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Allison C. Shields, Legal Ease Consulting, Inc.
Long Island, New York
I help prevent "Lawyer Meltdown" through practice management and business development coaching and consulting for lawyers.
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I recently heard about a new productivity tool built specifically for solo service providers that I thought might be of interest to solo lawyers, although I haven't tried it myself yet. Built by an international team of designers and developers,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Legal Ease Blog
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Starting to create content for your law firm website, blog or social media pages? If so, you might be interested in this presentation, covering some of the most popular tools used by marketing pros to create great visual content: 36... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at Legal Ease Blog
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LinkedIn’s publishing platform allows users to create longer form posts, similar to blog posts, within the LinkedIn platform. Originally only open to LinkedIn Influencers, LinkedIn began opening its publishing platform to other users in early 2014. When you publish a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at Legal Ease Blog
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The Editor's Note from Amy Cosper, Editor in Chief, in the February 2015 issue of Entrepreneur magazine is an excellent read for any entrepreneur, including those intrepid souls who go out on their own to develop their own law practices.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at Legal Ease Blog
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January is traditionally a month of resolutions, of looking back over the past years at successes and failures, looking forward toward a new year, and deciding what changes could be made and what new initiatives could be implemented in order... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at Legal Ease Blog
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In a case entitled Robert Rubenstein v. The Florida Bar, United States District Court Judge Beth Bloom of the Southern District of Florida ruled last week that it is unconstitutional for the Florida Bar to prevent a lawyer from using... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
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It's that time of year again, and there's a holiday party practically every night. Sometimes they're fun, and other times, they may simply be an obligation that you can't avoid. But either way, holiday parties can be great networking opportunities... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
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With the Thanksgiving holiday tomorrow in the U.S., thoughts this week naturally turn to giving thanks for all that we have. But this quote from Oprah Winfrey reminds us that giving thanks isn't just important when everything is going great.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
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The November 2014 issue of Law Practice Today is out, and as always, it is filled with interesting and thought-provoking articles designed to help you improve your marketing and your practice. Here are five great ideas from this month's issue:... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
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Every year at about this time, the subject of client holiday cards resurfaces. Should you send holiday cards to clients, former clients and referral sources? Why or why not? Holiday cards can be a nice way to stay in touch... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
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Next week I’ll be presenting at the ABA Women Rainmakers Mid-Career Workshop on “Lawyering in the Digital Age.” My presentation covers technology issues that the lawyers of today are faced with that didn’t exist 20, 10, or sometimes even 5... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
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I have been doing a fair amount of traveling in the past several years, and packing continues to be a challenge. When packing for my most recent business conference two weeks ago, I decided I needed to come up with... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
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On October 8, 2014, the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility issued Formal Opinion 468, Facilitating the Sale of a Law Practice. The opinion discusses ABA Model Rule 1.17, which requires in part than when a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
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My last post talked about eliminating bad clients from your practice. But the best way to deal with truly difficult clients is by not taking them on in the first place. That requires that you be able to identify potentially... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
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Remember the "Don't Do" list from tip #5?Some clients may belong on your “don’t do” list. Every lawyer has horror stories about bad clients, clients they never should have agreed to represent, matters they should not have agreed to take... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
The Pennsylvania Bar Association has issued Formal Opinion 2014-300, a comprehensive opinion addressing numerous ethical issues involved in attorneys' use of social media. The 18 page opinion covers many areas that have plagued lawyers in their use of social media,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
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This month's issue of Law Practice Magazine is all about finance. If you're looking for some tips on how to improve your firm's financial performance, this month's issue can help. For example, check out this article from Peter Roberts on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
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Last week, Nancy Myrland did a post on her blog, "Competition Watching? Who Cares?!" in which she reminded her readers that, You can’t go through your professional life not showing your clients and potential clients what you know because it... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
Here's an interesting infographic from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, addressing the state of women in the law: Brought to you by the online Master of Legal Studies program at @WashULaw What do you think? What are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
A recent article in the New Jersey Law Journal reported that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled that lawyers' free speech rights are violated by New Jersey's restriction on the use of complimentary quotes from... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
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This week I received a question from a reader about using LinkedIn which read in part, What would you say are the top 3 to 5 ways in which attorneys should be using LinkedIn on a daily basis to actually... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
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In February of this year, I posted an interview with attorney Jeena Belil about how she uses LinkedIn Groups to help develop her business. I recently spoke with another attorney, Jonathan, who has also achieved success using LinkedIn. In fact,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
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A number of ethics opinions have been released this year which provide some guidance for lawyers on what is permitted (and prohibited) online. First, ABA Opinion 466, released in April 2014, discusses what lawyers may and may not do when... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
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In this month's "Big Ideas" issue of Law Practice magazine, Dennis Kennedy's article, The Productization of Legal Services talks about the possiblity of lawyers adapting traditional legal services into information products that can "make law firms money while they sleep"... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
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The ABA's Legal Technology Resource Center has conducted yearly surveys of technology use by practicing attorneys for over 10 years. The results of the 2014 survey are in, and they have been compiled into the 2014 Legal Technology Survey Report.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog