While you know that the legal services you provide for clients generate great volumes paperwork and involve countless administrative tasks, you might be surprised to learn the average small firm lawyer can spend up to 12 hours per week on administrative tasks alone.
Unfortunately, small firms typically struggle with inefficiency due largely to a lack of resources. A limited staff can only accomplish so much in a day, but what if you could do more with less?
A Firm’s Success is Tied to the Software It Uses
Harnessing modern technology is undeniably the most efficient way for small law firms to create lasting positive change and the best type of technology is practice management software. However, not all software is equally efficient. To achieve the best results, software must be an all-in-one solution. Your firm’s success is inextricably tied to the software that you use.
A mishmash of different programs is an efficiency killer for your firm. Information spread over multiple databases is not only inefficient and costly, but also leads to inaccuracies and frustration for you, your staff and clients.
The best software to deliver maximum efficiency for managing your practice will handle all your critical daily tasks including:
Automated forms & templates
Time recording & billing
Small law firms that flourish and increase profits are those that use intuitive, integrated software that:
Drives efficiency so that the firm spends less time on unbillable, administrative tasks, allowing staff to focus on billable work.
Reduces Overhead – Remember, several cheap software programs can quickly add up to one expensive mess.
Provides a competitive advantage – A firm that uses antiquated, clunky software cannot compete with firms using streamlined technology. Great software empowers the firm to provide clients with a higher level of service.
Attracts the best talent – Inability to adapt and use modern technology could hurt your firm’s chances of attracting the best lawyers and staff.
Arm Your Firm with the Right Tools for Success
Finding the right solution involves researching available legal practice management software, evaluating features and benefits and choosing a system that delivers mobility, productivity tools, convenience and cost effectiveness.
Find out more about LEAP’s legal practice management system. Visit LEAP online or call 844-702-LEAP today.
As an employer, being knowledgeable about sexual harassment and the types of challenges you can potentially face is to your advantage. With proper insight, you can take preventative measures against having harassment arise in your work environment.
The EEOC Select Task Force discovered that women who experienced sexual harassment ranged from 25% to 85%. The main difference in responses was because some workers did not label the experience as “sexual harassment.” However, when behavior examples were used, the incident rate rose to 75%. Some examples described a sexual advance and other behaviors pointed to sexually crude terminology or displays (posting pornography for example). The two categories broke down into behavior that was a “come on” or a “put down.” With these types of examples, close to 60% of the women surveyed reported they had experienced harassment.
Based on these statistics, every business should be concerned about preventing sexual harassment.
Stephen Hans & Associatesis an employment litigation firm that has assisted small and medium sized businesses with employment law for more than 20 years.
Serving Flushing, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, New York City, Garden City & Nassau County NY
With offices throughout the New York City and Long Island area, the personal injury attorneys at Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP
have been assisting accident victims for more than 60 years. We have been successful in obtaining many multi-million dollar recoveries for our clients. We have convenient locations throughout the New York City metro area and in Garden City, Long Island. We are available to come to you in your home or in the hospital if you are unable to come to our office.
Creating documents can make up a significant part of an attorney’s daily workload in small firms. You scour the internet for the correct form you need or you have to create forms from scratch. Either way takes time —time you could spend working on more productive tasks.
With the technology available today, automating tasks within your firm is not only easy but, it’s also necessary. Prospective clients have come to expect a certain level of service, knowing the power and mobility of smartphones, tablets or laptops. Increased automation also helps attorneys to offer more competitive pricing to attract new clients.
Benefits of Document Automation
Small law firms rely on document automation to:
Save attorney(s) and staff valuable time
Produce professional and well put-together documents every time
Greatly reduce mistakes and errors
Create documents correctly the first time
How to Get Started
The first step for your practice to start automating document production and other tasks is choosing the right legal practice management software. Software can do the work for you. Automate forms you use daily. Create templates that make communicating with clients a breeze. Remember, the best software systems eliminate the need for outside IT help with automation and maintenance.
The LEAP Competitive Edge
Law firms that embrace technology gain competitive advantage and reap the benefits including more time to focus on other tasks such generating business for your firm.
To start automating legal document production and tasks in your practice visit LEAP online or call (844) 702-LEAP for more information or to book a free demonstration.
At Pyrros & Serres LLP, we provide comprehensive counsel to people with workers’ compensation and Social Security disability claims in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and across the greater New York City metropolitan area. Because of our reputation for effective advocacy, many of our new clients come to us as referrals from clients and other lawyers.
To learn more about the full scope of our practice, see our practice area overview page.
As an employment defense litigation lawyer, I pay attention to civil rights issues, and lately women’s rights issues have gained attention from the media.
Actress Patricia Arquette has actively worked toward passing the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), notable in her Oscar acceptance speech in 2015 and also in her recent testimony in June 2016 at a DNC Platform Committee hearing in Phoenix. There she urged the party to make ERA a priority. Even more recently, her letter to the editor appeared in The New York Times in support of the ERA.
