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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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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 2 days ago 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 7 days ago 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
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Last month, the Professional Ethics Committee of the State Bar of Texas issued Ethics Opinion 642, which addressed two questions: May a Texas law firm include the terms “officer” or “principal” in the job titles of the firm’s non-lawyer employees?... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
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If you’ve logged in to Facebook in the past few days, you may have noticed a message from Facebook about ads. If you haven’t taken the time to read it or aren’t sure why you should care, you may want... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
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I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Sarah Poriss for a video series especially for solos, called The Art of Being Solo, which will begin airing on June 16, 2014. The series provides insights from a variety of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
MyCase has put together an infographic representing some common mistakes with lawyer websites, particularly when those websites are created or maintained by the lawyers themselves. These include problems with design, SEO, lack of mobile optimization, and inability to track the... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
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Last week I had the privilege of participating in a panel presentation on social media and the internet for lawyers at our local bar association. On the panel with me were a jury consultant and two trial court judges. I... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
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My first column in Law Practice Magazine is out, and it's all about improving and managing cash flow. If you establish good billing practices, you're already on your way to better cash flow. Here are some of my tips from... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
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I think Groups are one of the most important features of LinkedIn, particularly for lawyers or other professionals who are seeking to not only build their networks, but to establish their expertise with specific audiences (as you can see from... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog