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The CuroLegal Moonshot: 10 Years; No Justice Gap.

Here is the CuroLegal Moonshot: We will eliminate the access to justice gap in the United States within the next 10 years. In other words, everyone in our country who needs or wants access to legal services will be able to get it. To achieve this, it means that we will stop tweaking the way…

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Legal Tech and The Fight For Civil Rights

By: Nicole Bradick Since the election, I have stood by in horror at the divisiveness in our country. Every day I read the news obsessively and my heart aches with every instance of threats and hate crimes against the marginalized in America. I found some solace in an online Facebook group of lawyers that are…

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Hey Bar Leaders, Your Organization Should Act Like a Startup

By: Chad Burton, CEO of CuroLegal To most, the thought of startup companies usually sparks images of Silicon Valley stereotypes vying to be the next billion dollar unicorn. Regardless, successful startups share common traits by: Embracing risk; Having driven, laser-focused leadership; Solving real/difficult problems; Being completely user/consumer focused; Finding creative ways to drive revenue; Keeping…

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A Midsize Firm’s First Three Steps to Move to the Cloud

By: Will Harrelson, Director of Product Integration If you were an entry-level associate attorney and your firm’s management committee offered you a promotion to managing partner starting next week, would you feel prepared to begin making strategic decisions for the entire organization? Of course not – you’d need to study the financials, review HR policies,…

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A Primer on Digital Product Options for Law Firms

By: Nicole Bradick, CSO of CuroLegal Your law firm has a great marketing website but are looking for newer and modern way to engage existing and prospective clients with new digital products.  What are some of your options? Here are a few to consider: Launch a Special-Purpose Website. You have your firm’s website that exists…

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Beyond The Website: Creating digital products for your law firm

By: Nicole Bradick, CSO of CuroLegal Yes, your firm’s website is technically a digital product.  But think more broadly of digital products as anything a person can consume online, without having to hire your firm and engage your services.  This can include a wide range of things, from apps to stand-alone websites with useful information/tools,…

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Time for Bar Associations to Rebrand?

By: Chad Burton, CEO of CuroLegal Every bar association in the country needs to consider rebranding their organization with a hipper, cooler name and logo. How about “[Current President’s] Fun Shack” or “Cool Attorneys’ Club of [State/City/County]”? Bars could continue using the scales of justice as a logo or go with an image of Justin…

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iPad Pro: Netflix player or Primary Computing Thingy

By: Chad Burton, CEO of CuroLegal It seems like 95% of blog posts reviewing the new iPad Pro can be summarized as follows: “OMG, the iPad Pro is, like, so disappointing. Tim Cook is sooo basic. The Pro doesn’t replace a laptop.” (Yes, when I read most reviews, I substitute in my oldest daughter’s voice.)…

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Tech Pitfalls: Inertia

By: Will Harrelson, Director of Product Integration Law firms don’t often get compared to interstellar spacecraft, such as the infamous Voyager I, hurtling through space at 38,000 miles per hour. Indeed, firms are often criticized because of the perception that they are too slow-moving. When it comes to legal technology, law firms suffer from the frustrating…

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Apples to apples — A somewhat seasonal discussion of the costs of cloud v. server

There are a lot of mistruths out there about the cost of moving to the cloud and abandoning an on-premise server.  There are also a lot of smart ways to determine the financial ramifications of moving to the cloud, including an assessment of total cost of ownership (another blog post in the making). But on the…

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The Bottom Line: Hiring a Virtual Assistant Will Increase Your Profitability

As we meet with attorneys throughout the country at various bar associations and conventions, one of the most common questions we get asked revolves around the profitability of hiring a virtual assistant. Most attorneys wonder how spending money on a virtual assistant will actually increase their revenue. The business case for using virtual assistants is simple: doing administrative work…

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Tips on Delegating Work to a Virtual Assistant

Now that you’ve realized you are both overworked and overwhelmed as an attorney, where do you turn for help? We see the wheels turning in your head and are here to help. Even if you have your own assistant, it is only a matter of time before they either leave your practice for other opportunities or your practice…

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Four Ways You Can Grow Your Practice with Virtual Assistants

Originally written for Clio but is reposted with permission.  You may have seen any number of tweets or blog posts in the past year suggesting that robots are going to either replace or greatly assist lawyers in the decades ahead. The thought is truly fascinating, sure, but did you know that you can already find the legal…

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Do I Really Need an Assistant for my Firm?

