Marion Crane

Marion Crane writes about Legal issues and trends when she is not skiing or baking bread. Crane is a member of The Sophia Group Super Writers Association.

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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.

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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

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.