Smokeball & Essential Forms: A Winning Combination [Webinar Recap]

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essential forms smokeballOn Friday, October 5, Bob Bednarz, Smokeball’s Training Manager and Essential Forms integration expert, took to the web to demonstrate a wonderful integration between Smokeball and CEB Essential Forms.  Below is a quick summary but you can watch the complete presentation here.

The Three Pillars of Smokeball

The Smokeball + Essential Forms partnership is directly in line with Smokeball’s core mission: helping lawyers to focus on practicing law, and practicing it with less stress and more success.  To achieve this mission, Smokeball focuses on three pillars: organization, productivity, and profitability.

Law Firm Challenges in 2018

Achieving the Smokeball mission is often part of a small law firm’s own goals.  However, various challenges present daunting hurdles for many. As the vast majority of webinar participants stated, lack of internal efficiency and spending too much time on administrative tasks often cripple POP achievement.

Legal Practice Management Software Helps!

Software tailored for law firms is getting smarter and more specialized; a firm needs a clear picture of what to look for.  Keeping up with new practice management features and developments will give a firm the competitive edge in a saturated legal market.

Document Automation/Assembly

Legal document automation is an essential practice management feature resulting in increased productivity and profitability.  Document automation means that the information entered in your software is utilized to populate forms, letters, court pleadings, administrative filings, and much more.  It ensures accuracy and efficiency while solidifying standardization across all firm employees. No matter who creates the document, you get the same high-quality result without deviation.  Over time, document automation bears incredible fruit. After all, time is a fixed commodity in legal practice; make sure you squeeze the most out of it!

Smokeball now provides not only CEB Essential Forms (and thousands of other automated public documents), but will automate a firm’s unique proprietary documents to begin building out the firm’s private library.  Smokeball’s document automation feature overall lets you focus on the CONTENT of documents.

SMOKEBALL and CEB ESSENTIAL FORMS: A Winning Combination   

With document automation as a must for improved productivity and profitability, the advantages of using Smokeball and Essential Forms abound.  Elimination of duplicative data entry, organization of all forms in one location, and improvement of internal collaboration make this integration especially exciting.  As shared in the presentation, this seamless integration from Smokeball data entry to opening and completing a Judicial Council Form in Essential Forms is something no California lawyer should do without.

Not only is Essential Forms creation with Smokeball a breeze, there are other benefits

  • All created documents save right back to the Smokeball central file
  • You can go back and make changes to “Previous Forms” library documents
  • Local County Forms can be done through Smokeball’s own library; and thus

Through Smokeball you also have unlimited and secure storage space and can send documents in one fell swoop after creation.  Finally, there is internal transparency for the history of document creation and emailing; your whole firm will now be on the same page — literally.

The Bottom Line is Your Bottom Line – Profit     

Smokeball firms have seen an 34% average increase in captured time.  This is not a fluke, and it’s not by accident. Smokeball automatic law firm time and activity tracking tracks your only valuable commodity — time itself!  By adding Smokeball to your form creation process or for attorneys practicing in California adding Essential Forms to your Smokeball subscription, efficient document creation will jumpstart a profit increase.  The evidence is in profit reports through Smokeball’s Law Firm Insights:

Transparent reporting is the final piece to make your firm POP.  It will prompt the tough questions: What practice areas are actually making me money?  Which clients are actually making me money or are worth my valuable efforts?  

Smokeball with Essential Forms will immediately allow your firm to become more productive, organized, and profitable. Watch the full presentation for “Smokeball & Essential Forms: A Winning Combination.”

Request a full demonstration of all Smokeball has to offer here!

By | October 9th, 2018|

About the Author:

For years, Josh has helped lawyers become more organized, productive, and profitable. A trained litigator, Josh came to Smokeball from a large east-coast law firm where his practice focused on franchise, insurance, marine, and general litigation. His work with Smokeball, and his continued passion for what he does each day, is driven by a desire to help lawyers and their staff do better in every way. Knowing well the stress and strain put on today’s legal professional, he regularly focuses on improving work and life in the law. He has traveled the country working with and learning from lawyers and their staff. Josh speaks regularly to bar associations about successful law firm practices and other legal topics. Recent notable engagements have been with the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Missouri Bar’s Solo and Small Firm Conference. In addition to his work at Smokeball, Josh serves on the Writing Resource Center staff at The John Marshall Law School. Besides legal technology, his research interests include judicial decision-making, jury decision-making and psychology, and legal writing. He has written and overseen research exploring causal effects of sex/gender on federal appellate court decision-making, and assisted with research for a forthcoming textbook on judicial decision-making. Additionally, Josh sits on the Board of Chicago Fringe Opera Company. Josh holds his J.D., cum laude, from Washington University in St. Louis, where he served as a Senior Editor of the Wash. U. Law Review, held the prestigious Thompson Coburn Research Fellowship, served as Research Assistant to then-Vice-Dean (now Chancellor) Andrew D. Martin, and clerked at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and a B.M. in Music Performance with Honors Scholar distinction from the University of Connecticut, making him a Huskies basketball fan through and through. Follow Josh’s activity on LinkedIn, and keep up with new articles on the Smokeball Blog.

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