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Conferences | Clio
Did you know that State Bar of Georgia members can get passes to this year’s Clio Cloud Conference for only $79? That’s a savings of $120 off the regular price! To get this deal use the code GEORGIA-BAR-MEMBER at checkout.

Resource | Tip
MONESQ is a member of the Bar's Vendor Directory and the ABA and IOLTA compliant payment platform built specifically for solo and small firm. Don’t miss this offer of one year free of MONE$Q Plus and first $10,000 of online payments processed free.

Conferences | Clio
Join thousands of legal professionals from all firm sizes at the Clio Cloud Conference 2021, happening virtually from October 26-29. Exclusive offer: Use this link to get the Lawyerist $79 discount at checkout—that’s a 60% savings. Offer valid until Sept. 24.

This conference is for you if you want to...

  • Be inspired by revolutionary keynote speakers, including Thrive Global Founder and CEO, Arianna Huffington. 
  • Earn valuable CLE credits while participating in learning-intensive sessions.
  • Connect with other legal professionals who are navigating similar challenges as you.

Fastcase | Tip
Did you know you have access to free daily legal news and analysis? Law Street Media, Fastcase's legal news site, provides free daily streams of tech, health and agriculture news along with special edition Insights and Viewpoints articles. Subscribe now.

Resource | Tip Virtual Receptionists & Web Chat is a 24/7 virtual receptionist service for lawyers and law firms. Georgia bar members receive a risk-free 14-day money-back guarantee, $100 off first month, and discounts for bundled services and annual plans. 

Resource | Tip
Clio, a member of the State Bar’s Vendor Directory, offers members an early bird rate of $99 to attend the popular three-day virtual event the annual Clio Cloud Conference taking place Oct. 26-29. Read more here.

Resource | Tip
Applied Technical Services, founded in 1967, is a local Forensic Engineering firm and a member of the State Bar’s Vendor Directory. ATS performs Forensic Investigations for insurance companies and law firms. Read more here.

Education | Tip
Clio, a member of the State Bar’s Vendor Directory, offers Georgia laywers a one-hour CLE approved webinar entitled How to Build a Hybrid Law Firm: The Best of In-Person Remote Law Offices. Register here to attend this event on Tuesday, Aug. 17.

Marketing | Tip
Interested in increasing your visibility on the State Bar’s trusted member directory with no cost and very little time? Add up to three specialty areas and a photo to your profile on the Bar’s enhanced directory by logging into your Bar account and open the Edit Cloudlawyers Profile tab.

Research | Tip
The Library of Congress offers a variety of research guides, like this one A Guide to Federal Regulations, created by their librarians and available at no cost.  

Fastcase | Tip
Fastcase Alerts, sends updates to your mobile with the latest on a case or search. To get started, log in to Fastcase, run a search, and when you like the results, click Add Alert. Now you’ll get an e-mail when new cases are decided for your search. Check out the user guide here.

Vendor Directory | Tip
2021 CLEs can be completed by approved in-house and distance learning programs! As remote work continues, we also urge our members to consider the software they use to support their practices and protect client information. Visit State Bar’s Vendor Directory and review options like AXEL with a 20% discount.

Legal Tech | Tip
Do you like podcasts? Legaltech Week is a weekly round-up and review of news in legal technology hosted by noted lawyer and journalist Robert Ambrogi. Episodes recap the week’s legaltech headlines followed by brief commentary and perspective from other legal experts.

Travel | Tip
Summer travel awaits! ThirdHome GO!, a member of the State Bar's Vendor Directory, offers our members a complimentary membership in the private travel club where you’ll travel in luxury for less. Read more here.

Vendor Directory | Tip
MyCase, a member of the State Bar’s Vendor Directory invites our members to a free webinar, How Attorney Rahlita Thornton Saves 12 Hours Per Week Using MyCase on Thursday, April 15, at 11 a.m. Sign up here.

Vendor Directory | Tip
The State Bar’s Vendor Directory welcomes LexisNexis® Legal & Professional, to assist our members with their practice needs. Don’t miss the 40% discount on Lexis+ to all Bar Members.

Vendor Directory | Tip
Clio, a member of the State Bar’s Vendor Directory, has published it’s annual 2020 Legal Trends for Law Firms. Learn how small changes can lead to major gains over time—and what to prioritize based on the needs of your firm and your clients.

Vendor Directory | Tip
Clio, a member of the State Bar’s Vendor Directory, has published it’s annual Legal Trends for Solo Law Firms. The report looks in-depth at how solo lawyers have overcome difficulties to achieve substantial business growth.

Research | Tip
Don’t miss out on this 1- hour CLE approved opportunity from Fastcase while honing your research skills.
Introduction to Legal Research on Fastcase on Thursday, Feb. 4 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Learn more here.

Resources | Tip
The State Bar’s Vendor Directory welcomes Caseroads a new feature rich and affordable practice management service designed to be incredibly easy to use. Don’t miss the 20% discount for our members.

Resources | Tip
The Law Practice Management Program has created a resource for Georgia attorneys contemplating closing their practice available here.

Fastcase-Casemaker | Tip
Georgia Bar members will benefit from the Fastcase-Casemaker merge as the combined company offers the best of both, a more complete alternative for legal research. Read more here.

Fastcase-Casemaker | Tip
Ed Walters, CEO and co-founder of Fastcase, comments on the merge with Casemaker; “The real promise of this is offering the best of both services to every bar association in the country.” Read more here.

Fastcase-Casemaker | Tip
Big news today as Fastcase announces its merge with Casemaker that will undoubtedly change the legal research landscape. Read more here.

Resources | Tip
Clio, a member of the Bar's Vendor Directory, offers it’s 2020 legal trends to help firms learn how small changes can lead to major gains over time—and what to prioritize based on the needs of your firm and your clients. Read about those legal trends here.

Vendor Directory | Tip
Welcome to AbacusNext, a new member of the State Bar’s Vendor Directory. They offer a purpose-built, cloud-based solutions that puts customers’ business data and vital applications into a virtual workspace accessible anywhere, anytime and from any device.

Resources | Tip
Cosmolex, a member of the State Bar’s Vendor Directory, is hosting free webinars reflecting on 2020, with an eye on what worked. Take advantage by registering here.

Travel | Tip
The THIRDHOME Luxury Travel Club, a new member of the State Bar of Georgia’s Vendor Directory has an exciting new offer for our members. THIRDHOME GO! is now available to you at no cost for the first year. Check out the offer here

Accounting | Tip
Cosmolex, a member of the State Bar’s Vendor Directory, is hosting free webinars on accounting through the end of 2020. Take advantage by registering here.

Insurance | Tip
Solo practitioners have unique insurance needs. C&R Insurance Services, a member of the State Bar’s Vendor Directory, is able to match you to one that suits your needs. Georgia lawyers can explore their FirmPro options by contacting them here.

Open Enrollment | Tip
The 2021 Individual Health Insurance Open Enrollment period is nearing. Member Benefits, Inc. is offering an informative free webinar for all our members on Wednesday, Oct.  28 from 1-3 p.m. Don’t wait till the last minute, prepare now. Register here.

Fastcase | Tip
On Thursday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m., take advantage of a free webinar to learn more about the Bar’s most valuable member benefit, Ethics and Legal Research Featuring Fastcase.

Vendor Directory | Tip
MyCase, is a member of the State Bar of Georgia’s Vendor Directory and a popular cloud-based legal practice management solution for solo practices and small firms. MyCase includes 5 tools to keep every case detail at your fingertips: two-way text messaging, eSignature & eCountersignature, online payments, customizable intake forms and a secure client portal. Our members receive a lifetime 10% discount!

