COVID-19 CrisisBlog posts to help lawyers adapt and thrive in the new reality.
In this video blog post, I talk about how LawLytics members used the platform to pivot quickly during COVID, and how technology that empowers small firms and solos to pivot on a dime will be even more important in the tech-accelerated, post-COVID world.
In my 21 years as a lawyer I’ve never seen the level of risk and opportunity for solos and small firms as I’m seeing in 2020. Over Labor Day Weekend I read Thomson Reuters’ recently released 2020 report on the small law firms in the United States. I was surprised to...
As lawyers, we have an opportunity presented by the uncertainty and risk facing America and the world. Unlike laymen, lawyers have information and tools at our disposal to contextualize a significant part of what’s going on. The gift of context can be shared. And the...
This blog post, which is my first on Covid-19 in a while, is an update on our observations about how the business of law firms has changed with a focus on how the solo practitioners and small firm owners are thinking about their online marketing.
This article discusses the real value of social media for law firms to help attorneys understand what drives clients as opposed to bleeding profits.
Attorneys should understand how legal directories work to avoid the disadvantages of playing the games that directory businesses want them to play.
The marketing agency model is ineffective for small law firms and solo practitioners at most budget levels, and there’s a modern more effective alternative.
The good news is that, as an attorney, whether you’re a law firm owner now and want to gain more control, or whether you’re thinking about opening your own firm, your license to practice law comes with an implied license to take control of your future. Taking control, and achieving true independence, is easy to do once you have the right mindset.
As a law firm owner, you’re in control of your own destiny. You chose to be your own boss for a reason. You took risks and worked hard to attain that control and freedom of choice, and to put your destiny in your own hands. That choice is a reflection of who you are, of your entrepreneurial spirit. Even if your status quo has been disrupted (and who’s hasn’t?), you now have the opportunity — perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity — to positioning you law practice to win post-crisis while at the same time serving your clients and your community through the crisis.
I hope that this webinar gives you some fresh ideas and that it inspires you to take action. We’re at a defining moment in history, and, as an attorney you have an unprecedented opportunity to both be of service and to build an enduring business advantage.
The more you can be a voice of clarity for your clients and potential clients during this time, the more creditability and respect you’ll earn. And the converse is also true. So put yourself in your clients’ shoes as you craft your message.
It's the last day of March 2020. Job losses are mounting. Three-million plus reported just last week. And if you’re like me, you probably suspect that reality will be much worse than the current numbers when overloaded state unemployment systems catch up to reality....
If I was a small law firm owner right now, and if I had access to government backing to keep good employees on staff (even when there isn’t the revenue or typical job description-aligned work to support remaining fully staffed), I would. But I would do so with a clear agreement with each and every member of my retained team that they would be working, every day, full days, to build a foundation for the next decade of success in the firm. I would let them know that, short of putting themselves or their families in harms way, I expect that the boundaries of the job description that they had before the COVID-19 crisis do not apply until further notice.
I know this is a scary and frustrating time for attorneys who own solo practices and small law firms. It's easy to react impulsively to normal business down cycles. And what's happing right now with the COVID-19 pandemic is anything but normal. Knowing that many...
With the fear, uncertainty and upheaval created by the COVID-19 pandemic, many solo practitioners and small firm owners are worried about their marketing. And some are needlessly hurting because of it. My hope is that this post will give you, the solo or small firm owner, a perspective and an alternative path for your marketing that will lead to peace of mind and steadiness of business.
As I write this the curve of diagnosed COVID-19 cases in the Unites States is still rising sharply. As the nation grapples with fear and uncertainty, and in Washington DC politicians play politics, most lawyers are stuck at home. For most, business has slowed, and for...
Technology is core to keeping law offices of all sizes running. Last weekend, at the request of several of our customers, I published summaries of the technologies that we use at LawLytics that allow us to operate in the office and remotely with equal efficiency....
Everything I’m about to say assumes that your law firm is not in dire straits because your overhead is killing you while your clients are busy focusing on non-legal matters of life and death, and wrestling the fears Americans normally are not forced to confront. If your firm is in dire financial shape, what I’m about to say will only matter if you 1) survive and 2) have good marketing in place to when the storm passes and the tsunami of legal work and opportunity (that I’ll speculate about below) arrives. If you are wondering how you’re going to survive, the first thing that you need to do is get moving.
This post will outline the technology that the LawLytics team uses to effectively work (from the office and recently from home). Some of the technology may be useful to lawyers trying to adapt to the new reality of remote work in the thick of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The best time to build sustainable legal marketing, and secure a sustainable advantage, is when business is slow. The more you strategically utilize your downtime to work on your website, the less future slow times you’ll have, and the more you’ll be able to choose the types of cases and clients you want to engage because each opportunity in the future will cost you nothing.