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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge in some parts of the country, you’re no doubt facing uncertainty regarding how and when to reopen your law firm. You’re also likely wondering about the future of your law firm and its book of business. One way to abate those concerns is to prioritize preparing your firm for whatever may come. Make sure you’re never caught flat-footed and take steps to ensure business continuity no matter what happens. Why? Because that’s the only way to ensure future success and stability. The importance of future-proofing your law firm What are your options when…
Depending on your location, your area may be in the process of allowing businesses to reopen. If your law firm will be able to reopen its brick and mortar business in the near future, you’re no doubt in the process of preparing the office for a safe reopening for both employees and clients. However, since a virus like COVID-19 is unprecedented in modern times, we’ve never had to go about reopening businesses in the midst of an ongoing pandemic. As a result you may be unsure what steps you’ll need to take in order to prepare your law office and…
With unprecedented events such as the COVID-19 pandemic forcing legal professionals to adapt to new working environments, many find themselves confronted with new distractions, time management hurdles, and burnout. To help you combat the emerging challenges associated with an alternative of modified workspace, this ebook offers solutions around how to remain focused and on task as individuals with regard to your mental health. Apply the five simple strategies within right now to increase your productivity and reduce your stress whether you’re working remotely or from the office. The post How to Stay Productive Through COVID-19 (And Beyond): An Attorney’s Guide
 As states across the US lift restrictions on non-essential businesses and shelter in place orders, law firms are beginning to reopen their doors. But with public health concerns still looming, attorneys must exercise caution and adopt new operational protocols when repopulating their offices. In our recent webinar panel, attorneys Todd Spodek and Mark Metzger shared their approaches to reopening and resuming standard operations with a focus on the safety of their staff and clients. Jump to a Topic 3:10 – What is the Status of Your Office as it Relates to Reopening? The big question on everyone’s mind is…
Over the past month I’ve written a series of blog posts on safely reopening your law firm. These posts cover all of the issues that you’ll need to be address before reopening your office  for business. In Part 1 I discussed the importance of creating a reopening committee, in Part 2  I focused on how to prepare your workplace, and in Part 3 I discussed how to prepare your workforce. In last week’s post I covered the employment law issues you’ll need to familiarize yourself with so that your firm will be fully prepared should an employee become ill…
As most states shift into phased reopening plans, you’re undoubtedly thinking about the process of opening your law firm’s doors. As I’ve discussed in my last few posts, reopening a law firm in the midst of a worldwide pandemic is no easy feat – and it’s an issue of first impression for all of us. There are lots of unfamiliar issues to think about and as a result, you may not know where to start. That’s why I’ve written this 4-part series of blog posts that cover all of the issues that will need to be addressed prior to reopening…
As states across the US lift restrictions on non-essential businesses and shelter in place orders, law firms are beginning to reopen their doors. But with public health concerns still looming, attorneys must exercise caution and adopt new operational protocols when repopulating their offices. In our upcoming webinar, we’ll hear directly from a select panel of managing attorneys at the forefront of the epidemic. They’ll share their approaches to reopening and resuming standard operations with a focus on the safety of their staff and clients. Join us Thursday, June 11th when MyCase presents Reopening: What Law Firms Need to Know at 11 AM PST…
Many areas of the country are beginning to slowly reopen, and law firms are typically one of the first types of businesses permitted to open. This means that many lawyers are in the process of making plans to safely reopen their law firms’ doors to the public. If you’ve already started the process, you know that there are a lot of moving parts involved, with your top priority being to keep your employees and clients safe. As we discussed in our last two posts about reopening law firms, there are a number of different considerations you’ll need to take into…
Now that some states are flattening the curve, guidelines are being established to allow the phased reopenings of businesses, including law firms. Since no one’s ever attempted to re-open businesses after a worldwide pandemic, we’re in uncharted territory. As a result, you’re undoubtedly wondering how to go about the reopening process in an efficient and safe manner. Fortunately, there’s some guidance out there to help you do just that. In last week’s post we discussed how it’s important to establish a reopening committee whose job will be to plan for the return to work by putting in place processes that…
 In ever-evolving and stressful circumstances, legal professionals who have transitioned to a remote working environment are finding themselves at odds with new distractions, time management hurdles, and burnout. To help attorneys combat the emerging challenges associated with working away from the office for the first time, Founder of Real Life Practice Nora Bergman offered expert advice on how to remain focused and on task as individuals with regard to your mental health.  Jump to a Topic 9:33 – Strategy 1: Do Things That Make You Happy Though it may sound counterintuitive, our brains are hardwired to to perform at…
MyCase recently conducted a nationwide survey of legal professionals to understand the financial, operational, and individual changes law firms are making to maintain business continuity during this time.  In our law firm survey, we asked respondents what advice they would give to fellow law firms to endure the COVID-19 era. Below is a sampling of actionable responses broken out by topic. TIME MANAGEMENT “Prioritize! Not everything is an emergency. Make a plan and stick to it.” – Whitney, Johnny W. Thomas Law Office, P.C. “Create a schedule every day and be accountable to others to complete the schedule.” – Glen…
After months of business closures, many states are beginning to slowly allow more essential businesses to open their doors. In most states, law firms will be among the first wave of businesses that are permitted to resume providing services to the public. This is a welcome development for lawyers, but one that comes hand in hand with uncertainty. After all, resuming business in the midst of a pandemic is uncharted territory, and opening your firm doesn’t mean you’ll be returning to business as usual. There are a host of issues that must be considered when re-opening, not the least of…
In ever-evolving and stressful circumstances, legal professionals who have experienced a change in their working environment are finding themselves at odds with new distractions, time management hurdles, and burnout. To help attorneys combat the emerging productivity challenges associated with working through the pandemic, Founder of Real Life Practice Nora Bergman offers expert advice on how to remain focused and on task as individuals with regard to your mental health. Join us Thursday, May 21st when MyCase presents 5 Ways to Stay Productive Through COVID-19 (and Beyond) at 11 AM PST / 2 PM EST. During this presentation, you’ll learn: Time management…
Like most lawyers, you’ve probably been working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and more likely than not you’ve been conducting a lot of video meetings. After all, now that social distancing is commonplace, videoconferencing has become the new normal. Of course for lawyers, many conversations with both their colleagues and clients are confidential. And regardless of the mechanism for any discussion, lawyers should always ensure that confidential communications are protected. That being said, because videoconferencing is such new  phenomenon for most lawyers, you may understandably have questions about how to ethically and securely conduct videoconferences. Good news! The Pennsylvania…
Quarantine is not optimal.  Neither for businesses, nor their customers.  That’s true of law firms, as well — even if they remain essential businesses, that may open physical offices during this time.  Just because you can open to the public doesn’t mean that you want to, or that the public will want to come out to see you.  So, most law firms are getting virtual, in a pinch. Strange days, indeed. Many lawyers are still in shock over all that has happened.  Some law firms have shut down intake, reduced marketing efforts and focused on anything other than substantive…
If one of your top goals is to keep your firm financially stable during COVID-19, rest assured, you’re not alone. This pandemic has disrupted businesses in ways many of us could not have imagined at the beginning of 2020. Law firms have not been immune from the disruption, and many were required to close their doors and transition to virtual law offices with remote workforces overnight. Because we wanted to gain a better understanding of the unique impact of COVID-19 on law firms, MyCase recently launched a nationwide survey of lawyers. Our end goal was to learn more about the…