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Most law firms these days now use some form of law practice management software to streamline their workflows and to improve client relationships and services. Law practice management software has become essential to the legal profession. How does it help make your legal practice more efficient?

 

Law practice management software like Rocket Matter—available from https://www.rocketmatter.com—comes with a host of tools and features that could enable you to collect more revenue than ever before. It can help law firms increase their revenues by more than 20%, as well as lead to happier, more satisfied and loyal clients.

 

Let’s look at some of the things cloud case management software can help you do. This kind of software allows you to track time quickly and easily on any device. You’ll never miss a moment of billable time again. You can get your bills out in minutes instead of days with this software. It even allows you to create all your bills in one fell swoop with batch billing.

 

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Management software can help your legal practice

Your clients are given greater flexibility when it comes to payment options. You can offer them payment plans or recurring billing, or allow them to pay instantly via credit card or eCheck. You will also receive your payments faster with next-day funding on credit card transactions, and easy tracking on pending eChecks.

 

Boring administrative tasks are dramatically reduced, and you can improve your workflow significantly, saving you time so you can focus on running your firm. Case management software allows you to upload all your case information quickly onto a dashboard, and to organize it effortlessly so you can stay on top of things.

 

It can also help you manage your calendar and ensure that you never miss a deadline. Tracking progress on cases is made simple—with just a glance you can see where you’re at and what tasks still need to be done.

 

The best case management softwares allow you to seamlessly integrate third party apps and software that you already use daily, so you can work with technology you’re already very familiar with. Great case management software also makes collaboration with your peers and colleagues a breeze. This is the advantage of using cloud based systems; no more time consuming email attachments or trying to transfer large files via USB.

 

Using case management software in your practice can help put you ahead of your competitors and win you more clients. Legal professionals who are willing to invest time to learn and embrace new technology tend to stand out and impress clients because it shows how passionate they are about their work, and how committed they are to improving their services in every way.

 

Case management software can even help you increase transparency in your firm, and strengthen your client relationships, since they will be able to track everything you do and know exactly what they’re paying for and how you spend your time. This creates trust between you and your clients, which in turn can result in loyalty.

 

If your firm isn’t using case management software yet, these are all compelling reasons why you should consider doing so today.

 

This is a guest post. This post has been edited for syntax and grammar.  The Law offices of Jay Leiderman is not responsible for the accuracy of the content herein or any opinions or ideas expressed herein.  This post is for entertainment and literary value and is not intended as legal advice.  This post does not establish an attorney-client relationship of any sort.  If you have legal questions about ideas presented herein please contact a lawyer knowledgeable in this field of practice.

 

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Marijuana is a widely debated topic among criminal justice advocates, politicians, and recreational users alike. Over the last decade, sweeping forward movement has taken place in the legal arena in regards to legalization of the drug for medicinal purposes. However, there is a lag in creating more lenient laws and regulations surrounding recreational use. While many have personal opinions about why marijuana should – or should not – become legal across the United States, one thing is clear. Support for legalization is growing in noticeable ways, for a myriad of reasons.  Here are 10 Reasons Why Support for Legalization of Marijuana is Increasing in the United States.

#1 – The Gateway Drug Myth

One of the reasons leading up to nationwide prohibition against marijuana use on a recreational level was predicated on the belief that the drug was a gateway to other, more harmful illegal substances. Marijuana users were thought to be far more likely to use cocaine, heroin, and other substances than those who had never tried pot. While this has some truth behind it, recent reports show that correlation is not the same as causation. Just under half of Americans have tried marijuana, but less than 15% have taken cocaine, and only 2% have tried heroin. The update to the gateway drug myth has led many to shift toward supporting legalization.

 

#2 – Enforcing Criminalization is Expensive

According to a Human Rights Watch study in partnership with the ACLU, an estimated 600,000 people were arrested for marijuana possession in 2016 alone. Criminalization of the drug costs American taxpayers a hefty amount each year in keeping these “criminals” behind bars (in jail) or moving through the court system. Legalizing the drug could mean less money spent on these efforts, and more funding used for other criminal justice initiatives.

