Michael Gear

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No Matter What, Building Wealth Always Comes Down to These Four Pillars

Building wealth is simple. Not <i>easy</i>, but simple. We'd all like to make more money, but if your long term prize is financial independence, there aren't …

Personal Finance

Internet Research Tips and Resources for Lawyers

Carole Levitt and Mark Rosch have powerful search-fu. You should buy their book, <i>The Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet</i>, whether or not you have had …

10 Things the Best Law-Firm Website Designs Have in Common

Description<p>Good design is the foundation of a website that brings in business. Whatever your marketing strategy, potential clients are going to visit …

Marketing

Sense.ly raises $1.25M for mobile 'virtual nurse' service

One aspect of Obamacare that you hear few complaining about is the way it will increase compensation for health providers who treat Medicare patients. In simple terms, providers will be given a fixed amount for taking care of a given patient population. Then every dollar they can avoid spending on …

Find Your Computer’s BIOS Version From the Command Line

The next time you update your PC or try to troubleshoot compatibility problems, you'll may need to know your current BIOS. You could reboot the …

Which Programming Language Should I Learn First?

Dear Lifehacker,<br>With all the buzz about learning to code, I've decided to give it a try. The problem is, I'm not sure where to start. What's the best …

What You Need to Know Before Signing a Noncompete Agreement

You've been offered a new job, and your prospective employer wants you to sign a noncompete agreement. Should you? Many people don't really …

The Best Days to Shop at Major Retailers

Rather Be Shopping, the site that brought us a handy retailer price codes cheatsheet and also informed us of retailers' price matching policies, is …

Why you will fail to have a great career

In this funny and blunt talk, Larry Smith pulls no punches when he calls out the absurd excuses people invent when they fail to pursue their passions.

Out of Work? How to Prepare for the 2016 Job Surplus

At least one law professor who has done the math has predicted there will be more full-time law jobs than law-school graduates by 2016. Definitely …

3 Steps to a Better Attorney Profile

An attorney profile is so much more important than listing where you went to law school (whether or not you include the date of graduation), your bar …

U.S. Federal Courts

Law Firm Finances: Everything You Need to Get Started

This is a detailed how-to manual for setting up accounts, managing cash flow and credit, paying taxes and managing income, and forecasting income. …

How to Overcome a Job's "Years of Experience" Requirement

<i>Skills: check. Education: check. Experience: not so much. What should you do when you know you're capable of a job, but the requirements says you're</i> …

Employment

Q: Can I Make a Part-Time Law Practice Work?

A: Part-time law practice comes with its own set of challenges, but you can absolutely make it work — and it is a heckuva lot smarter than trying to …

Dropbox for Lawyers User Guide

Dropbox is popular with lawyers. According to the ABA’s most-recent technology survey, 58% of lawyers use Dropbox, making it the most popular online …

Making A Successful Solo Practice A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Let’s say that you aced law school or spent a couple of years at the most prestigious firm in your state or the country or worked in-house at a …

Q: Is Starting a Law Practice in My Spare Time a Good Idea?

A: Among lawyers dissatisfied with their current occupation (hereinafter “Evil Day Job” or “EDJ”), it is a popular fantasy that it is a good idea to …

Four Body Language Cues That Might Indicate Someone’s Lying

You can never prove someone is lying just by looking at non-verbal cues—but they can let you know when something might be off. David DeSteno, a …

How to Attack Adverse Authority

What should you do when your opponent cites authority in a motion or brief that appears directly on point? Panic.<p>What should you do when your …

A Beginner's Guide to Encryption: What It Is and How to Set it Up

You’ve probably heard the word “encryption” a million times before, but if you still aren’t exactly sure what it is, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a …

Information Systems

The Best Time and Time of Day to Book Airline Tickets

If you're looking for a deal on airfare, common wisdom is to book early and be flexible with your dates. While flexibility is good, the advance part …

C’mon, C’mon, C’mon, Let Me Show You What It’s All About: Encryption ABC’s, Easy as 1-2-3

The Massachusetts Data Protection statutes and rules compel encryption in certain scenarios; and, a modern interpretation of the Massachusetts Rules …

Limited Release: The Marketing Platform, Revealed!

(It’s not every day I use an exclamation point to punctuate a blog post title, right? This is probably important.)<p>My list of life’s regrets looks …

Marketing

Solos Who Start From Home Aren’t Home Alone

Over my years of blogging, I’ve devoted extensive coverage to the home v. office debate. I’ve acknowledged that for some practices, regions or …

Sui Generis--a New York law blog

This week's Daily Record column is entitled "6 must-have apps for every lawyer’s new iPad." My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here.<p><b>6</b> …

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Join MentorMatch, a virtual career development tool, which provides you with leadership and management advice.<p>The MBA's bi-monthly newspaper includes …

50 Twitter Accounts Lawyers Should Follow Religiously (Part I)

<b>Legal News</b><p>Our corporate cousin, Reuters, has a dedicated legal news feed that beats their rival, AP Courtside, merely by actually tweeting. Yeah, AP. …

How to Build a Law Practice Incubator

Kim Lowe, a shareholder at Fredrickson & Byron, has been thinking a lot about what an “incubator” — sort of a Y Combinator — for new lawyers would …

How to Use Mind Maps to Unleash Your Brain's Creativity and Potential

Mind mapping is one of the best ways to capture your thoughts and bring them to life in visual form. Beyond just note-taking, though, mind maps can …