efficiency and profitability. The site is a go-to resource for learning how to start a new law firm or manage an existing one. It offers tips on specific practice management and technology topics and has an extensive library of free webinars, podcasts and more for you to access whenever it’s most convenient for you.

VISIT LEGALFUEL

Annual Ethics Update CLE

Mark your calendars for the Nov. 9 Annual Ethics Update, one of the Solo & Small Firm Section’s most popular CLE events. The presentation will be held in Tampa; registration details are coming soon. Attend live or via webcast. Section members receive discounted registration.

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Member Spotlight: Lawrence Marraffino 

The Solo & Small Firm Section member spotlight is on Lawrence J. Marraffino, who practices personal injury, family and bankruptcy law in Gainesville. Lawrence serves as an Adjunct Law Professor at the UF Levin College of Law and has been named to the list of Top 20 Law Professors in the State of Florida. In addition, the American Institute of Bankruptcy Attorneys named him one of Florida’s Top Ten Bankruptcy Attorneys.

The Solo & Small Firm Section honored him with the Walter S. Crumbley Award in 2012. He has been board certified by The Florida Bar in Civil Trial since 1993. He is an active member of the Florida Justice Association, the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. Lawrence earned a B.A. degree in psychology from the University of Florida and a Juris Doctor degree from the UF Levin College of Law. Contact him at (352) 376-0102 or ljm@ljmpa.com.

READ FULL PROFILE ON FACEBOOK

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Publish an Article in the Solo & Small Firm Section LINK!

The section’s quarterly LINK publication is returning after a brief hiatus, and we’re seeking substantive articles that are of interest to solos and small firms. Practice management, marketing, technology, health and wellness—the sky’s the limit. We are re-launching the magazine with an all-new design and layout and we hope to make the LINK an excellent resource for all Florida small-firm attorneys!

If you’re interested in submitting an article, please contact the section’s Publications Committee Chair Jacina Haston at (727) 464-3354 or jhaston@pinellascounty.org.

Nuance: The PDF-Editor Alternative

Tired of paying monthly fees for Adobe Acrobat? Nuance Power PDF Standard offers powerful and intuitive tools for creating, converting, editing and sharing PDF files. You can try it free for 15 days—and if you decide to buy, it costs only $129.

Create PDFs from paper documents or convert PDF files to Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Power PDF Standard uses industry-leading technology to deliver the most accurate versions of your documents—even reproducing complex layouts with columns, tables and graphics.

GET FREE TRIAL

Wellness Through Meditation

If you’re like many lawyers, you’ve heard that meditation can be a helpful tool for dealing with stress and anxiety, but you have no idea how to get started. In this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast from the 2018 Florida Bar Annual Convention, host Christine Bilbrey talks to attorney and wellness guru Jeena Cho about how meditation helped her with stress and how other attorneys can implement it in their practices. She ends the episode with a two-minute meditation practice for those who want to find out what meditation is like.

Jeena Cho is the author of The Anxious Lawyer, An 8-Week Guide to a Joyful and Satisfying Law Practice Through Mindfulness and Meditation.

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Annual Ethics Update CLE

Mark your calendars for the Nov. 9 Annual Ethics Update, one of the Solo & Small Firm Section’s most popular CLE events. The presentation will be held in Tampa; registration details are coming soon. Attend live or via webcast. Section members receive discounted registration.

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Member Spotlight: You Could Be Next! 

Would you like to be featured in the Solo & Small Firm Section’s member spotlight and gain some free publicity for your firm? The spotlights are posted to the section’s Facebook and Twitter accounts and included in the QuickLINK, which is emailed to all section members.

It’s easy. Just complete a short questionnaire and provide photos and links to your website, online bio or any other profile information you’d like to include. You can share the spotlight on social media and on your website. Interested? Please email our section consultant at lisa@prflorida.com.

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QuickLINK #83


FREE and Easy Podcasting with Anchor
Record a high-quality podcast, host unlimited episodes, and distribute everywhere with just one click, all 100% free—right from your phone. 

Listeners feel connected to the podcasts they listen to (and to the people on them), so podcasts can be great marketing tools for lawyers.

Stats: 26% (73 million) listen to podcasts at least every month – up from 24% in 2017. 45% of monthly podcast listeners have household income over $75K, and 27% of U.S. podcast listeners have four-year college degrees.

Anchor gives you the flexibility to podcast on the go, and the power to manage it from your desktop. No professional studio required. With Anchor, making a podcast is easy. Try it today!


Time for a Law Office Checkup?

When’s the last time you measured the health of your law office? If the answer is “never” or “not recently,” then this exercise is for you.

Courtesy of The Florida Bar Practice Resource Institute (soon to be rebranded as Legal Fuel), here’s a checklist that can help you evaluate how your firm is doing on morale, workload, team-building, employee interaction, technology and more.

Even the most productive and “happy” firms can find ways to improve. Let your employees fill out the law office health check and get started on making your firm a better place to work!

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L. Michael Roffino Pro Bono Award
This award recognizes the Florida pro bono organization that has put together the best pro bono service program during the past year. The Florida Pro Bono Coordinators Association nominates five programs for consideration. Our awards committee selects three finalists, one of whom is named the winner. The 2018 winner, Legal Aid of Manasota Inc., received $4,000. The two finalists, Jacksonville Area Legal Aid and Seminole County Bar Association Legal Aid Society, each received $2,000. Representatives from the organizations are pictured here with Section Chair Jennifer K. Griffin and Awards Committee Chair Jerry Currington.
Steve Zack
Tradition of Excellence Award

Stephen N. Zack of Boies, Schiller & Flexner in Miami was honored with the section’s 2018 Tradition of Excellence Award.

