Packing Up One Box

I’ve begun packing for my big move to the world of the virtual law firm, and it’s turning out to be far more interesting that I would have otherwise guessed.

For starters, this afternoon I realized that I have one lonely box of files to cart with me.

Wait, what? One box of files?

Yup, just one box. And it isn’t even full.

Everything is saved on the computer system. Every note, every memo, every pleading. It’s all there. The only “wet ink” stuff I keep are the original petitions for my open files – the rest of it gets scanned and given back to the client.

That leaves me with a problem. Well, three problems. I have three filing cabinets that are being used for storage right now. They’re filled with wires, old keyboards, stacks of office supplies from days gone by. I’m not leaving them with my landlord, bu I’d really like to put them to good use. If you know of any not-for-profit organization that is willing to come by and pick it all up from me, please drop me a line.

How Much Do You Really Make?

I was on the phone with one of my consulting clients the other day, reviewing some of his office practices so that I could begin to work on my recommendations. We were talking about his intake procedures and, during the course of our conversation, it came out that he spends approximately three hours on the intake alone.

OK, I reasoned, maybe that’s all the time it takes to put together a Chapter 7 case. If so, that’s probably not so bad. Not great, but not bad.

Deeper digging ensued, and my client revealed to me that this marathon intake session was only the tip of the iceberg. In fact, his office spends upwards of six hours on a Chapter 7 case – and that doesn’t include the meeting of creditors!

My client couldn’t understand why I was dumbfounded and befuddled. He also couldn’t understand why he felt like he was working too hard for too little money.

You bet I could, though. And to illustrate my point, I asked him to pull out a calculator and join me in some math.

By the end of our conversation my client realized that he is currently making approximately $18 an hour. All because he spends too much time running around in circles, chasing his clients and spending too much time doing work that could easily be performed by others.

Bear in mind, I’m not suggesting that client intakes should be done by non-lawyers. What I am suggesting, however, is that each job be done by the person who can be best trained to handle the task. After all, does the lawyer need to be the one getting the documents from the client? Can a legal assistant enter creditors into Schedules D, E and F?

Look around your office and think about all the things you do that can be done by someone else. Better yet, think about how technology can replace a person entirely.

As for my client, the goal is to give him a raise without raising his legal fees. Should be fun.

Link: Google.com!

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4 Reasons why NOT to move to a home office.

Remember, I’m no home office expert, but here’s some food for thought concerning the wrong reasons to move home to work. I’ll append to this list from time to time.

1. You think Couch + Home = TV.

If you think that going home means you get to sit down, relax and watch TV, it may be difficult to fight off that temptation. My current home office (which is just the “computer room”) has a TV set right next to the desk (recall that I do not work in my home office. Just a place to surf the internet and well … watch TV! [Read more...]

VISTA Upgrade may invalidate your XP serial number!

vistaNow I can’t confirm this because I haven’t tried it personally, but it seems that if you upgrade a machine currently running Windows XP, Microsoft allegedly has sabotaged the Vista upgrade install, to INVALIDATE your Windows XP Serial Number!

That would mean you could not use the XP Serial number on any other computer say, if you wanted to legimately install XP on a secondary laptop or desktop!

You bought XP, why would Microsoft try to take that sale away!?

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