Fastcase | Tip
Check out this helpful summary to find out about the new improved interface in Fastcase 7.

Reopening | Tip
Getting back to work and looking for guidance and best practices, or are you implementing full or partial remote working options? The Law Practice Management Program has you covered…Back-to-Work.

Insurance | Tip
Are you approaching retirement? As a valued member of the State Bar of Georgia, you have access to a portfolio of insurance, benefits and discounts tailored for seniors. Read more here.

Marketing | Tip
If you are looking for a full service law firm marketing agency that designs, develops, and builds content and increases your visibility to attract new clients, the State Bar’s Vendor Directory is the place to find DIGITALPOiNTUSA and get a 10% discount.

Fastcase | Tip
Did you notice some changes in Fastcase? Read about the latest updates here.  

Office Managment | Tip
Do you agree with this recent work survey by Gensler Research Institute, U.S. WORK FROM HOME SURVEY that found 74% of US attorneys prefer to work in their office a majority of the time?

Fastcase | Tip
Fastcase 7 brings big data analytics, visualization and work-flow tools to online legal research. Want to learn more? Choose a Wednesday in August to attend a live training session at 2 p.m. Register here. This will be a great opportunity to preview improvements that are launching in September.

Resources | Tip
Applied Technical Services, founded in 1967, is a local Forensic Engineering firm and a member of the State Bar’s Vendor Directory. ATS performs Forensic Investigations for insurance companies and law firms. Read more here.

Travel | Tip
ThirdHome, a member of the State Bar of Georgia’s Vendor Directory, is a private luxury travel club offering its members two ways to enjoy luxury travel at affordable rates through the ThirdHome GO! or the ThirdHome Exchange Club. Read more here.  

Office Management | Tip
The Bar’s online Vendor Directory is the place to go when looking for firm business solutions. Mercer Health & Benefits Administration, a long time participant on the directory, reaches out to our members by delivering health and retirement benefits that assists firms achieve their HR goals.

Resources | Tip
Clio, a member of the State Bar of Georgia’s Member Benefits Vendor Directory, invites all Georgia legal professionals to attend a free virtual meetup with an informal panel to discuss keys to presenting your firm’s “best self” on Wednesday, July 29, at 2 p.m. Link here to register.

Office Management | Tip
As a courtesy of the State Bar of Georgia, the Law Practice Management Program (LPM) has provided closing law office guides which outline the steps a lawyer must take to protect clients in the event of a sudden inability to continue in practice. Read more here.

Resources | Tip
Georgia lawyers can take advantage of Find a Lawyer, a directory on the Bar's website where the public can search for a lawyer who practices the type of law they need. Complete your profile by adding specific information about your practice and expertise so potential clients and other lawyers can locate you. Read more here.

Fastcase | Tip
Fastcase Outreach is a YouTube channel that gives free access to educational webinars created by Fastcase. In the most recent, Fastcase CEO Ed Walters breaks down GEORGIA ET AL. v. PUBLIC.RESOURCE.ORG, INC., a fascinating case in which the U.S. Supreme Court considered whether annotations in the O.C.G.A. were eligible for copyright protection. (Not approved for CLE credits.)

Resources | Tip
Free open source Our World in Data is a research and data platform designed to make progress against the world’s largest problems by means of 3571 charts across 297 topics. Their recent article, "Best Practices for Governments Reporting COVID-19 testing data," represents an analysis based on collected data.

Resources | Tip
Clio, an industry leader in cloud-based legal software offers a collection of resources to help lawyers work from home. Don’t miss Clio’s special pricing for our members on the Member Benefits Vendor Directory.

Vendor Directory | Tip
Many companies on the State Bar of Georgia’s Member Benefits Vendor Directory offer valuable free resources on their websites (usually found at the bottom of the homepage) and include articles, e-books, videos and webinars. Topics such as law practice management, law firm financials, technology and risk management may help you run a sound practice. 

Vendor Directory | Tip
The Records Company, a member of the State Bar of Georgia’s Vendor Directory since 2018, is a nationwide record retrieval service provider helping businesses resolve cases and claims. They commit to delivery of medical and billing records quickly, securely and reasonably.

COVID-19 Resources | Tip
The Fastcase team hosts another informative webinar on Friday, June 19, 12 - 1 p.m., taking a look at legal issues surrounding insurance recovery for COVID-19 losses. The speaker is Robert E. Frankel, General Counsel at the Investments & Wealth Institute, a professional association and standards body for financial advisers, investment consultants, financial planners and wealth managers. Click here to learn more. (This is not approved for CLE credit).

Resources | Tip
Clio, a member of the bar’s Vendor Directory, invites you to join Bob Ambrogi, of the LawSites blog, and Clio’s Joshua Lenon, to hear their expert perspective on Understanding Legal Technology Competence on Tuesday, June 9 at 11 a.m. PST. 

COVID-19 Resources | Tip
Due to the economic upheaval and social disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic an IRS Rule Shift Lets Workers Make Benefits Changes Midyear — If Their Employer Agrees. Here is the IRS Rule that addresses a range of changes that are available.

COVID-19 Resources | Tip
It’s summer time and many lawyers are still working from home and parenting. School is out but the Library of Congress is still open with lots of great educational materials that are free. Danna Bell has a great article Using Primary Source Sets in Remote Learning Environments.

Travel | Tip
Delta Airlines announces more flights primarily in Atlanta, New York and between hubs. While the June schedule is significantly reduced in comparison to last year, customers will see the return of several major routes previously suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Required safety policies will be observed and the schedules are subject to change.

Office Management | Tip
Rocket Matter, a member of the State Bar Vendor Directory, is hosting a free webinar entitled, “How to Reduce Your Law Firm Overhead and Still Be Effective” on Thursday, June 11, at 2 p.m. Register here to take part in this engaging and informative session by Jared Correia, CEO of Red Cave Law Firm Consulting and COO of Gideon Software Inc.

COVID-19 Resources | Tip
Stay informed concerning the COVID-19 Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources.

COVID-19 Resources | Tip
The ABA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force offers a national source of information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the delivery of legal services. New information is included via dynamic links here.

Fastcase Resources | Tip
In addition to the standard webinars, the Fastcase team is introducing a series of non-CLE approved webinars to learn more about the COVID-19 pandemic and how it pertains to the legal and legal tech industries. These are highly relevant, well-produced and most can be watched on demand.

Resources | Tip
Receive a free book from Rocket Matter entitled “Working Remotely as a Lawyer.” Rocket Matter also offers our bar members a 15% lifetime discount, you can find them on the Member Benefits Vendor Directory.

Resources | Tip
LawYaw, a web-based document automation solution, invites attorneys to register for their free webinar: How to Streamline Document Workflows in a Paperless + Virtual Office on Wednesday, May 6 at 5:00 p.m. (EDT). The webinar will be hosted by Tucker Cottingham, co-founder and CEO of LawYaw, with guest speaker Jeff Schoenberge, Automation Consultant with Affinity Consulting.

Resources | Tip
LawPay, a Member Benefits Vendor Directory participant, offers Georgia lawyers this free book, A Complete Guide to Trust Accounts.

Resources | Tip
Cosmolex, a Vendor Directory member, hosts a free series of webinars this May. Check them out here.

