How Law Firms are Using Social Media to Reach Their Clients

Nowadays, it seems there isn’t a person in the world that doesn’t have at least one social media account. With so many options from Facebook, to Twitter, to Reddit, or Tumblr, it almost seems like we can’t avoid it—and many of us don’t. The little computers in our pockets keep us updated on our friends, family, favorite celebrities, local events of interest, and so much more.

Using the Web to Your Advantage

In this day and age, the biggest mistake a law firm can make is veering away from the bandwagon and not establishing an online presence. Instead of picking up the phone and calling the business to learn more, many instead opt to a quick Google search. If a firm doesn’t at the very least have a well-designed, easy to use website, potential clients turn the other way. It doesn’t matter how brilliant the staff is or how long the firm has been open. Clients don’t want to search for proof of excellence, they want it immediately.

When West Palm Beach elder law attorney, Mark Shalloway, not only understands this concept, but fully embraces it. With just a few clicks of a button, potential clients can not only find Shalloway and reviews of his firm, Shalloway & Shalloway, but an easy to access website that presents clients with information on the firm, its staff, its reputation, and any updates in the area of practice that is elder law. The website presents information in a concise manner that is incredibly valuable to the busy professional of the 21-century.

But hosting a great website is only half the battle. It is essential for firms to be pushing their names into the public. Many turn to radio or television commercials, and that is just fine, but there is a great alternative that saves time, money, and is used by billions of people every day—and that is social media.

How to Make the Most Out of Social Media

The Shalloway & Shalloway firm run a successful Facebook page. With a large number of followers, the attorneys at Shalloway & Shalloway can easily connect to potential clients. Running a social media allows them to share updates as they come. Recently, the firm moved locations. Because of their Facebook page, they were able to keep clients posted on the process, the location, and anything else involving the move.

Having one (or multiple) social media accounts allows the faceless attorneys of the firm to become humanized.

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“There is intimidation and fear with booking with lawyer,” Mark Shalloway says. “If referred by someone else, that is a helpful resource, but if they need an elder law attorney, there is a lot of worry and fear.”

A vast majority of people have skewed images of lawyers, but having a presence on social media has allowed the staff at Shalloway & Shalloway paint themselves in the light they want to be painted, thus fostering better client relationships.

Social media is not only great for public image, but for generating business. When you follow a page, its posts appear on your timeline, keeping the company in your radar. By having a readily used social media, clients will remember the firm, and come back to whenever the need arises. With their Facebook page alone, Shalloway & Shalloway has seen an increase in business, and other firms should certainly take heed.

For more information on the firm, visit their website, their Facebook page, or their offices.

1400 Centrepark Blvd, Suite #600, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

 

Five Legal Trends to Look for in 2019

The landscape of the world of law and litigation is changing. As our culture becomes more and more “go, go, go” in the age of the internet, it is important that each legal firm keep up to speed. That is why many are making major changes that put them ahead of the curve. Here are five of those legal trends to be on the lookout for in 2019.

1. Mobile Scheduling of Court Reporting Services

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Attorneys and paralegals are always looking for ways to more efficiently manage their time. Many have favorite court reporters to turn to for all their litigation needs, but a large portion of these firms are stuck in the past with limited calling or email scheduling options. However, things are starting to change. Many court reporting companies are now offer mobile scheduling for court reporter services.

These scheduling options allow attorneys to simply click on the booking engine, fill out contact information, information on the case, and which services need to be booked. Upon submitting the request, the firm is notified of the proposal and promptly gets back to the client. These mobile booking engines attorneys to fill out a request anywhere, any time.

2. Local Education Seminars by Attorneys

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In an interview with West Palm Beach Elder Law attorney, Mark Shalloway, he reveals that there is “intimidation and fear with booking with a lawyer.” This causes many clients to not seek the help they need. By offering free seminars on a particular area of practice, locals can learn about the field and determine whether or not they want to proceed with this particular law firm. The anonymity that comes with participating in an audience setting allows potential clients to comfortable intake knowledge.

“They are exposed to the subject matter and can understand if it will help,” Shalloway says. “If it’s not right fit, they just leave. If they want more, they can follow up. You can go on internet, read articles, but you can learn much more if you show up to a seminar.”

3. Presence on Online

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With the rise in social media, having an online presence is far more important than it once was. People rarely turn phone booths or radio ads to learn about a firm. Nowadays, people open Google and search for firms near them. It is vastly important for a law firm or court reporting firm to have a stunning, easy to navigate website that can appeal to both younger and older generations. Having multiple social media accounts, such as Facebook and Twitter, allow clients to stay engaged with the business. When exposed to frequent updates, it keeps the business on the minds of clients, making them more likely to return to the firm when they need help.

4. Better Cyber security

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An increase in online presence and a transfer from paper to digital, however, leads to an increase in data breeches. In a study by ABA in 2017, it was reported that 44% of firms experienced a threat to security and breech. With important and sensitive information on not only the firm itself, but their clients, sitting on each and every one of the staff-members’ computers, it is essential that greater focus be placed on security. Many firms hiring more than adding IT professionals to the team—they are turning to cyber security companies such as Root9B and Intel Security to keep their information secure.

5. Video Marketing

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YouTube is quickly becoming one of the top search engines in the world. More than 75 million people in the world watch videos every single day. People would rather watch a video that is just a few minutes long than ready a several-paged article that holds the same information. Videos are engaging, and can be watched while people wash the dishes or do any other number of tasks. By creating easily digestible video content, firms can get their information into the world in a creative way that appeals to a large audience.

Shareable, interesting content will help spread the word. Videos also help put a face and personality to what one may have been seen as an intimidating attorney. If present and future clients feel comfortable and familiar with a firm, they will be more likely to schedule an appointment or service.

Tempest Reporting: One of Salt Lake City’s Oldest and Greatest Reporting Firms

Salt Lake City became one of America’s great unique and historical cities in 1847. As one walks through the streets of Utah’s state capital, they can’t help but be humbled by breath taking architecture surrounded by glorious mountains. Though it may not look like it did during its conception, one can feel the history of Salt Lake City seeping through the cracks in the sidewalk.

Salt Lake City

Where history was once made, history is often made again. Tempest Reporting is a slice of that history. Though comparatively, Tempest Reporting is quite young, the court reporting firm has made its mark as not only one of the longest-standing firm of Utah court reporters, but as a premiere firm for attorneys and paralegals to turn to for all their litigation services. While this is perhaps an unexciting statistic to some, court reporting services play a huge part in our legal system. Since 1988, Tempest reporting has worked cases for all sizes for top personal injury, corporate law, and criminal law firms in the state. That is quite the feat.

What it Takes for a Successful Case

Tempest Reporting’s founder and President, Ariel Mumma, created the firm when she saw how things in the industry needed to change. When she first started, Ms. Mumma was shocked to realize that many court reporting firms were not utilizing the latest technology available. How is it possible for a firm to provide the best services when they don’t even have the best technology for their clients?

With that in mind, Tempest Reporting became one of the first court reporting firms to accepts transcripts and deliver them over email—allowing attorneys and paralegals to access what they need quickly. The firm was also one of the first to offer its clients compressed transcripts and videoconferencing. Nowadays, these aspects of business are commonplace. Tempest Reporting was one of the firms that helped pave that standard.

Independent Business for Best Services

The firm’s 30-year legacy of being an independently owned firm is another feat that many court reporting services are unable to make. Maintaining independence allows the firm to provide its clients with not only the best court reporting services, but the most attentive customer service. With Tempest Reporting, clients aren’t just a number whose ends justify the means. Clients are individuals with specialized and personal needs. That is why their services have remained unparalleled for three decades.

In this day and age, everyone is go-go-go. Many law professionals don’t have the time to scour phone books and countless websites court reporting and litigation services to fit their needs. That is why Tempest Reporting is more than a court reporting firm. They offer videoconferencing, videography, conference rooms, realtime services, and much more. They are aware that accidents happen and emergencies arise, so they follow through with their clients to ensure that nothing unexpected occurs, be it technical issues or otherwise. First and foremost, Tempest Reporting is there for the people.