Steve is a past president of The Florida Bar and was the first Hispanic president of the American Bar Association. He was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1972, has had an exemplary legal career—and has truly made an exceptional contribution to the general practice of law. He was nominated for the award for “his incredible public service and continued dedication to the cause of access to justice and the rule of law (administration of justice).”

Walter S. Crumbley Award

Florida Bar President-Elect John M. Stewart of Rossway Swan Tierney Barry Lacey & Oliver P.L. in Vero Beach is the recipient of the Solo & Small Firm Section‘s 2018 Walter S. Crumbley award. The section annually honors an individual who has made a significant contribution to practice management in the State of Florida. 

John chaired the Technology Subcommittee for Vision 2016—The Florida Bar‘s three-year study on the future of the practice of law—and suggested the special committee that resulted in the creation of The Florida Bar Practice Resource Institute. He also chaired the Bar’s Communications and Program Evaluation committees and was appointed to serve on the Florida Supreme Court’s Florida Courts Technology Commission. John has been part of many initiatives at the Board of Governors level to try to help lawyers understand what the future will look like—and how they can plan their practices to survive these changes.

Paralegal of theYear 

Jennifer R. Wallace CP, FCP, FRP is a Certified Paralegal and a Florida Registered Paralegal with Rory B. Weiner P.A. in Brandon. She assists the firm’s attorneys in the areas of commercial litigation, probate, wills and trusts, small business law and real estate. She serves as First Vice President for the Paralegal Association of Florida Inc.

The prestigious Paralegal of the Year award is given to that singular paralegal who has contributed significantly to the community and/or (his) (her) law firm. The section’s purpose in providing this award is to recognize that very deserving individual for above-and-beyond efforts in achieving a high standard of professionalism in the delivery of paralegal services. 

Members of the Solo & Small Firm Section Executive Council with Florida Bar President Michelle Suskauer, President-Elect John Stewart and Executive Director Josh Doyle during The Florida Bar Annual Convention. We also were extremely honored to have Piper (front row far right) as the guest of EC member Peggy Hoyt, who chairs The Florida Bar Animal Law Section.

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Member Spotlight: Jacina Haston

The Solo & Small Firm Section member spotlight this week is on executive council member Jacina Haston, an Assistant Pinellas County Attorney in Clearwater.

Jacina previously served as assistant director and then director of The Florida Bar Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminology from the University of Florida and earned her Juris Doctor degree from Stetson University College of Law. Jacina worked at the Ninth Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s Office and Legal Services of North Florida, Inc. for more than five years, representing victims of domestic violence and the elderly in family law.

She has served on the Leon County Minority, Women & Small Business Enterprise Committee; the Big Bend Cares Board of Directors; and the Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Cancer Center’s Patient and Family Advisory Council. Jacina is the founder of the Jean Honor Foundation of Hope, which assists indigent cancer patients with support and financial assistance.

READ FULL SPOTLIGHT

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Save 20 Percent on ‘Florida Small-Firm Practice Tools’

James Publishing’s new book, “Florida Small-Firm Practice Tools” covers 17 practice areas with concise text, step-by-step procedures, hundreds of voice-of-experience tips, and citations to 1,000+ Florida and federal cases. Each chapter consists of a concise discussion of the law and legal procedures followed by a collection of 370+ custom-drafted, practice-tested, Florida-specific forms in print and digital format.

For a limited time, Solo & Small Firm Section members receive the print and digital copy of the book, plus next year’s revision for free. Use exclusive member code FSP20SOLO to save an extra 20 percent on your order.

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Hurricane Resources
FREE Hurricane-Planning Resources
It’s officially hurricane season. Will you still have a viable law practice if a hurricane devastates your part of the state?  This great article by Christine Bilbrey of The Florida Bar Practice Resource Institute walks you through steps to take to ensure that the next hurricane doesn’t put you out of business. Get prepared now:
Just in case the worst happens, download The Florida Bar’s After Disaster Strikes checklist.
Metadata Scrub
Clean Out Unwanted Data

Watch the video [click image] or read the article by Legal Office Guru’s Deborah Savadra and learn how to use Microsoft Word’s Document Inspector. It’s a built-in feature that checks for and cleans out document metadata like comments, embedded revisions, document information (such as any editors’ names), and other invisible content and hidden text.

Using Inspector is quick and easy. Open your document in Word and click on the File tab. Under Info, click Check for Issues > Inspect Document. Use the dialog box to pick and choose the metadata elements you want to inspect.

READ ABOUT IT

Annual Convention App
Annual Convention App
If you’re planning to attend The Florida Bar Annual Convention next week, download the convention app so you can keep track of all meetings and events.
Use the app to:
  • Get up-to-date schedules and create your own.
  • Get important notices.
  • View hotel and city maps and on-site dining info.
  • See exhibitors and sponsors.
  • Use hashtag #MyFloridaBar.
  • See and post to the activity feed/social wall … and MUCH more!
The Annual Convention takes place at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. 

GET THE APP

SSF Section CLE Cruise
UPDATE
One Category G stateroom has just become available for the Solo & Small Firm Section’s Mediterranean CLE cruise. Submit your $1,500 per-stateroom deposit by June 21 (extended deadline) and cancel without penalty until Jan. 28, 2019. All rooms are going fast, so please reserve soon.  Amenities are per stateroom. Rates quoted online are per person based on double occupancy and reflect all savings. CLE credits are pending Florida Bar approval. Questions? Please contact Jen Mitchell at (239) 431-6734 or Jen@JenMitchellTravel.com.
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Member Spotlight: YOU Could be Next!
How about some FREE publicity for you and your firm? Just complete the questionnaire and email us your responses and photos. Your member spotlight will be included in QuickLINK and posted to the section’s Facebook and Twitter pages. The posts typically generate LOTS of engagement with friends and colleagues and with The Florida Bar’s social media followers. It’s simple and fun. The instructions are in the questionnaire. Volunteer today and take advantage of this great section member benefit!
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Members-Only Facebook Group

Membership is growing in our Facebook group! 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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Save 20 Percent on ‘Florida Small-Firm Practice Tools’

James Publishing’s new book, “Florida Small-Firm Practice Tools” covers 17 practice areas with concise text, step-by-step procedures, hundreds of voice-of-experience tips, and citations to 1,000+ Florida and federal cases. Each chapter consists of a concise discussion of the law and legal procedures followed by a collection of 370+ custom-drafted, practice-tested, Florida-specific forms in print and digital format.

