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Practice Success Tips
AILA’s Top 25 Practice Success Tips of 2013
You can know the law inside out, backwards and forwards. You can recite the law verbatim, but that's not enough to make it in the competitive world of law practice management. In this week’s PST, step-up your game for the New Year with the best practice success tips of 2013.
AILA Doc. No. 13122601.
Holiday Tips for the Holiday Season
As you start wrapping up your practice for the holidays, fanatically getting your work into a controllable state, take a deep breath and relax. Here are some of our favorite holiday tips to help eliminate some of the stressors of this season.
AILA Doc. No. 13121940.
The Dreaded Employee Performance Review
They’re not so bad, really. There is perhaps more hype about the cons of conducting employee reviews than on the benefits of it. In this week’s PST learn why utilizing employee performance reviews is an important tool that can positively impact staff members and ensure the success of the firm.
AILA Doc. No. 13121243.
Improve Your Firm’s Finances in 2014
Do you want your revenue to go up, stay the same, or go down? This is not an obvious question, as growing your firm’s revenue is not always the best financial decision. In this week’s Practice Success Tip, learn which questions will help you project next year’s earnings.
AILA Doc. No. 13120541.
Stress-Free Apps to Get You through the Holiday Weekend…and Beyond
The holiday season is upon us once again—quality family time, yummy pecan pie, the latest and greatest electronic deals…and stress. Make this the best holiday yet, gather your smartphones and tablets and download these brilliant apps in this week’s practice success tip.
AILA Doc. No. 13112153.
How to Get More “Likes” For Your Law Firm on Facebook
When you get people to “Like” your firm’s Facebook page, everything you post will then show up in their Facebook feed. That means potentially hundreds or thousands of marketing impressions for your firm. So, what are the best ways to get people to like your page? Find out in this week’s PST.
AILA Doc. No. 13111442.
Keeping Your Trust and Operating Accounts Safe
One of the best internal firm controls you can implement is a requirement that a check requisition be prepared whenever a check is to be drawn. When dealing with check requisitions for both your general and trust accounts, consider the following in this week’s practice success tip.
AILA Doc. No. 13110741.
Turn Price-Conscious Consults into Clients
How often do you get a prospective client that comes in for a consultation only to walk right out because she thinks your fees are too high? In this week’s PST learn how adding value to the services you provide will make the client more likely to retain your services.
AILA Doc. No. 13103140.
Creating a Firm Page on LinkedIn
In addition to your own individual profile, did you know you can create a Company Page for your law firm or organization? Having a firm page on LinkedIn allows you to provide firm-wide information, not specific to any individual. Get started with this week’s Practice Success Tip.
AILA Doc. No. 13102440.
A Useful Quartet of Really Quick Tech Tips
Scroll through a webpage without using a mouse, quickly access flight information, redial the last number that called you without hassle and bypass the mobile phone carrier’s instructions on leaving a message—all in this week’s practice success tip.
AILA Doc. No. 13101702.
Take Back Your Lunch Hour
For many of us lunch seems like a dreaded chore that needs to be completed as quickly as possible. In this week’s practice success tip learn why taking a proper lunch break is important, not only to your current well-being but also to your future physical health.
AILA Doc. No. 13101040.
Is Client Communication and Information Safe via Your Gmail Account?
While issues over Google’s right to privacy are being hashed out in court, the question arises of what a prudent immigration attorney should do to ethically protect the privacy of attorney client communication. In this week’s PST learn ways to ensure and secure email communications.
AILA Doc. No. 13100300.
Three Tips that Enhance Productivity on Microsoft Word 2010
Microsoft Word is an integral part of our lives, so why not make our experience in using this program more efficient and easier? In this week’s practice success tip, learn some simple and easy-to-use techniques that will help you work faster and be more productive.
AILA Doc. No. 13092600.
“I’m Busy”: Is This a New Game of One-Upsmanship?
We all seem to be very busy these days. Just when we think our life is busy, we come across someone else who claims to be even busier. In this week’s PST, see why constantly stressing the fact you are so incredibly busy in every conversation, may be counterproductive to your practice and reputation.
AILA Doc. No. 13091946.
Do More with PDFs on Your iPad
With more lawyers opting to use their iPad to work on documents when away from the office, AILA member KarinWolman has navigated her way through the best apps to get that work done. Find her top recommendations in this week’s practice success tip.
AILA Doc. No. 13091244.
Yes, It’s Time to Rejuvenate Your Well-Worn Form Letters!
When is the last time you took a hard look at your client form letters that are sent out every day? Odds are you’ve skimmed over each one before signing and sending it out, however have you really read it? Start with these pointers in this week’s PST to begin rejuvenating your form letter library.
AILA Doc. No. 13090541.