Resources | Tip
The is a free resource that self-described as being “devoted to covering the U.S. Supreme Court comprehensively, without bias and according to the highest journalistic and legal ethical standards.” The blog is a public service with numerous items of interest such as cases, petitions, statistics and an extensive multimedia library. 

COVID-19 Resources | Tip
Changes in work location are happening pretty fast. SimpleLaw, a State Bar of Georgia Vendor Directory company is here to help. SimpleLaw offers a free 2-month subscription for new and current users and has created complimentary resources to help our members through changing times. Find out more here.

Productivity | Tip
Fastcase invites Georgia Bar members to enjoy a special edition of their WFH Wednesday, sit down (from a social distance) with the AI guy himself, Joshua Walker. Walker authored the book “On Legal AI“ and is the man behind much of the AI magic improving the lives of the modern lawyer in 2020. The webinar is scheduled for 2 p.m. on April 29. Register here.

Productivity | Tip
Take advantage of a free webinar on April 28 at 3:30 p.m. (EDT) hosted by Chelsea Lambert, Chief Tactical Officer at Legal Tech Media Group, and law firm expert and coach Tiffany Poole, where they share real-life examples of law firms that have made the transition to completely virtual practices. Register here.

COVID-19 Resources | Tip
Timesolv Legal Billing is offering a free webinar on Thursday, April 23 at 1 p.m. EDT with noted legal technology expert Dennis Kennedy around the topic of technology spending decisions during COVID-19. Legal Tech: Where to Spend and How to Leverage will focus on how law firms should be analyzing their technology budget during this crisis and then how to use their existing tech tools to help the inevitable culture restructuring as we all stay at home. Register now to take part in this webinar.

COVID-19 Resources | Tip
Check out this list compiled by Bob Ambrogi on his Lawsites Blog with free offers of products and services to support the work of legal professionals during the coronavirus crisis.

COVID-19 Resources | Tip
In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Private Insurance Exchange for the State Bar of Georgia is offering all of its members a complimentary subscription to telehealth services. Read more here.

Language Resources | Tip
The State Bar's Vendor Directory welcomes Horizon Legal Solutions, Inc., a company that provides interpreters and translators worldwide in any language.

Security | Tip
Robert Amborgi shares tips for using Zoom in an informative and humorous article on his site, Above the Law. Read more here

Resources | Tip
State Bar members receive a 7% discount from Ruby Receptionist when they use the code on their listing on the SBG Online Vendor Directory. Additionally, get $50 off on the 1st two months of service. Check out their resource page for small businesses here

COVID-19 Resources | Tip
Mycase offers a valuable article by Heidi Alexander. Read more here.

COVID-19 Resources | Tip
Filevine, a member of the State Bar of Georgia’s vendor directory, shares helpful ideas for Georgia lawyers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here.

Tech Resources | Tip
Cosmolex, listed on the state bar online vendor directory, is hosting a series of free webinars that focus on legal specific accounting.

Productivity | Tip
Are you in the market for a legal suite of tools that works with Clio to optimize performance, productivity and profit? Check out Faster Law on the State Bar of Georgia’s vendor directory. Try Faster Law free for seven days. Members of the State Bar of Georgia receive a 10% lifetime discount. 

Tech  | Tip
Don’t miss this interview by two popular speakers from the ABA TECHSHOW and hosted on its website. Sharon D. Nelson and John W. Simek, both of Sensei Enterprises discuss Why the cloud is the new electricity and what it means to lawyers

Accounting  | Tip
Looking for a review of law firm finances & trust accounting? LawPay presents this informative on-demand webinar at no cost. It’s just one of the many free resources for our members.

Accounting  | Tip
Check out this on-demand webinar brought to you by Cosmolex, “Year-end Accounting Pitfalls Checklist.”  It’s just one of their many free resources for our members.

Office Management  | Tip
George Khoury explains how you can Marie Kondo your law firm in this Findlaw article

Legal Influencers  | Tip
Georgia’s Solo & Small Firm Institute held at the Bar Center on Sept. 26 and 27 features two of today’s top 10 legal industries influencers and a year’s CLE credit for only $250. Read more: Upcity lists Andrew Arruda and Rober Amborgi in their group of top ten influencers.

Register here to take advantage of this valuable event. 

Office Management  | Tip
Check out the Lawyerist’s Sam Glover's ideas on how to make your office client friendly. Click here.

Solo and Small Firm Summit  | Tip
The ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division is sponsoring a Solo & Small Firm Summit, October 16-19, 2019 | Park Hyatt Aviara Resort | Carlsbad, CA  Click here

Tech Resources | Tip
Read your error messages. They typically tell you what's going on and how to fix the problem.

Productivity | Tip
Cosmolex offers free webinars to Georgia bar members as well as downloadable guides. Click here.

Tech Resources | Tip
Cosmolex, a member of the State Bar of Georgia’s Vendor Directory, offers members a free 2019 resource center. Check it out here!

Technology Assessment | Tip
Would you like to increase firm productivity? Legal Technology Assessment (LTA) offered by Procertas improves quality and increases efficiency by ensuring that legal professionals are properly using the basic technology tools of their trade: Word, Excel and PDF.  State Bar of Georgia members get a 40% discount LTA Assessment

MS Word | Tip
Microsoft Word is the lawyer's tool of the trade. Excellent training options are available on the Microsoft support page. Check out Word-for-Windows-training and click on the “Take a Tour” module to download an interactive practice document to learn new skills in under 10 minutes. Contact for other practice management ideas. 

New Law Firm | Tip
This podcast by discusses how an office redesign may create a collaborative environment. Read More.

Security | Tip
Takeaways from ABA TECHSHOW 2018: “Securing your documents.” Read More.

CloudlLawyers | Tip
State Bar of Georgia attorneys now have the ability to create an enhanced profile and help potential clients find your firm. Log into your account on the State Bar website and click on “Edit CloudLawyers Profile.”

Marketing | Tip
Listen to Megan Zavieh a fellow member of the State Bar of Georgia speak on concerning problematic marketing strategies.

Clear Your Cache | Tip
Cached information can help websites load faster, but it can also prevent you from seeing the most up-to-date version of a webpage; in some cases, it can also cause the webpage to load improperly or fail to load at all. This article shows how to accomplish clearing your cache in a variety of browsers.

Web Browser Tracking | Tip
Check your web browser settings and request "Do not Track" for privacy. You may have to go to advanced settings. To go even more private, read this article from Techworld.

Vendor Directory | Tip
Check out our online Vendor Directory to find services that will help you with your practice. Communications Business Services, Inc., (CBSI) has been providing a 24/7 live answering service since 1985 from its Marietta location. See their listing for special pricing. They can email, text or fax your messages, and their receptionists can also patch calls to you. CBSI serves firms of all sizes and has pricing plans appropriate for each.

Procertas | Tip
Procertas offers State Bar members a 40 percent discount to improve quality and increase efficiency through their legal technology assessment, training and certification program. The flagship product, the Legal Technology Assessment, improves quality and increases efficiency by ensuring that legal professionals are properly using the basic technology tools of their trade: Word, Excel and PDF.

Software | Tip
Meet Zola Suite, a comprehensive cloud-based legal practice management application that brings the power of a 360 degree integrated solution to law firms. Zola Suite is listed on the State Bar of Georgia's Vendor Directory and offers a 15 percent lifetime member discount.

Mircosoft Outlook | Tip
SlawTips technology blog tells how to add personal notes, annotations, additional information or comments to an email that you have sent or received.

