Blog: Productivity

3 Ways Solo Practitioners and Small-Firm Attorneys Can Use AI Technology to Improve Legal Research

3 Ways Solo Practitioners and Small-Firm Attorneys Can Use AI Technology to Improve Legal Research

Attorneys working in solo and small law practices have arguably the greatest need for more efficient and accurate legal research tools because they have the fewest resources (namely time, energy, and money). Maya Bielinski, a Toronto lawyer and legal subject matter expert at ROSS Intelligence, explains how artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language processing (NLP) make the process of conducting legal research easier, cheaper, and far more reliable.

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[VIDEO] The Modern Legal Collective Live: How to Reclaim Your Time + Sanity with Maddy Martin

[VIDEO] The Modern Legal Collective Live: How to Reclaim Your Time + Sanity with Maddy Martin

MLC Live host (and Smith.ai client!) Kimberly Bennett chats with Smith.ai's Maddy Martin about ways solo and small law firm owners can use their time effectively to grow their businesses.

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5 Common Concerns About Working with Virtual Legal Assistants – and How to Address Them

5 Common Concerns About Working with Virtual Legal Assistants – and How to Address Them

Many lawyers have concerns about working with virtual assistants. Alison Pacuska is here to address them so you can move on and think about the benefits.

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Democratizing Development: How to Use Document Automation to Increase Internal Efficiency by 90% (or Create a Legal Marketplace in Minutes)

Democratizing Development: How to Use Document Automation to Increase Internal Efficiency by 90% (or Create a Legal Marketplace in Minutes)

5 useful ways to use document automation from Dorna Moini, CEO and founder of Documate.org. Reduce repetitive tasks, monetize automated processes, and create marketing opportunities.

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One Step to Improving Efficiency, Work Product, and Your Bottom Line

One Step to Improving Efficiency, Work Product, and Your Bottom Line

Lawyers spend a fraction of their day on billable work. In this guest post from Remedy Outside Counsel founder Krista Coggins, learn about why your productivity is so low and how to use outsourcing to increase profit margins, client happiness, and your quality of life.

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5 Ways to Improve the Bottom Line in Your Law Practice

5 Ways to Improve the Bottom Line in Your Law Practice

Dina Eisenberg, Esq., founder and CEO of Outsource Easier, doesn't sugarcoat it: Your small law practice is probably leaking money. Inefficiency costs you money, or at least time that could be better spent on other tasks that earn you money. Here, she offers five ways to improve your financial outlook by fixing broken systems and processes you've let go untouched for too long. Now is the time to address them, head on.

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The Gig-Economy of Law Practice: How Hiring on a Project-Basis Can Help Create Work Opportunities for Your Small or Solo Law Practice

The Gig-Economy of Law Practice: How Hiring on a Project-Basis Can Help Create Work Opportunities for Your Small or Solo Law Practice

Bob Meltzer, CEO and founder of LawyerExchange, explains how to give your law practice the control and flexibility of temp hiring — without the additional hassle, risk, and expense — by posting legal projects online. Read through Bob's guidance, and then get ready to offload some work — and some stress.

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Announcing the Smith.ai Zap on Zapier!

Announcing the Smith.ai Zap on Zapier!

Zapier rhymes with "happier" — and that's exactly what you'll be when you use Smith.ai's new Zap to automate data capture, workflows, alerts, and tasks.

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5 Ways to Delegate Without Hiring Staff at Your Small Law Firm

5 Ways to Delegate Without Hiring Staff at Your Small Law Firm

Minneapolis-based attorney and solopreneur Jess Birken of Birken Law Office and Hack Your Practice offers a handful of ways fellow solo lawyers can lighten their load by tapping flexible, affordable outsourced services.

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WEBINAR: Improve Your Law Firm's Responsiveness

WEBINAR: Improve Your Law Firm's Responsiveness

Tune in to hear Maddy Martin, Smith.ai's head of marketing and partnerships, discuss ways to improve your responsiveness to potential clients interested in working with your law firm.

