Old iPads, iPhones, Androids, Tablets, Oh My!

You’re thinking about buying a new iPad, iPhone, Android phone or tablet but what should you do with the old one? Toss it out?Recycle it? Sell it? Or put it to good use?

Getting rid of an old phone or tablet (not to mention ALL THAT DATA) can be quite overwhelming! However, it may not be as hard as it may seem! Discover a few simple resources and tips below to help make the switch an easier one:

Old iPhones, iPads, iPods, OH MY!

Old Android phones, tablets, etc.

Do you have a question about this topic? Email  pmap@scbar.org.

What is a LegalBoard?

Has this happened to you?

You’re deep in thought, writing a legal document on your PC, when you have to stop what you’re doing to remember how to insert a section symbol. Or maybe it’s the paragraph symbol, or the abbreviation for the court.

Lawyer Brian H. Potts has developed a keyboard for lawyers, called the LegalBoard.

LegalBoard puts symbols, track changes, common legal terms and more–right on your keyboard! If you are interested in learning more about this time and aggravation-saving device, read reviews on LawSites and Lawyerist.com.

Do You Know What Ransomware Is?

How does it affect law firms? What can my firm do to protect itself?

Ransomware is malicious software that holds files hostage until someone pays the ransom. It does not discriminate on the size of the firm, the industry, or the victim(s). It is known to attack solo, small, and big law firms; hospitals; financial institutions; and everyday individuals.

Take a moment to listen to “The Ransomware Epidemic in Law Firms”, presented by three leading legal cybersecurity professionals: John Simek and Sharon Nelson of Sensei Enterprises, and Sherri Davidoff of LMG Security.

For more information on the ransomware epidemic, contact pmap@scbar.org.

Does Your Firm Have a Website?

Did you know that having no website is like handing out blank business cards? Scary, right? But, it does not have to be!

If you are truly interested in growing your practice, you need to launch a great website! But HOW? Let’s explore six tips to get you started on your journey to build your first website:

What is your purpose?

First, determine who you are marketing to. Yes, you want to market to new clients but what type of practice do you have and what type of practice areas do you want potential clients to know you specialize in?

Who is your competition?

Ask yourself: Who are my competitors in those practice areas? Do if they have a strong or weak website? Does their website answer the basic questions any potential client would want to know about their firm? Be sure to do this as this will help you (or your webmaster) build your own website.

What makes you/your practice unique?

Make a list of what sets your firm apart from all the rest (including your competitors). This is called your firm’s unique selling proposition. Ask yourself: “what would be meaningful for my potential clients/guests to see?” Use this to establish your goals, expectations, and measures of success.

What guidelines should you consider?

Take a moment to review these important rules regarding your duties to prospective clients: Rule 1.18 and lawyer advertising: Rule 7.1-7.5 of the South Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct. You can also e-mail or speak with a Risk Management Advisor here at the South Carolina Bar.

Who will help build your website?

Decide if you have the skills to build your website yourself or if you need to hire a webmaster. If you decide to hire someone to help you, don’t worry. The decisions you make now will help your webmaster know what direction you want to take.

Have you reserved a domain?

Decide what you want your domain to be. Your domain name should be focused around your practice. What do you think most prospects would type in on their internet browser to find your law practice? If you’re not sure, poll your staff, colleagues, friends, and family to see what their response might be. Check out these tips from Attorney at Work on how to design the best law firm website (and from GoDaddy on how to choose the best domain).

Look for additional tips in the March edition of SC Lawyer magazine. In the meantime, contact pmap@scbar.org or eworley@scbar.org if need further assistance.

How to Stay Current with so many Technology Changes

Have you upgraded your Windows operating system yet from Windows 7?

Have you heard about the latest Gmail phishing scam tricking everyone?

Whether you have or haven’t, it’s important to stay up to date with the latest technology news and plug holes that might affect your practice.

Here are a few easy ways to accomplish that:

1) Follow @SCBar_PMAP and @pmaptechie on Twitter

2) Participate in free webinars sponsored by various practice management and legal technology vendors

3) Follow the SC Small Firm Blog and visit the PMAP website for important updates.

Of course, don’t forget to email pmap@scbar.org if the Practice Management Assistance Program can help!

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