For a limited time, Solo & Small Firm Section members receive the print and digital copy of the book, plus next year’s revision for free. Use exclusive member code FSP20SOLO to save an extra 20 percent on your order.

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EASY Follow Ups to Boost Your Chances of Getting Business
Many lawyers see their marketing activities as isolated events. Spoke at a seminar. Check. Attended a conference. Check. Wrote a blog post. Check. Once the activity is done, they move on.
What’s the trick to following up in ways that aren’t awkward, too pesky or salesy?
This article gives you eight examples of natural and effective follow-up activities that you can use with prospective clients who attended a seminar at which you spoke. From connecting on LinkedIn with a personal note to offering something of value that relates to the seminar topic, these tips can help you learn how to stay in touch and build ongoing relationships that can turn into new business.

LEARN HOW

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FREE Podcasts From New Solo
If you’re into podcasts, check out the collection on Legal Talk Network’s New Solo hosted by law practice consultant and legal technology coach Adriana Linares.
New Solo covers a wide range of topics like transitioning from a law firm to a solo practice, rainmaking, law practice management, networking, job searching, tech—and much more. New Solo’s goal is to answer questions that come up in all phases of a solo career. Guests include lawyers and relevant professionals within the industry.

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2018 Florida Law Update: Live and Webcast

Register online (be sure to have your MyFloridaBar portal info handy) for The Florida Bar Annual Convention if you plan to attend the Florida Law Update live CLE presentation on June 14 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. You also may download the form and register onsite for Annual Convention. Not attending Annual Convention? Sign up for the live webcast.

Max. Credit: 8.0 hours (General: 8.0 hours; Max. Certification Credit: 1.0 hour in the areas of Business Litigation, Criminal Trial Law, Elder Law, Labor and Employment Law, Marital and Family Law and Wills, Trusts and Estates)

Out-of-Country CLE Trip
Greek Isles Cruise: May 29 – June 8, 2019
The Solo & Small Firm Section’s 2019 out-of-country CLE trip is sure to be unforgettable. Explore Greek and Italian gems on Oceania’s brand-new Sirena and enjoy the beauty of the Mediterranean Sea. Optional Venice and Rome packages are available. Rooms are going fast, so please reserve soon. Submit your $1,500 per-stateroom deposit by June 4 and cancel without penalty until Feb. 1, 2019.
Amenities are per stateroom. Rates quoted are per person based on double occupancy and reflect all savings. CLE credits are pending Florida Bar approval. Questions? Please contact Jen Mitchell at (239) 431-6734 or Jen@JenMitchellTravel.com.
Member Spotlight: Brian Moskowitz
Brian M. Moskowitz practices family law throughout South Florida from his offices in Boca Raton. His experience as a divorced single parent with two children plus his knowledge and skills in litigation and negotiation make Brian a powerful advocate for his clients.
He earned his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Albany and his law degree from Brooklyn Law School. He has been practicing law since 1995. Prior to opening his own firm, he was a partner in Fink & Moskowitz, LLP in Brooklyn, NY. Brian is licensed to practice law in Florida and New York.
In addition to practicing law, Brian is the founder of Attorney Revolution, Inc.—a training and coaching company that empowers solo practitioners and small law firm owners to “Earn More, Work Less and Be Fulfilled.” Attorneys who fully engage in the training are able to take back control of their lives, reduce their stress, attain work-life balance and create thriving, fulfilling law practices and lives. Brian also performs in local community theater and travels the country as a Trainer for the Tony Robbins organization and as a member of its Firewalk team. The team is an all-volunteer group responsible for building fires that hundreds of thousands of individuals have walked across to defy their fears during Tony Robbins’ seminars.
Contact Brian at (561) 288-8200 or brian@attorneyrevolution.com.
Annual Long-Range Planning Meeting

The Solo & Small Firm Section Executive Council held its annual long-range planning meeting last weekend in Asheville, N.C. In this photo, the group is celebrating the news that the section’s 2019 out-of-country CLE trip is a Mediterranean cruise to ports in Greece and Italy!

Check out more photos from the weekend on the section’s Facebook page.

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Membership is growing in our Facebook group! 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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Save 20 Percent on ‘Florida Small-Firm Practice Tools’

James Publishing’s new book, “Florida Small-Firm Practice Tools” covers 17 practice areas with concise text, step-by-step procedures, hundreds of voice-of-experience tips, and citations to 1,000+ Florida and federal cases. Each chapter consists of a concise discussion of the law and legal procedures followed by a collection of 370+ custom-drafted, practice-tested, Florida-specific forms in print and digital format.

For a limited time, Solo & Small Firm Section members receive the print and digital copy of the book, plus next year’s revision for free. Use exclusive member code FSP20SOLO to save an extra 20 percent on your order.

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FREE Meditation From Calm, The #1 App for Mindfulness & Meditation

The Florida Bar and the Young Lawyers Division have designated May as “Health and Wellness Month” for Florida lawyers. The Bar has placed an unprecedented level of focus on health and wellness because national studies show that the alcoholism rate for lawyers is double that of the general population, 33 percent of us suffer from diagnosed mental disorders and we are 3.6 times more likely to suffer from severe depression.

