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Paralegal fined, suspended for advertising like a lawyer

Posted by uLaw Editorial Team on Jul 21, 2018 5:53:00 AM

A Toronto paralegal is being suspended for 30 days for marketing his legal services in a misleading manner which may have suggested to prospective clients that he was a lawyer rather than a paralegal.

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3 analytics tools to monitor firm expenses

Posted by uLaw Editorial Team on Jul 20, 2018 8:36:06 AM

What’s the fastest way to tell where all your firm’s expenses are going? Should you get an assistant to trawl through all your accounting books for several hours in order to come up with a few answers? Or is it better to use advanced computing to cut down on time spent doing such a task?

If you count yourself in the latter category of people who want fast and precise analytics showing where their firm is spending money, then uLaw insights and analytics might be the right piece of software for you to be using.

Throughout the course of your firm’s activities, uLawPractice gathers and collates your firm’s financial data in its secure cloud storage network. This data can be recalled at any time with the use of your cellphone. Android and iPhone users can navigate to the following path to produce up-to-date statistical analysis of their firm’s expenses:

Accounts->Hit the ”?” in the top right corner->navigate to “Choose Category” located at the top to see the various areas where expense analytics can be drawn from.

Here are three tools you can use for advanced law firm expense analytics

1. Expense Chart by Client:

With an Expense Chart by Client, lawyers can surmise the percentage of outgoing expenses going towards particular clients.

For example, Mr. Zachary can be seen swallowing up 17 per cent of expenses. Is he worth it? These are the sorts of questions one can ask him/herself with the use of such analytics on the go.

 

2. Expense chart by category

Expenses aren’t all the same, and therefore different categories of outgoing expenses are drawn up in uLawPractice and can be recalled by the click of a button for you to observe whether one particular area is disproportionately taking up more money than others.

For example, in the bar chart located below, you can have a look at some of the firm’s highest costs from Jan 1 2018 to the present date. Custom date ranges can easily be set with the menus located in the centre of the analytics section of uLaw mobile.

Almost all charts are available in line, pie, and bar graphs depending on a user’s preference.

3. Expense uLaw InSights

To quickly find out the sum of all outgoing expenses in any given date range, users can navigate to “Expense uLaw InSights to get the right amount. No calculations or arithmetic is necessary, and this information can be produced instantaneously.

As you can see, the firm pictured here has already spent $16,714/72 from Jan 1 to the end of the first quarter. With this information a law firm can decide if costs need to be slashed in order to remain profitable depending on cash flow throughout the remainder of the year.

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Many other features are available to mobile users who want to take a peek at how their firm is performing with our mobile analytics addition, which is already implemented for users. You can watch a video we produced on this by clicking here.

 

 




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From tools to tort: Roger Dinner, Belleville Paralegal

Posted by uLaw Editorial Team on Jul 18, 2018 10:52:47 PM

 After decades of working with his hands, using power tools, following schematics and using common sense—Roger Dinner dropped out of the trades several years ago and has since forged a successful professional path he always wanted to fulfil--as a paralegal.

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Legal Aid Ontario Supervisor wins Earl Eaton Award

Posted by uLaw Editorial Team on Jul 17, 2018 5:04:19 AM

The winner of 2018’s Earl Eaton Award for Mental Health is going to a supervisor who works for Legal Aid Ontario.

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6 Analytics tools to monitor firm revenue

Posted by uLaw Editorial Team on Jul 12, 2018 6:25:00 AM

When a lawyer or paralegal is busy satisfying clients and pursuing their legal matters, it can be easy to become disconnected from the actual financials of the business.

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Burlington lawyer suspended for 1 year, barred from practicing estate law

Posted by uLaw Editorial Team on Jul 9, 2018 10:44:06 AM

A Burlington lawyer “lacking integrity” is being forced to find a new area of specialization after getting busted for improperly paying herself with a client’s money and failing to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages to an estate she formerly managed in 2007.

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5 things we know about new LSO Treasurer Mercer

Posted by uLaw Editorial Team on Jul 5, 2018 4:08:56 AM

A momentous shift is taking place in Canada’s oldest regulator of lawyers. Last year the organization distanced itself from its colonial past by shedding “Upper Canada” from its name, and now there’s a new treasurer in town.

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Disbarred Barrie lawyer still owes Law Society $20,000 for investigation

Posted by uLaw Editorial Team on Jul 3, 2018 11:56:55 AM

Despite having returned more than $300,000 she "borrowed" from her client, a disbarred Barrie lawyer is still on the hook for covering the costs of a lengthy investigation.

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Topics: non-compliance, Law Society of Ontario, "borrowing" other people's money

Webinar: Analytics & InSights into your firm

Posted by uLaw Editorial Team on Jul 3, 2018 11:25:19 AM

Seek shelter from the heat wave this Friday and join us online to learn how to gain insight into how your law firm is performing.

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Perfectly Canadian: Enjoy your weekend, eh?

Posted by uLaw Editorial Team on Jul 1, 2018 2:51:38 AM

The team at uLaw is wishing everyone in this fine nation a happy and healthy long summer weekend with friends and family.

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