The legal press is replete with guides and support designed to help mothers navigating law practice while working from home. Stories abound detailing the adaptations that today’s women have developed to manage the home/work balance and describing the heartwarming times, trade-offs, pitfalls, and rewards that working from home can provide…There are fewer sites devoted to practicing law while being a father, probably for good reason.
Two articles in the ABA Journal this past week discuss several aspects of the trend making the practice of law virtual for a substantial number of practitioners and practice types. The first is about a newly passed California bill, SB 241, (soon to be signed) about virtual court appearances. The second article discusses whether virtual office work is here to stay.
Confirmation that the pandemic combined with remote practice technology is changing the legal industry for good continues to roll in. Biglaw firms have been trying to decide between returning to the office, remaining completely virtual, or trying out various hybrid forms of work. The most recent announcement came from immigration firm Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy.
Clients on XIRA have the opportunity to review the profiles of lawyers who are specialists in the area of law that they need help in. We provide space to link a biography, a video and educational background. What lawyers on XIRA need to do is make sure they are presenting the best possible profile, so when that client is searching for a lawyer, your skills, your experience, your history and your personal attributes stand out to them, and make them choose you. You need to let them know why you are their best choice.
The California Bar, through a Standing Committee on ethics, has weighed in with an ethics opinion outlining a lawyer’s duties when working remotely. It is an interim opinion posted for public input, but the final opinion is not likely to change substantially.
Firms big and small are all emerging from their caves and fallout shelters, staring up at the sky and blinking at that bright sunlight beginning to shine on all of us. We remember how it was before, and we know we learned a lot of things while we were away from each other.
The client intake process can be a tricky aspect of the practice of law. Clients who find you from a listing site, or lawyers who refer potential clients to you, may not know specifically what areas of law you practice, or what types of clients or cases you will accept. However, whenever someone comes to you, however they got there, they are there for help at a potentially stressful time for them.
XIRA is tailor-made for new lawyers, for lawyers leaving a firm to start their own office, or for lawyers returning to practice after some time off. Most attorneys on XIRA have their own office established already and have created ways of doing business that have worked for them in the past. However, it never hurts to review your existing setup, and see if there might be better, or more economical, ways of doing things.
A New Jersey lawyer practices remotely from his home in Florida; it does not constitute the unlicensed practice of law in Florida so long as he is not practicing Florida law, is not advertising that he practices Florida law, and creates no public presence or profile as a Florida attorney.
This question seems to be on every lawyer’s mind as firms begin to roll out plans for returning to the office.
XIRA’s marketplace enhances access to justice for clients who feel intimidated seeking an attorney.
California State Bar provides updates on a new paraprofessional licensing program, and revises Rules of Conduct to require technical competency.
Lawyers don’t need an office when they use XIRA. Travel the country, or the world, and become a “digital nomad”.
XIRA’s acceptance into the Utah sandbox program will allow it to adapt its platform to benefit lawyers and consumers in new ways.
Arizona allow non-lawyers to share law firm profits and paralegals to practice on their own without lawyer supervision.
Arizona opens the sector up to non-lawyer participation.
GAVEL is a single, centralized practice management platform designed for solo practitioners and small law firms to efficiently start and/or manage their practice.
California’s new rule requires lawyers to stay well-informed of the benefits and risks associated with technology.