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Hosts discuss starting a Spartan overhead, sharply focused law office – the micro law office. Kyle and Rachel talk about the advantages of a micro law office compared to a “traditional” office, essential pieces of technology for any micro firm, and how social media plays a role in the success of a micro firm.

Hosts discuss starting a Spartan overhead, sharply focused law office – the micro law office. Kyle and Rachel talk about the advantages of a micro law office compared to a “traditional” office, essential pieces of technology for any micro firm, and how social media plays a role in the success of a micro firm.
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Hosts discuss starting a Spartan overhead, sharply focused law office – the micro law office. Kyle and Rachel talk about the advantages of a micro law office compared to a “traditional” office, essential pieces of technology for any micro firm, and how social media plays a role in the success of a micro firm.

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Episodes

How Freelance Lawyering Works

7/27/2018
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If you’ve ever wondered about using freelance lawyers and the process involved, this may be the episode for you. In this episode of New Solo, host Adriana Linares talks to Greg Garman about New Solo’s new sponsor Lawclerk and what it offers to solo and small firm lawyers. They discuss how posting and responding to projects works within Lawclerk and address common ethical and practical questions lawyers have about using the site. Greg Garman is the CEO of Law Clerk and a partner at Garman...

Duration:00:33:00

What Storms May Come: Preparing your Firm for Natural Disaster

6/29/2018
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Maybe you’ve built the perfect practice, but you still never know when a natural disaster could tear it all down. Many lawyers have struggled to recover from disastrous hurricanes and fires, often not knowing how to put the pieces of their business back together. In this episode of New Solo, host Adriana Linares and co-host Jack Newton talk to Renee Thompson and Zack Zuroweste about how law firms can prepare for and recover from natural disasters. They discuss switching to the cloud in...

Duration:00:38:29

The Secret Life of a Mobile Lawyer

5/29/2018
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You don’t have to have a physical office to be a lawyer. In this episode of New Solo, host Adriana Linares talks to Greg McLawsen about the lifestyle of the nomadic attorney. Greg shares how he decided to wander the globe and how he built his law firm around his desire to travel. He also discusses the technology that enables him to run a mobile law office, from chatbots to visual project management. Greg McLawsen is the founder of Sound Immigration where his job is to work behind the...

Duration:00:29:48

How to Own your Niche

4/19/2018
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Starting your own solo practice in a competitive area is hard enough; raising five kids while running your business is even harder. In this episode of New Solo, host Adriana Linares talks to Bill Galione about how he combined research, personal interest, and passion to establish a niche within personal injury law. He also shares how he balances caring for five kids on top of his solo practice, which could potentially qualify as another kid. Bill Galione, founding attorney for The Galione...

Duration:00:39:16

Splitting the Difference: How to Change Locations

3/30/2018
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In December 2015, Barbara Leach shared how she managed to split office resources without causing office drama. In this follow-up episode of New Solo, host Adriana Linares talks to Barbara about how to effectively separate after sharing an office with another firm. She also shares tips on hiring and what she does to create a supportive and creative work environment for her coworkers. Barbara J. Leach is the managing attorney of Barbara Leach Law, PL. She practices family law, consumer...

Duration:00:36:57

The Difficulty of Switching Technology

2/20/2018
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Laptops are kind of like that greener grass; they always look shinier in someone else’s hands. But switching around your technology, whether it’s transitioning to using Macs or deciding to use a tablet, could be more work than you think. In this episode of New Solo, host Adriana Linares talks to Joe Patrice talk about what it really looks like to switch from Windows to Mac and the advantages and disadvantages of using tablets for your business. Sprinkled into their conversation are tips...

Duration:00:21:14

Word Up 2: Creating Tables of Authority with Ease

12/22/2017
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Microsoft Word has a feature specifically for creating a table of authorities but many are still intimidated when it comes to using the software. In this episode of New Solo, Legal Office Guru Deborah Savadra joins host Adriana Linares to explain the details of creating tables of authority in Word. They review everything from dialog boxes and categories to styles and pagination. They also discuss the complaints they hear the most and the easiest ways for lawyers to save time and prevent...

Duration:00:33:53

Up Your Marketing Game with Newsletters

11/28/2017
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Email marketing can be a very valuable tool for solo lawyers. But how can you make your newsletter stand out from spam and competition? In this episode of New Solo recorded at the 2017 Clio Cloud Conference, host Adriana Linares and guest host Liz McCausland talk to Andrew LeGrand about the ins and outs of using newsletters as a marketing strategy. They discuss things like open rates, tracking referrals, and how to make newsletter content relevant and interesting. They also briefly cover...

Duration:00:32:46

Polish and Perfect Your Legal Writing Skills

10/20/2017
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As a lawyer, you write a lot. Whether it’s a contract, report, proposal, or even just a long email, your writing needs to be professional and clear of errors. In this episode of New Solo, host Adriana Linares talks to Ivy Grey and Daniel Heuman of Intelligent Editing’s PerfectIt about the editing services that their product offers and how it helps lawyers on a daily basis. They also discuss the importance of technology competence for lawyers and share their favorite apps and tips to saving...

