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With PCLaw, Save Lawyers Time And Improve Your Firm’s Processes

What are qualities of a good lawyer? Of course, a skilled lawyer is astute, perceptive, supremely knowledgeable and thinks well on their feet. But when evaluating a lawyer’s skill set, one quality that’s often overlooked or dismissed entirely is efficiency.

Any lawyer knows that in addition to demanding clients and challenging cases, they also face mountains of paperwork. Indeed, the more cases a lawyer takes on, the more daunting their paperwork becomes. In order for lawyers to succeed, it remains crucial for them to keep all of their paperwork organized, and easy to track at all times. Effective legal management software is the key for a lawyer’s — and entire firm’s — efficiency and reputation in the long-run.

LexisNexis’s PCLaw is the trusted software of lawyers in the country. Used by over 12,000 firms, PCLaw streamlines accounting and billing, effectively forcing lawyers to make their processes more efficient. One of the software’s biggest advantages is its all-in-one nature — it lets you manage tasks you would normally organize separately. For busy lawyers who already put in long hours, the importance of a time-saving, organizational tool cannot be emphasized enough. PCLaw lets you do trust accounting, client management, billing and accounting, track billable hours, capture expenses all in one place. Moreover, with PCLaw, you can generate reports into your firm’s finances, saving valuable time typically spent on billing and accounting. All this time will let lawyers pour more hours into cases at hand, honing their skill set and ultimately bettering your firm.

Even if lawyers aren’t at the office, they often want to get updates with what’s going on at the firm. PCLaw is available remotely and can be connected through mobile devices, giving you access to your firm’s information at all times.

You also don’t need to worry about spending even more time training lawyers how to use PCLaw. PCLaw has a visually-friendly dashboard that presents important details where you need them. There’s no need to search different areas of the software for what you need. Instead, PCLaw immediately lets you access what you need all in one dashboard.

Still not sure if PCLaw is right for your firm? You can book a free demo, which gives you an in-depth tour of the online billing and accounting software.

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Ontario Asks Lawyers To Apply For Sexual Assault Advice Program

The province of Ontario is officially looking for applications from lawyers who want to provide advice to sexual assault survivors, free of charge, under a pilot program called the Independent Legal Advice for Survivors of Sexual Assault.

This program will offer free and confidential legal advice to people who have experienced sexual violence, and it has been a part of Ontario’s plan to overcome sexual violence since 2015.

The legal advice offered to survivors will be customized to their individual cases and needs, and the aim will be to help them take more informed next steps. Lawyers will advise on all available options, including pressing charges, and all conversations will be protected by solicitor-client privilege.

Lawyers looking to apply have to be licensed to practice law in Ontario, and must have prior experience dealing with sexual assault survivors. Successful applicants will be trained, and then able to provide advice either in person or over the phone, but they will not represent those they advise in court. The Ontario government will be paying lawyers $136 an hour for their work, and they expect that the pilot program will be for survivors aged 16 and older.

The Ontario legal community is in support of this new program, and hopes it will make the justice system more accessible to survivors of sexual assault, as well as simplifying the scope of legal advice.

The program will be offered in Toronto, Ottawa and Thunder Bay until 2018, and lawyers have until April 15 to submit their applications.

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