Why lawyers should be on Facebook

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Avoiding Facebook? This insightful article by Lawyerist explains why a Facebook account is essential for practicing law today.

Lawyers who are not on Facebook are missing out on critical opportunities to network for referrals, research defendants and potential jury members, market their law firms, and vet potential legal hires and current associates.

For those lawyers who still need persuading, here, in no specific order, are the top six reasons why lawyers should be on Facebook:

  1. Facebook can bring you referrals and clients by helping you to reconnect with old classmates, colleagues, and friends through direct contact both formal (messages) and informal (wall posts), events, and interest groups

Read the rest of the reasons on Lawyerist.com

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Common Credit Card Mistakes With IOLTA

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There are some things you MUST KNOW before offering clients the option to make cost and fee deposits into your trust account via credit card.

And the fact of the matter is the way most State Bars are organized the “Member Benefits” department doesn’t usually know what the Bar Rules Department has to say on this important subject.  So it’s no surprise how many times I’ve gone into a law firm that’s using a Member Benefits Merchant Service Provider that’s NOT BAR RULES COMPLIANT.  How many times?  Lots of times!!!

Click here for the video.

Source: LawyerControl.com

 

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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

Read the rest of the story here.

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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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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

AVOID DELAY AND CONFUSION BY BRINGING A COMPUTER AND PRINTER FOR IMMEDIATE ENTRY OF ORDERS

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Abraham Lincoln said, “Write your decree before you go to Court.” Attorneys should write their proposed Agreement or Order before they attend a mediation or a court hearing and then take their computer equipment with them to revise and print the document on site and obtain signatures of approval before departing.

Source: Mark Chin’s Family Law Blog

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