If you open up the dictionary and look up either legal assistant or paralegal, you will find the following description: “Warning…these positions including the following duties: receptionist, office manager, accountant, support staff and quasi-­lawyer – without the fancy degree and six­-digit student loan debt.” You see, attorneys rely on legal assistants and paralegals to be their right­-hand man…

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5 Tips for Keeping Your Distributed Team Engaged

With the ever-increasing move toward virtual law firm models, there is relentless talk about technology and how to use it to crank out your daily workload.  There is no end to the advantages of cloud-based technologies to streamline your operations, from administrative assistance to accounting to research, etc.  As the newness of cloud-based technology wears…

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“Get It” While the Gettin’s Good

Albert Einstein was a pretty smart guy according to most sources. Although I have heard the definition of insanity many, many times before, it was not until today that I discovered that Einstein is the one credited for it: Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. It strikes me that…

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LastPass – Using Password Protection Apps and the Efficacy of your Passwords

What is your Password Protection Strategy? If you are like anyone else nowadays, it’s a guarantee that you have more logins and passwords than you know what to do with.  So you likely take one of two paths: 1) you use one password, and all of your various logins use some variation of your favorite…

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Managing Trust Accounts in Clio

Many states have rules in place regarding how attorneys need to maintain lawyers’ trust accounts. These rules vary from state to state but the common underlying theme is that as a lawyer, it is your job to act as a fiduciary of client funds. Most states have adopted Rules of Professional Conduct to help guide…

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Mobile Device Security for Lawyers: How Solos and Small Firms can Ethically Allow Bring Your Own Device

The Start of Bring Your Own Device Policies It really is the iPhone’s fault. Yes, Apple is to blame for designing the most desirable piece of technology of the last decade. So desirable, in fact, that employees of all stripes requested (and, often, begged) their IT departments to toss the increasingly-“corporate” Blackberry out the window…

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Collection Realization Rates the Clio Way: Have you looked at yours lately?

The financial health of your law firm or any business is ultimately dependent on three simple concepts: Getting the work (selling your product – yes, you are a salesperson disguised as a lawyer)) Doing the work (building the product) Getting paid for the work (collecting the money) You need to keep a steady flow in…

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Leveraging Your Online Relationships — Turning “Likes” into Clients

This article was previously published in the ABA GPSolo eReport and is re-published here with the consent of the author. You recently posted an article on LinkedIn, Google+, and Twitter and received your first ”like,” “share” or “retweet.” How do you turn this into a client or a new referral source? Ten years ago, this…

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A Clio Workflow for Collecting on Past Due Accounts

A Clio Workflow for Collecting on Past Due Accounts Want to make sure the collections work on past due accounts gets delegated and completed? Well, here is a way to do it – the Clio Way. At a client meeting the other day, the discussion of past due accounts came up. How can we get paid…

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Clio and Tracking Prospects – A Little Creative use of Clio

There are many times I get asked if there is a way to track prospect clients in Clio. So, while this is not perfect, it is a nice simple way to accomplish this goal: identify when you first talked to a prospect and then, when they become a client. Once the data is in Clio,…

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Setting up Your Clio Task Feeds

Clio integrates very well with Google Apps.  For example, it’s easy to get your task list to show up on your google calendar (or Outlook or iCal if you’re into that sort of thing).  In Clio, go to the Tasks window, select “Feeds” and then select Personal task ics feed (Outlook/iCal). When you click on…

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Google Local Reviews and the Importance of your Online Presence

I’m assuming you’ve taken the time to think about how you get your business.  I mean, if you haven’t, how are you still in business?  You might think of it as a means to an end, or a part of your business that is a necessary evil, but no matter what, you’ve likely thought about…

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Attraction vs. Retention Marketing – Where are you spending your efforts and money?

Random Acts of Marketing can be Harmful to Your Business For this blog post I am going to step back into my world as a bar association’s director of marketing and align it with the world of law firm business development. When I started my new position as director of membership they were at the…

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A Cyclist’s Perspective on Fee Agreements

As a cyclist, I truly understand the importance of a well-balanced wheel for ensuring a successful ride.  After completing my recent ride, I thought about the analogy between the smooth bike ride and a successful client engagement. The difference between my smooth rides and not-so-smooth rides can be condition of the wheels – one loose or out…

Would You Pass a Trust Account Audit?

