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The business of law isn't what it used to be. The economic climate has changed. The billable hour is dying. Clients want value, and lawyers face increasing competition from customary rivals as well as emerging online DIY companies that have commoditized many of the services historically provided by traditional law firms.

That means it is time to start thinking about how to revolutionize the way you practice law.

It's time to start thinking about accomplishing more while using less resources.

Affinity Consulting Group is a team of trusted advisors working together to find tailored solutions to unlock every client's potential. We thought you might enjoy getting to know about the lives of some of our team members who help make that happen. Each month we feature another member of the Affinity Team. Get to know us!

Meet Amy Reardon. Amy contributes to the Affinity Team by serving as our new Client Development Coordinator. She is located in our Columbus, Ohio office. Amy came to Affinity when HMU, headed by Barron Henley and Paul Unger, joined forces with Affinity in 2008. Although Amy has long been a member of the Client Services Team, she has recently jumped into our newly created role of Client Development Coordinator. When asked why she loves what she does, Amy said, “I love to help people and exceeding the needs of our clients makes me happy.”

Too many people spend 5 minutes, 10 minutes, or 15+ minutes a day looking for lost documents, emails and forms. Many firms maintain 2 filing systems: 1 paper file and 1 incomplete electronic file. Both of these practices are a needless waste of time in an age where time is so precious! A good document management system can eliminate these 2 practices, … and then some! So, what is Document Management?

If you’ve talked about going paperless, perhaps set a January 2017 goal to truly do it. But preparation NOW, in the last 5 months of 2016 will be key to a successful paperless roll-out at the top of the new year.

Below are five candid things you need to consider (and do) NOW to go paperless THEN.

1.Gather your team

2.Review your technology

3.Update your technology

4.Content Management

5.Training

Here is how to implement each of these steps:

Affinity Consulting Group is a team of trusted advisors working together to find tailored solutions to unlock every client's potential. We thought you might enjoy getting to know about the lives of some of our team members who help make that happen. Each month we feature another member of the Affinity Team. Get to know us!

Meet Alex Palzewicz, Client Service Consultant, joined Affinity in June as one of our newest team members. He comes to Affinity from Solfecta Consulting, along with Jeff Krausse who we introduced in July. Alex’s paralegal and legal technology experience brings another great resource to our Client Service Team. He is based in Wisconsin.

Legal writing usually requires traditional paragraph structure. However, creating an outline can still be important. In some situations, you want the final product to be an outline. In other case, especially when creating long or complex documents, using an outline structure can help you better organize what will later become a paragraph-based document.

Affinity Consulting Group is a team of trusted advisors working together to find tailored solutions to unlock every client's potential. We thought you might enjoy getting to know about the lives of some of our team members who help make that happen. Each month we feature another member of the Affinity Team. Get to know us!

Meet Jeffrey S. Krause, one of our newest additions! Jeff joined Affinity last month as Partner and will be an integral part of our Practice management, Document Management and Time, Billing and Accounting teams. He has been a legal technology consultant since 1998, most recently serving as Partner for Solfecta in the Milwaukee area. Jeff has known the other Affinity Partners and Consultants for years and we are thrilled to have him officially join the Affinity team.

“Doing things is not the same as getting things done.”

Jared Silver said this, but so many of us feel it. We spend our days putting out fires, or talking to our team members and colleagues about the same problems over and over again. Sometimes the word team only means a group of people working in the same space on the same types of tasks.

But a team can be so much more.

Effective teams are complimentary is skill sets and focused on a shared, common goal. They work efficiently and do the right things.

Effective teams demonstrate a few key characteristics:

Legal writing often requires use of the Section Symbol (§). But there is no § key on the keyboard. So how do you insert a § into your document?

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