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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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  • Eight days a week

    by Joe Kaczrowski | May 01, 2015
    Could you use an extra day each week? Practice management software vendor Clio claims using its software saves attorneys on average eight hours each week.
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  • From across the border: 10 legal tech innovations and what they mean

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Apr 30, 2015
    The Wisconsin State Bar recently published an article summarizing ten legal technology innovations and what each means to your practice. Most lawyers are aware of the change to the ABA Model Rules regarding competence and technology, which was adopted by the Minnesota Supreme Court earlier this year, and the buzzwords will likely be no surprise either (social media, the cloud, mobile, practice management, data security). The Wisconsin article offers a short summary of ten key developments and how they affect law practice today.
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  • Alternative or additional revenue streams for attorneys

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Apr 29, 2015
    There are many words and phrases to describe it -- unbundling, limited-scope engagement, non-traditional law practice -- but there is a growing trend in the market today for lawyers who are looking for something other than a traditional client relationship based on hourly fee agreements.
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  • What's old is new again

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Apr 27, 2015
    Suffolk University, among other institutions, is exploring ways to change the way lawyers are trained and educated. Legal education has not changed significantly in a century and a half. Suffolk's new program, the Accelerator-to-Practice Program, seeks to train lawyers in the practical aspects of running a law firm along with substantive law topics.
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  • Windows 10 potentially offers game-changing security features

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Apr 25, 2015
    Some updates to the ubiquitous Windows operating system garner more fanfare than others, occasionally to the detriment of the platform itself when the hype far exceeds the reality (remember Windows Me?). In this case, the latest update offers two features that could dramatically change the way we access and use technology.
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  • "Mobilegeddon" - can potential clients still find you?

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Apr 24, 2015
    Perhaps not quite as overused as variations on Watergate, but crises given an 'armageddon' moniker permeate news feeds today. Armageddon, Carmageddon, Snowmageddon, and now Mobilegeddon. So what cataclysmic event earned the latest superlative? Google frequently updates its search algorithm, and its most recent update now promotes websites that are mobile-friendly while penalizing those sites that are not.
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  • What is your effective hourly rate?

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Apr 22, 2015
    Many attorneys offer some flat fee services. For example, an attorney may offer a basic estate plan for a set price regardless of specifics. If you are one of them, while you may know how much revenue you generate through such an offering, do you know what your effective hourly rate is?
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  • Lawyers and Technology

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Apr 20, 2015
    Over half of all mobile subscribers in the U.S. have smartphones, and lawyers check in at an even higher clip: 89% of lawyers own smartphones. What other devices do lawyers use? MyCase recently published a graphic summarizing the ABA Legal Technology Survey, and the MSBA conducted its own member survey.
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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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