Enter Calm, a meditation, sleep and mental wellness app, available in both the App andGoogle Play stores. It is the #1 app for mindfulness and meditation, with over 21 million downloads to date and over 50,000 new users daily.

Do your part to encourage health and wellness this month. Try seven free days of Calm.

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15 Useful Tips iPhone Users Need

Here’s an article that gives you iPhone hints you’ll probably use every day.

In a meeting? Silence Siri and notifications the easy way:  Turn your iPhone face down and the proximity sensor will keep them quiet.

Want to call someone on speakerphone?Just ask Siri to dial the number: “Siri, call [name of an active contact from your contacts book] on speakerphone.”

Taking a video? Turn your iPhone into landscape mode before you start filming and you’ll end up with clips that look better on your phone and when you play them back later using Apple TV, Mac or iPad.

Need fast charging? Charge your phone a lot faster by switching it to Airplane Mode before you connect it to power.

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2018 Florida Law Update: Live and Webcast

Register online (be sure to have your MyFloridaBar portal info handy) for The Florida Bar Annual Convention if you plan to attend the Florida Law Update live CLE presentation on June 14 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. You also may download the form and register onsite for Annual Convention. Not attending Annual Convention? Sign up for the live webcast.

Max. Credit: 8.0 hours (General: 8.0 hours; Max. Certification Credit: 1.0 hour in the areas of Business Litigation, Criminal Trial Law, Elder Law, Labor and Employment Law, Marital and Family Law and Wills, Trusts and Estates)

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Member Spotlight: Valerie Barnhart
Valerie Barnhart is a founding partner of Perera Barnhart, a business law and employment law firm in Davie. Valerie focuses her practice on business litigation, business transactions, data privacy and security and employment matters. She is passionate about technology and cybersecurity and is accredited as a Certified Information Privacy Professional and a Certified Information Privacy Manager by the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Valerie serves as general counsel to Infiltration Labs, a digital forensics and cybersecurity company, and is a regular lecturer and author on corporate and cybersecurity matters.

Florida Super Lawyers magazine in 2016 and 2017 named Valerie to the lists of Rising Stars in the business litigation category; Nova Southeastern University Student Life Achievement Awards named her 2016 Alumnus of the Year and The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division honored her in 2015 as Most Productive Board Member. She is a member of the Broward County Bar Association board of directors, the Miami Electronic Crimes Task Force and the International Association of Privacy Professionals. She is a 17th Circuit ex-officio representative to The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors and a member of The Florida Bar Committee on Technology.

Valerie is a dedicated alumnus of Nova Southeastern University, where she serves as an adjunct professor. Contact her at (786) 485-5232 or valerie@pererabarnhart.com.

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Members-Only Facebook Group

Membership is growing in our Facebook group! 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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Save 20 Percent on ‘Florida Small-Firm Practice Tools’

James Publishing’s new book, “Florida Small-Firm Practice Tools” covers 17 practice areas with concise text, step-by-step procedures, hundreds of voice-of-experience tips, and citations to 1,000+ Florida and federal cases. Each chapter consists of a concise discussion of the law and legal procedures followed by a collection of 370+ custom-drafted, practice-tested, Florida-specific forms in print and digital format.

For a limited time, Solo & Small Firm Section members receive the print and digital copy of the book, plus next year’s revision for free. Use exclusive member code FSP20SOLO to save an extra 20 percent on your order.

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FREE Guide: Tips for Better Client Relationships

Looking for ways to increase client satisfaction and reduce your own daily stress in the process? Ruby Receptionists and Attorney at Work have a new e-guide full of practical ideas for improving communications, tightening up your systems and applying practical tech tools to create a more efficient and less-stressed law practice. You’ll find ways to:

  • Boost the client trust connection.
  • Upgrade your intake process.
  • Calm anxious clients.
  • Use technology to communicate more effectively.
  • Make clients happy to pay your bills.

Plus, learn how firms are implementing health and wellness programs. Download  “Happy Clients, Happy Lawyers: Tips for Better Client Relations” today!

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2018 Florida Law Update: Live and Webcast

Register online (be sure to have your MyFloridaBar portal info handy) for The Florida Bar Annual Convention if you plan to attend the Florida Law Update live CLE presentation on June 14 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. You also may download the form and register onsite for Annual Convention. Not attending Annual Convention? Sign up for the live webcast.

Max. Credit: 8.0 hours (General: 8.0 hours; Max. Certification Credit: 1.0 hour in the areas of Business Litigation, Criminal Trial Law, Elder Law, Labor and Employment Law, Marital and Family Law and Wills, Trusts and Estates.

Save 20 Percent on ‘Florida Small-Firm Practice Tools

James Publishing’s new book, “Florida Small-Firm Practice Tools” covers 17 practice areas with concise text, step-by-step procedures, hundreds of voice-of-experience tips, and citations to 1,000+ Florida and federal cases. Each chapter consists of a concise discussion of the law and legal procedures followed by a collection of 370+ custom-drafted, practice-tested, Florida-specific forms in print and digital format.

For a limited time, Solo & Small Firm Section members receive the print and digital copy of the book, plus next year’s revision for free. Use exclusive member code FSP20SOLO to save an extra 20 percent on your order.

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Buy the New iPad─Or Skip It

This week’s Florida Bar Tech Tip is a great read if you’re thinking about a new iPad.

From LawTech Partners and LapTop Mag: “Apple is targeting the new 9.7-inch iPad at students, but it’s a viable option for anyone looking for a good tablet at a reasonable price. It packs A10 Fusion power and Apple Pencil support, and it’s ready for a new generation of augmented-reality apps. On the other hand, this sixth-generation slate has some drawbacks, as we discovered in our full iPad review. Check out the pros and cons before you decide to pull the trigger on a purchase.”

