October 13, 2006
Take charge of your firm
Many solo and small firm practitioners struggle daily with the effective management of their firms. In addition to the skills required in the practice of law, the solo or small firm practitioner requires a keen sense of business acumen and all the proficiency that entails. The struggle to juggle staff, keep costs under control, maintain accurate records and collect the monies due for services rendered falls to management staff in a larger firm, but the small practitioner does it all.
Where can you find help? “Take Charge of Your Firm,” a seminar designed to assist the small practitioner, on Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 1:30 until 4:45 p.m., will help you to work effectively with staff, examine various accounting software programs available and advise you on how to collect receivables.
Adam R. Rinehart of Talbot & Rinehart will discuss personnel issues in the small firm, including hiring the “right” person, retaining employees, employee manuals and a useful manager’s checklist to take with you.
In addition, Marilyn J. King of HMU Consulting will provide a comparison of current small firm time, billing and accounting programs - what they look like, how much they cost, and how to determine which one is right for your firm. She will discuss why using a legal-specific accounting program is important and will provide a comparison of four commonly-used programs with a cost overview and questions to ask software vendors before making a huge investment.
Raymond (Chip) Moats of Weltman Weinberg & Reis rounds out the team of advisors with his presentation on how to effectively and ethically collect receivables with a discussion of the Ohio Rules and ethical issues as well as fee agreements, considerations in handling billing disputes and the collection of outstanding receivables.
Register online at www.cbalaw.org or phone 614/221.4112 for event # 3645. The cost is $85 prepaid/$95 day of for members, $125 prepaid/$135 day of for non-members and $55 prepaid/$65 day of for paralegals.