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The Latest Fraudulent Bank Check Scam

Posted on July 31, 2014
You are probably wondering why the scam artists keep coming up with new ways to try to rip you off. It’s because they are well paid to do it by uninformed people who take their bait, including attorneys throughout the U.S. Here’s the latest: Sir/Ma We are a Chinese Company based in theHong Konginvolved in […] The post The Latest Fraudulent Bank Check Scam appeared first on PA Law Practice Management by Ellen Freedman.

Records Management for Personal Stuff

Posted on July 29, 2014
Another great post by Patti Spencer, Esquire details which personal records you should keep permanently. If you tend to hoard more than you should, maybe this will enable you to throw some things away without worry. Read “What To Keep and What to Throw Away (Part Two of Two)”...

Job Opening – Accounting Manager, Law Firm

Posted on July 15, 2014
Immediate job opening: A Montgomery County, PA law firm has an opening for an Accounting Manager. The responsibilities include overall direction and supervision of accounting operations, general ledger, financial reporting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, banking, cash receipts, collections and billing...

Can You Deduct Vacation Expenses Combined With a Business Trip?

Posted on June 30, 2014
It’s common practice to add some vacation activity to a business trip to help defray the cost. When and to what extent is it really deductible? Today’s post is written by guest blogger Patti S. Spencer, Esquire Patti is a nationally recognized Trusts, Estates and Taxation Lawyer, Writer and Expert Witness...

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Job Opening – Senior Associate in Estate Admin & Probate

Posted on June 02, 2014
Job opportunity! Wolf, Baldwin, a busy, 8 attorney law firm in Pottstown, Montgomery County (additional offices in Reading and West Chester) seeks a senior associate with significant experience in estate administration and probate to manage their well-established estate planning and probate practice...

Economic Recovery Eludes Legal Industry

Posted on May 05, 2014
If job gains and losses are any indication of economic recovery, it is safe to say that the general economy continues to inch out of the recession pit, but the legal industry is still in the hole. The most recent report by the US Department of Labor indicates that the legal industry lost 1,200 jobs […] The post Economic Recovery Eludes Legal Industry appeared first on PA Law Practice Management by Ellen Freedman.

Windows Security Patches Released

Posted on May 05, 2014
Microsoft Released a security patch on Thursday, May 1st, which fixed all Windows versions of Internet Explorer, including for Windows XP! XP has been out of support, but with a heavy installed base — estimated at 30% of the world’s computers by some — Microsoft made an exception to its policy by updating the operating […] The post Windows Security Patches Released appeared first on PA Law Practice Management by Ellen Freedman.

Computer Security Issues ? Windows XP, Adobe Flash, Internet Explorer

Posted on April 29, 2014
When Homeland Security issues a warning about new risks of using your computer, you should stop and pay attention. When mighty Microsoft tells you to temporarily stop using one of their programs due to a security issue, you should stop and pay attention once you?ve recovered from fainting...

Tax on Legal Services in PA

Posted on April 22, 2014
There’s no time to passively wait on this issue, folks. Seniors are heavily in favor of tax on legal services, as it will replace property tax, and make it more affordable to hold onto their homes when limited to social security. Pennsylvania Realtors (“PAR”) are also heavily pushing this tax “reform” because the real estate […] The post Tax on Legal Services in PA appeared first on PA Law Practice Management by Ellen Freedman.

Security Issues on iPhone 5s

Posted on April 15, 2014
Attorneys who use the iPhone 5s should refrain from enabling Touch ID. There have already been two patches in response to two security flaws. But tech experts feel that the Touch ID feature is still a risk for phones carrying confidential client information...

Job Opening – Law Firm Office Administrator

Posted on March 28, 2014
Solnick & Levin is a small law firm in Jenkintown, PAwith a busy personal injury and workers? compensation practices. They have a job opening for a Law Firm Office Administrator. The firm, which currently has 4 attorneys and 6 staff, is growing and will be nearly doubling its footprint into space adjacent to their existing […] The post Job Opening – Law Firm Office Administrator appeared first on PA Law Practice Management by Ellen Freedman.

A Guide for the Surviving Spouse

Posted on March 25, 2014
Lancaster, PA attorney Patti S. Spencer is a nationally recognized Trusts, Estates and Taxation Lawyer, Writer and Expert Witness. Her areas of concentration include trusts: estate administration, settlement, and planning; inheritance tax: fiduciary liability, and tax planning...

How One Keystroke Can Undo Your Deal — Confidentiality:

Posted on March 25, 2014
What does a teenager have in common with confidentiality? Absolutely nothing. Today’s youth live out their lives on social media without a thought of consequences from sharing every thought and action. Following is a guest blog by Wayne, PA employment lawyer Robin Bond...

Disaster Planning, Prevention and Recovery — Free Seminar

Posted on February 09, 2014
I am pleased to let you know that the Greater Philadelphia Professional Counsel will be presenting a seminar on Disaster Planning on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Registration and free breakfast begins at 7:45 ? 8:30 am. The seminar will run from 8:30 am to 10:00 am...