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Understanding Smith.ai's Integrations: Connect Your Contacts, Calendar, Invoices, and More

Understanding Smith.ai's Integrations: Connect Your Contacts, Calendar, Invoices, and More

Smith.ai has long been known for its integrations with contact management (CMS/CRM), business management, marketing, ticketing, calendaring, and billing software. We prioritize integrations because they drive efficiency. When your records, calendar, support tickets, invoices, and intake forms are synced with Smith.ai, you can spend less time on data entry and post-call follow-up work, which leaves you free to focus your valuable time on revenue-generating work. Now, you can see every integration partner on one handy page. It's never been easier to take full advantage of Smith.ai's integrations. Learn more about currently available integrations and how integrations work at Smith.ai.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Are you lawyering or laboring? Key takeaways from Clio's Legal Trends Report.

INFOGRAPHIC: Are you lawyering or laboring? Key takeaways from Clio's Legal Trends Report.

Attorneys: If you're like your peers, you're under-utilizing your time. On average, lawyers spend less than two hours a day on billable work. Discover the non-billable tasks that take up the most time, and then make a plan to direct more attention towards revenue-generating work.

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The Master List of Legal CRMs for Small Law Firms & Solo Attorneys

The Master List of Legal CRMs for Small Law Firms & Solo Attorneys

Whether you're looking for your first CRM or eager to switch to a new practice management solution, law firm management software is more powerful and capable than ever. Here is our comprehensive guide to the best legal CRMs on the market, with options suited to every budget.

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How to Automate Your Small Business

How to Automate Your Small Business

Conor Malloy, partner at Chi City Legal, shares his top four tips to automate your small business (for tech-savvy and non-techy folks alike!).

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The Top 5 Tech Tips for Lawyers: Grow Your Business in the Modern Legal World

The Top 5 Tech Tips for Lawyers: Grow Your Business in the Modern Legal World

As a legal technology specialist, Chelsey Lambert, founder and CEO of Lex Tech Review, identifies the tools and processes that can dramatically improve your law practice and your life.

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How to Send an Email via Text Message (and Text via Email)

How to Send an Email via Text Message (and Text via Email)

What do you do if you don't have a data plan on your phone, or you're in an area without data or LTE? Fortunately, cell phones allow users some unexpected resources in the palms of their hands: you can send emails via text message. And if you have the opposite problem, and find yourself without cell service? It's easy: you can also receive text messages from email accounts. Here's how.

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How to Automate Tasks with Smith.ai Virtual Receptionists

How to Automate Tasks with Smith.ai Virtual Receptionists

Check this out: You can auto-forward emails to Smith.ai, and set rules for us to follow when we receive them. For example, we can follow-up instantly with everyone who completes a "contact us" form on your website. This is just one of the many ways you can automate one-off or routine tasks with Smith.ai. In this article, we dive into a few common automation scenarios that leverage our virtual receptionists to bring further efficiency to your business.

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5 Ways to Run a Better Law Firm with Virtual Receptionists

5 Ways to Run a Better Law Firm with Virtual Receptionists

At Smith.ai, we can’t make you a better lawyer by running through flash cards until you’ve memorized every nuance of case law. However, our friendly U.S.-based virtual receptionists can improve your law practice by fielding your calls.

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How to Find Your Acuity Scheduling Public Calendar Links

How to Find Your Acuity Scheduling Public Calendar Links

We’re here to help you throughout your journey of growing your clientele and organizing your day. To keep your calendar organized, our virtual receptionists will need access to any scheduling applications you’re currently using. If you use Acuity Scheduling to manage your client appointments, we’ll need your calendar direct links to start booking appointments on your behalf. Here are a few tips for navigating your Acuity Scheduling dashboard and finding your calendar direct links.

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Smith.ai Now Integrates with Clio Law Firm Management Software

Smith.ai Now Integrates with Clio Law Firm Management Software

We at Smith.ai recognize how valuable time is to your legal practice, which is why we’re always looking for ways to save you minutes. Our new integration with Clio allows us to add and update client information in real-time so you're always in sync.

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