This article was originally posted here on Attorney at Work, and is re-posted on Curo Legal’s blog with the permission of the author, Peggy Gruenke. Every lawyer knows mismanaging a trust account (IOLTA) can have terrible consequences. However, most lawyers receive little or no training in how to manage a trust account before opening one of their…

Custom Counsel Joins Forces with Curo Legal To Provide Freelance Attorney Services

Arrangement benefits clients, hiring attorneys and freelance attorneys Portland, ME and Dayton, OH – March 24, 2014 – Custom Counsel http://customcounsel.com/, a leading provider of freelance attorneys, and Curo Legal http://curolegal.com, a practice operations firm focused on creating greater efficiencies and profitability for law firms, announced today that they have entered into a strategic partnership…

Webinar: Cloud, Mobile and Social: Three Industry Trends That Every Lawyer Should Be Aware Of

Join your hosts:     Jack Newton – CEO, Clio         Chad Burton – Principal Attorney & CEO Burton Law and Curo Legal         Nitin Gupta – Director, Professional Services/Industry Lead, Box       Social, mobile, and cloud technology is altering the way that lawyers manage their practices and engage with…

Nextpoint Joins Forces with Curo Legal To Provide Innovative Litigation Support Services

Chicago, IL and Dayton, OH – Dec. 11 , 2013 – Nextpoint  http://www.nextpoint.com/, a leading provider of litigation support services, and Curo Legal http://curolegal.com, a practice operations firm focused on creating greater efficiencies and profitability for law firms, announced today that they have entered into a strategic partnership to provide cost-efficient, technology-based trial support for law…

Ruby Receptionists Joins Forces with Curo Legal

Strategic Partnership Offers Law Firms Cost-efficient and Professional Receptionist Support Portland, OR and Dayton, OH – Dec 2, 2013 – Ruby® Receptionists http://www.callruby.com/, a leading provider of live virtual receptionist services, and Curo Legal http://curolegal.com, a practice operations firm focused on creating greater efficiencies and profitability for law firms, announced today that they will partner…

Top Five Planning Questions for Online Legal Service Delivery

In order for a law firm to begin the process of deciding what type of model for online delivery it needs and how to integrate online legal services, it must first take a step back and look at its existing practice areas and the services it currently provides to clients in a traditional manner. The…

Introducing Curo Legal: Accounting and Finance Services

This is Curo’s Accounting & Finance initial blog and we are thrilled to introduce ourselves and our service offerings.  Our Accounting & Finance Services Division is directed by a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) who likes to walk to the beat of a slightly different drum.  So, don’t get lost in the image of an awkward…

Introducing Curo Legal: Virtual Assistance

By Barbara Etherington, Director of Virtual Assistant Services Surely you have now heard the news.  The legal profession is changing.  How legal services are delivered is changing.  Yet giving your clients your time and attention is still the driving factor in having a successful law practice.  Your time spent on this is irreplaceable.  So how…

Clio Joins Forces with Curo Legal For Added Practice Management Expertise

Strategic Partnership Offers Law Firms Holistic Approach to Practice Management Vancouver, BC and Dayton, OH – October 17, 2013 – Clio http://www.goclio.com/, the leader in cloud-based practice management tools for the legal industry, and Curo Legal http://curolegal.com, a practice operations firm focused on creating greater efficiencies and profitability for law firms, announced today that they…

2013 ABA Solo Small Firm Conference: A Quick Summary of My Favorite Things

By Peggy Gruenke, Director, Practice Operations The first week of October, I had the opportunity to attend the 8th Annual National Solo & Small Firm Conference of the ABA’s GP Solo/Small Firm Division in beautiful Lexington Kentucky. The conference was top notch from the beautiful venue and food to the excellent speakers and wonderful attorneys, sponsors…

Introducing Curo Legal!

On behalf of our entire team, we are excited to launch this venture and share it with the rest of the legal community. The future of the legal profession is such a hot topic, and many are having a difficult time wrapping their heads around what it means for them individually as practicing attorneys as…

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