REASONS TO BUY

  • Fast A10 Fusion processor
  • Apple Pencil makes a big difference
  • Cameras provide versatility
  • Good battery life
  • iOS 11 is good for productivity

REASONS TO SKIP

  • Accessories jack up the price
  • Design is a bit dated
  • Doesn’t support Apple keyboard

READ FULL REVIEW

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Member Spotlight: You Could Be Next!

How about some FREE publicity for you and your firm? Just complete the questionnaire and email us your responses and photos. Your member spotlight will be included in QuickLINK and posted to the section’s Facebook and Twitter pages. The posts typically generate a great deal of engagement with friends and colleagues and with The Florida Bar’s social media followers. It’s simple and fun. The instructions are in the questionnaire. Volunteer today and take advantage of this great section member benefit!

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FREE One-Hour CLE: Automate and Simply Your Law Practice

The McKinsey Global Institute estimates that 23 percent of a lawyer’s job can be automated. In this free CLE presented by Rocket Matter and The Florida Bar PRI, systems administrator and I.T. pro Steve Senentz explains how automation can be your friend if you understand how it can help you run a more efficient practice. 

  • Learn common law firm tasks that can benefit from automation and helpful (and affordable) technologies that are available to make it happen.
  • Get a free worksheet to help you start the automation process.
  • Streamline your billing with email invoice sharing and electronic payments.
  • Hear about specific apps and services that can reduce the time you spend on administrative and repetitive tasks such as scheduling meetings.

Rocket Matter is a Florida Bar preferred member benefit. Rocket Matter has “the most powerful, easy-to-use time and billing software in the industry.” Florida Bar members receive a 15 percent lifetime discount off the regular monthly pricing. Use the code FLBARLIFE when you call (866) 710-1845. You can also sign up for a free trial online. No credit card required.

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FREE E-Book: 10 Things I Wish I Knew About Law Firm Marketing Before Going Solo

Get an inside glimpse of the marketing tactics used to build a successful solo law practice in under three years. Attorney Joleena Louis went from zero clients to having an enviable solo law practice while transforming herself into one of the most prolific legal marketers in New York. How’d she do it? This e-book gets you an “under-the-hood” look at the marketing tactics she used to get clients.

Member Spotlight: Gerald B. Stewart

The Solo & Small Firm Section member spotlight this week is on Gerald B. Stewart of Jacksonville, a solo practitioner who focuses in the areas of bankruptcy, probate and guardianship. Gerald earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida College of Law in 1979 and has the distinction of being included in “Florida’s First Black Lawyers (1869-1979),” part one of two publications by the Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter NBA that chronicle the rich legacy of Florida’s first black lawyers.

Gerald worked with the State Attorney’s Office for the Fourth Judicial Circuit until 1985, when he went into private practice and formed the Law Offices of Gerald B. Stewart. He has handled more than 2,300 bankruptcy cases and more than 1,000 probate and guardianship cases. Several of his cases have made new law and have been published in the Southern Second Reporter. He attributes much of his professional success to his two mentors, Ernest Jackson and the late William Roberts, who are also among “Florida’s First.”

After graduating from high school in 1972, Stewart was admitted to the University of Florida as a part of the Equal Opportunity Program. He majored in history and spent 16 weeks studying in Oxford, Miss., on a Council on Legal Education Opportunity scholarship.

Gerald is a Jacksonville native, the sixth of seven children born to Willie and Maude Stewart. He is married to Betty Stewart, and they have two children, Sabrina and Melanie. He is also an elder at the Chaffee Road Church of Christ. He advises young lawyers to ask questions; seek advice from older lawyers; treat opposing counsel with respect, and when appropriate, focus on kindness, and family—never forget to spend time with family. Contact him at Gerald Stewart stewartlaw7272@gmail.com or 904.353.8876.

Read his full member spotlight on Facebook.

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Steps for Promoting Law Firm Videos

Finally! A how-to guide for lawyers on how to start promoting your video content. Videos are an effective online marketing tool for attorneys. Not only is a video 50 times more likely to be picked up by a Google search than text, video provides an emotional element of persuasion that other media options don’t. Social media sites also understand the effectiveness of video, and display and promote video in unique ways. If you’ve decided to try your hand at video marketing, here are some steps (and how to’s) to start promoting your video content. In this article, learn how to:

  • Host Your Video on YouTube and Make Sure It’s Discoverable.
  • Connect Your Video to Your Existing Marketing Strategy.
  • Post Your Videos on Facebook and Other Social Media Channels.
  • Use Email to Promote Your Videos.
  • Measure Results.
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ABA Legal Technology Guide: Top Tips For Solo And Small-Firm Lawyers

This month’s ABA Journal tech column by Nicole Black of MyCase shares a few tips from “The 2018 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide.” The book is written by legal technology experts, is updated annually, and is chock-full of the information solo and small-firm lawyers need in order to make knowledgeable, informed decisions about law office technology. The authors — Attorney Sharon Nelson, Certified Information Systems Security Professional John Simek, and Digital Forensics Examiner Michael Maschke — cover a vast range of hardware and software, provide a wealth of information and tips on choosing the right tools for your firm, and offer their perspective on the impact of emerging technologies on the practice of law. Don’t have time to read the book? Read the tech column and get recommendations on printers, practice management software and even traveling abroad.

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Out-of-Country CLE Trip

In case you missed it, the Solo & Small Firm Section’s annual out-of-country CLE trip was an amazing tour of Ireland, culminating with St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin. The group experienced Dromoland Castle, the Cliffs of Moher, Killarney, the Ring of Kerry, Blarney Castle and Rock of Cashel.

