How to Archive Your Digital Files in a Paperless Law Firm


I’ve talked a lot recently about the necessity of backing up your law firm’s data. Losing your data due to computer malfunction, user error, hacking, or any other event can be truly damaging to your law firm and your reputation. However, the rise of the Paperless Law Firm actually creates a new dilemma that few lawyers appreciate: what to do with electronic documents in closed files.

What you need is a system of archiving your client files that allows them to be preserved for an extended period of time, and in a retrievable format. Here are _ steps to archiving… (more…)

Apple’s Response: 5 Different Ways the FBI’s Argument Blows


Yep, Apple finally submitted it’s response to the FBI today…

So, I’ve done you all a huge favor and read Apple’s entire Motion (and supporting brief) to Vacate the Ex Parte Order issued last week. For those of you who don’t know, here are the basics:

Note: This is my summary of the situation, so it is not free of bias. I am now and have long been a supporter of strong security measures in mobile devices, and a strong supporter of Apple in this case. If you wish to debate the relative merits, we can do that elsewhere. (more…)

6 Damn Good Reasons You Really Need VoIP Phone Service

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Your law firm needs to have its phone system. Aside from being a fairly basic requirement from every state bar in order to practice law, it’s a pretty nice thing to have whenever you need to talk to someone (or they need to talk to you).

Being such a basic need, you probably haven’t given it a second thought since it was installed. It’s exactly that line of thinking that has allowed you to be grotesquely overcharged for service from the phone company. And for a service that is far inferior to another option: VoIP Phone Service.

That’s right – phone over the internet. But you’re used to your phone service, and I’d better have some damn good reasons to switch to something different. Well, here goes: (more…)

Phishing: When One Email Shuts Down Your Law Firm


It can happen.

It almost happened to me yesterday.

I opened up my email and saw one from a familiar sender, but with a strange subject line entry. The body of the email instructed me to remit payment based on instructions in the attached invoice, referring to the information below.

What I saw there was a poor copy-paste job of a local bank’s information page, with a link in the center (written out as a file ending in “.doc”). There was nothing attached, and the email instructed me to view the “attachment.”

Our IT vendor was immediately notified.

But what if I’d clicked on the link? (more…)

How to Create a Successful Law Firm Website: Web Hosting Services

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Creating a new website for your law firm, whether you’re opening up a new practice or updating a dated law firm, can be an immense task. I’d love to say that following this guide will allow you to put together a successful and profitable website in your spare time. It won’t.

However, in this series, I will walk you through the critical steps of putting together an effective website. Some of those steps inform you to go get help from someone else. Unless you’re a veteran computer programmer, a marketing expert, and a practicing, there’s a lot that’ll probably be over your head.

Don’t worry about it. In this four-part series, you’ll learn the basics of setting up a website that, as part of your overall marketing plan, will help convert visitors into clients, and give you a competitive advantage in your market.

Part I: Getting Started
Part II: Your Domain Name

You have your domain name, now it’s time to get technical – first up on that list is finding the right web hosting service for your new website: (more…)

How to Ignore the Experts: Most Popular Passwords of 2015

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Isaac Newton famously said:

“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.”

On the other hand, H.L. Mencken said:

“Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.”

Based on the recently released list of the top 25 most popular passwords of 2015, I empathize more with the second quote. The inescapable conclusion: we’re morons. (more…)

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