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July 2015
Starting a Law Firm
Bootcamp Schedule for 2015
July Speaking Engagements
Word Tip of the Month - Pick Up Where You Left Off
MacCorner - Traveling with Apple
Traveling with Tech
Avoid a Communication Breakdown
Client Portals Enhance Communication
Notice for PCLaw and Time Matters Users
Introducing YourKnowledge
Newsworthy - Links of Interest (Summer Travel Edition)
New on the Affinity Consulting Group Blog

Eyes Wide Open
- What You Need to Know About Starting Your Own Firm


There you sit. It's 7:30 p.m. You haven't eaten, and by now you have missed your son's hockey game. You are still not done with the brief that has to be filed tomorrow. You work about 12 hours a day (including Saturday) because you have a 2100 hour per year billable requirement. 


The firm bills your time at $250 per hour, but you certainly don't get paid $250 per hour that you work. You wonder why you don't just go out on your own. Keep that $250 for yourself. You could do this on your own. But how?


Read the July 2015 feature article on Starting Your Own Firm. 

FREE Webinar on Starting Your Own Firm
Thursday, July 23, Noon EDT
Join Affinity Partner Barron K. Henley, Esq. on Thursday, July 23 from 12-12:30 Eastern for a FREE WEBINAR as he walks through the essential elements of planning a new law firm. 
Watch YourBusiness Webinars
During April, we presented four FREE YourBusiness webinars. You can watch them FREE online at the links below.

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Bootcamp Schedule for 2015
-Tabs3/PracticeMaster July 21-23 in Raleigh
Affinity's comprehensive Bootcamp training series is underway. Here are the remaining 2015 Bootcamps:
  • Raleigh Tabs3/PracticeMaster Bootcamp, July 21-23, Register HERE.
  • Atlanta PCLaw Bootcamp, August 11-12. Register HERE
  • Denver Worldox Bootcamp, Sept. 15-16, Register HERE.
  • Bedford, NH, Worldox Bootcamp, Sept. 16-17, Register HERE.
  • Ft. Lauderdale Tabs3/PracticeMaster Bootcamp, August 25-27, Register HERE.
  • Clearwater Beach CaseAware Bootcamp, October 26-28, Register HERE.
  • Orlando PCLaw Bootcamp, October 28-29, Register HERE.  
  • Phoenix Worldox Bootcamp, December (Details TBA soon)
July Speaking Engagements
As the weather heats up, our Affinity Partners and Consultants are heading for the shade by presenting webinars in July in addition to live in-person presentations from D.C. to Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Illinois.

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MS Word Tip of the Month - Pick Up Where You Left Off
The practice of law is full of interruptions. Telephone calls from clients, questions from staff, consultation with partners and associates - all of these can break into your document drafting. These interruptions, as necessary as they are, can cause you to forget where you left off typing or editing a document. 

To find where you left off, just open the document and press SHIFT+F5. Word will take you right back to the last place you edited. This also works if you're in a document and you've scrolled up or down to review another portion of the document. Press SHIFT+F5 and Word will take you right back to where you were typing.

MacCorner - Traveling with Apple
- Jeffrey Schoenberger, Esq.

Psychological studies show that vacation has tremendous health benefits. Broadly speaking, Americans are a vacation deprived people. Having entered the summer months, now is an excellent time to makeup your vacation deficit. 

Being firmly into vacation season, I think it's a good opportunity to review a couple of travel tips for using your Apple products at your vacation destination.

Read this month's MacCorner on Traveling with Apple.

Traveling with Tech - A Personal Perspective
- Scott Bassett, Esq.
It is summer. Vacations happen, whether we are ready for them or not. Solo and small firm attorneys often have no choice but to be available to clients and staff while on vacation. Some work might even have to get done. But how?

Read Travelling with Tech
Avoid a Communication Breakdown
- Barron K. Henley, Esq.

According to the Attorney-Client Agreements Toolkit from Lawyers Mutual Liability Insurance Company of North Carolina, "Approximately 75% of all grievances filed against lawyers are the result of poor communication." If you want to minimize the likelihood of a communication breakdown with your clients, I have some recommendations.


Read Barron's Communication Tips.

Client Portals Enhance Communication
Client communication is no longer limited to traditional forms of communication like emails, letters and phone calls. Client portals are featured in many practice managements solutions, allowing law practices to share documents, appointments, notes, and other data directly with their clients. 

The comfort level in sharing legal information via client portals will only expand in the coming years, as clients and lawyers become accustomed to accessing sensitive data like banking information over the internet and mobile devices. 

Notice to PCLaw & Time Matters Users
You may have received an email from LexisNexis asking you to confirm your current CIC (Certified Independent Consultant). This is just a reminder to please contact to make sure your account is tagged properly.
Introducing YourKnowledge
- It's Your Knowledge. Make the Most of it.
With Affinity's Private Law Firm Training Offering, YourKnowledge, you can work one on one with an expert trainer to design the curriculum that is right for your firm.

Whether you have new users or power users, old versions or new, we will work together to create a learning plan that puts your staff in control of the technology in which you have so wisely invested. Know what you own. Invest in your people.

For More Information, contact Katie Kennedy at or 877.676.5492.
Newsworthy - Summer Travel Edition
Each month we bring you quick links to a variety of newsworthy items dealing with technology products, services, and other topics of interest to lawyers as they seek to better manage their practices. For July, we look at tech and tips for summer travel.