October 2013
Scary Bad and Spooky Good
PCLaw Training in NYC
PCLaw Upgrades
FREE Paperless Office Webinar October 2
Upcoming Speaking Engagements
MacCorner - Scary Internet Problems
Word for Mac AU Course Series in November
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Scary Bad Law Office Tech Practices and Spooky Good Law Office Tech Ideas

Spooky Good

October is bracketed by government budget battles at the beginning of the month and the ghosts and goblins of Halloween at the end. In between, there is plenty to time to explore scary bad practices and some spooky good law office technology ideas. 


Read our feature article for our top five scary bad practices and spooky good technology ideas.  Eliminating the scary bad practices and adopting the spooky good ideas will make you more efficient and profitable.  By the time you light your jack-o-lantern on Halloween, you will be in a much better position to move toward a successful year-end without productivity-sucking tech vampires draining your operating account.


If you are reading this before noon on Wednesday, October 2, register for our free Paperless Office webinar and have a chance to win a Fujitsu ScanSnap Scanner.  The link is here.


While you are at it, if you use PCLaw or are interesting in implementing this high-value software that not only does time/billing/accounting, but can also handle other practice management tasks, sign up for the live two-day PCLaw Training in New York City on November 13 and 14.  

Live in New York City - PCLaw Training!
- November 13 & 14, LexisNexis New York Headquarters 

We are excited to announce our PCLaw two-day User Training class that will help maximize the use of your firm's time, billing and accounting software. The instructor, Steve Best, will detail everything from PCLaw's basic features to tips and tricks that you will use daily. Existing users will have the opportunity to enhance their PCLaw skills and new users will get an excellent overview to begin using the software. Regardless of what version you are currently using, this class is sure to help you make the best use of PCLaw.

This workshop is designed for the mid-level beginner to intermediate user of PCLaw. We will use PCLaw version 13 during this course, but users of version 8-12 will also find great benefit. Laptop computers are NOT provided at this workshop, but you may bring your own. Instruction is done with an overhead projector and a special and unique PCLaw manual written by your instructor, Affinity Partner Steven J. Best, Esq.


For details and to register, click here.

PCLaw 13 Upgrades Now Available 
Before recommending software upgrades to you, we test new versions of mission-critical software such as time/billing/accounting programs to be sure it will work properly for the law firms we support.  We have completed that process with PCLaw 13 and are now offering upgrades.  We handle the entire process for you.  

Leading the new features in PCLaw 13 is the My Practice dashboard.  From there, you can quickly view:
  • Calendar
  • To do's
  • Messages
  • Matters recently worked
  • Important legal news
There is also a My Clients dashboard to quickly view:
  • Appointments, tasks, to do's, and ticklers
  • Emails, documents, and other files
  • Names and contact information of related parties
  • Recent activities on the matter, such as phone calls, notes, and time entries
  • Client account details - unbilled time, trust balance, last bill, last payment, etc.
If you have not yet upgraded to PCLaw 13, contact your Affinity Consulting Group office for details and pricing information. 
Free Webinar @ Noon on October 2 - The Paperless Office
- How to make it a reality in your practice 

Learn what you need to know about going paperless. Even if you are in the process of going paperless, maybe you have a document management system in place and have started to scan all your documents, we can help take you to the next level of organization and efficiency. Or maybe this is something that you would love to do, but don't know where to start.  One attendee will win a Fujitsu ScanSnap Scanner.

Allow us to provide you with all the answers to your "going-paperless" questions.  Topics to be covered include:
  • document management options
  • batch scanning
  • OCR systems
  • scanning directly to a document management program
  • outsourced mailing
  • client/counsel collaboration
  • paperless workflow
  • desktop scanners
  • imaging, editing and signing documents
Affinity Partner Paul J. Unger, Esq., will be hosting the webinar. 
EventsUpcoming Events & Speaking Engagements in October                   

October 3 - iPad for Lawyers, Chicago, IL - Paul J. Unger, Esq.

October 3 - Avoiding Malpractice:  The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Legal Technology, Columbus, OH (with live simulcast to Cleveland) - Barron K. Henley, Esq. 
October 4Backups, Security, Privacy and Ethics in a Mobile World at the Pacific Legal Technology Conference, Vancouver, B.C. - Debbie Foster

October 11Planet of the Apps, ALA Region 2 Conference, Memphis, TN - Britt Lorish.

October 15 - Ohio Family Law Institute Highlights Columbus, OH (live and via webcast with live simulcasts to Akron, Cleveland, Fairfield, and Perrysburg) - Barron K. Henley, Esq.

October 22 - iPad for Litigators, Columbus, OH (with live simulcast to Cleveland) - Paul J. Unger, Esq.

October 22 - Fight the PaperColumbus, OH (with live simulcast to Cleveland) - Paul J. Unger, Esq.
October 23Legal Technology & Practice Management: What's Coming and the Best of What's Out There Now, Winnipeg, Manitoba - Barron K. Henley, Esq.
October 24 - Business Matters, ALA Regions 1&3 Conference & Expo, Cleveland, OH - Debbie Foster.
October 24 - Legal Drafting with Microsoft Word - Fundamental & Advanced Sessions, Winnipeg, Manitoba - Barron K. Henley, Esq.

October 31 - Microsoft Word 2010 Training, Lethbridge, Alberta - Barron K. Henley, Esq.
MacCorner -  Avoiding Some Scary Internet Problems
- Jeffrey R. Schoenberger, Esq., Mac Specialist/Consultant, Columbus Office

Mac users are accustomed to ignoring most of the scary IT stories that surface in the Windows' world. Fundamental weaknesses like viruses, root kits, and even device driver conflicts are scarce to non-existent on the Mac. Thank goodness. 


But, that doesn't mean that we're immune to all computer-related hauntings. Let's tackle a couple of those this October. 


Affinity University - Our First Course Designed for MAC Users Returns in November!
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Affinity University is excited to offer our first course designed specifically for MAC users. Join Affinity Consulting Group's Jeffrey R. Schoenberger, Esq., for a five-part series on Word 2011 for MAC starting November 6.
This series will cover Word - Basics, Word - Introduction to Styles, Word - Share and Compare, Word - Forms and Templates, and Word - Mail Merge.
Classes are one hour, are held once per week, and are conducted via live webinar.
You can register for the November Session online now.
Bonus!  When the last class in the series ends, attendees will be provided with a link to watch the recorded training, accessible for 6 months!"

Don't forget our on-demand AU webinars offering basic and advance classes on leading law office software packages including MS Office, Adobe Acrobat, Amicus Attorney, Tabs3, Worldox, PCLaw, and Dragon NaturallySpeaking along with classes showing you how to use important productivity devices such as ScanSnap scanners and the iPad.
Managed IT Services Affinity Offers Managed IT Services

In addition to our expert consulting services in the area of law office software, Affinity Consulting Group offers a full range of Managed IT services.  Small and medium-sized law firms can rarely afford a full-time IT staff.  Let Affinity serve as your IT staff - we can manage your technology resources for you and correct any problems, often before you know anything is wrong.

For information on the many IT services we can offer your firm, contact your Affinity Consulting Group office.