Sent From My Smartphone: Think Before You Send
Have you ever received an e-mail from a colleague or client that was so brief and abrupt, that you said to yourself, “what’s gotten into them?” or “that was a bit rude”? In this week’s PST learn why you should think before you hit send.
AILA Doc. No. 13082945.
A Personal Account: How to Reduce Stress and Improve Cash Flow
This week’s PST is provided by an AILA member who - based on the guidance and advice from the Practice & Professionalism Center- developed practical and strategic approaches for accepting new clients and maintaining an efficient work environment.
AILA Doc. No. 13082246.
Timesaving Shortcuts to Maneuver Quickly Within Outlook
Did you know pressing Ctrl+Shift+K creates a new task within Outlook? In this week’s PST learn simple shortcuts to help you complete common tasks faster and work more efficiently— without ever reaching for your mouse.
AILA Doc. No. 13081540.
The Secret Value of Tracking Time in a Law Practice
Let’s face it, immigration lawyers hate to track their time. Most lawyers view it as a complete waste of time because they charge flat fees, not hourly ones. But is it really a waste of precious time? In this week’s PST, learn why tracking time might actually be worth your time.
AILA Doc. No. 13080840.
Keep a Stash of Your Business Cards at Hand!
Your business card is not just a small part of your professional profile, it’s an extension of your professional image. In this week’s PST, learn how a simple, unassuming gesture such as sharing business cards can enhance your networking skills and serve as an effective marketing technique.
AILA Doc. No. 13080140.
Do You Really Know What Your Clients Think About You?
While some clients may express their gratitude and others may vocalize their dissatisfaction, many clients simply fade away without ever sharing their thoughts or feedback. In this week’s PST learn how you can implement a simple approach to identify your clients’ satisfaction.
AILA Doc. No. 13072546.
How to Handle a Difficult Name
Don’t risk an embarrassing first impression with a client by butchering their name. Use these simple questions in this week’s PST to help you pronounce a challenging name and avoid a cultural faux pas.
AILA Doc. No. 13071841.
Don’t Practice Naked
There is much misinformation and misconception about malpractice insurance, including the need for coverage, premium costs and what coverage is adequate. In this week’s PST, you’ll find an informative and free podcast that covers all you need to know to retain the right malpractice coverage for you.
AILA Doc. No. 13071140.
Your Phone’s Camera is Your New Best Friend
It was just a few short years ago that we would lament having forgotten to bring a camera to a holiday celebration or an impromptu night out. That changed with cameras on mobile phones. With a camera always at-hand, learn to do more with each picture you take with this week’s practice success tip.
AILA Doc. No. 13070540.
Management by Wandering Around
In this week’s PST, learn how a famous informal management technique will keep you in touch with your frontline team and help you identify small issues before they turn into big problems.
AILA Doc. No. 13062000.
How Casual Should “Casual” Be?
Easing up the office dress code during the hot summer months can help create a relaxed office environment, but how causal should casual be? Can you balance a professional image with casual attire? Is an office dress code needed in your office? Find some helpful suggestions in this week’s PST.
AILA Doc. No. 13061344.
AILA’s Top 10 Practice Success Tips for Annual Conference
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Leaving your practice behind to attend a conference can be stressful, so here are ten practical tips to make your Annual Conference experience productive, stress-free and even more valuable!
AILA Doc. No. 13061152.
Best Practices When Leaving a Law Firm
A lawyer’s departure should be done with enough time and planning to give sufficient notice to the clients to allow them to continue with proper representation. In this week’s PST find out what practices the firm and the departing lawyer should employ to successfully navigate a smooth transition.
AILA Doc. No. 13060643.
Outlook’s People Pane
Make searching for an email easier and more efficient with this week’s practice success tip.
AILA Doc. No. 13053042.
Reinvigorate Your Practice with PPC
Lately it seems that everyone has been so caught up in their work there hasn’t been much time for anything else, let alone spending some time on their practice. If this sounds like you, then make time to see how business is running and strengthen your practice with ideas from this week’s PST.
AILA Doc. No. 13052341.
An Ethical Look at Attorney Advertising Across State Borders (Updated 5/22/13)
Whether to advertise legal services across state borders is proper is not black or white. There are many gray areas when it comes to attorney advertising. This week’s practice success tip reviews the rules in place to help guide lawyers to ethically market their practices. AILA Doc. No. 13050946.
AILA Doc. No. 13050946.
There’s an App for That… (Part II)
We just couldn’t get enough, so here are some more of our favorite apps that help make practicing law a little bit easier. Get connected, be productive and manage your busy practices with this week’s practice success tip. AILA Doc. No. 13051647.
AILA Doc. No. 13051647.
Stop SCREAMING in Your Emails
Have you ever made the mistake of writing an email without looking up at the screen and realized only after you were done typing that the entire message was in caps lock? Beat this common mishap with a simple shortcut in this week’s practice success tip. AILA Doc. No. 13050241.