Duration:00:28:02

Word Up: Using Microsoft Word Like a Pro

9/21/2017
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If you’ve ever experienced frustration with Microsoft Word or other word processors, you’re in luck. In this episode of New Solo, host Adriana Linares and guest Allan Mackenzie go in depth about how to use Microsoft Word effectively, including tips and tricks you can put into practice before the podcast ends. They cover keyboard shortcuts, setting defaults, and how to set up the quick access toolbar to meet your specific needs. Allan Mackenzie is a 25-year veteran of the legal technology...

Duration:01:09:20

Using Technology to Sustain a Rural Practice

8/21/2017
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Lawyers are often hesitant to set up a practice in a rural area because they believe it will be difficult to find enough clients and sustain a business, but this isn’t necessarily true. In this episode of New Solo, host Adriana Linares talks to Jeff Alford about why he chose to set up shop in small-town Kentucky and what technology he uses to help his practice thrive. They also discuss Ernie Svenson’s Small Firm Boot Camp and why conferences are important even for those who run in smaller...

Duration:00:30:00

From Desktop Search to Video Conferencing: Technology for Solo and Small Firms

7/20/2017
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In this episode of New Solo, host Adriana Linares, along with guest Todd Smith, cover a wide range of topics, including bar association benefits, outsourcing IT support, and transitioning from large firms to solo practices. While discussing these subjects, they dive into the relevant technology and software that will help your own solo or small firm thrive. This includes full desktop search tools, wireless scanners, and video conferencing software. Todd Smith is a civil appellate lawyer...

Duration:00:34:27

Top Tech Tools for Solo Attorneys

6/20/2017
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“Solo” may be part of the title when you’re starting your own solo legal career, but that doesn’t mean you have to go it alone. In this episode of New Solo, host Adriana Linares talks to JoAnn Holmes about the resources she uses to make her solo law firm successful. Some of these resources include communication tools and automation software. She also shares advice for fellow new solos about allocating resources and not working alone. JoAnn Holmes is the founder of HOLMES@LAW and a...

Duration:00:27:23

Running Your Firm with Microsoft

5/22/2017
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Microsoft products assist lawyers daily in document review and communication. In this episode of New Solo, host Adriana Linares talks to Ben Schorr, senior content developer at Microsoft, about the different tools Microsoft provides and how they lend themselves to a successful law firm. Their conversation includes Microsoft Office 365, OneDrive, and Outlook. They also discuss resources you can use to learn even more about Microsoft products. Ben Schorr is a Senior Content Developer at...

Duration:00:36:17

Treat Your Solo Practice as a Small Business (Because it is)

4/26/2017
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Law schools are gradually catching on, but not a lot of lawyers emerge from law school ready to start their own business, which is what starting a practice is. In this episode of New Solo, host Adriana Linares talks to Matthew Moeller, owner of the Moeller Firm, about how he started his practice, what technology he’s using, and how his business experience has helped him. He also talks about the upsides and downsides of a shared office space and why he ended up moving to his own...

Duration:00:25:08

Diving Into Solo Practice Part 2: More Advice from Experts

3/23/2017
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Taking the plunge into solo practice can be intimidating. Maybe even downright terrifying. But it doesn’t have to be. This is part 2 of the New Solo episode in which host Adriana Linares talks to Rose-Ellen Fairgrieve, Tony Chiosso, and Albert Thuesen about their experiences running their own solo law firms and advice for those thinking about doing the same. Their tips and tricks range from scanners they use in the office to marketing techniques and social media. Whether you are looking...

Duration:00:29:40

Diving Into Solo Practice: Advice from the Experts

2/21/2017
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Nothing encourages the jump into starting a solo practice than the advice of those who have already done it. In this episode of New Solo, host Adriana Linares talks to Rose-Ellen Fairgrieve, Tony Chiosso, and Albert Thuesen at the Bar Association of San Francisco’s first annual Solo and Small Firm Conference. Together they discuss their own solo experiences, focusing on how they started and what it took to grow as a firm. They also talk about the tech they use, like Google Voice, GoDaddy,...

Duration:00:22:20

The Benefits of Unbundling Legal Services

1/20/2017
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The market is changing for law firms. A majority of clients cannot afford full representation as it traditionally functions. Recently, attorneys have been adjusting or “unbundling” their services to make them more affordable, a process also known as limited scope representation. In this episode of New Solo, host Adriana Linares discusses unbundled legal services with Dave Aarons, CEO of Unbundled Attorney, a company that works with attorneys who offer these types of services. In their...

Duration:00:34:19

From Big Law to Solo

11/11/2016
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Deciding to leave a large law firm is a challenging decision and can often leave an attorney questioning what the future holds. It can be even more intimidating starting your own solo law firm during such a tumultuous time. In this episode of New Solo, host Adriana Linares talks with Cade Law LLC owner Nate Cade about his experiences leaving a large law firm and starting his own solo practice. Nate Cade is the owner of Cade Law LLC, which he started on March 1, 2013. Prior to forming his...

Duration:00:30:45

6 Steps to Make Alternative Fees Profitable

10/7/2016
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Many attorneys are reluctant to try alternative billing methods because they fear that moving away from the billable hour will be complicated and less profitable. Furthermore, lawyers who are interested in billing alternatives often don’t know where to find resources to help them implement such changes in their own law firms. In this episode of New Solo, host Adriana Linares talks with Vandenack Weaver LLC founder Mary Vandenack about her six simple steps for any lawyer looking to...

Duration:00:36:53