Practice Management Software | Tip
MyCase Practice Management software participates in the State Bar's online vendor directory and gives our members a 10 percent discount. Check out their weekly one-on-one training sessions.

Legal Research | Tip
All you Fastcase users: Fastcase ties with Wexis!

Microsoft Excel | Tip
Need to remove duplicates in Excel? Go to the Data tab, and select "Remove Duplicates" (under Tools). A pop-up will appear to confirm which data you want to work with. Select the data set and select "Remove Duplicates" and it's done! Click here for more Excel tips.

Technology Training | Tip
Check out Procertas (Professional Certifications and Technology Assessments), the latest member of our Vendor Directory. This is a new kind of company for an evolving legal marketplace. Their mission is better alignment between law firms and law departments, as well as between law departments and the businesses they represent.

Scroll | Tip
Scroll - A law firm's solution for content. Showcase your knowledge, prove your tech savviness and stay top of mind! Check out the great discount to members of the State Bar of Georgia. Our machine learning platform curates practice area specific news articles and publishes them to a news feed on your website, a branded blog site we maintain for you, and social media. All done for you!

TimeSolv Legal Billing | Tip
Check out TimeSolv Billing, easy to use time tracking and billing software serving law firms and other professionals since 1999.

LexHelper Virtual Assistant | Tip
Check out LexHelper Virtual Assistant, your newest member benefit. LexHelper provides front office support for attorneys, law firms and agencies, allowing customers to focus on their clients and case work. Focused 100 percent on the legal industry, our trained professionals and proprietary technology create the best experience for your clients. At a fraction of the cost of hiring a full-time person, our services include: live receptionist to manage inbound and outbound calls, scheduling appointments, managing intake forms, bilingual assistance (as needed). We help attorneys throughout the United States.

Fastcase Webinar | Tip
Join us on 10/6 for an Intro to Fastcase, your legal research member benefit. Click here to register.

Scanning | Tip
ScanSnap Cloud enables ScanSnap to scan directly to your favorite cloud service without the need for a computer or mobile device. Simply press the scan button and your scans are automatically sorted into documents, receipts, business cards or photos, and sent to a predetermined cloud service.

Fastcase | Tip
Fastcase combines two unique features, the Interactive Timeline and Forecite to identify important cases. Click here for more details.

Web Browsers | Tip
Which web browser is the most widely used? Click here to find out.

Website | Tip
Does your website tell your story? Read this article to improve it.

Gmail | Tip
Chelsey Lambert from Smokeball explains step-by-step how to integrate your email accounts in this article on Solo Practice University ® Blog.

Member Benefits | Tip
Check out your newest member benefit, Earnest, and save $300! Go to the Online Vendor Directory and use the select by name option to find Earnest. Earnest uses data and technology to understand every borrower's unique financial story and offer the lowest possible rates. On average, attorneys have saved $32,557 by refinancing their student loans with Earnest. Unlike other lenders, Earnest lets you pick the exact loan term that fits your budget, and will never pass you off to third-party servicers. Earnest also has no prepayment, origination or disbursement fees.

Blogs | Tip
"Overall, among lawyers who blog for professional purposes, 38 percent have received a client directly or through referral," says Allison Shields in a recent presentation at the ABA TECHSHOW 2016.

Encryption | Tip
To set a password in an Excel spreadsheet follow these simple steps.

To encrypt your workbook and set a password to open it:

  1. Click the Microsoft Office button Microsoft Office Button , point to Prepare and then click Encrypt Document.
  2. In the Password box, type a password and then click OK.
    Microsoft Excel Encryption

    You can type up to 255 characters. By default, this feature uses AES 128-bit advanced encryption. Encryption is a standard method used to help make your file more secure.
  3. In the Reenter password box, type the password again, and then click OK.
  4. To save the password, save the file.

MS Word 2010 Macros | Tip
"Tech Tools for Writers" offers a nifty little macro course in 20 minutes, and it's free!

Solo and Small Firm Institute and Technology Showcase | Tip
What you'll hear on the Practice Management Track:

  • Disaster Planning: What to Do in a Small Law Office
  • From Big Law to Solo Practice: Tips for Starting and Managing
  • Staying Out of Trouble with the Bar: Ethics Update
  • Office Start Up for New Lawyers and Reorganization Tips for Seasoned Lawyers
  • Marketing for Solo and Small Firms (Panel Discussion)
  • Dealing with Clients: Preventing Problems by Managing Clients' Expectations
  • Solo and Small Firm Success: What It Takes to Get There and What Can Get in the Way (Panel Discussion)
  • Pro Bono in Your Business Plan
  • Small Firm Strategic Planning
  • Time Management and Productivity

Visit the conference website for more information about the Solo and Small Firm Institute and Technology Showcase.

Tax Deductions | Tip
Last minute tax deduction advice from

MS Word | Tip
Want to improve your Microsoft Word skills? This site might be helpful.

Legal Access Apps | Tip
Twenty apps to help provide easier access to legal help from the ABA Journal.

Member Benefits Dental & Vision | Tip
Click here for an explanation of Member Benefits' dental and vision coverage.

Solos & Macs | Tip
A podcast from the Lawyerist: David Sparks on Going Solo with a Mac.

Member Benefits | Tip
Would you like to have a one-page document with contact information and live links to your State Bar member benefits? Well here it is! Live links and all contact information in one easy place that can be saved to your desktop.

Family Law App | Tips
Robert Ambrogi reviews a new app for the family law attorney.

Quick Caselaw Search | Tip
Need to find a case in a snap? Use the QUICK CASELAW SEARCH on the home page of your Fastcase account. Simply type the case name into the Quick Caselaw Search box, e.g. Gideon v. Wainwright. Click SEARCH and your result list will give you Gideon and all the cases that cite to it. They are live links, so simply click on the case name to open the case, where you will find the standard presentation: citation, parties, attorneys, judges, text and footnotes. If you need to incorporate a sentence or paragraph into a brief or letter, simply block and copy the desired text and tell the dialogue box if you want to paste the text or paste the text with "The Bluebook" citation.

Georgia Practice Advisor | Tip
Don't miss reading the Georgia Practice Advisor blog to keep up the latest on practice management and ethics advice for Georgia attorneys. This blog from the Law Practice Management Director Natalie Kelly and Assistant General Counsel Tina Petrig gives Georgia Bar members useful practice management advice and general ethical guidance specific to their Georgia law practice.

Law School Debt | Tip
This article from Huffington Post and written by Stephen Dash, CEO of Credible, ranks Georgia as the second best state for attorneys trying to pay off law school debt. Georgia's employment ratio of 1.3 (ratio of lawyers to lawyer jobs), mean salary of $137,280 and cost of living rank as 19th lowest in the United States means lawyers there should have an especially low debt-to-income ratio, an important factor for those who want to refinance their loans, which pushes the state to the number two position. The state also has generous forgiveness options on a federal and school-specific level.

Blogs | Tip
Check out this topically arranged list of law blogs from Justia.

ABA Book Sale | Tip
DEC. 1 ONLY! Save 40 percent on ABA books and CLE products with free ground shipping. Click here to shop; use discount code CYBER14.

Web Design | Tip
Marketing professional suggest that a firm should redesign their website "about every two to three years" due to technology innovations. This article from Law Practice Advisor discusses how often firms are actually redesigning their websites and suggestions on how to update to maximize value.

Fraud Protection | Tip
We are heading into the season to be jolly but it's also a time to be ripped off by identity theft-à la Target or Home Depot data breaches or just plain shopping online. If you don't already have protection, this guide should help you take measures to secure your identity.