 

Marijuana Industry Growth

The Marijuana Industry is Poised to Create jobs and 11 Billion Dollars in Revenue

#3 – Americans Widely Support the Move

Early in 2018, Canada announced a plan to legalize marijuana use recreationally by the middle of the summer, which offers some boost to the number of Americans supporting the move in the US. A recent Pew Research study reveals that nearly 57% of adults in America believe that marijuana should be legal, with 37% feeling strongly that it should remain illegal. As countries make unprecedented moves to legalize marijuana use, many individuals are likely to follow suit.

 

#4 – Potential for Economic Growth

One glaring reason for the increase in support for legalization is the potential for economic growth over time. Looking at states that have already taken steps to legalize marijuana for recreational use shows great promise in terms of monetary gain. Colorado, for example, generated $750 million in the first half of 2017 from legal pot sales, a portion of which goes to licensing and bonding fees that benefit the state and its residents. Other states legalizing the drug may have similar results which lay the groundwork for increased job numbers, lower unemployment, and strong economic environments on a local and state level.

 

#5 – Increased Tax Revenue

Following economic growth, tax revenues generated from legal marijuana sales also show incredible promise, especially for cash-strapped state and local governments. Keeping Colorado as an example, between July 2014 and June 2015, the state received $70 million in taxes from legalized pot. While that’s impressive, it doesn’t compare to the following fiscal year which brought in an estimated $200 million in tax revenue.

 

#6 – Decrease in Violent Crime

Research shows that legalizing marijuana sales on a state level does not correlate with an increase in violent crimes. In fact, taking away the gang and cartel-related activity from the criminalization of the drug may ultimately reduce violent crime in states where sales are legal.

 

#7 – Positive Health Benefits

Aside from crime reduction and positive economic effects, the legalization of marijuana also has known health benefits. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine published a study that there is definitive evidence that marijuana use is an effective treatment for individuals with chronic pain. It is also known to relieve muscle spasms, menstrual cramps, migraines, and treat glaucoma in some patients.

 

#8 – Mental Health Support

Above and beyond physical health benefits, marijuana use is also known to provide positive mental health effects. For example, researchers share that weed may relieve anxiety when taken in small doses, and it may prove beneficial in jumpstarting the creative process for many. While these benefits are less advantageous than physical health advantages, they are adding to increased support for legalization.

 

#9 – Less Lethal than Other Drugs

Another reason legalization of marijuana is growing in popularity is the revelation that other drugs currently legal to use within the United States are more harmful than pot when used on a regular basis. Alcohol and tobacco cause more than 500,000 deaths each year, and they lead to several illnesses and injuries that have a widespread impact on society. Marijuana, or cannabis, the English language name for the drug, is a non-toxic substance that has never caused a fatal overdose.

 

#10 – Lower Addiction Rates

Compared to widely used pharmaceuticals, including painkillers and anti-anxiety medications, marijuana is known to be less addictive. The lower addiction rate to the natural drug means less of an impact on society as a whole, and far lower costs for medical care among users and non-users alike.

 

Each of these reasons alone or in combination with the others offers a glimpse into why the legalization of marijuana is becoming more accepted among adult Americans. Over the next several years, time will tell if the increased interest in legalization has enough to stand on in state and federal courts.

Author:

Eric Weisbrot is the Chief Marketing Officer of JW Surety Bonds. With years of experience in the surety industry under several different roles within the company, he is also a contributing author to the surety bond blog.

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This is a guest post by Eric Weisbrot. This post has been edited for syntax and grammar.  The Law offices of Jay Leiderman is not responsible for the accuracy of the content herein or any opinions or ideas expressed herein.  This post is for entertainment and literary value and is not intended as legal advice.  This post does not establish an attorney-client relationship of any sort.  If you have legal questions about ideas presented herein please contact a lawyer knowledgeable in this field of practice.

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Since I posted these Jay Leiderman Law Shirts two days ago on Instagram (pix below), I’ve gotten a lot of emails and messages asking for these shirts to be sent around the Country. I can’t afford to send that many all over the place, though I’m happy to give the shirts away for free. I’ve been told to ask for what our typical postage is; to ask for $5 for postage for one shirt, $7 for two and apparently it’s going to cost $11 for 3. I think it’s tacky but I don’t have a choice. Please send to my PayPal: jayleiderman@yahoo.com but email me first to see if I can work it out with no postage.  Again, I’m happy to send the shirts themselves on me. I can order more, as I’m sure to run out. I just can’t pay for the shirts and postage. Sorry! These were supposed to be for local clients. Indeed, If you can come to the office, you can have a free shirt.

