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Posts from the ‘Technology’ Category

17
May

Why Business, and Other Lawyers Should Pay Attention to Blockchain

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It is important that business lawyers know what blockchain is.

An abstract digital interface showing the concept of blockchain technology with binary hash data inside each block. It has become almost impossible to avoid conversations about blockchain. Most of us are familiar with at least one form of blockchain: digital cryptocurrencies like bitcoin. But this technology has a much wider reach than bitcoin alone. Blockchain is not only a new technology that may revolutionize the internet, but one that will also have a profound effect on the practice of law.

It is important that business lawyers know what blockchain is — at a minimum to be able to answer a question from a client — but also over time to embrace this technology to the benefit of your career and firm. Read more »

24
Apr

CosmoLex: Easier Accounting for Solo & Small Law Firms

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A WSBA member recently test drove CosmoLex, one of the new discounted practice management software systems available for members of the Bar.

Illustration of two lawyers with computer symbolsI recently opened my solo law practice, and, as many solo attorneys can attest, one of the most challenging tasks I faced was picking a practice management system. Trying to crowdsource a solution only left me with more questions and choices than I could handle. I was simultaneously finding my way around legal accounting, particularly paying attention to trust accounting (IOLTA) issues. It was at the intersection of this quest that I learned about CosmoLex. I then was invited to serve on a statewide member panel to evaluate CosmoLex’s proposal to join the Washington State Bar Association’s Practice Management Discount Network. I was excited to participate. Read more »

18
Aug

Responding to Negative Online Reviews

Citations crash course
Along with marketing their practice and maintaining their digital presence, attorneys may find themselves facing a negative internet review.

Citations crash courseThe internet and social media are a part of most attorneys’ practices, whether they’ve chosen an aggressive online presence or not. Along with marketing their practice and maintaining their digital presence, attorneys may find themselves facing a negative internet review. Sometimes they call the WSBA Ethics Line (800-945-9722 ext. 8284) asking for guidance on whether and how they can respond. Can attorneys post comments themselves after receiving unfair negative reviews? We’ll do a quick review of this scenario, but be sure to read the rules and their comments in their entirety.

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10
Jul

The Sun Is (Finally) Out and so Is the Summer Issue of NWLawyer!

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In the July/August NWLawyer, read how Washington’s first marijuana receivership was able to reach a successful conclusion thanks to an alternative procedure provided by Washington law.

Cover of NWLawyerMarijuana’s illegal status under federal law means no bankruptcy protection for these businesses. In the July/August NWLawyer, read how Washington’s first marijuana receivership was able to reach a successful conclusion thanks to an alternative procedure provided by Washington law. Read more »

26
Jun

The Consequences of Technological Incompetence

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It can cost you dearly for being too proud (or lazy) to learn how the Internet, social media, and that box on your desk work.

Scale of justiceBeing a Luddite can be expensive, embarrassing, and potentially disastrous for lawyers and clients. Tech incompetence can result in wasted time (and therefore increased cost to the client), loss of money and identity, ethical sanctions, and embarrassment or worse in the courtroom. Those are high prices to pay for being too proud (or lazy) to learn how the Internet, social media, and that box on your desk work. Read more »