LPM Software | Tip
Are you considering a purchase of practice management software? This link will take you to a quick rundown on what's new with TimeMatters.

Gadgets | Tip
" Five Cheap Gadgets Every Road-Warrior Lawyer Must Have," an article by William Peacock.

Law Firm Websites | Tip
From an electronic brochure to a lead-generating tool, read here how firm websites are changing.

Updating to iOS8
Apple's iOS 8 Is Here: What to Do About That Pesky Storage Problem. Alyssa Newcomb explains in this cleverly written post via ABC News/World News.

Video Streaming | Tip
Smartphone video streaming is up 86 percent year-over-year according to an Adobe U.S. Digital Video Benchmark report. Drew Keller's post on explains how you can use this media in your practice.

MS Office Tutorials | Tip
In a December 2013 podcast hosted by Stephanie Ward of the ABA Journal, tech experts agree that honing your skills using the tools of the trade, namely Microsoft Office products, is a great way to stretch your technology budget. Free tutorials are available here.

Amicus Attorney | Tip
September is a good month to purchase or upgrade your Amicus Attorney software with discounts of 15 to 20 percent if purchased within the month. If you are interested please contact Pam Myers at 404-526-8621 or

Help Guides | Tip
Mashable, one of the most resourceful technology websites, bills itself as a leading source for news, information and resources for the connected generation. Their "How To" guides, like this one, gives tips on how to use LinkedIn. Others can be found under the How To section of their site.

Timeful iPhone App | Tip
Timeful is a new app for the iPhone. It's a smart calendar and to-do list for Google Calendar, Exchange and iCal. Timeful combines your calendars and to-do lists so you can see everything that's competing for your time in one place.

Marketing | Tip
Read more about the power of email from Emma, a marketing software company. One article explains the power of email and the other shows how to make it work for you.

MS Outlook AutoText | Tip
AutoText can be helpful in Outlook. In Outlook 2010, possibly other versions as well, one can highlight text in an email and click the Quick Parts drop-down arrow from the toolbar to create an auto text function for later emails. Select either Save Selection to Quick Part Gallery or AutoText; when you select AutoText, the Quick Parts list appears, and way at the bottom is "Save selection to AutoText Gallery." Then try typing the first letters of the sentence or paragraph and a screen tip appears with the option to press enter. Auto text then completes the desired portion of text.

iPhone Tech Tidbit | Tip
Delete unused apps. Get rid of the apps that you rarely, if ever, use. Unused apps take up display space and create clutter that makes it hard to quickly find the apps you routinely use. This article from Law Technology News gives five iPhone maintenance tips.

Marketing | Tip
Word of mouth has officially moved online. More than ever, clients are using review sites, social media, search engines and legal blogs to find the right lawyer for them. For new ideas on how to market your firm online, consider checking out this book from the LPM Resource Library, Online Law Practice Strategies, 3rd Edition: How to Turn Clicks into Clients by Jabez LeBret and Mark Homer.

"Reply All" Nightmare | Tip
If you read any legal newspaper today, July 18, 2014, you will probably wince upon reading about the prosecutor who mistakenly hit "reply all" in the Atlanta schools cheating scandal trial. It may be worth reading this article to ensure you don't end up on the front page.

Fastcase | Tip
Did you know Fastcase Live Chat assistance is free to active members of the Bar? Take advantage of a research associate today!

Word Tools | Tip
"Words are the lawyer's tools of trade," wrote Lord Denning, the former Master of the Rolls. It can also be said that Microsoft Word is the lawyer's tool of the trade. MS Word can perfect your writing by two built-in tests. The Flesch Reading Ease (FRE) test utilizes word, sentence and syllable count to calculate a score on a 100-point scale. Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level (FKGL) does just that, assigns a grade level. The product guide recommends a FRE between 60-70 and a FKGL of 7.0-8.0. Simply activate by going to Options>Proofing and checking off the appropriate boxes. Next time you write something in Word, click on Spelling & Grammar (F7) under Review and when complete, a pop-up box will show your score. This post scored a 63.7 percent and a 7.8 respectively-must have gone wrong on the self-styled acronyms.

Tablets | Tip
If your tablet is only Wi-Fi enabled but you want to be able to see a web page or a map when you are not connected, take a screen shot to capture the content for later viewing. When your tablet is opened to a particular page that you want to reference later, just press the Home and Sleep buttons at the same time and a picture of the page will be stored in your device's Camera Roll. This is useful for storing often referenced content such as directions on Google Maps, a search of restaurants nearby or someone's LinkedIn page. You can also use this technique to share a webpage with someone else though email or message.

Online Marketing | Tip
Marketing your practice requires a branding strategy. What you look like and how you present yourself online has become a critical piece of your image. Having the right headshot can go a long way in reinforcing it. Mary Ellen Sullivan posts an article on attorneyatwork law blog discussing the importance of a good headshot.

Note-Taking | Tip
An interesting study concludes, note-taking by hand is better than typing on a computer. Read more about this on the Lawyerist website.

Mobile Email Apps | Tip
Blogger Aaron at Bachya Productions offers a comparison of email apps with the focus on those aspects that are crucial to a better mobile email experience.

Insurance | Tip
Member Benefits, recommended broker for the State Bar of Georgia, will be glad to assist our members with insurance needs. The Board of Governors has selected Member Benefits as the Bar's recommended broker for members' health, dental and vision plans and approved them to also offer disability and long term care plans. This service is completely voluntary, and the recommendation is offered simply as another resource for Bar members who are seeking such assistance. For more information, contact Member Benefits: 1-800-282-8626, email, website.

Resource Library | Tip
Check out the new online version of our Practice Management Resource Library. Use the interactive tools to find new books, search by title or author, save to bookbag or manage a reading list. If you need help logging in to the library site, please contact Kim Henry at 404-527-8772 or, or Pam Myers at 404-526-8621 or

Adobe Acrobat Help | Tip
Want to make the most of your Adobe Acrobat software? Check out product tutorials to discover advanced features. Choose from a list of topics such as creating, editing, combining and reviewing under Acrobat Help and Tutorials. Make sure you're viewing information that corresponds to your version of Acrobat.

Tablet | Tip
Microsoft unveiled the Surface Pro 3 tablet this week, saying the goal of the device is to "take away the conflict" between owning a laptop and a tablet. Will this be an answer for attorneys who are looking for a work horse tablet?

Software | Tip
If you are considering purchasing practice management software, then check out our software library list with links to a variety of the best products.

Ethics Helpline | Tip
Lawyers who would like to discuss an ethics dilemma with a member of the Office of the General Counsel staff should contact the Ethics Helpline at 404-527-8741, 800-682-9806 or log in to your account and go to the "submit ethics question" under "My Account."

Networking | Tip
Networking is an important element of doing business. Consider how useful our membership directory can be in finding law school alums, company associates or like-minded attorneys in your area. Filter by law school, company, location or section to find attorneys that may be interested in collaborating on a project, sharing office space or just sharing ideas.

Paperless Office | Tip
Going paperless requires a plan and this recent article on the Denver Bar Association blog "DBA Docket" offers advice.

Law Firm Finances | Tip
" Law Firm Finances: Everything You Need to Know" by Randall Ryder is a good overview on the topic. Be aware that each state has its own trust account rules. Click here to read State Bar of Georgia Rule 1.15(II) Safekeeping Property - Trust Account and IOLTA.

Start Up Resources | Tip
If you are planning to open a law office in Georgia, find helpful information from the Law Practice Management Program.