The Dublin portion included a city tour, a CLE seminar with barristers and solicitors and a tour of courts. The CLE course, Comparative Law: The Irish and Americans, was held at The Honorable Society of King’s Inns in Dublin.

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Bruce Robinson, Paige Greenlee Win Board of Governors Races

Please join The Florida Bar Solo & Small Firm Section in congratulating Bruce Robinson, who won re-election as the 3rd Circuit’s representative on The Florida Bar Board of Governors. Bruce has served for the last three and a half years as the appointed liaison between the BOG and the Solo & Small Firm Section. Please also share congratulations with Paige Greenlee, who won the race for the 13th Judicial Circuit’s open seat. We are honored that these exceptional members are Solo & Small Firm Section leaders.

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Member Spotlight: Chelsie Lamie

The Solo & Small Firm Section member spotlight is on Chelsie Lamie of the Law Office of Personal Injury Attorney Chelsie M. Lamie in Safety Harbor. Chelsie is a shark diver, adventure traveler and volunteer extraordinaire. Her whole firm visited Thailand as a reward for success in 2017. Chelsie is a graduate of the University of Tampa and Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport. She is a former insurance-company automobile and general liability claims adjuster, trained to evaluate and settle the claims of injury victims. Her interest in personal injury law was sparked after she and her husband, David, were involved in a high-speed, head-on crash. As an accident survivor and caretaker of an injury victim, Chelsie could not morally justify working for big insurance companies. She now uses her personal experiences and knowledge from years of working inside the insurance industry to fight for the rights of injury victims. Chelsie’s hobbies include scuba diving and adventure travel. From diving with great white sharks in South Africa, to trekking gorillas in the mountains of Rwanda, to hang gliding off cliffs in Peru, Chelsie has visited 53 countries across the globe. She and her family always make giving back a priority while traveling, making sure that at least part of each vacation includes volunteer work or distributing supplies to underprivileged children and families. Chelsie volunteers with programs that distribute food and supplies to the homeless and as a motivational speaker at local high schools. Chelsie was named to the lists of Florida Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars in 2016, 2017 & 2018, among other distinctions. She is a member of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division and is active in numerous voluntary bar associations.

Read her full member spotlight on Facebook.

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NEW Section Leadership Opportunities: Committee Preference Forms Coming Soon

Looking for more networking and new ways to get involved?  Committee preference forms will be emailed soon for the  Continuing Legal Education, Health & Wellness, Outreach, Publications, Technology, and Transition to Solo committees. The forms are for the 2018-19 Bar year and appointments will be made in the next few months. Committee service is voluntary and most meetings will occur by telephone. In-person committee meetings are likely be scheduled for fall 2018.

The preference form also allows you to let us know your other interests for involvement in the section, such as joining the executive council, serving as a CLE presenter or contributing an article for the LINK newsletter. We hope you’ll get involved!

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Assigning Shortcut Keys to Symbols in Microsoft Word

No more digging through the Insert Symbols dialog box every time you want to insert common symbols like section (§) or em dash (—). Any symbol can have a shortcut key—and you don’t need a legal keyboard to make your work easier. A shortcut key is a combination of Alt, Ctrl and/or Shift pressed simultaneously with a letter. Read this super-easy how-to article or watch the video to learn how.

Try it yourself. Click Insert tab, Symbol, More Symbols, and then scroll to find your symbol. If you’re lucky it’s in the Recently Used area. Once you find your symbol, click on it and then click the Shortcut Key button in the bottom left of the dialog box. Make sure your cursor is sitting in the “Press new shortcut key” field (it should be there by default). Then, press the shortcut key combination you want. Remember, it should be some combination of Alt, Ctrl and/or Shift combined with a letter.  Click Close, then Close again to complete.

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How to Verify Links Before Clicking

Even the best security software can’t protect you from the headaches you’ll encounter if you click an unsafe link. Unsafe links appear to be shortcuts to funny videos, shocking news stories, awesome deals or “Like” buttons but often are designed to steal your personal information or hijack your computer. Here are some ways to check first:

  1. With a mouse, hover over the link. The full URL of the link’s destination displays in the lower corner of your browser.
  2. Use a tool like CheckShortURL to expand shortened links on social media to ensure that they go to the expected sites. Some URL shorteners give you the option of previewing the true destination. For example, if you have a bit.ly URL, simply add a “+” to the end of the URL to see the true destination, like this: http://bit.ly/10hVtvV+
  3. Use link scanners, websites and plug-ins that allow you to enter the URL of a suspicious link and check it for safety. There are many free and reliable link scanners available such as URLVoid.
Florida Bar Health & Wellness Center—Resources for Lawyers and Employers

The Florida Bar’s Special Committee on Mental Health and Wellness is developing a new, online Health & Wellness Center that will provide links to resources on dealing with stress, how to get help, and articles on lawyers and mental health. According to committee chair Dori Foster-Morales, a 24/7 toll-free helpline and a Lawyer Well-Being Starter Kit are resources that will be available in the near future.

According to an ABA/Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation study in the Journal of Addiction Medicine in 2016, surveys of nearly 13,000 attorneys nationwide showed that one in three practicing lawyers is a problem drinker. The study also showed that 28 percent of lawyers suffer from depression and 19 percent suffer from anxiety. The study showed that highest rates of alcohol and drug abuse were among lawyers in the first 10 years of their careers, and that alcohol and drug abuse often begin in law school.

The Special Committee on Mental Health and Wellness is working to destigmatize mental illness, recommend best practices and remedies and help bring more balance into members’ daily professional lives.