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Email your name and address to the same Yahoo! Email. jayleiderman@yahoo.com.  They just came in 10 minutes ago and we can start shipping on Monday. Again, sorry for the postage issue. There are just too many to ship and too many requests already.

If you want one sent Internationally we’ll run the exact postage.

At Jay Leiderman Law, “We fight the man for you.”  As I’m forever all over the place, we call our dominion “Ventura, California and the world.”

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6 Laws You Need to Understand When Buying or Selling Businesses in Australia

 

Perhaps you’re considering purchasing an established business or maybe you’ve had an offer from someone to purchase your own company, such that you are considering whether or not to sell your business.  Either way, there are a number of laws and regulation which need to be followed prior to the sale.

 

Failure to adhere to these rules can results in all manner of difficulties, including the sale being invalid by law. Therefore, it’s essential that you do your research and have all documentation in order before signing the deal. There are many aspects to think about, but read on for seven of the main points you’ll need to consider when buying or selling a business.

 

Minimum Three Years Financial Information

 

If your selling your own business, then you will need to provide both quarterly and annual financial information to the prospective buyers. This includes all balance sheets, cash flows, income statements and footnotes. You can also ask for financial projections, accounts receivable aging schedule, company and industry pricing policies and a risk management plan. The buyer has the right to have access to all of these documents, so make sure that you have them ready to view. The same applies when it comes to purchasing a business – ensure that you have all the financial data you need to form a clear picture.

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Capital Structure Information

 

You’ll also need a detailed breakdown of the structure of the business. This can include things like the current outstanding shares along with a list of all the stock holdings, share opening and notes. Remember to ask for a liabilities sheets as well as overviews of bank loans and terms and conditions.

 

Legal Matters

 

By law, the business owner needs to provide you with detailed information regarding past and present legal matters, so that you’re not left with any nasty surprises. Request full overview on pending and past lawsuits and their outcomes, as well as employee safety, potential environmental issues, licenses, trademarks and patents as well as details on insurance cover. If you’re selling your business make sure all this information is easy accessible for the buyer.

 

Considering Capital Gains Tax

 

If you’re selling your company, you may be required to pay a capital gains tax on the money from the sale or any assets that you keep. Seek advice of a company law specialist if you are unsure. There is a possibility if you do have to pay capital gains tax, that you can get a reduction on the total amount depending on your options and what your government allows.

 

Selling Shareholdings

 

If you own a limited company, and you are planning on selling the entire shareholdings to a new buyer, then avoid resigning yourself as a director first. What you will actually need to do is to appoint both new directors and shareholders prior to resigning. Again, this is a relatively easy process, but you will want to make sure that you have all legal paperwork signed and dotted before you choose to do this.

 

Employee Consideration

 

While all effort is placed on providing the buyer with the correct information as well as making sure all the right contracts and papers are being signed, you’ll also need to carefully consider the rights of current employees. Make sure they are in the loop of both when and why the company is being sold. If they are being made redundant, then you will need to provide adequate notice as well as details on redundancy packages. If the new business owner wants to keep on existing employees, then you will still need to keep your employees up to date with the expected changes. Being honest and clear with your employees will serve you well in the long run.

 

Follow the above tips and you will be well on your way to buying or selling a business legally. However, there are also a number of other points you’ll need to consider, so you may want to hire a lawyer to make sure there is nothing that you are missing. Legal help could save you plenty of time and money in the long run. Good luck.

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This is a guest post by Cassie Phillips. This post has been edited for syntax and grammar.  The Law offices of Jay Leiderman is not responsible for the accuracy of the content herein or any opinions or ideas expressed herein.  This post is for entertainment and literary value and is not intended as legal advice.  This post does not establish an attorney-client relationship of any sort.  If you have legal questions about ideas presented herein please contact a lawyer knowledgeable in this field of practice.

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