AILA Doc. No. 13050241.
Three Simple Steps to Stop Notario Fraud
Immigration reform hasn’t happened, but as a result of the new immigration bill we know notarios are already out telling unsuspecting immigrants about the “new law” and exhorting them to pay to “get in line”. Help Stop Notario Fraud with this week’s Practice success tip. AILA Doc. No. 13042550.
AILA Doc. No. 13042550.
Devote Some Extra Time
Potential clients are more willing to retain a lawyer who they feel will make time to communicate with them. In this week’s practice success tip, learn how spending some extra time on the phone with these individuals can be an excellent marketing and client retention tool. AILA Doc. No. 13041840.
AILA Doc. No. 13041840.
How to Make Social Media Work for Your Law Firm
This instructive 40-minute video is aimed at lawyers who are beginners or skeptics in the new media of social networks, but who know they need to learn more. Expand your marketing reach with this week’s practice success tip. AILA Doc. No. 13041140.
AILA Doc. No. 13041140.
There’s an App for That...
With hundreds of thousands of apps, which ones help us stay connected, be productive, deliver client service, manage our busy practices and lives, and let us have a little fun at the same time? Check out some of our favorites in this week’s practice success tip. AILA Doc. No. 13040444.
AILA Doc. No. 13040444.
A Few Ethical Pointers Before You File H-1B Cap Cases
Many of you are working furiously to get in your H-1B filings between the April 1-5 window in order to be considered under the H-1B cap for FY2014. As you work away, be sure to consider some of the ethical pointers in this week’s practice success tip. AILA Doc. No. 13032850.
AILA Doc. No. 13032850.
Taming March Madness in Your Office
‘Tis the season of March Madness, and by now you and your staff have created pools and are anticipating who will win bragging rights or that large pot of gold; however don’t forget that work still needs to get done. Tame your workplace with this week’s practice success tip. AILA Doc. No. 13032141.
AILA Doc. No. 13032141.
How to Buy Affordable Custom Graphics for Your Firm
Looking to redesign your firm logo or website theme? In this week’s practice success tip find out which crowdsourcing marketplace can help you get the design you want with a price that won’t break the bank. AILA Doc. No. 13031441.
AILA Doc. No. 13031441.
Six Questions to Consider When Searching for a New Hire
Attracting the right applicants begins first with identifying your firm’s needs. Put a system in place that reduces the uncertainty and helps you find the individual that is the right fit for your firm by considering the questions in this week’s practice success tip. AILA Doc. No. 13030740.
AILA Doc. No. 13030740.
Dual Representation Matters…
It’s never a good day when the once happily married couple that came to your office in the beginning for a simple AOS case is not-so-happy anymore. In this week’s practice success tip, make it your practice to have clients understand and sign an advance conflict waiver. AILA Doc. No. 13022849.
AILA Doc. No. 13022849.
Getting Paid in Advance for the Work You Do
As lawyers, we’d like to get paid in full in advance from each client. But, that isn’t always possible. Find various forms of advance payment that can be used for hourly or flat-fee engagements in this week’s practice success tip. AILA Doc. No. 13022148.
AILA Doc. No. 13022148.
Is Your Office Suffering from the Winter Blues?
If you’ve noticed that your staff has recently lost its spark, is unmotivated or displays low energy, it’s probably due to the winter blues. Spread some love this Valentine’s and get even your most disgruntled employee working again with this week’s practice success tip. AILA Doc. No. 13021460.
AILA Doc. No. 13021460.
Navigating Between Different Windows
Mastering a few simple key strokes can greatly increase your productivity. If you find yourself having too many open or minimized windows and don’t know which application is which, then try the two finger key stroke in this week’s practice success tip. AILA Doc. No. 13020740.
AILA Doc. No. 13020740.
Selecting Good Clients
One of the best and most effective ways of ensuring that an attorney will be profitable in his or her immigration practice is by reducing the number of potential collection problems. Learn how to select good client from the onset of a case in this week’s practice success tip. AILA Doc. No. 13013143.
AILA Doc. No. 13013143.
Devise, Monitor and Enforce an Internet Usage Policy
Nothing is so great a time-waster as the Internet. Keep control of your firm’s bandwidth with this week’s practice success tip. AILA Doc. No. 13012440.
AILA Doc. No. 13012440.
Networking in New Networks
The value from attending a conference or a networking event isn’t just based on the information you take in, it is also based on the opportunities. Maximize your networking opportunities with this week’s practice success tip. AILA Doc. No. 13011045.
AILA Doc. No. 13011045.
Don’t Get Trapped in a Scammer’s Web
If it seems like more scam artists are taking the streets and the internet, than you’re right, they are. Protect yourself and your money with this week’s practice success tip. AILA Doc. No. 13010356.
AILA Doc. No. 13010356.
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