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5 Pros and Cons of Using a Chromebook (October 23, 2020)

I know an Oklahoma lawyer who doesn’t understand why so many lawyers use high-powered computers. He and his staff use Chromebooks. That just wouldn’t work for me. I’m a heavy multitasker that uses speech recognition and other resource hogging tools. But for law firms who need to send staff to work from home, it is…

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13 Tips to Make Your PDFs SEO Friendly (October 22, 2020)

More lawyers and law firms are placing PDF files online for clients and potential clients to read or download. The conventional wisdom has always been to avoid placing too much information in PDF files on your website because Google and other search engines wouldn’t index them well or at all, so you wouldn’t get “credited”…

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6 Microsoft Teams Features Zoom Doesn’t Have (October 21, 2020)

As videoconferencing exploded in 2020, Zoom went from something most lawyers had never heard of to something many used every day. Zoom became a verb and, after months of a changed business environment with many video-conferences, many now complain of Zoom fatigue. While there are many video conferencing tools, Zoom zoomed to prominence for two…

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What Kind of Fool Am I (That Doesn’t Use MFA)? (October 20, 2020)

Lawyers are often concerned about the ethics rules requirements of understanding “the risks and benefits of relevant technology.” But you do have to competently protect your clients digital information and you would be wise to protect your own digital information, particularly your online financial accounts. One of the major steps in protecting digital information is…

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Many Things Can Be Fixed if You Know Where to Find the Manual (October 19, 2020)

Today if something breaks, we often discard it and buy a new one. But to try a self-repair today, a website you should visit is www.ifixit.com/. The site’s theme is “Repair guides for everything, written by everyone.” The site was recently profile on the CBS Morning News story “Fighting for the right to repair your…

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Still Using a Screen and Projector: Think Again (October 15, 2020)

Trial presentation software and presentation tools have become a part of many trial attorneys’ lives. Many hearings do not require these tools. But today’s jurors are used to receiving information via videos and graphics. Every trial lawyer has seen the jurors pay close attention to well-crafted charts or photographs of the accident scene displayed on…

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Update Your Law Firm Business Continuity Plan with Lessons Learned From the Pandemic. (October 14, 2020)

My article Pandemic-Proof Your Practice was written early in the pandemic and was published in the Big Ideas issue of ABA Law Practice Magazine in July 2020. Since it was written very early in the pandemic, some items are now obvious and others now appear dated. Even the title is a bit cringeworthy. But the…

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WordRake Tips with Ivy Grey (October 13, 2020)

WordRake is a great tool for lawyers to improve their documents and their writing skills. I consider myself to be a good writer. But when I use WordRake to review a final draft, it always provides several helpful suggestions. It is a great tool if you need to cut a few dozen words out of…

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How to Report a Phishing Attack (October 12, 2020)

You have received a questionable email. You want to ask your IT Department if it is legitimate. You have received a scam email. You want to warn others. What do you do? Your next step is very important. Do not forward the email! You have received the data equivalent of a bomb, even if it…

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Wellness is an Important Focus for the Legal Profession— in 2020 and Beyond (October 9, 2020)

Wellness and dealing with stress were important subjects for the legal profession long before 2020. Wellness is a critical topic for everyone during 2020. People working in law firms are the most important asset our law firms have and they all need to take care of ourselves. They are doing sometimes stressful work in stressful…

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