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Building a strong argument is vital for good legal writing. But sometimes, lawyers mishandle words that signal precision.
For example, you may feel the urge to strengthen your points with statements like, “most people believe…”
While this might give the illusion of a more compelling case, it has drawbacks.
Unsubstantiated Claims: the Bane of Legal Writing
Not only are such
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Two-factor authentication (“2FA”) is a small step for lawyers that will result in a giant leap in their cybersecurity. Below, we’ll examine how 2FA works and why its ‘annoyance factor’ is actually a benefit in disguise.
But first, let’s address why…
Cybersecurity is Vital for Lawyers
Cybersecurity is a topic that lawyers can’t afford to ignore (think: the “Panama Papers”
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In the fast-paced world of today, your time and energy are valuable assets that require you to create good boundaries in your business.
Setting clear boundaries is not only a personal necessity but also a critical business strategy.
Establishing Boundaries in Business
When it comes to running a successful law practice, boundaries are not merely a recommendation; they’re a necessity.
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Lawyers need to understand what authenticator apps are to improve password security for logins. Of course, the first step to improve your security with online accounts is to use a password manager.
The next step is using two-factor authentication (2FA), but if you use an authenticator app you won’t need to use 2FA.
Why use authenticator apps?
Authenticator apps,
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​AudioPen​ is an app that uses A.I. to streamline the process of cranking out text.
What does that mean, exactly?
Well, the website describes it this way:

  • AudioPen transforms messy voice notes into publish-ready text
  • Draft articles, memos, emails, and more. In a fraction of the time.

After using it, I’m convinced this is a tool that most lawyers will
Continue Reading An A.I. tool that lawyers will absolutely love

The quest for accuracy in legal writing can sometimes lead to what can be termed as “the illusion of completeness.”
Meticulous Accuracy Can Be Problematic
While the aim to be meticulously accurate is well-intended, it can inadvertently hinder the clarity and readability of the document. This creates a tension between the need for precise details and the equally crucial need
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Mental barriers are hard.
The worst create varying degrees of doubt, insecurity, confusion, anger, suspicion, fear, and instability.
Overcoming or reducing mental roadblocks is challenging.
If you’re experiencing any of the bad feelings listed above, you likely won’t want to address the problem alone.
But who can you trust? Or even feel comfortable talking to?
If you share your inner
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Starting a new law firm isn’t just about practicing law; it’s also about running a business. So preparing requires strategic planning, financial considerations, proper use of technology, and an assessment of your current effectiveness in using technology.
Below are the main considerations related to technology.
Case Management Software
Case management software helps law firms manage their cases, including details
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There’s a huge amount of buzz around the term “ChatGPT” right now. How does ChatGPT work for lawyers, though, and is it something that might help your firm? I will answer what you need to know below.
What Is ChatGPT?
ChatGPT is a type of language processing tool. It creates human-like dialogue to make it seem like you’re having a
Continue Reading Chat GPT for Lawyers: Everything You Need to Know

To manage your workload more effectively, you need a project management strategy. Specifically, you need a legal project management strategy. Below, I’ll walk you through what legal project management means and how to make it work for you.
What Is Legal Project Management?
Legal project management is just a way to manage the day-to-day running of your law firm. In
Continue Reading Legal Project Management: Tips, Strategies, and Pitfalls to Avoid

Lawyers should always be looking for ways to improve their workflow and optimize their practice. One tool which may help attorneys achieve their goals is artificial intelligence (AI). But how does AI in law firms work, and how is it changing our profession? Let’s consider what attorneys need to know to improve their practice and grow their firms.
What Is
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Getting a steady flow of good clients is a significant challenge for solo lawyers.
As the competition for legal services intensifies, lawyers need to find better ways to stand out as the go-to choice for potential clients.
Referrals are the best way to get clients
Getting more referrals is about staying top of mind. So people remember you when they’re
Continue Reading Automated Referrals for Solo Lawyers

Effective client communication is the cornerstone of successful law practice. It not only ensures a smooth attorney-client relationship but also aids in the overall progress of legal matters. Recognizing the pivotal role communication plays, we’ve created this Client Communication Checklist for law firms.
The checklist is designed to serve as a practical guide to communicating with a client, highlighting key
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The best way to improve cybersecurity protection is by using a password manager.
This is especially true for phishing attacks.
What is Phishing?
Phishing attacks are where bad guys pretend to be someone else to trick you into giving them your personal information. Here’s how they usually do it:
1. Fake Emails or Messages
They’ll send you an email or
Continue Reading What lawyers need to know about Phishing attacks