Breaking News: eFile & Serve Upgrade Postponed – Webinars Coming on UTCR Amendments Allowing Remote Hearings and Expanding eSignatures

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Malpractice Claim Trends in Oregon [Infographic]

The 2013 Professional Liability Fund Annual Report is now available for Oregon lawyers on the PLF Web site.  The report reveals the following legal malpractice claim trends and data:

Number of claimsAverage Cost Per ClaimFrequency of Claims by Area of LawCost of Claims by Area of Law

 

 

Choosing Legal Billing Software

4-30-2013 1-49-03 PMShould time and billing be integrated with your practice management software?  Or are you better off with a stand-alone program?  Before deciding, do your homework.  Here are some useful links and posts:

Software Comparison Charts and Buying Guides

Time and Billing Software Comparison Chart – ABA Legal Technology Resource Center

Buyer’s Guide to Legal Billing Software – Technolawyer

Billing and Practice Management Software Integration

Avoid Mistakes with Time, Billing and Accounting Software

System Considerations: Cloud, Hybrid Cloud, Mobile Timekeeping, Auto Capture

Ten Things You Need to Know About Back-Office Systems – ABA GP/Solo

Options for Mac Lawyers

The Fine Art of Getting Paid on a Mac – ABA Law Practice TODAY

Best Practice Tips

Billing & Collections – ABA Law Practice TODAY

ABCs of Best Billing Practices – ABA Webinar

Finance: Timekeeping by the Numbers – ABA Law Practice Magazine

Stop the Insanity Word Users! Get Snapnumbers Now

If automatic numbering in Microsoft Word drives you nutty, then you need Snapnumbers from the folks at Snapdone.

Snapnumbers is a free Word add-in that allows you to number paragraphs naturally without regard to Word styles or the underlying format of your document.

4-13-2013 9-44-29 AMWhat does this mean?  In the legal profession, we often apply multiple levels of numbering in the same document.  We need the flexibility to move from one numbering scheme to the next and back again without Word’s interference.  We also expect our numbering schemes to remain sequential.  Unfortunately, Word is rarely cooperative with these transitions.  In fact, many users end up numbering documents manually out of frustration.

All of this can be avoided as the folks from Snapdone explain:

Simply type text normally — tabbing, indenting, and formatting as desired —  then when you want to insert a Snapnumber choose Level 1 through Level 9 from the Snapnumbers menu (or use a shortcut keystroke).  [See the examples here.]

The full version of Snapnumbers allows you to easily insert symbols ( ™ © ¶ § and others),  create custom numbering schemes, and build an automated table of contents.

My thoughts?  Download the free version and give it a trial run.  If you like it, the full version at $20 per license is cheap.  While you’re at the Snapdone, be sure to check out TheFormTool,  Snapdone‘s incredibly easy documentation automation for Word.  The basic version is free.  The advanced version is $89.  To learn more about TheFormTool, check out “Using TheFormTool in Your Law Practice” on the PLF Web site > Programs on CD/DVD.

All Rights Reserved – Beverly Michaelis – 2013

Washington State Administrative Office of Courts Hacked

The Associated Press is reporting that 160,000 social security numbers were exposed when the Washington State Administrative Office of Courts was hacked in late 2012 or early 2013.

“The breach happened due to vulnerability in an Adobe Systems Inc. software program, ColdFusion, that has since been patched, court officials said. The hack happened sometime after September but wasn’t caught until February…

Mike Keeling, the courts’ information technology operations and maintenance manager, said officials were alerted to the breach by a business on the East Coast that had a similar intrusion.”

Following the breach, new security measures were implemented, including encryption.

Court officials have confirmed that 94 social security numbers were obtained – those affected will be contacted directly. Names and driver’s license numbers may also have been accessed. People who were booked in a city or county jail during specified periods or those who had a DUII, traffic, or a superior court criminal case in Washington may also be affected.

If you believe your information may have been exposed, call 1-800-448-5584 or visit this site.

Read more here.