Resources

This section of the site has a host of resources for everything from law practice management to web design to research on the internet.

*Please note: this page may contain affiliate links. This means I may make a small commission if you choose to purchase one of the products or services listed here. There is no cost to you and you will not pay higher fees as a result of using one of these links.

I hope what you find here is helpful. Topics are listed alphabetically.

Please check back often, as more resources are added frequently!

Accounting and Finance

 

FreshBooks is an easy, low-cost cloud-based service to help with your billing, time-tracking, expense tracking, especially for solos or small firms. I even use it for my consulting business.

Computers

Online backups:

Restoring lost data:

Technology help:

Court information

To find court information online, look at the dockets database at www.llrx.com/courtrules/

Public access to the federal court docket database is available at http://pacer.psc.uscourts.gov/

Domain Names

Search to see what is available at:

Email

Need to send large files? Check out:

Ethics

Hrcick.com
http://www.hricik.com/business.html
Links to ethics rules and opinions for all states in the U.S.

Experts

Faxes (on line)

Government documents

Need to find government documents? Try www.firstgov.gov

Jury Verdicts

Find out what your case is worth by checking out online jury verdicts at www.morelaw.com

Law Practice Management

A great practice management publication is the ABA’s Law Practice Today

ABA Law Practice Management Division website provides news, tips, great CLE programs and more.

New York State Bar Association Practice Management Section site: http://tinyurl.com/rvopa

Legal Discussion Groups

Solosez – An ABA listserv for solo and small firm lawyers www.solosez.net

Lawtech – Informal e-mail discussion list focused on legal  technology.  Get tech help and find out about the latest technology trends.  View the archives and subscribe at : http://mail.abanet.org/archives/lawtech.html

Legal Research and Writing

Lisa Solomon, Esq. www.questionoflaw.net

See also writing tools, below.

Legal Technology

The ABA’s Law Technology Resource Center provides a collection of technology resources and information for the legal professional.  View current articles:  http://www.lawtechnology.org (articles are free but access to certain archives require ABA membership)

Informal e-mail discussion list focused on legal technology.  Get tech help and find out about the latest technology trends.  View the archives and subscribe at: http://mail.abanet.org/archives/lawtech.html

Marketing Resources

Action Plan Marketing (Robert Middleton)http://tinyurl.com/jzgz3
A great site for low cost information about marketing, article writing, web sites, and more.

Missinglettr - easily turn your blog posts into social media campaignsMarketing Automation with Missinglettr – easily creates a whole year’s worth of social media posts from each blog post!

 

 

Easily create great-looking e-books from any blog, web page, or even from MS Word documents with designrr. Easy to use templates and tools. Use this to get more mileage from your firm’s blog, to create welcome packets for clients or materials for presentations from work you’ve already done. For even more features, choose designrr PRO, which lets you do things like generate a table of contents, create a 3D cover image, or export your project to kindle format.

Now that you’ve made those great e-books with impressive 3D covers using designrr, you might want an easy and professional-looking way to promote and distribute them (you might even decide to charge a fee for some of them). You can do that using Selz. With Selz, you can create an online store as part of your existing website, just for the purpose of selling or giving away your digital products.

Medical  Information

Office Support

Virtual Receptionist Services

Answer1: 24/7 virtual receptionists services with dedicated receptionists just for the legal market. https://www.answer1.com

Smith.ai Smith.ai goes beyond simply telephone answering to provide call screening, spam call blocking, client intake, call-backs and more. https://www.smith.ai.

If you’d like to sign up for Smith.ai or simply test it out with a 30-day/10-call free trial, you may do so online at https://smith.ai, by phone at (650) 727-6484, or by email at support@smith.ai.  Use code LEGALEASE to receive $50 off your first month. This code can be used in combination with your free trial, for a total savings of $110.

legal typistLegal Transcription and Off-site Secretarial Services LegalTypist has been providing legal transcription and customized off site secretarial solutions to sole practitioners, multiple attorney firms and companies working within the legal industry since April of 2001. http://www.legaltypist.com.

Postage

www.stamps.com
Eliminate the need to go to the post office – do it all from your desktop

www.endicia.com

Netposthttp://tinyurl.com/xvdp
Create and send postcards and letters right from your computer. You can also upload flyers, booklets and other materials and send them without ever having to go to the post office.