To contact Tempest Reporting or to book a service, call 801-521-2222, email them at info@reporting.com, or visit their offices.

175 S Main St #710 Salt Lake City, UT 84111

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Federal Lawmakers Pass Veterans Care Financial Protection Act

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Federal lawmakers recently passed the Federal Lawmakers Pass Veterans Care Financial Protection Act in an overwhelming vote. The bill was sponsored by many congresspersons and United States senators, ranging from Senator Marco Rubio to Representative Ted Deutch. The bill, if enacted by the President, would make it obligatory for the Veterans Administration Secretary to provide a warning to Aid and Attendance benefit applicants of any possible unscrupulous behavior from scammers and predators who target veterans.

The Bill would also require the Government Accountability Office to begin studies on the impact of scams and cons on applicants for federal benefits.

West Palm Beach attorney Mark Shalloway, comments on the potential impact of the Veterans Care Financial Protection Act:

“This bill is a powerful step in the right direction towards protecting our veterans from scammers and unscrupulous businesses that prey on elder veterans. Our veterans deserve the very best medical care and protection from our federal government. This bill will better protect recipients of Medicare, Medicaid, and Aid & Attendance benefits. We always recommend that veterans never provide their Medicare ID number to anyone who is not their physician or insurer.”

For more information readers are invited to read Mr. Shalloway’s detailed overview of the Veterans Care Financial Protection Act.

Meet Hanna & Hanna: Houston’s Most Technologically-Advanced Court Reporters

It’s not just technological savvy that makes Hanna & Hanna one of the premiere and elite court reporting firms in Houston. What makes Hanna & Hanna special is their commitment to new technologies such as simulcast videoconferencing, digital file repositories and global mobile scheduling combined with that old world Texas commitment to customized client relations and good old fashioned hard work.

Hanna & Hanna: Over 25 Years of Independence!

Kelly Hanna

The firm, independently-owned and operated by Kelly Hanna and Jim Hanna for over 25 years, is proud to be recognized as one of the most reliable and trusted of all court reporters in the Houston metro area. With their strategic partnership with the National Network Reporting Company, the largest national court reporters directory, and their commitment to staying ahead of the technology and competition curve, Hanna has established a high profile client base representing law offices across San Antonio, Dallas, Austin and other parts of Texas along with Houston.

The company offers expert realtime reporting, videoconferencing, document transcriptions and other related legal services to law firms large and small as well as to sole practitioners in all areas of practice. Their experience in case types ranging from corporate law, real estate law, and criminal law to personal injury law and medical malpractice make them the court reporters of choice for both local and national firms.

Evolving Technologies in Court Reporting

With evolving digital technologies affecting everything from stenography to document storage and videography, finding the reporting court reporting team that stays up to date with these and other advancements presents law firms and other clients with a distinct advantage in their cases. Media Technologist Abdallah Gad explains this phenomenon as it relates to attorneys building cases and preparing for depositions:

“The trend in the legal field is toward mobile booking on a 24/7 basis for all court reporting needs. This means more and more lawyers and paralegals are actually making important service schedulings via their smartphones while they are on the go. One of the criteria they utilize in picking a court reporting comopany is perceived technological compatibility.” 

Houston Court Reporters Office: Hanna & Hanna

For more information on Hanna & Hanna visit their Houston offices at

8582 Katy Freeway, Suite 105
Houston, Texas 77024

or visit their official Linked In page.

How Mark Shalloway is Transforming Elder Care Law

Mark Shalloway, President of Shalloway & Shalloway, P.A., is forging the way in South Florida when it comes to elder care law. Offering a variety of services to seniors and their families, Mark Shalloway and his firm are helping people understand their financial options when it comes to estate and financial planning later on in life.

In a recent article by The Sophia News, Shalloway said over 71% of Americans have not planned for their long-term care after retirement.

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A major part of my mission as an elder and special needs care attorney is educating the public on their options on everything from health insurance to tax liabilities. My firm is deeply committed to philanthropy within our community and to helping the families of military personnel plan for their lives once their careers reach a culmination.”

