Client Secrets at Risk as Hackers Target Law Firms

Think knowing how to draft a contract, file a motion on time and keep your mouth shut fulfills your lawyerly obligations of competence and confidentiality?

Not these days. Cyberattacks against law firms are on the rise, and that means attorneys who want to protect their clients’ secrets are having to reboot their skills for the digital age. Continue Reading

Posted in Expert Article | Comments Off

Top 5 Things the Cloud is Not

It’s clear that the technology industry is moving from the PC era to the cloud era in several significant ways. While cloud represents a new way for IT to deliver — and end users to consume — IT applications and services, this transition also represents a significant change in how applications, services and systems are defined. The move to cloud computing is the most important technology disruption since the transition from mainframe to client-server, or even since Al Gore invented the internet. While industry veterans like Oracle’s commander in chief declared it a fad, this is a decade-long trend that is here to stay, and one that will define the next generation of IT.

The movement itself has been in play for the last decade, however there continues to be a lot of (mis)information in the marketplace about the cloud. So much so that it is difficult for organizations to figure out what is real and what is not to help them develop a successful cloud strategy, or simply learn about technologies that have been specifically designed and purpose-built to meet this dramatic shift in technology. While it’s important to know what the cloud is, it’s just as important to separate the wheat from the chaff, and for IT to understand what cloud is not.

To this end, I encourage you not to add yet another definition of the cloud to your glossary, but to truly understand the top 5 things the cloud is not. Continue Reading

Posted in Expert Article | Comments Off

Benefits of Having Cloud-based Chatter in Your Law Firm

Here at Law to Cloud we’ve uncovered the ultimate in an enterprise collaboration application and social development platform called Chatter. You’ve heard of Internet messaging applications, haven’t you? Well, what if you could have a cloud-based Chatter in your law firm? Continue Reading

Posted in Cloud Computing, Practice Management | Comments Off

Legal Project Management vs. Process Improvement – Which Drives BFC?

Legal Project Management (LPM) can now officially be crowned the buzz-phrase of 2012. Although not many firms have fully integrated LPM in to their practices, the need for embracing it is a foregone conclusion. Being faced with this challenge has caused me to put many brain cells on the how and why of LPM and what will drive productivity growth in law firms. Continue Reading

Posted in Expert Article | Comments Off

4 Ways to Stop Social Media Abuse at the Law Office

It seems like the social media giant Facebook is the talk of the town — and law offices. It’s not unusual for paralegals and attorneys to have Facebook on their smartphones and use the mobile app frequently, but here at Law to Cloud we have 4 ways to stop social media abuse at the law office. Continue Reading

Posted in Cloud Support, Expert Article, Legal Services, Practice Management | Comments Off

7 Tips for Establishing a Successful BYOD Policy

These seven core ideas should be a part of any good Bring Your Own Device program. Each idea comes with many important questions to ask yourself, your IT associates, and your executive team while developing a BYOD policy. Continue Reading

Posted in Expert Article | Comments Off

Even Small Law Firms Should Have a Web Marketing Strategy

It used to be that a detailed multimedia advertising campaign was something that only the big law firms could pull off. Essentially, if a law firm’s building took up an entire city block, then they were usually able to pour more money into their advertising than the average solo practice would make in even five years time. This made a level playing field nearly impossible.

Small law firms and solo practices have always had to accept that they simply couldn’t compete with the big guys in terms of marketing. Hiring a professional marketing agency to develop a brand, advertise, and maintain public relations used to be completely out of the scope of what small and solo law practices could afford.

Luckily, times have changed. Continue Reading

Posted in Legal Services, Practice Management | Comments Off

Ten Tips to Get the Most Out of LinkedIn

Lawyers and other legal professionals constitute one of the largest groups of users of the social networking platform LinkedIn. You might use LinkedIn on a regular basis, or you might vaguely remember that you signed up in response to an invitation from a client, colleague, or friend. Either way, there’s no question that all lawyers using LinkedIn have the feeling that they could be using LinkedIn in better and more effective ways than they do now. Continue Reading

Posted in Legal Services, Practice Management | Comments Off

Mobile Phone Security Basics for Lawyers

If you use a mobile phone as part of your law practice, you need to be concerned about what could happen if someone steals it or you otherwise lose it. Continue Reading

Posted in Mobile Phone | Comments Off