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Using Format Painter in Microsoft Word

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Most know how to copy and paste text in Microsoft Word. However, sometimes, after pasting a section of text, it does not always look like the other sections.

 

The "Format Painter" feature, available in versions Microsoft Word 2010, 2013, and 2016, allows you to copy the formatting of one section and "paint" that formatting to another section.

Click here for "Format Painter" tips from Microsoft. (After clicking the link, look for the Microsoft Word link and then click to discover the tip...plus see other tips for Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, etc.)

This tip is courtesy of Brett Burney, special guest speaker at the 2017 Solo & Small Firm LPM-TECH Conference, held in Columbia last Friday.  Do you have questions or want to learn more about the Solo and Small Firm Section, contact Section Liaison Courtney Troutman or PMAP Assistant Emily Worley.

Head in the Cloud…How to Migrate to Cloud Storage

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Are you thinking of replacing your office server with cloud storage?

Guess what? You are not alone!

Almost half of solo and small firms are investigating the same thing. But where do you begin?

Find answers to these questions, plus more, in this article by Catherine Sanders Reach, (Director of Law Practice Management and Technology, Chicago Bar Association) entitled:  “What Flavor of Cloud Storage Should I Use?”. Also, review this article by Robert Ambrogi, recent recipient of New England’s highest journalist honor, the Yankee Quill,  to help you interview cloud providers.

Do you have additional questions or need further assistance? Contact pmap@scbar.org.

How to Take Advantage of Member Benefits, Discounts, Webinars & Demos

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Did you know most companies who have law practice management or technology products or services offer them to South Carolina Bar members at a discount through South Carolina Bar member benefits? Many also offer free webinars and demonstrations on a monthly basis where they share about a specific topic affecting law firms or product/service updates.

Here are a few quick tips on how to take advantage of these opportunities:

Visit the PMAP webinars page for the latest information in monthly webinars and demonstrations. SC Bar members are allowed to choose one webinar/demo to attend or all of them. The choice is yours! CLE credit is not available.

Check out the wide variety of member benefits available to SC Bar members. Benefits include insurance and finance, discounts on office products and services, discounts on software productstravelretail and entertainment, and wellness. For more information about these member benefits, contact Charmy Medlin at (803)799-6653.

BONUS TIP: Visit the Lawsites blog for the latest updates in law practice management software and technology vendors.

Do you have practice management or technology questions? Contact pmap@scbar.org for assistance.

How to Prevent Scams from Quickly Happening to your Firm

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When it comes to scams, experts say, it is not a matter of IF a law firm will be targeted but WHEN. Law firm data is some of the most coveted and confidential hidden treasure in the world. Hackers and scammers know data is a precious resource...so, as a law firm, you, are their big red target.

What are some ways you can better prepare your solo, small, medium, or large firm for some of the wackiest, craziest, and disguised scams? Check out our 20 tips below.

20 Tips for Law Firms on How to Educate and Prevent Scams

1.      Follow the FTC website and US-CERT for privacy, identity, and online security updates.

2.      Hire certified professionals to support/update your computer hardware and software.

3.      Update anti-virus/security software on a regular basis. This is especially important with ransomware like WannaCry and a cyberthreat called Petya roaming the internet.

4.      Make sure your pop-up filter is up-to-date (comes with most security software).

5.      Always check links before clicking on them. Look for misspellings or other irregularities. Hover over the link before you click on it.

6.      Always make sure site URLS indicate HTTPS before using them.

7.      Email messages from friends or from companies you trust require scrutiny. Treat emails, links, and attachments with suspicion. Call to verify that entity/friend sent it to you.

8.      Don’t follow links in bank emails, etc. Instead use your browser to enter the URL.

9.      Never use public Wi-Fi or hotspots. Be careful with private Wi-Fi connections that you are not sure what the security measures are.

10. Contact hardware/software companies directly for assistance. Do not trust companies that contact you directly (with the initiated call).

11. Never allow a “company” (no matter who) perform a “free security scan”.

12. If you get a call from a company or someone claiming to be tech support, hang up.

13. If you get a pop-up message that tells you to call tech support, ignore it.

14. If your computer brings up a concern you are not sure about, call your security software company directly but do not use the phone number in the pop-up or on caller ID. Instead, look for the company’s contact information online or on a software package or your receipt.

15. Never share your passwords or give control to your computer to anyone who contacts you.

16. Change any passwords that you share with someone. Assign unique passphrases to every online account.

17. If you pay for bogus services with a credit card, call the credit card company directly and ask them to reverse the charges.

18. Watch for unauthorized charges to your accounts. Also, watch for unauthorized activity on your computers.

19. Never reveal personal or financial information in emails or text messages.

20. Report scams to www.ftc.gov/complaint. Report computer security incidents to US-CERT https://www.us-cert.gov/forms/report and the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center https://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx.

P.S. If you've been impacted by a scam or technical attack that your fellow Bar members should know about, please share your experience with us by emailing pmap@scbar.org.

Fastcase Live Chat: Where the Answers are At!

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Live research assistance and customer support is an important part of your South Carolina Bar Fastcase benefit. Did you know Live Chat is one of the best ways to take advantage of this service?

It works just like an instant messaging program and allows you to get personalized help while multitasking and doing your own research.  Customer service representatives send links to search results, cases, etc., making it one of the most efficient ways to get assistance.

To access Live Chat, login to the South Carolina Bar homepage via the LOG IN button. Once you are logged in, hover over the “For Lawyers link” and click on “Fastcase Legal Research”. Then click the green “Access Fastcase” button about halfway down the page. You will be directed to your Fastcase legal research page.

Click Help in the dark grey bar at the top of the screen. A Live Chat window will open on your screen. Type in your question here and wait for a Fastcase customer support associate to respond. Live Chat is available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday thru Friday, excluding holidays.

Do you have questions about this tip or how to log in to the Bar’s website? Email fastcase@scbar.org for assistance.