Many times, families come forward with questions on how to provide long-term care for their elderly parents or spouses. When these family members fall ill or are subject to an injury from which it’s difficult for them to recovery, it can add to an already stressful question of, “What next?” Shalloway’s firm is sensitive to this dilemma.

Mark Shalloway’s goal is to help families through these stressful times. He and his firm can help determine if you need long-term care, medicaid, and even veterans benefits. If you have an existing trust, they will help you manage it and make the best decisions for the future of your family.

They also assist with families who are planning ahead for the future. From life and healthcare planning to estate planning, Mark Shalloway is able to help you decide what will work best for your parents or spouse.

NNRC Creates New Directory of Court Reporting Companies in Ohio

Attorneys in search of Ohio court reporters just landed a new online resource to make their lives easier with the publication of the new Ohio court reporters directory by the National Network Reporting Company. The NNRC is the nation’s largest online directory of court reporters featuring member firms from across North America and Europe.

The Ohio directory features firms from Cleveland, Dayton, Columbus, Akron, Cincinnatti and cities in between. It includes an index of direct links to members in Ohio, organized by city, an online booking engine to schedule a service via email, information on the litigation support, videography and other services provided by member firms, and many other features, each of which is mobile-friendly so paralegals and lawyers on the go can book services from their smartphones or tablets.

Ohio’s legal community is one of the more respected and intimate in the United States thanks to the state’s combination of traditional business ethics coupled with its ethos that prioritizes new technologies as varied as digital live streaming and ultra-high speed wifi.

For NNRC, the Ohio directory of court reporting firms is part of the organization’s expansion as one of the largest legal associations of its kind anywhere in the world. The NNRC website is both a directory of its member reporters, whose coverage is both national and global, as well as an online resource offering information on legal news, the latest cases impacting attorneys in all areas of practice, and insight into new technologies within the court reporting industry.

With today’s high pressure environment and hyper-speed work flow, attorneys and law firms in Atlanta or Seattle are often in need of last-minute help with depositions or meetings in Cleveland or Columbus. By booking a service directly through the NNRC booking engine, last-minute needs are fulfilled on time.

Whether your team is searching for court reporters in Cleveland or legal videographers in Columbus, the Ohio court reporters directory is the resource of choice for legal professionals in the Buckeye state and beyond.

For more information visit the official NNRC home page at nnrc.com,  the official NNRC Facebook page or stop by the NNRC national headquarters at 950 Glenn Drive, Suite 150 in Folsom, California 95630. You can also reach NNRC by phone at 866.337.6672.

Shalloway & Shalloway Are Changing the Industry of Elder Care Law One Client At a Time

Palm Beach elder care attorneys Shalloway & Shalloway are changing the way law firms advocate for their clients in a number of ways ranging from educational and philanthropic programs to providing new publications online.

G. Mark Shalloway

Proprietor and lead attorney Mark Shalloway is among the most active within the legal community of Palm Beach County. With his involvement in free seminars and classes he demonstrates a commitment to helping others, whether they are Judge Advocate Generals in the United States Military or the families who care for their elderly in West Palm Beach.

Noted Elder Care Attorneys in the Palm Beaches

The Shalloway firm’s website provides free publications and notices of area events and legal news that is geared towards informing both attorneys and lay persons. One recent example is a press release highlighting Alzheimer’s Disease awareness. Titled “PALM BEACH COUNTY PROCLAMATION DECLARING NOVEMBER PUBLIC AWARENESS MONTH TO ALZHEIMER’S COMMUNITY CARE” the press release includes information on Alzheimer’s Community Care, a non-profit that is celebrating 20 years in Palm Beach County. 

Special Needs Advisory Coalition Summit and JAG Seminar

Other philanthropic endeavors include a recent two-day seminar on estate planning for the Judge Advocate Generals at Fort Stewart. The Shalloway team is also noted for their community involvement with free educational seminars that inform the public on new laws and tax issues relating to everything from health and life insurance to estate taxes.