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Member Spotlight: Paige Greenlee

The Florida Bar Solo & Small Firm Section member spotlight is on executive council member Paige Greenlee, a candidate for the 13th Judicial Circuit open seat on The Florida Bar Board of Governors. Her firm is Greenlee Law PLLC in Tampa. Paige practices primarily in complex commercial litigation and bankruptcy and represents businesses, trustees and individual clients in state and federal court. She is a member of The Florida Bar Business Law Section Executive Council and on the boards of directors for the Hillsborough County Bar Association and The Florida Bar Foundation, where she currently serves as Development Committee chair. She is a member of The Pearl Society, a women’s philanthropic organization that supports Bay Area Legal Services.

Paige served for two years on The Florida Bar’s Disciplinary Review and Strategic Planning committees and is a former president of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division. She previously served on the Florida Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism, the Board of Directors of the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers and the HCBA YLD Board of Directors. She founded Greenlee Law PLLC in 2014 after spending twelve years in private practice at both large and mid-sized firms in Tampa.

She has received a number of professional recognitions and honors, including Super Lawyers’ Top 50 Women Attorneys in Florida (2014, 2015 and 2017), Super Lawyers Top 100 Florida lawyers (2017) and Florida Legal Elite in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Paige earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics in 1997 from the University of Pennsylvania, and her Juris Doctor degree in 2000 from Emory University School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. Read her full member spotlight on Facebook.

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Get Your Time Back! Let Fancy Hands Do the Work

Need a helping hand? Lawyer and tech CLE presenter Ernie Svenson recommends Fancy Hands, “the fastest, most affordable virtual assistant service in the U.S.” Fancy Hands is a team of U.S.-based assistants you can access from any device, at any time of day, to hand over anything on your to-do list. The assistants can take care of your scheduling, purchase items for you, research anything, make phone calls, compare prices, get you refunds, deal with customer service and much more. Courtesy of Ernie, you can sign up now and get 50 percent off your first month or 5 percent off your first year.

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New Legal Tech Blog for Solos & Small Firms

Nicole Black of MyCase has launched a new column on technology for solos and small firms. Each column will focus on a specific type of software—such as billing or contract analysis software—and explain the choices available, including features built into software suites and stand-alone platforms devoted to handling particular law firm functions. With so many different types of software products available and so many choices to make when it comes to features, pricing and security, sifting through the maze of information can be a time-consuming process that can quickly become overwhelming. Follow the ABA Journal column and let Black do the comparisons for you. Black is an attorney and the nationally recognized author of “Cloud Computing for Lawyers.” 

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Bar Complaints: Understanding the Process and How to Avoid Them

The Florida Bar Attorney Consumer Assistance Program (ACAP) receives around 19,000 to 20,000 calls a year regarding a plethora of complaints like fee disputes or lack of communication. In this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast, hosts Christine Bilbrey and Jonathon Israel talk to Shanell Schuyler, director of ACAP, about the most common complaints her office receives and how lawyers can avoid being the cause of these complaints. She also discusses how to handle payment disputes and what to do if clients refuse to pay.

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Member Spotlight: Dori Foster-Morales

The Solo & Small Firm Section member spotlight this week is on Dori Foster-Morales, a Florida Bar and National Board of Trial Advocacy board-certified marital and family law attorney who has practiced at Foster-Morales Sockel-Stone, LLC since 1997. Her focus is solely on marital and family law and related issues involving a variety of complex domestic and international clients and matters successfully handled through settlement or trial. Prior to her current practice, she practiced law at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (in Washington, D.C. and New York City) and was an Assistant State Attorney in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida (including significant work in economic crimes). Dori is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the International Academy of Family Lawyers, The Florida Bar Foundation and the American Bar Foundation. She is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell and is on a variety of lists designating distinguished lawyers. She was elected to The Florida Bar Board of Governors in 2008 and chairs the Special Committee on Mental Health & Wellness of Florida Lawyers and the Certification and Plan Appeals Committee and serves on several additional committees.

Dori and her husband Jimmy have been very active in their community. They have participated extensively in autism-related causes, including co-chairing two walks for Autism Speaks. In 2005, Dori and Jimmy were recognized by Florida Trend magazine as one of seven two-career couples around Florida making a difference in their communities. Dori grew up on Miami Beach where she met Jimmy. She currently lives in Coral Gables. She keeps her feet firmly planted on the ground by time spent with her family – Jimmy, their two children, Nora and PJ, and their dog Lyla – enjoying Miami and the Florida Keys. Read her full member spotlight on Facebook.

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Free Trials of Valuable Products and Services for Florida Bar Members

More than a dozen Florida Bar member benefit providers offer free trials, demos or initial services, including practice resources, legal forms and legal research. Here are some examples; take advantage of these free offers and get the most from your Bar membership!

FormTool — Free trial package of forms
MyCase —  Free trial
PracticePanther  — Free trial
Ruby Receptionist — Try before you buy
Tabs3 — Free trial
TheLaw.tv — Record free welcome video for firm’s website

Get More Free Trials
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YLD Legal Accelerator

The Young Lawyers Division recently launched the Legal Accelerator, accessible to Florida Bar members when they log in to the member portal on the Bar’s website. The accelerator has Google-type search engine: Type a question into the search field and mentoring videos that answer the question appear on screen. More than 1,000 videos created by lawyers are available for viewing, and the tool is ideal for less-experienced lawyers in their first few years of practice. The Legal Accelerator is not an open source on the internet, but is within the secure Bar member portal.

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Solo & Small Firm On-Demand CLE and Podcasts

Check out the section’s great collection of recent seminars that benefit solos and small firms. From 50 Practice Tips from Highly Successful Solo & Small Firm Practitioners to Going Solo: Successful Practice Development, you’ll find a variety of practice management, technology and ethics courses. Like CDs and DVDs better? Search online using Solo & Small Firm Section as your “Sponsored By” filter and you’ll find a complete list of available courses.