Private Health Insurance Exchange | Tip
As a member of the State Bar of Georgia, you now have access to a private health insurance exchange offered by Member Benefits Inc., the recommended broker of the State Bar for health insurance.

Security | Tip
Which legal websites did Heartbleed affect? Read Bob Ambrogi's article to find out.

Workplace Productivity | Tip
Are you presently running your practice from your home? This article has some helpful suggestions on how to improve your productivity.

Password Protection | Tip
This recent article in PC Magazine offers a review of the best password managers. With security becoming even more a topic of concern it's worth a read.

Laptops | Tip
In a world transfixed by smartphones and tablets, laptops are still the best way to get real work done. This article in Law Technology News reviews the " Top Laptop Computers for Lawyers."

Solo and Small Firm Techshow | Tip
Coming April 25: 2014 ABA TECHSHOW Roadshow; 6 CLE Hours, including 1 Trial Practice Hour. Click here for more information.

Fastcase Training | Tip
The Law Practice Management Program announces a new interactive Fastcase class with 3 hours of CLE credit. Consult the calendar to sign up.

Legal Websites | Tip
Missed the ABA TECHSHOW 2014? You may want to check out the popular " 60 sites in 60 minutes" to see what legal technology experts find interesting in legal websites.

Windows XP | Tip
Microsoft will no longer support XP after April 8, but don't panic. Read this article from Law Technology News.

Windows 8.1 Review | Tip
PC Advisor's Jim Martin offers a comprehensive review for users of Windows 8.1.

Retirement | Tip
Ed Poll from the LawBiz Blog offers some video advice concerning lawyers in the second season.

Outlook | Tip
PC World offers three helpful tips to keep your inbox clean.

New Fastcase CLE | Tip
March 31, 2014, is the deadline for CLE hours and the Law Practice Management Program is offering a new option: once a month Fastcase will be offered in a three-hour format at the Bar Center. You can now get all three credits at one time. The first hour covers navigation of the system with the remaining time devoted to interactive training on advanced features.

Windows XP | Tip
Starting April 8, 2014, Microsoft will stop supporting XP. No more support means no more automatic updates to patch and clean security vulnerabilities, leaving hackers free to do their thing unimpaired. Here's an article from the ABA Journal, including info and links to help you move to a new operating system.

Cloud Computing | Tip
Lawyers are wary about using cloud services due to concerns about security, backup and portability. This recent article by Peter Vogel on Law Technology News is worth a read.

Editing Software | Tip
Gary Kinder, author, lawyer and founder of WordRake, an editing software, advises "Read good writing, feel what is good about it, and transfer that feeling to the page in your own words. Then think about those words. Think about what they mean, and what they don't mean, and if they mean nothing, delete them." Speak with your own well-reasoned, or humorous, or colorful, or spare, or intrigued, or informed, or sincere voice, and let your reader hear it clearly.

Career | Tip
"...[I]n many rural areas, there is actually a shortage of attorneys," says Roy S. Ginsburg in a recent article, " Be a Small-Town Lawyer," posted on Attorney at Work. He suggests that one solution for underemployed lawyers is to head to the country.

Marketing | Tip
Survey Monkey is a web-based tool that will allow you to create professional surveys that will aid you in getting that competitive edge. It's flexibility allows users to download data into a spreadsheet as a chart or PDF for viewing.

Backup | Tip
Read "FYI: Data Backup," a helpful article that explains all you need to know about backing up your files offered by the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center.

Fastcase Apps | Tip
Fastcase offers free iPad, iPhone and Android apps with the ability to search case law and statutes with a variety of search options.

Fastcase | Tip
The new "Copy with Citation" feature in Fastcase saves time. When you select text in a case or statute, etc., a small menu pops up with the option to include the document's citation when you copy the text.

Password Security | Tip
How secure are the passwords that you use on your computer and probably many of your favorite websites? Password manager programs in which you use a single, secure password to log in will bring added security and lessen frustration. Here are a few you may want to consider: LastPass, 1Password and KeePass.

ABA E-Newsletter | Tip
Did you know that the ABA offers a free email newsletter? Get the news monthly, weekly, daily or even as it happens via print, online or by email. Click here to subscribe. The ABA Journal Tech Monthly is a publication emailed to all ABA members who have provided an email address and those who have signed up to receive the weekly email.

Resource Library | Tip
Check out this new book from the LPM Resource Library: Legal Project Management in One Hour for Lawyers. This book by Pamela H. Woldow and Douglas B. Richardson will help to improve efficiency, keep budgets under control, build strong relationships with clients and maximize profitability all in one hour.

"In One Hour" Resources | Tip
A series of practice management books marketed as "in one hour" provide a quick way to practical help. Personal Branding in One Hour for Lawyers by Katy Goshtasbi is one of the latest, which can be checked out from the Law Practice Management Resource Library. This book will help you discover and communicate your personal brand.

Resource | Tip
Join TechnoLawyer for free to access great articles, blawgs, trends and advice from some of the country's top legal experts.

Document Management | Tip
If you are considering a document management system, this article by John Roth posted on Legal Loudspeaker might be worth a read.

E-book Publishing | Tip
E-books enable lawyers to self-publish valuable information and establish their authority on a particular topic. Fastcase CEO Ed Walters joined LXBN-TV to explain the value of e-books in the legal arena.

Practice Management App | Tip
A new tablet-based case management app could be just the thing to help solo attorneys stay organized. Read this article by Jeffery Taylor.

Software | Tip
Search for practice management software online from a hyperlinked list that opens up the company site with pertinent product information.

LPM Resources | Tip
Need to purchase liability insurance? Law Practice Management has compiled a list of admitted and non-admitted carriers, risk retention groups and multi-line agencies/brokers.

Practice Advisor | Tip
Visit Georgia Practice Advisor to view office management, ethics and technology tips and advice from the State Bar of Georgia's Law Practice Management Program and Office of General Counsel.

Discussion Board | Tip
Wondering how other solo and small firms in Georgia run their practices? Use the LPM Discussion Board to ask them!

Technology | Tip
Fujitsu's New ScanSnap SV600 can scan books and other 3-D objects according to this review by Sam Glover.

Lighter Side of Law | Tip
Need a break from the daily grind? is a legal humor site featuring lawyer jokes, news and celebrity lawyer interviews from a team of prominent (and sometimes anonymous) writers.

Law Office Start Up Resources | Tip
If you are planning to open a law office in Georgia, don't miss out on these valuable office start up resources from the Law Practice Management Program.

iPad Air | Tip
The folks at TechCrunch, MG Siegler specifically, give pros and cons on iPad Air.

Health Insurance Costs | Tip
Everyone is talking about insurance costs. Above the Law has an interesting survey.

iPhone 5C | Tip
Thinking of upgrading to an iPhone 5C? Read this review from CNET.

Fastcase | Tip
The new "Copy with Citation" feature in Fastcase saves time. When you select text in a case or statute, etc., a small menu pops up with the option to include the document's citation when you copy the text.

iPhone | Tip
Did you recently update your iPhone or iPad to iOS 7? Read this article by techradar to learn the newest features.

Social Media | Tip
"Best time to post": A scientific approach to effective use of social media is presented on Buffer. Belle Beth Cooper has collected research and stats on Twitter, Facebook, email and blogging to help you find the best time to communicate with others in each format.

Research | Tip
Ever have a question about congressional legislation or historic data? The Library of Congress reference librarians provide direct help.

