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Did you know there is more to practicelaw than just forms?  practicelaw is designed to be a repository of resources intended to help your practice.  Similarly, the MSBA’s practiceblawg is a blog for the Association to share with you how the MSBA can help you improve your efficiency and grow your practice.  The MSBA offers members a number of products and services and is always looking for ways to better serve its members and provide greater value.

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  • An HTML primer for lawyers

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Apr 17, 2015
    A recent study by the Florida Bar Association found that almost 40% of lawyers plan to update their websites in 2015. Most of today's CMS platforms include a WYSIWYG design interface, meaning you can create and maintain an elegant website without having to speak some "secret" language. However, having some basic fluency in HTML can still be beneficial.
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  • ABA TECHSHOW in T minus...

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Apr 15, 2015
    Getting ready to catch a plane to this year's TECHSHOW in Chicago. The annual ABA TECHSHOW is an opportunity for attorneys to check out over one hundred products and services available to help them in their practices. TECHSHOW also offers dozens of educational programs on a wide variety of topics, including practice management and digital security.
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  • Small Firms: Go Lean to Compete

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Apr 13, 2015
    "Do more with less." In today's competitive market, lawyers are facing economic pressures from all sides. Solo practitioners and small firms must still compete with the big firms but now also face increased competition from newcomers like LegalZoom. How does an attorney stay competitive when facing challengers on all sides? One way is to reevaluate his or her processes and work flows to increase efficiency and the value to the client.
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  • New Judges Speak to 8th District Bar Members

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Apr 10, 2015
    Earlier this week two new judges introduced themselves to members of the Eighth District Bar Association in Waconia. Judges Tim Looby and Eric Braaten shared some pointers and advice with those in attendance.
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  • Grow your business, find more clients

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Apr 09, 2015
    Whether you're just getting started or looking to take your practice to the next level the MSBA has a number of tools and programs to help you. Here's a list of ten ways you can use your MSBA membership to expand your practice.
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  • One DIY Approach to SEO

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Apr 08, 2015
    Whether you spent your hard-earned money or invested your blood, sweat and tears into its development, now that you have your website up and running how do you get people to find it? Maybe you've heard it mentioned that "SEO" is a necessity in today's market. There are a lot of resources out there for the entrepreneurial do-it-yourself-ers and several companies that specialize in SEO work for everyone else.
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  • Free legal research tool

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Apr 06, 2015
    Every month, MSBA members view almost 30,000 documents on Fastcase. With Fastcase, you can find answers to your legal research questions. Libraries include primary law from all 50 states, as well as complete coverage of federal court decisions. Fastcase also includes statutes, regulations, court rules, and constitutions. And Fastcase access is provided free to MSBA members.
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  • Do you know your (ideal) clients?

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Apr 02, 2015
    Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. Marketing and math are often not two of a lawyer's favorite things. However both can help you identify your ideal client and increase your profitability and job satisfaction.
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  • Keynote at ABA TECHSHOW talks threat from automation

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Mar 31, 2015
    In addition to the expo hall where you can mingle with over 100 vendors and pick up all kinds of goodies and gadgets, the ABA TECHSHOW features dozens of sessions on various technology topics (a complete schedule is available here). The keynote speaker this year is Nick Carr and he's set to discuss the impact of automation on people, specifically in the legal industry.
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  • Another Way to Get Updates from the MSBA

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Mar 30, 2015
    The MSBA has a number of RSS feeds to help you keep up-to-date with new content from the Association. RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication, but basically it is a way for you to know when new content is published without having to check the website every day. By subscribing to an RSS feed you get notifications when new content is available automatically. You can use a number of different web-based news readers to keep up-to-date, but the MSBA uses Google's FeedBurner, which lets you receive updates by email as well.
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  • Jump Start Your Practice

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Mar 27, 2015
    practicelaw contains many different resources. One of these resources is the "Jump Start series." These 70 checklists, summaries and synopses span over a dozen different practice areas, including business law, probate and estate planning, and real property.
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  • MSBA at the Family Law Institute

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Mar 24, 2015
    Last Friday mndocs completed the long-anticipated move to the cloud. Current subscribers can now use mndocs on HotDocs Market for free through May 31, 2015. All MSBA members can subscribe to the new mndocs at the member preferred price of $175 annually through HotDocs Market. For more information on mndocs and HotDocs Market, visit mndocs.com. Those members who attended the Family Law Institute in St. Paul over the last couple of days were able to stop by the MSBA booth for a sneak peek at the new mndocs on HotDocs Market.
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  • Social Media and Protecting Your Online Presense

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Mar 23, 2015
    Social media offers lawyers another way to reach potential clients and build up their professional network. Whether you're considering Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or something else, there are a number of resources out there to help lawyers get up to speed, both on the technologies and the various professional responsibility obligations implicated through their use.
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  • Keep Current with the Latest Court Decisions

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Mar 20, 2015
    Almost three thousand members receive same-day alerts from the MSBA for newly issued court opinions from Minnesota courts every day. The MSBA currently alerts members to new court decisions through four email lists. Members can subscribe to receive 1) state civil opinions; 2) state criminal opinions; 3) federal civil opinions; 4) or federal criminal opinions; or any combination of the lists that fits with his or her practice.
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  • Free CLE Resources

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Mar 17, 2015
    Maybe it's been two and a half years and it's that time again, or maybe you're just striking out on your own, whatever the reason it's good to know there are a number of free continuing education resources out there.
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  • 82% of firms use temp/contract lawyers

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Mar 13, 2015
    Special Counsel recently conducted a survey that found many attorneys, whether by choice or out of necessity, have "nontraditional" legal careers. SC also notes that 82% of law firms and corporate legal departments use temporary or contract attorneys, and when surveyed 42% of hiring managers expected to hire temp/contract help in 2014, up 75% from the prior year.
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  • mndocs is moving to the cloud!

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Mar 09, 2015
    The MSBA has been working to migrate mndocs from its Windows PC application to the new cloud-based HotDocs Market. After the move, mndocs will run on any device anywhere, including PCs, Macs, iPads, iPhones, and Android devices. Members will be able to purchase mndocs subscriptions by going to www.hotdocsmarket.com.
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  • ABA: Self-Help Center Census

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Mar 06, 2015
    A recent survey by the ABA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services identified another under-served segment of the population. Many people are aware of the access to justice issue posed by too many people who can't afford legal representation, but there is another group: people who can afford legal representation but do not know how to find an attorney; according to the ABA, “there's also a sizable segment who can afford to pay for legal services, and lawyers would benefit from efforts to figure out how to create an effective pipeline between the two groups”
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  • mnfindalawer.com and Colleague Program revamped

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Mar 02, 2015
    In case you haven’t heard, this past January we launched two new online directories exclusively for members, one to facilitate member-to-member communication (MSBA Colleague Directory) and the other to help members grow their business (MN Find a Lawyer). You can get more information and update your profile at www.mnbar.org/directories.
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