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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. As they say, what would you do with your Clio Day?

There are several products in this space, seemingly more every day.  Two such offerings are Clio and MyCase, who were awkwardly located across the aisle from each other at this year's ABA TECHSHOW.  While perhaps not quite harkening back to the cola wars of the Eighties, the rivalry is apparent.  Both offered happy hour type events, onsite and off.  MyCase also took a page out of the MSBA's playbook and offered free professional headshots in its booth on Friday afternoon.

So what is 'practice management software'? Despite violating logic and grammar rules, a pretty good definition is that it is software that helps you manage your practice.  Ultimately it is a tool, and like any tool it is designed to help you do something better or more efficiently. But it only helps if you know how to use it. Luckily software vendors like Clio have picked up on this and offer a number of resources to help you get up and running and get more out of your practice.

If you're on Twitter, check out Clio's Twitter feed. Clio pushes out several updates every day that include interesting articles and helpful practice pointers.

Clio Twitter feed

Practice management software like Clio also often integrates with other tools you may use in your day-to-day operations. For example, Clio partners with payment processing systems like LawPay and accounting systems like QuickBooks and Xero. Clio also integrates with Fastcase.

The ABA Legal Technology Resource Center offers some additional information on practice (and case) management systems, including a chart comparing the different options. Lawyerist also has reviews of both Clio and MyCase, among other software options.

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