Password Protection Freeware | Tip
For help protecting, storing and managing passwords, CNET has a list of password protection freeware that includes a brief description, a rating system and a link to downloads.

Backup Companies | Tip
It's back to school and may be a good time to consider your firm's data backups. Read the Top 100 Online Backup Companies for September 2013 published on the Backup Review website.

Freeware Backup | Tip
Is your personal computer backed up regularly? Mozy offers 2 GB of secure online backup free. Other free software includes AOMEI Backupper, Cobian Backup and FBackup. For a list of 11 top freeware backup options read this article from Techradar.

Backup Software | Tip
Backing up your computer is essential and relatively easy. The ABA offers help with links to useful articles and reviews on their website, FYI: Data Backup.

Business Practices | Tip
"Being an entrepreneur means constantly reviewing your operations and thinking of ways they can be improved." Jim Calloway discusses ideas in his article, "The Small-Firm Lawyer Considers Big Ideas."

Law Practice Management | Tip
The Law Practice Management Program offers a wide variety of office management forms for download.

Technology Competency | Tip
In a recent article, Sam Glover encourages attorneys to get on board the technology train.

Tech Tips | Tip
SoloSez™ is the internet discussion forum for solos and small firm lawyers. As the ABA's most active email listserv, SoloSez™ features approximately 3,000 solo and small firm email subscribers discussing everything from tech tips and legal opinions to what to wear to court. Sponsored by the ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division, anyone can join-even those who aren't ABA members.

Succession Planning | Tip
Google has a feature that allows you set up directives for your Gmail messages and data if your account becomes inactive for any reason. Making plans for what happens after you're gone is really important for the people you leave behind. Google has a setting that gives a selection of options, click here to find out more.

Law Resources | Tip
The Guide to Starting Your Georgia Law Practice is LPM's famous "Start Up Kit," but don't let the name confuse you. This book is designed to cover almost every question about opening a practice in Georgia, making it an ideal resource for existing law firms as they do periodic evaluations of existing processes and procedures. These are free of charge to all Bar members.

Marketing | Tip
Need good ideas for a business card? Here are some clever ideas.

Twitter | Tip
Wondering how to use Twitter to improve your law practice? Select the discover tab and enter terms such as "law practice management" to find the top twitter accounts on that topic. You'll even find out which of your twitter acquaintances are following any of these accounts.

iPhone | Tip
Tim Cook unveiled iOS 7 with the claim that it was the biggest change to iOS since the original iPhone. In a recent article, "Hands on With iOS 7: It's Just the Beginning," Mashable's Chistina Warren gives a run down.

Marketing | Tip offers lawyers a free account that allows them to "Claim and update" their profile in the Justia Legal Directory. The directory provides lawyer, legal aid & services profiles by practice area and location. There are options to participate in forums and blogs which are open to the public. By registering you can choose to also receive announcements of upcoming new free services. For more details read the FAQs.

Law Resources | Tip
On this 4th of July holiday we are encouraged to read The Constitution of the United States of America. Cornell University Law School has long been a repository for this great document and a host of other legal documents all free of charge.

Succession | Tip
The sale of a law practice is generally part of an orderly plan for the founder's (or founders') retirement. This process is discussed in a recent article by Peter A. Giuliani who has an ABA publication on this topic.

LinkedIn | Tip
At the recent 2013 Annual Meeting, several attorneys asked about the value of LinkedIn for lawyers and law firms. An article written by Allison Shields may be helpful in learning features, while another article by Gyi Tsakalakis considers the value of the site.

User Friendly Bill | Tip
In his blog, " the [non] billable hour," Matt Homann of Lexthink gets creative in his redesign of a client bill. Clients might find this a more user friendly approach. What do you think?

Technology | Tip
Technology has become the blessing and curse of law practice management depending on your comfort level. Make sure you have someone in your office who actually understands and is comfortable with technology and give them the ability to remain competent through exposure and training. The ABA TECHSHOW is a great starting point, and this would be a great year to attend. Natalie Kelly, director of the Law Practice Management Program at the State Bar of Georgia, is the 2014 program chair, proudly representing Georgia.

Customer Service | Tip
Clients pay attention to how you treat them. Lawyers often misjudge the expectations clients have concerning their matters. Regular communication, either written or spoken, is key and building a system to ensure it happens on a timely basis will pay dividends. A short email, a phone call or even a voice message sent periodically, will go a long way to reassure them that you are on the case.

Online Presence | Tip
Referrals are the best way to obtain new business, but don't ignore the fact that most people will want to learn something about you before engaging your services. Your online presence should be thoughtfully designed; it often serves as your first introduction. This, of course, means potential clients will Google you. Make sure they can at least find current biographical information and a photograph of each lawyer. Your email address should reflect your website domain. Writing for publications that publish articles online is a good way to demonstrate your expertise. Above all, keep it current.

Tech Shopping | Tip
A great place to find good deals on technology is at, an extension of CNET, a CBS-affiliated website that contains news, reviews and editorials on all things tech. Shoppers can see ratings and pricing on one page and compare deals side by side from a seemingly endless list of stores. Filters help target the best products and prices quickly and then link to the store check- out all in a few clicks.

Twitter | Tip
Use Twitter to follow legal news by practice area by selecting "#Discover" from the tool bar then "Who to follow" and enter "personal injury law," for example. For a more general approach, follow LJN Online, the official Twitter feed of Law Journal Newsletters, ALM's newsletter division covering 21 legal practice areas.

Smart Phones | Tip
Smart phones are one of the most easily stolen items and contain some our most sensitive information. PC World's recent article, "The 21 Worst Tech Habits, and How to Break Them," advises users to limit mobile device usage to areas where you're completely certain you won't be the victim of a smash-and-grab attack.

Bad Tech Habits | Tip
According to "The 21 Worst Tech Habits, and How to Break Them" in PC World, one of the worst tech habits you can have is leaving equipment in plain sight. Most gadget heists are conceived and executed in seconds, and probably because you left the item unattended. Don't leave laptops and other gadgets unattended when you are in a public area or even at your own desk if others can have quick access.

Georgia Code E-Books | Tip
Free e-books with portions of the Georgia Code are available online. Evidence E-Book (2013), Civil E-Book (2012-13) and Criminal E-Book (2012-13, with archives back to 2007) are viewable in a book format online at no cost. The author, Parag Y. Shah, is a personal injury and criminal defense attorney in Atlanta, Ga.

Shortcut Reminders | Tip
MS Office 2010 added to all its programs a shortcut reminder. Click on the Alt key to see the shortcut keys display on the various commands at the top of your screen. Continue holding down the Alt key while clicking on the key that initiates the desired command, such as insert, save or delete, for example.

Tech Buyer's Guide | Tip
Looking to buy a scanner, tablet or new computer for your firm? Check here first.

List Alert | Tip
List Alert searches Craigslist while you sleep! An email is sent to notify you when someone posts the thing you're looking for on Craigslist.

Live Chat | Tip
When purchasing a product or service or needing support for one, use the "live chat" option for instant assistance. This option can save time as you can continue doing other things while waiting for responses and it allows your conversation to be archived.

Tech Tips | Tip
Tech columnist David Pogue shares 10 simple, clever tips for computer, web, smartphone and camera users in six minutes.

Start Up Conference | Tip
Log in to the State Bar's website and then click here to view a recent Chicago Bar's Start Up Conference with Natalie Kelly as one of the presenters. Great information for starting a practice or to review for an existing practice.

