5 Ways to Use Google Voice for Your Law Firm

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Different ways to use Google Voice for your Law Firm:
  1. Search and Prioritize Your Calls
  2. Use Different Rules and Greetings for Different Contacts
  3. Share Calls with Your Assistant or Partner
  4. Set Up Shop Anywhere, or Nowhere At All
  5. Specify When and Where You Want to Receive Calls

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2010 Guide to Illinois Statutes for Attorneys’ Fees (Fastbook)

Illinois State Bar Association asserts:

The new edition of this handy book lists provisions in the Illinois Compiled Statutes that authorize the court to order one party to pay the attorney fees of another.  No matter what your practice area, this book will save you time – and could save you money!

Hard copy:

*includes tax and shipping

Electronic copy:

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Recommended reading for all women lawyers

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The Woman Advocate, Second Edition

Abbe F. Fletman and Evelyn R. Storch, Editors

According to the Illinois State Bar Association,

The Woman Advocate is by women advocates for woman advocates. It contains first-hand accounts by successful women lawyers of their experiences at all stages of career development. In the four parts of the book—Where We Are; How We Got There; What Our Environment Is Like; and Where We’re Going—the contributors provide reflections, advice, guidance, and, of course, “war stories” in lively, entertaining and insightful prose.

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Top 20 IPad/IPhone Apps to Revolutionize your Practice

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Here are 20 great iPhone or iPad Applications that you needed yesterday.

My favorites:

  • FileViewer app lets you access, organize, and send files straight from your iphone.
  • ScanBizCards– Throw out your Rolodex. The ScanBizCards app scans business cards, and sends the contact information to your address book. Store business cards on your phone to keep you’re your contacts within reach.
  • oDesk– Revolutionize your approach to HR. Use the oDesk app to hire and manage talented freelancers to help you keep your business running strong. Hire the staff you need, monitor workflow, and submit payments directly from your iPad or iPhone.

For the rest click here.

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How to Register for Admission in the Northern District of Illinois

If you want to practice in federal court, you need more than your state bar admission. Below are the instructions for filling out the Northern District of Illinois General Bar Admission.

1. General Instructions

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2.Online application form (recommended)

3. ARDC Authorization and Waiver form.

4. Final Steps form for aggregating all the required content.

5. Do not forget the $150 payment

Lawyer Sues for $700K After His Arrest for Failing to Show ID in Courthouse

A Maryland lawyer in a hurry to file some briefs decided to take a stand when an officer at the appeals court in Annapolis asked to see his ID.

Norman Christopher Usiak refused, the Baltimore Sun reports. His resulting arrest spurred Usiak to file a $700,000 lawsuit claiming false arrest, false imprisonment and assault.

Moral of the story, just show your damn ID.

Read the rest of the absurd story here.

Use cross-exam to get their witness to agree to your version of the case

Simple English

Stop trying to talk like lawyers. The problem with legalese is that it does not command instant understanding by ordinary people. That means it automatically makes us poor communicators—and communicating is what we’re supposed to be doing for a living. It’s a bad habit that most lawyers never shake. So start talking like real people again now.

Click here for the full article on how to speak like a human again!