Arquette is quoted as saying, “All of the things we want for women, including equal pay and effective legal recourse for gender-based violence, are in the ERA.” Arquette says, “… Polling shows the country is with us—we need Congress to catch up.”
The ERA has had a long run at trying to get ratified as an amendment. It was first introduced in 1923, now almost 100 years ago. The amendment was passed by Congress in 1972: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”
What Is Your Emotional State? Are You Experiencing These Symptoms?
While many people experience PTSD symptoms right after the traumatic incident, others may not experience them until months or even years later. Symptoms often include:
Reliving the event (same fears as during the event)
Flashbacks (feeling like the event is happening again)
Triggers (a sight, smell or sound that causes you to relive the event) Read More:
In any given year, approximately 1% of the US population will be injured in motor vehicle accidents — more than 3 million injuries annually.
Here are some facts taken from motor vehicle accident (MVA) studies regarding PTSD:
9% of motor vehicle accident (MVA) survivors develop PTSD
An average of 60% of MIV survivors who seek mental-health treatment have PTSD
Of those 60% seeking mental treatment, between 3% – 53% have major depression. Read More
Unfortunately, many people continue to experience symptoms for more than six months or a year before seeking mental treatment. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you seek damages to cover PTSD treatment as part of an accident settlement.
A recent ruling against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has inspired mixed reactions. The case (EEOC v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc., E.D. Mich., No. 14-13710, 8/18/16) centered on whether a Michigan funeral home violated federal employment bias law because it required its biological male employee to wear a suit at work.
The EEOC claimed that the funeral home was sex-stereotyping when it fired the employee, who was transitioning from male to female, because she failed to conform to their dress code that required men to wear suits. The EEOC’s position was that the funeral home was discriminating based on gender identity and that that was sex discrimination under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Read More
Religious groups generally and Alliance Defending Freedom specifically claimed the ruling was “a significant victory for religious liberty”. They chastised the Obama Administration for attempting to expand the reach of Title VII without going through Congress.
However, employment law attorneys and members of the ACLU felt the implications of the decision were “staggering,” “disappointing” and “dangerous”. Read More
Contact the Discrimination Law Attorneys at Leeds Brown Law, PCIf you feel you have been subjected to unlawful discrimination in the workplace based on race, gender, age, or disability you should speak to an experienced NYC discrimination law attorney. At Leeds Brown Law, we provide aggressive and effective legal counsel to individuals who believe they have been subjected to unlawful discrimination at work. Call us at 516-873-9550 or 212-661-4370 (toll-free at 1-800-585-4658) to schedule a consultation.
Under New York law, when a married person dies, the surviving spouse has a “right of election,” a statutory right to receive either $50,000 or 1/3rd of the estate, whichever is larger. However, as set forth in an opinion from the New York Appellate Division in 2010, that right can be jeopardized if there are concerns about the mental capacity of the decedent at the time of the marriage.
In Matter of Berk, 2010 NY Slip Op 02139 [71AD3d883], testimony indicated that the deceased, Irving Berk, had executed a will in 1982, naming his two sons and four grandchildren as sole beneficiaries. Some 15 years later, Judy Wang was hired as his permanent caretaker, as he was wheelchair bound and his memory was failing. Wang cared for him for the nearly a decade, as his physical and mental health declined. According to witnesses, by 2005 he had difficulty recognizing his sons when they came to visit. Nonetheless, Wang and Berk were married in June, 2005, in a civil service, when he was 99 and she was 47. Neither party wore a wedding ring and the marriage was not disclosed to Berk’s sons until the day before his funeral, in June, 2006. As Berk had not amended his will to include any provision for Wang, she filed a petition seeking to exercise her right to the statutory elective share as his legal spouse.
The trial court found that Wang had met the requirements of the statute by demonstrating that she was Berk’s surviving spouse at the time of his death. Because Wang had met the statutory test, the court determined that there were no facts that needed to be determined by a jury and issued a summary judgment ruling in Wang’s favor.
Berk’s sons appealed the summary judgment ruling, arguing that the marriage was a sham. Under the spousal election law, the election may be invalidated if the marriage was annulled. The sons argued that, because of undue influence and fraud, the marriage could not be legally binding. The appellate court overturned the summary judgment, finding that a jury could in fact determine whether Wang knew that Berk lacked the mental capacity to enter into a marriage and had deliberately taken unfair advantage of him by marrying him. The court also concluded that, should the jury find that Wang had wrongfully married Berk with the intention of securing a portion of his estate, the marriage could be ruled invalid and the spousal election could be denied.
The appellate court’s decision makes it clear that the spousal right of election may be at risk when the deceased has Alzheimers’ or some form of dementia. At the Law Office of Bonnie Lawston, we can protect your rights, whether you seek to exercise the right of election or want to prevent someone from wrongfully asserting a spousal right of election.
Contact the Law Office of Bonnie Lawston
At the Law Office of Bonnie Lawston, we focus our estate administration practice on estates subject to probate in Nassau County and Suffolk County on Long Island. Call us at 631-425-7299 or 24/7 at 855-479-4700 to set up a free initial consultation.