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Member Spotlight: Tom Young

The Solo & Small Firm Section spotlight is on appellate lawyer and litigator Tom Young of Thomas Wade Young, P.L., in Orlando. Tom graduated Order of the Coif from the Texas Tech University School of Law in 1990 and began his legal career with a prominent Kansas law firm. He earned partnership, practiced for more than twelve years and gained jury trial experience in the areas of contracts, products liability, medical malpractice, personal injury and consumer protection. In 2002, he was presented the opportunity to work on a grant project funded by The Florida Bar Foundation, which led to his selection as the first appellate counsel for the Florida Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office. Tom returned to private practice in 2008 after earning board certification by The Florida Bar in appellate practice; he is one of fewer than 200 appellate specialists in Florida. He is vice chair of The Florida Bar’s Professional Ethics Committee. Tom is an active member of the Orange County Bar Association and is a former chair of its Appellate Practice Committee. He has presented continuing legal education programs in the areas of appellate practice, technology use in the legal profession, and ethics and professionalism. Contact him at tom@twylaw.com or (407) 373-0942. Read his full member spotlight on Facebook.

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Navigating Ethics and Advertising

If you have questions about professional conduct, conflicts of interest or what types of information you can include in your advertising, The Florida Bar’s Ethics and Advertising Department is there with answers. In this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast, hosts Christine Bilbrey and Karla Eckardt talk to Elizabeth Clark Tarbert about the Ethics and Advertising Department, including its role with the Bar, common questions the department is asked and why lawyers shouldn’t be afraid to call the department for advice. They also discuss advertising rules and how to keep track of these rules as they change.

Elizabeth Clark Tarbert has been ethics counsel for The Florida Bar since 1997, providing oral and written ethics opinions for Bar members.

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Small Firm Reboot: Gearing Up for Efficiency and Success

Thank you to event sponsor LawPay! Solo & Small Firm Section Chair Sean Desmond is pictured here with LawPay representative Shannon Yocum during the Jan. 19 event in Orlando. 

Special thanks to program co-chairs Barbara Leach and Renee Thompson for coordinating the Small Firm Reboot CLE. The section had a great turnout for this one-day, two-part technology event, designed to improve your efficiency, productivity and profitability. If you couldn’t make the live presentation, it’s available for purchase on CD and DVD.

Upcoming CLE Opportunities

Tech + Ethics: Data Security for Attorneys + The Lawyer Regulation Process in Florida and Georgia
Tuesday,  January 30, 2018, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Hosted by The Florida Bar Out-of-State Division

This seminar will cover data security for attorneys, which will include a review of ethical obligations, technologies and best practices for protecting attorney client information. The seminar will also include a panel discussion regarding Florida and Georgia lawyer discipline processes, including complaint, investigation, trial & review/appeal stages; voluntary discipline; sanctions; reciprocal discipline; violations and grievance/malpractice avoidance.


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  Navigating the Maze of Animal Law in Living, Learning, and Earning Environments (2nd Annual Groundhog Day Seminar)
Friday, February 2, 2018 – 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Stetson University – Tampa Law Center, Tampa, FL 33602 – (813) 223-6824
Hosted by The Florida Bar Animal Law Section

The topics cover animal law, non-discrimination and critical components of animal accessibility in housing, education, employment and public accommodations for person with disabilities.  There will also be a mental health hour of credit focusing on how animals can control stress and improve your outlook on life.

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New Solo Podcasts on Legal Talk Network

New Solo is a podcast series hosted by law practice consultant and legal technology coach Adriana Linares. It’s a great resource for solos and small firms because it covers a diverse range of topics including transitioning from a law firm to a solo practice, rainmaking, law practice management, networking, job searching, technology and more. The goal is to answer the questions that arise throughout all phases of a solo career, providing an opportunity to continue learning and improving best practices. Guests include lawyers and relevant professionals within the industry.

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Member Spotlight: Marc Brown

The Florida Bar Solo & Small Firm Section member profile this week is on Marc Brown, founding member of Marc Brown, P.A. in Fort Lauderdale. A Miami native, Marc has extensive experience in a wide range of transactional and litigation matters. His real estate and collections practice is focused on commercial and residential real estate transactions and commercial collections. He also owns All Florida Title Company, an affiliated, full-service title company. A graduate of Florida State University who earned his law degree from St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, Marc has earned an AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest possible rating for ethical standards and legal ability. He is admitted to practice in all state, U.S. District and bankruptcy courts in Florida. When not serving his clients, Marc passionately follows the Miami Heat and Florida State athletics, but provides equally dedicated and professional representation to Gator fans. Contact Marc at (305) 297-3106  or marc@marcbrownpa.com. Read his full member spotlight on Facebook.

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Tech Tip: Use Dual Monitors to Increase Productivity

Here’s a recent tech tip shared by The Florida Bar. Much of the time wasted when attorneys work on computers comes when they switch between windows. Not only does it waste time, it can lead to unnecessary distractions. Some try to compensate by putting two windows on one screen, or by various workarounds.

Instead, attorneys would be wise to consider making a small investment and using an extra monitor. For that matter, it would be wise to make the investment for support staff as well. Not only do dual monitors double your screen real estate, they create boundaries you can use to divide what you’re going to focus on. For a lawyer, time is money, and there are statistics that indicate that dual monitors save a lot of time.

In a study at University of Utah and ATI Technologies, participants who used dual monitors reported increases of productivity including:

  • 33% fewer errors
  • 16% faster edits
  • 6% quicker access to tasks
  • 45% easier task tracking
  • 32% faster performance
  • 24% more comfortable

With numbers like that, dual monitors definitely are worth a try.

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