Lawyers and Paralegals | Tip
In this well-written article, " Lawyers are From Mars and Paralegals are from Venus," Cheryl Leone, CEO, Catalyst Group, Inc., with 42 years' experience in law office management, gives relationship and communication advice.

MS Word 2010 | Tip
A great new feature in MS Word 2010 recovers unsaved document drafts in a second. Open Word and go to File>Info>Manage Versions>Recover Unsaved Documents.

Moving Data from MS Word to Excel | Tip
Moving Data from MS Word to Excel: A geeky tip from the archives of 3 Geeks and a Law Blog.

Adobe SendNow | Tip
Adobe SendNow is a handy way to send large files which are tractable, secure, confirmed delivery, and stored (up to 2 GB) for only $19.99 a year.

RATs | Tip
We are often warned about opening fishy looking programs or files attached to an email. Remote Admin Tools (RAT) hackers use this method to send files that infect your computer to gain access to almost anything on your computer including your webcam. To avoid RATs, keep your computer up to date and have good antivirus software, an anti-malware and/or anti-spyware up and running with all the latest updates.

iPhone J.D. | Tip
Need help going mobile? iPhone J.D. is a site for lawyers using iPhones and iPads published by Jeff Richardson, an attorney in New Orleans, La.

Blawgs | Tip
Blawgs (law blogs) are the place to go for useful law-related information, and it's free. Justia offers a list with links to 5,228 blawgs and categorizes them into 74 areas. They also list other blawg directories just in case you didn't find what you're looking for on their site.

Desktop "Search" Feature | Tip
Use your desktop "search" feature to find that file you're looking for. Depending on what operating software you have, a shortcut will open a search bar that allows you to find a file on your system by entering part of the file name or even text within the document. Google " find a file in windows 7," for example, to learn more about how this works with your system.

Free Blogs and Newsletters | Tip
If you don't have the time or money to attend law-related seminars, make use of free blogs and newsletters. Author Ari Kaplan offers his audio book, The Opportunity Maker, to subscribers of his newsletter.

Georgia Bar Journal Research | Tip
You can research archived Georgia Bar Journal articles easily. Search by index or open the PDF of a particular volume and search by keyword using Ctrl+F.

Tips and Tricks for Android Users | Tip
Jeffery Taylor, The Droid Lawyer, is an Oklahoma City attorney. Follow his blog to find tips and tricks for lawyers using Android devices in their law practice.

Solo and Small Firms | Tip
Wonder what other solo and small firms are doing about marketing, consultations and practice management? Join the conversation in the solo & small firm group discussion board. You must be logged in to participate.

Fastcase Advance Sheets | Tip
Fastcase Advance Sheets for Georgia are available from your iTunes store.

Training | Tip
Training is arguably the most important part of any technology investment. Your technology budget needs to include initial and periodic training to get the most out of your investment.

Cloud Computing for Lawyers | Tip
Have you wondered if it's safe to move to the cloud? Pick up Cloud Computing for Lawyers, Nicole Black (2012) from our library and find out all the details. This book features a discussion of cloud computing fundamentals, an overview of legal cloud computing products, and step-by-step instructions for implementing cloud computing in your practice-including practical tips for securing your data.

Client Intake Forms | Tip
Client intake forms are a good first step to use in considering whether a client has a case in which you are able to be of service.

Firm Websites | Tip
Law firm websites are increasingly more valuable to attorneys as a platform to building their brand. Think of ways that well written content can communicate your expertise through articles, blog posts, presentations, videos and podcasts for prospective clients to read.

LPM Resource Library | Tip
To make the most of Microsoft Office 2010 check out The Lawyer's Guide to Microsoft Word 2010, Ben M. Schorr (2011) or Microsoft OneNote in One Hour for Lawyers, Ben Schorr (2012) from our resource library. Members can see the entire list of resources and lending policies or call Kim Henry at 404-527-8772 for further information.

ABA Publications | Tip
All ABA publications from the last two years are available for the iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone. Visit iTunes or the iBookstore and search for the book title. Also, e-books are available at the ABA Webstore.

Get the same 15 percent discount using the code: PAB5EGAB on all e-books from the ABA website.

Fastcase Search | Tip
While in Keyword (Boolean) search, you can use multiple proximity ("within") operators to fine-tune your search. For example, when looking for cases in all jurisdictions involving the constitutionality of a search of curtilage and would like the cases to mention the word warrant or a form of warrant, I could run a search like this:

constitution* AND curtilage AND search* AND warrant*

However, that search returns 1,000+ results and the terms could be anywhere within the opinion.

Try narrowing the search by using the proximity operator. When I do this, the terms will be within several words of each other. To use the proximity operator, simply put a w/ or just a / and a number between 2 and 50 between the words you want to be close to each other. In this case, I want the terms to be within 25 words of each other. Here's my new search:

constitution* w/25 search* w/25 curtilage w/25 warrant*

This search, even across all jurisdictions, gives me 299 results, which is a lot easier to review than 1,000!

Twitter | Tip
Twitter is great for finding trends or following like minded people. You can discover news as it's happening, learn more about topics that are important to you, and get the inside scoop in real time. You may want to develop a following of your own but the value is the real-time information. Click here to read more about Twitter.

Outlook | Tip
Outlook lets you request delivery receipts and read receipts for email messages you send to other people. Microsoft Outlook 2000 and later versions of Outlook also let you specify how you want to respond to requests for read receipts that accompany email messages that are sent to you. Click here to find out how to use this feature.

Fastcase App | Tip
Well respected law blogger David Whelan recommends Fastcase App for Androids as a must-have. Even though Whelan lives in Canada and seldom needs U.S. cases for his research he included this tidbit in a recent post. "I have taken a look at some of these apps, and others, for use in law firms. The only one I would add as an absolute must-have-even I have it, even though I rarely do U.S. legal research-is the free Fastcase app, now available for Android". Georgia attorneys have the full featured app available as a member benefit.

Smart Phone Security | Tip
If you think your screen unlock pattern provides adequate security for your smartphone, think again. After five incorrect attempts, Android will reveal a "forgot pattern?" button which may help intruders gain access to your sensitive information. A recent ACLU article by Chris Soghoian, Keeping the Government Out of Your Smartphone, discusses smartphone security issues in light of law enforcement search and seizure processes and reveals some interesting thoughts on just how much we all have to lose if our phone security is breached, especially for lawyers.

Practice Management Consultations | Tip
According to a recent survey by LexisNexis of about 1,000 attorneys, mostly in one- to 20-member firms, administrative tasks take up the majority of time. Apparently attorneys are not very good at delegating tasks; solo practitioners and two-lawyer firms reportedly were the least efficient. Billing, filing, document management and accounting took up the most of their non-billable time. Schedule a general consultation with an LPM consultant to see where you can make improvements.

Solo and Small Firm CLE Seminars | Tip
Attend Law Practice Management's Quarterly Solo and Small Firm CLE Seminars to get the latest tips and trends on technology, finances, marketing and management. Seminars are scheduled for Nov. 1, 2012, Feb. 15 and April 26, 2013. Visit ICLE's website at for more details.

Starting Your Georgia Law Practice | Tip
Contact Law Practice Management to request your free copy of Starting Your Georgia Law Practice. This tool will help answer most, if not all, your questions on what to do to setup your very own law practice. Submit your request by email to or call 404-527-8772.

Management Audits | Tip
Conduct management audits throughout the year to keep an eye on your business and its progress. If you choose to use a consultant for this, make sure they have experience with law firms similar to yours. Use the results from the audit in an annual firm retreat or strategic planning session.