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Setting Up Your Time, Billing, and Accounting (T/B/A) Team to Succeed!

Many firms don’t give much thought to taking affirmative steps to ensure that time/billing/accounting teams have great success, leading to overall business success. These five key tips will ensure success for your critical back office team.

Affinity University (AU), is the single most affordable on demand training resource you can invest in for your team of legal professionals.

For just $360 per year, you get access to expert training on the programs legal professionals use every day. Whether it is page numbering in Word (for Macs, too!), compressing a PDF file, searching for Documents in NetDocuments , building a list view in Actionstep, or entering time in ORION, AU has you covered.

The Main Issue

Most Microsoft Word users have dealt with documents that seem unstable - they lock your computer up, the file size is larger than you would expect, the formatting is glitchy, etc. In many cases, the issues can be resolved by de-corrupting the document (which I’ll explain how to do below).

20 Years and Counting!

1998 was a big year. Google launched in 1998, Microsoft released Windows 98 in 1998, and it also just so happens to be our 20th Anniversary year too! It has been a wild ride with lots of twists and turns, and boy do we have a lot to be thankful for. We are excited to share some important and exciting news about Affinity, and what is coming in 2018 and how our clients will benefit.

Project Failure. It happens all too frequently in law firms. The projects that fail are in categories all over the map, including around process, around technology implementations, around training, around innovation, and so much more. Often the failure is blamed on the software, or the hardware, or the people. But, our experience tells us that our clients struggle with intentionally managing change.

Finding tech-oriented gifts for lawyers and legal staff can be difficult. Needs and budgets vary. Here are a few suggested gifts for the 2017 holiday season.

These days more and more law firms are seeking the cloud. With this growth into the sky, there is a complexity with the creation and volume of Mobile Devices. It was said that “Mobile Devices will outnumber Humans this year.” That is a quote from 2013. In 2014 the “Independent” released an article titled “There are officially more mobile devices than people in the world.” This article went on to state that in 2014, there were 7.2 billion gadgets and they were multiplying 5 times faster than humans.

Whether you need flexibility to travel for work or fun, have to figure out a way to get some work done from your kid’s basketball tournament, or you simply don’t like the confines of a traditional office, you have options. In fact, you have so many options, we can’t even fit them all into one newsletter article. So let’s start with the basics. Can you run a law office without a traditional office? You bet. Which means, then, that you can most certainly leave your traditional office for a few hours or days a week, and not miss a beat. Let’s start with the basics.

It’s that time again! Fourth quarter is upon us and year end will be here before we know it. For the accounting personnel at a law firm, it can be one of the more stressful periods of the year. But some of that stress can be avoided by planning properly.

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