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Law Firm Succession Planning Registry Approved in Wisconsin

Do you sometimes wonder who will take over your practice when you become incapacitated or pass away? The Wisconsin Board of Governors has addressed that problem recently by approving a succession planning registry.

As it stands, nothing mandates that lawyers within the state participate, but the working group charged with attacking the succession problem has recommended that a mandatory registry ought to be created sometime in the near future.

You're a pretty modern attorney. You've got an impressive website, newish computers, and streamlined workflows, all so that you can get things done more efficiently and effectively. You even hired your nephew to digitize all your old records last summer.

But there's a possibility that you're just fooling yourself. You might be more of a French taxi driver than a German engineer when it comes to getting things done quickly and systematically. Here are three signs that you're not as efficient as you think you are, or as you could be.

5 Bad Habits You Should Break

It happens every single year. You resolve to change a few bad habits and then you invariably fail to reach your goals. But, hey, if you've changed even one bad habit, you've made admirable progress.

And there are a couple of recurring lawyer bad-habits that really should be dealt with, and dealt with fast. Here are some of the more troubling habits small firm lawyers and solos should tackle.

Law Office Organization Basics to Help You Stay Sane

If you operate a solo practice or a small firm, that means you have to manage your own affairs. That includes payroll, client communications, templates, and all that busy administrative stuff you'd rather not think about.

How do you handle it all? Aside from passing off tasks to a virtual assistant, here are a few organization basics to help you keep your sanity.

Law practice today isn't the same as it was a generation or two ago. Attorneys in the modern law office are more likely than ever to rely on technology, innovative marketing, or alternative practice structures. At the same time, some things remain constant, especially the need for competent attorneys, stellar support staff, and effective management.

With that in mind, here are six tips for running a modern law office, taken from the best posts in the FindLaw archives.

Successfully running a firm doesn't just mean mastering the law and pleasing clients. You've also got to be able to manage an office. And office management is just one of the many things they don't teach you in law school.

Luckily, FindLaw's got your back, with plenty of tips on how to manage an efficient, well-functioning, and cost-effective firm. Here are our top seven tips for law firm office management.

Lawyers like rules. They are, after all, our bread and butter. And good firms establish some basic rules that govern their operation: intake policies, conflict checks, accounting procedures, and the like. They're essential to making sure the firm runs efficiently -- and stays on the right side of its ethical requirements.

But too many rules and procedures are also stifling, driving away talent, slowing down the firm's ability to function, and limiting firm success. Here are some ideas on where and how you can strike a balance.

Spring Cleaning Tips for Lawyers in the Digital Age

If you're like the grand majority of the rest of the populace, the very idea of spring cleaning is repugnant to you. You like a clean working environment, but thinking about cleaning places is a weight on your spirit.

Fortunately, spring cleaning is like many things: the hardest part is getting started. Once you begin, you'll find that you get a lot more done than you thought possible. To get you started, here's a list of tasks to accomplish this spring.

Tips to Minimize Overhead When Starting a Solo Practice

For several years, there have been different brass rings to reach for within the legal profession. The most common recurring of these including being named partner and in-house counsel (or better yet, GC) -- though the orders tend to switch.

But for most lawyers, that isn't going to happen or it will be a while yet. One way you can make partner instantly is to create your own firm. You've dreamed about it, of course, but what to do with the expenses?

When you work with others, conflict is inevitable. That's true whether you're working with co-counsel, support staff, or just a difficult client.

How you address these disagreements can be the difference between a productive relationship and completely dysfunctional one. Even in the adversarial world of the legal system, there's plenty of truth behind the old saying "you can disagree without being disagreeable." Here's how.