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Why Practice Management Technology Should be Used to Avoid Ethical Pitfalls

Josh Taylor

Square One Series You Can’t Spell Ethics Without “TECH”: Efficiency, promptness, accuracy, and professionalism.  These are a few of the commonplace terms in any successful client-based organization.  What’s crucial to […]

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4 SEO Tips for Small Law Firms

Lynn Luong

Square One Series for Small Law Firms As a small law firm, your web presence is an important consideration to drive new clients. People learn about your law firm through […]

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Admin Tasks Killing Your Law Firm’s Profitability

Are Simple Admin Tasks Killing Your Law Firm’s Profitability?

Lynn Luong

How much time do you and your staff spend on non-billable administrative tasks when you could be building your business or billing for substantive legal work? My guess is you’re […]

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Email Management Tips - Smokeball

3 Ways To Tame Your Emails

Lynn Luong

If you find keeping track of emails an overwhelming task, you are not alone.  Most small law firms struggle with the volume of emails received daily. Some may find that having […]

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Hosting Holiday Office Parties

Emily Wood

Well, it’s that time of year again.  The last touches of autumn are fading away and festive decorations have sprouted up all over the country in anticipation of the holiday […]

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8 Things Your Firm Can Do To Ensure A Profitable Year

Lynn Luong

  Looking for your firm to be more profitable for the year? Here are 8 actionable items you can start doing today to build a better practice for the new year. Become […]

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3 Ways to Turn Out-of-Office Reply into a Competitive Advantage

Sara Hawes

Imagine this: you walk into your office after a week out, only to see a stack of angry phone messages, an overwhelming amount of e-mails from distressed clients, and a […]

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Positioning your Small Law Firm for Growth

Jane Oxley

The time has come–you’re ready to start growing your small law firm. Maybe you’re making the move to add to your solo practice, or you’re looking to make your small […]

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Attorney Spotlight: Barry Kaufman

Jane Oxley

When Barry Kaufman started his solo family law practice, Kaufman Law Office, in 2005, he was relatively new to the legal profession, with only five years of law experience under his belt. […]

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Organization and Time Management Smokeball

7 Organization & Time Management Tips

Jane Oxley

Organization is crucial to your small law firm’s success. Studies show that executives waste as many as six weeks a year searching for lost items and information, and if you’re […]

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How Activity Intelligence Helps Save Your Firm Time

Jane Oxley

Let’s be honest here, how many times have you sat at your desk trying to remember what you did for the week? In any industry it is important to always […]

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The Importance of Having a Virtual Assistant

Jane Oxley

As an attorney your day is scheduled down to the minute. There is typically little to no room for any small tasks, even one as simple as scheduling a meeting. […]

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Personal Injury - Smokeball

3 Considerations When Starting Your Personal Injury Firm

Jane Oxley

Starting (and maintaining) a successful legal practice may be one of the most challenging feats you accomplish in your legal career. While your smashing success in law school and early […]

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CALA Update: Smokeball Saves the Day With Its Recent Improvements

Jane Oxley

It’s been almost 10 months since we first announced our partnership with the Community Activism Law Alliance (CALA), and we are excited to bring you this update from CALA Executive Director, […]

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Scaling Your Law Firm | Smokeball

Three Ways Tracking Metrics Can Help Your Small Law Firm Scale

Jane Oxley

Taking the leap to scale your business is a huge decision for any small law firm owner. Not only do you need to have a strong grasp on the resources […]

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The Hidden Costs of Poor Activity Tracking Habits

Jane Oxley

At the end of the week do you often look back and wonder what in the world you and your team members spent your 40+ working hours on? If so, […]

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Stop Doing These Things to Maximize Productivity at Your Small Law Firm

Jane Oxley

Your small law firm regularly operates on tight deadlines to ensure tasks and cases are completed on time and on budget. Keeping up with all the deadlines and competing demands […]

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Metrics Smokeball

Three Metrics Every Small Law Firm Should Track Monthly

Jane Oxley

If you’re like many small law firm owners, you consider yourself an attorney first and a businessperson second. But if you want your firm to not just survive, but to […]

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Smokeball Employee Spotlight: Eunbin Rii

Jane Oxley

March has been an incredibly busy month here at Smokeball. Now that the ABA TECHSHOW is behind us and the launch of Activity Intelligence is humming along smoothly, we’re taking […]

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Daily Business Development Habits All Lawyers Should Implement

Jane Oxley

Let’s face it. Business development takes time. But the good news is that it doesn’t have to be as overwhelming as you might assume. Implementing a strong business development strategy […]

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Activity Intelligence - Smokeball

Introducing Activity Intelligence: The Next Generation of Activity Reporting

Jane Oxley

Keeping track of how you spend your day can be tough, especially as you balance multiple clients, each with competing priorities. Many attorneys report spending hours each week documenting their […]

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Three Underutilized Networking Strategies for Attorneys

Jane Oxley

Networking is a critical part of running a small law firm. As is true in many professions, building a client base is as much about who you know as it […]

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A Digital File For Every Matter

Smokeball Case Management Open Demo

Jane Oxley

Is your small law firm ready for its best year yet? Are you ready to master productivity and organization once and for all? We’re here to help. Smokeball’s powerful case […]

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Smokeball Case Study: Stecklein & Rapp

Jane Oxley

Here at Smokeball, there’s nothing we love better than a story with a happy ending–and there are few that end happier than the story about small law firm Stecklein & […]

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Microsoft Outlook and Word Integration

Jane Oxley

Keeping up with disorganized client communication and generating documents can put a strain on your small law firm’s productivity. If you could cut these tasks from your to-do list entirely, […]

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How Keeping Track of Your Matters Contributes to Client Satisfaction

Jane Oxley

Happy clients are the force that keep your small law firm turning. But disorganized matters can throw your law firm’s productivity off balance and with it, your clients’ happiness. Here’s […]

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