Press releases

Printing

Business cards and other business printing needs:

Netposthttp://tinyurl.com/xvdp
Create and send postcards and letters right from your computer. You can also upload flyers, booklets and other materials and send them without ever having to go to the post office.

Shipping labels: www.goodlabelsforless.com

Research

Need to find old web pages, or old versions of current sites? Look at www.archive.org

Don’t have a regular subscription to a research service like Lexis? You can get some opinions on an hourly, daily or weekly basis through www.lexisone.com

Public records – to research public records, try Search Systems at www.searchsystems.net

Full text sources – www.law.cornell.edu

Need a law librarian online? Here it is – for a small  charge www.lrsionline.net

Legal research newsletter and links to “sites worth visiting.” – www.inter-alia.net

Alert service for legal newswww.law.com

Bill texts, summaries and status, Congressional record, the Constitution and more information can be found at http://thomas.loc.gov

Bills, Congressional record, laws, US Code, CFR, Federal Register and the U.S. Supreme Court – www.gpoaccess.gov

Find all kinds of information atwww.refdesk.com

Surveys

Take one of my surveys to get you thinking about your practice:

Law Firm Report Card: http://www.assessmentgenerator.com/H/cRacshields1139246260.html

Law Firm Survey: http://www.assessmentgenerator.com/H/cRacshields1133385230.html

Solo Survey: http://www.assessmentgenerator.com/H/cRacshields1133384524.html

Science

www.science.govScience and technology information

Technology

The Legal Technology Resource Center of the American Bar Association includes all kinds of information related to legal technology, including a buyer’s guide, publications, a legal technology bloga yearly report on legal technology, and more.

Websites

Amicus Creative MediaAmicus Creative Media LLC is a leading law firm website design and marketing company made up of a talented group of professionals including attorneys, web developers, graphic designers and marketing experts who have come together to create the most comprehensive, feature-packed attorney website system available today.

Taking over 750 law firms to new heights since the company’s inception in 2007, Amicus Creative offers firms a completely custom website solution which increases visibility, generates new business and supercharges referrals. All of the sites they develop include a stunning design, unlimited revisions and site pages, an extensive content library and integrated site tools such as click to call technology, integrated blogging, a comprehensive newsletter system and online event management designed to engage clients, prospective clients and colleagues.

 To learn more visit amicuscreative.com or call one of their marketing consultants at 877-269-0076

websitesforlawyers.comWebsites For Lawyers is a full-service web design and Internet marketing company specializing in designing, developing and enhancing customized, results-driven websites for solo practitioners, small and medium-sized law firms. Their SEO and local marketing services help attorneys gain exposure to potential clients at the very times they’re seeking legal help and advice online. Websites For Lawyers is a sister site to WebsiteDesignandMarketing.net, which helps local business owners extend and enhance their local Internet presence.

Contact them at:

Gary Victor (New York)
(516) 238 5252
Gary@WebsitesforLawyers.net

Work/Life Balance

Free e-newsletter covering work-life balance and legal humor:
The Timesheet: http://www.thebillablehour.com/timesheet.php

Helping a Friend or Family Member with Depression or Bipolar Disorder

Writing Tools

Grammarly LogoGrammar and spell check in MS Word only go so far – and they are limited to documents you create in Word. Grammarly is The World’s Best Automated Proofreader. Not only will it help you in Word, but it will also proofread what you write anywhere else – in your emails, on the web, and more. Once it is installed on your computer, it will follow you to make sure you don’t miss a single typo or grammar error.

Please note that the sites and references contained here are for informational purposes only. Legal Ease Consulting, Inc. does not make any warranties, express or implied, about the accuracy or suitability of the sites, services, vendors, authors or information listed herein. This page contains affiliate links; Legal Ease Consulting and/or Allison C. Shields may receive a small commission if you click on a link and purchase the product or service offered at that site, however, there is no cost to you and the products/services will not be more expensive by using these links.

In no event shall Legal Ease Consulting, Inc. be responsible or liable for loss of profit, or any commercial damages, including, but not limited to, special incidental, consequential, or any other damages in connection with or arising out of the use of any of the above sites, services, vendors, or information.

Allison

Allison C. Shields
Legal Ease Consulting, Inc
Creating Productive, Profitable and Enjoyable Law Practices

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