Mr. Shalloway’s recent presentation at the Special Needs Advisory Coalition Summit in West Palm Beach is but one more example of his commitment to giving to his community.

Many law firms and attorneys offer free advice, publications and other resources as part of their mission. This tradition of giving also helps a firm or a laywer expand his/her client base in a very powerful way. What separates the Shalloway and Shalloway team from most firms however is the range and expertise behind their advocacy and philanthropy.

The result is both a community and populace more educated on the critical issues of elder and special needs care.

 

How Beovich, Walter & Friend, Portland, Oregon’s Premier Court Reporters, Are Taking Over the Pacific Northwest

The line separating thriving from surviving can sometimes be a very small one. For Beovich, Walter & Friend (BWF), the Portland, Oregon court reporters, thriving means staying ahead of the technology and competition curve. This manifests itself in small and subtle ways, from expanding a website to encompass mobile-friendly bookings to developing a strong social media presence and adapting new wi-fi technologies for faster Internet connections in conference rooms.

Court Reporting Services for Portland, Oregon’s BWF Reporters

The BWF Reporting list of services is impressive:

  • real time court reporting
  • videography
  • videoconferencing
  • online document storage
  • transcriptions
  • exhibits
  • trial presentation

BWF is celebrated among its clientele for providing state-of-the-art facilities and expert personalized service, regardless of the case type. Whether a real estate law transaction or a deposition in personal injury law, the BWF team stays ahead of its competition in the Pacific Northwest and the nation by offering a level of experience and precision unmatched in the industry.

This includes a strategic partnership as members of the National Network Reporting Company, the world’s largest court reporter directory. By representing the Portland, Oregon market, BWF has expanded its reach with a global network of member within the network.

Within the Pacific Northwest, BWF provides a full range of services and technological enhancements that vary from a mobile-booking engine on its site to the latest technologies in wi-fi communications and ultra high-definition monitors for tele-conferencing. The BWF Mobile Booking engine allows for last-minute service bookings on any device (smartphone, laptop or tablet) 24/7 and 365 days per year.

The company’s Portland legal news blog is a publication designed to offer insight and information within the legal community across the state of Oregon.

This forward-thinking philosophy along with the experience of being in business over 30 years has built a strong client base for Portland’s most prominent and highly-reputed firm.

How a Cleveland Court Reporting Firm is Transforming Their Industry

Court reporting is one of those niche industries in the legal profession not many people think about until they need one. For attorneys court reporters are an indispensable part of building a successful case, regardless of the area of practice.

Because court reporting is part of a legal industry that prioritizes the formal and conservative over the risk-taking and the forward-thinking when it comes to many business practices it is common to find the reporting industry far behind many others when it comes to technological advancements and usage.

Cady Reporting are Cleveland court reporters who reject that slow and steady trope when it comes to their ability to maximize technology for their success. The word “technology” can mean many things to many people, from a new smartphone to a new medication. For court reporting, technologies as varied as high speed wi fi and mobile-ready websites play an integral part in a company’s success.

Cady Reporting is a firm that has blended their technological savvy with traditional values to carve out a special dominant position within the Cleveland, Ohio local marketplace. Since they are also a member of the National Network Reporting Company (NNRC) court reporters directory, Cady Reporting maintains a national presence. This ability to work locally and nationally with attorneys and law firms makes Cady’s mobile booking engine and online repositories two of the most prominent technical advancements in the company’s repertoire.

Cady Reporting President Chuck Cady

President Chuck Cady elaborates:

“We work hard to stay at the digital and technological forefront, whether that means thinking outside the box on Facebook or maintaining a dazzling website where attorneys and professionals can book services from their smartphones 24/7.”

This emphasis on adaptability and mobility has been a big factor in the company’s success. Since most court reporting firms are small operations, usually between 3 and 10 employees, their resources are limited and often they fail to maintain even the basics of a professional business presence. Just look at some of their websites, for example!

For Cady Reporting, the ability to maintain very personal ties and provide personalized service to each client with the latest technologies in videography, conference rooms and reporting equipment makes for a dominant position within the industry and serves as a textbook success story for all in the legal professions.