Adjusting to the New Normal for Lawyers

A lot has changed for lawyers since COVID-19 struck. Whole law firms working from home, remote depositions, and virtual hearings and taking on new clients while never meeting them seemed unimaginable at the beginning of the year. Now? It’s the new normal.  It’s a big adjustment! Especially when you want to make sure your office is staying productive.  While very … Read More

The Work-from-home Life of CosmoLex Parents

Work from home is one thing. Work from home with your kids is another. The switch from office life to taking care of business with your children has been a challenge that many of us have been forced to face.  Whether it’s keeping toddlers entertained or helping school-aged kids navigate the world of virtual learning (we’ve all learned so much … Read More

Digital Detoxing for the Work-from-home Lawyer

In the age of COVID-19, we have struck an uneasy balance with being work-from-home pioneers. We’ve figured out a lot about how to be productive, how to manage relationships with clients and coworkers, and how to get court cases moving along when we can’t actually be in the courtroom.  While technology lets us do all of these things, there are … Read More

Growing Your Firm In Changing & Uncertain Times

You don’t want to hear us say it, so we won’t. (Okay, we have to, sorry.)  We’re living in changing and uncertain times.  Four months ago, we all hoped that the pandemic would be a short, weird blip on our national radar, but COVID-19, like a bad neighbor in the apartment next door, is here to stay for the foreseeable … Read More

Utilizing a Mid-Year Accounting Checklist

Taking stock of your accounting isn’t just an end of year task – although it would be nice to only have to do it once a year!  These days, it’s more important than ever for lawyers to be aware of their financial standing and make sure they’re keeping accurate records. Doing a mid-year accounting check will leave you with a … Read More

How to Calm an Angry Client

No matter how good you are with your clients, no matter how much you prioritize client service, it’s inevitable: you WILL have angry clients. Angry clients are a fact of doing business but in the legal profession, it comes with the territory.  Here’s another thing to consider: while public perception of lawyers as being adversarial and conflict-driven is a common … Read More

Alternative Free Legal Research Tools

Legal research has gotten easier than ever thanks to the proliferation of online, access-anywhere-anytime databases. However, many law firms find that the price of utilizing multiple, full-featured legal research tools can quickly add up. For those offices looking for a less expensive option, you’re in luck. While there are definitely some great, high-powered tools out there to fuel your legal … Read More

Ask an Expert: Security Basics for Law Firms

Security is critical for law firms, especially with so many people working remotely these days. While the where of work may be changing, the need to be clear on security procedures and tools hasn’t changed. We spoke with Henry Dicker, Senior VP of Client Engagement at Lowers Forensic International. Serving for more than 20 years as ALM’s Vice-President of Global … Read More

Cloud Computing Ethics for Lawyers

At some point in the early to mid-2010s, jokes about “the cloud” were common. What’s “the cloud” mean? Where is it? Does anyone even know? These days, most of us are pretty familiar with what cloud computing is and all the benefits that it offers. What’s less clear, though, is the ethical pitfalls that it poses. Yes, cloud computing is … Read More

Top 5 Security Vulnerabilities Your Law Firm Should Know About

Law firms deal with sensitive information day in and out. Keeping this data confidential, especially anything related to a case, means you have to worry about more than what you’re doing – you also need to think about what you’re not doing. Ignoring potential security vulnerabilities could leave your firm, its data and its reputation exposed to risk.  There are … Read More