Coaching for PA Lawyers to Improve Marketing and Other Skills

Posted on January 29, 2014
My first major step onto the coaching soapbox came in the form of an article entitled “Coaching to Improve Skills,” which appeared in the December 3, 2007 issue of The Pennsylvania Bar News. I wrote it because I was sick and tired of hearing attorneys say that if an attorney did not instinctively know how […]The post Coaching for PA Lawyers to Improve Marketing and Other Skills appeared first on PA Law Practice Management by Ellen Freedman.

Twitter username worth $50k?

Posted on January 29, 2014
A very interesting article on CNET News caught my attention. The headline “Coveted $50,000 Twitter username swiped in tale of woe” intrigued me on more than one level. First, of course, are the security issues. Definitely read the article, and track back to the blog post, to get an idea of how vulnerable your online […]The post Twitter username worth $50k? appeared first on PA Law Practice Management by Ellen Freedman.

When Fee Exceeds Value

Posted on January 27, 2014
I present a number of seminars to PA attorneys in which I strongly make the point that billing is more art than science; however if an attorney approaches it from the perspective of hours x rate = You owe me, the lawyer has missed the point. From the client’s point of view, it’s about value […]The post When Fee Exceeds Value appeared first on PA Law Practice Management by Ellen Freedman.

Custom Apps Created by Law Firms – Brilliant Marketing

Posted on September 14, 2013
A terrific next step in education-based marketing strategy is the law firm mobile device app, designed to address a specific client need. Law Technology News recently reported on apps designed by Latham & Watkins and O’Melveny & Myers,to inform users about anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws...

Document Assembly – Work Smarter Instead of Harder

Posted on September 13, 2013
Repetitive documents are most cost-effectively produced using document assembly software. I recall reading that approximately 80% of legal documents are mostly repetitive; using boilerplate language. They provide opportunity to gain efficiency in production by working smart...

Simple Timeline Software

Posted on September 04, 2013
Sometimes you need to create a simple Timeline, but you don’t do it often enough to justify buying expensive application software. What do you do? We’re all probably familiar with TimeMap, now owned by LexisNexis. It was probably the first really good and easy-to-use software designed specifically for this purpose...

It’s Dog Gone Time!

Posted on August 31, 2013
It’s about time a judge recognized that one’s beloved pet is worth a lot more than original price paid. A pound pup claims just as much space in our heart. Regardless of whether the dog comes free, or with a hefty pedigree and price tag, we will love it...

A Law Firm with a Sense of Humor

Posted on August 23, 2013
Is it an oxymoron to say law firm and sense of humor in the same sentence? Apparently not. Creating a fun atmosphere attracts employees. Back in the day when I managed firms hands-on, I tried to introduce humor into the workplace whenever possible. My colleagues at other firms did not approve...

Keep Track of Your ?Stuff?

Posted on August 19, 2013
We all lose stuff, even if only temporarily. What if you could ?tag? all your stuff with a tracker, so that when misplaced, you could locate it easily on your Smartphone? That?s what Tile is for. A Personal Asset Manager to help track one?s stuff. It?s about time...

Upcoming MCLE Seminars

Posted on August 19, 2013
I have two confessions: 1) I do have a calendar for upcoming events on my web site, but can’t get into it to update it. I just haven’t had time to figure out what’s wrong. 2) I have not posted to my blog in quite a while. This is one of those “do as I […]The post Upcoming MCLE Seminars appeared first on PA Law Practice Management by Ellen Freedman.

Caring for Elderly Parents

Posted on August 19, 2013
Many of you read my blog post some time ago entitled ?Children Responsible for Parental Debt?. It?s a serious issue surrounding the long-standing Filial Responsibility Law in PA. I?m pleased to let you know that the Greater Philadelphia Professional Council, of which I am a member, will be presenting a FREE seminar on this topic...

Why You Need to Connect With Your Colleagues

Posted on June 27, 2013
Attorneys who practice in a solo or small firm (15 or fewer attorneys) setting have lots of advantages. One big disadvantage for many is a lack of feedback and support mechanisms. That’s certainly one area where a larger firm provides benefit...

Don’t Miss Tomorrow’s Seminar

Posted on June 27, 2013
It’s not too late to sign up for “Using Trial Tools in the High Tech Courtroom” which happens tomorrow, Friday, June 28, 2013,in Berks County. The seminar is being hosted from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the High-Tech Courtroom– Reading Station of the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania...

Does Communication Overload Impact Civility in the Profession?

Posted on June 19, 2013
I have theory, but I’m not sure I have any answers. I’m hoping you do, and will take the time to express your thoughts. My theory starts with a base assumption that most people in the legal environment are suffering from information-overload anxiety...

Big Time Competition Just Arrived

Posted on April 30, 2013
The legal marketplace has become extremely competitive. You know that. But it just became a lot worse, and you may not yet be aware of the new threat. A 700 lawyer private law firm in China — Zhong Lun Law Firm — has opened an office in New York...

Cyber Security and Data Privacy

Posted on April 25, 2013
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP just published a very sobering article on this topic. The article is entitled “Cyber-security and Data Privacy Outlook and Review: 2013,” and it is probably one of the most comprehensive reviews on the status of lawsuits, regulatory changes, and breaches I’ve read to date...

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