Practice Management Systems
WordRake editing software instantly edits your writing to make it clear and concise. A Microsoft Word add-in, it will edit 10 pages in 30 seconds and offer an average of 100 suggestions inline—no explanations, no instructions, no "grades," just pure editing—like a human editor, only faster. About 90-95% of WordRake edits are accurate, and you accept the ones you like to create a clearer, more concise document.
Over 3,000 law firms (including firms in the AMLAW100), companies, universities, and government agencies now incorporate WordRake into their writing process. With WordRake, you have an editor every hour of every day to help you establish writing excellence as a defining value of your firm.
Visit WordRake's website to learn more or buy. State Bar of Michigan members receive a 10% discount at checkout when they use the coupon code MICHBAR.
Clio is a cloud-based legal practice management platform that keeps your all-important matters, contacts, and documents available anywhere. If you already use other popular cloud services, like Dropbox or Google Apps, Clio will make you smile by tying them together in a single, easy-to-use system. With dozens of more advanced features like terrific time-tracking, comprehensive calendaring, and beautiful billing, Clio will save you time, make you money, and help you look polished and professional to your clients.
Members of the State Bar of Michigan receive a 10% lifetime discount on Clio, in addition to:
- A free trial
- Live 1:1 web demonstrations
- Unlimited access to live customer support an training
Read to give Clio a try? Please contact us today or log in to sign up as a SBM member.
Save Money. Communicate Smarter.
Clear, cost effective communications tools are a must for every firm, large or small. As the world's largest conferencing services provider, InterCall is ready to help your firm save time and money with world class conferencing solutions from simple audio-conferencing to cutting edge web conferencing platforms such as WebEx and Microsoft Live Meeting. All members receive exclusive pricing on both audio and web conferencing. There are no contracts to sign or minimum spending requirements, so sign up today! Call the Member Conferencing center at (800) 636-2377 ext. 2496, 8 a.m.–8 p.m. or enroll online.
SBM members have access to Microsoft Office 365 through the InterCall conferencing program, which delivers the power of cloud productivity to your business. Office 365 is a flexible per user/per month subscription service with a number of plan and service options. To enroll call (800) 636-2377 ext. 2496 from 8 a.m.–8 p.m. or visit us online
Are YOU doing everything you can to protect your client"s confidential information? Send and receive encrypted messages, files, and signature documents without requiring your client to also be a subscriber or register for an account.
For a limited time, SBM members can enjoy a FREE 6-month subscription. No credit card required. A free, recorded demo is also available 24/7 at www.SenditCertified.com/michbar.
- SenditCertified is simple, secure, and always available.
- Set up takes minutes, with no download or training required.
- Send discovery items, motions, depositions—even signature documents—through an encrypted pathway so you know your client"s information is protected and E-SIGN compliant.
- A monthly subscription provides unlimited use and costs less than sending just one envelope via FedEx or U.S.P.S. Express Mail.
Now State Bar of Michigan Members can purchase through Dell's Member Purchase Program (MPP) to get the best price on personal purchases. Savings of 10-30% or more off select configurations. MPP offers a Best Price Guarantee. If you find a PC (spec for spec) on www.dell.com for less, call MPP and they will match that price and beat it by 2%.
- The Best Price Guarantee on consumer PCs from Dell
- Holiday Specials
- Save up to an additional 10% on select electronics and accessories
- Free shipping on select systems
Free Dell Tablet. Buy a PC $699.99+ and get a FREE Dell tablet. More
How to Shop. Online at www.dell.com/mpp/sbm or by phone to (800) 695-8133. Please make sure you mention the State Bar of Michigan Member ID SS122944683 to get the best price!
Have a new attorney in your family? Or maybe you just want to wear your membership with pride? The State Bar of Michigan has a wide assortment of SBM labeled items for purchase, such as travel mugs, t-shirts, hats, polo shirts, micro-fleece, windshirts, and much more. To order your SBM gear, you can log in to the Member Area and access the SBM Store or simply complete the mail/fax form. If you have any questions about the products, please contact Tracy Sproul in Member Services at 888-SBM-ForU or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Research & Opinions
Casemaker, provided FREE to you as a member of the State Bar of Michigan, will save you hundreds of dollars every month on legal research.The State Bar of Michigan has partnered with Casemaker to bring premium state and federal research materials to its membership. This service provides case law, constitution, and statutes for all 50 states, including the District of Columbia. In addition the service provides Michigan primary law, administrative code, state court rules, federal court rules, attorney general opinions, and the model civil jury instructions.
Casemaker offers features that Michigan attorneys have been asking for:
- NEW! Live chat is an instant messaging system that connects with Casemaker customer support, find the live chat link at the top of the screen while logged in
- Get faster search results with a more intuitive interface
- Personalized search history, save and reuse your research
- Save research in folders organized your way
Members also have access to several advanced legal research tools, including a case citation tool that simultaneously runs a search for secondary and/or third part treatises and publications, and a tool capable of searching all customized books within any state and/or federal library in a single query.
To access this member benefit simply log in to the member area and select the Casemaker tab on the right. There are several helpful user guides published within the Casemaker system. In addition, you can click on Webinar at the top of the Casemaker site to sign-up for online training.
Here are some answers to frequently asked questions to get you started. View the FAQ
Need more information about how to use Casemaker? View the User Guide
View the video tutorials
Not sure how to log in to the member area? Just follow these 4 simple steps!
Your time and money are important, so we are finding ways to help you save both.
Members receive special savings on select FedEx® shipping services. Discounts include:
- Up to 21% on select FedEx Express U.S. services
- Up to 15% on select FedEx Express international services
- Up to 12% on select FedEx Ground services
- Up to 10% on select FedEx Home Delivery services
If you create your shipping labels online using FedEx Ship Manager, you can receive an additional 5% discount on eligible shipments. There is no cost to enroll in the FedEx Advantage Program and there are no minimum shipping requirements. Start saving now. Visit enrolladvantage.fedex.com/6841/ and enter passcode RWF36R to enroll.
For more information about the FedEx Advantage Program call (800) 475-6708, 8 a.m.–7 p.m. M–F.
Take advantage of special savings on UPS shipping offered to you as a member of the State Bar of Michigan. You can now save up to 49% on an expanded portfolio of air and international express shipping services. All this with the peace of mind that comes from using the carrier that delivers outstanding reliability, greater speed, more service, and innovative technology. UPS guarantees delivery of more packages around the world than anyone, and delivers more packages overnight on time in the U.S. than any other carrier. Special savings. It's that easy! For complete details or to sign up, click here.
Once you're signed up, using UPS is simple. Packages can be processed from the "Shipping"tab after logging into ups.com and they can be dropped off at any of our 61,000 drop off points, including over 4,400 neighborhood locations of the UPS Store. If you can't drop off your package, scheduling a pick up has never been easier. Call (800) PICK-UPS or click on the "shipping" tab at ups.com to schedule your same day or future pick-up.
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Credit Card Processing
As experts in payment processing, our preferred partner Vanco Services/Veracity Payment Solutions can help your firm simplify the way client legal fees are processed. Whether you need to accept credit and debit cards, eliminate checks with electronic funds transfer, or set up auto pay or one-time payments, Vanco/Veracity is the trusted provider. When you set up your account, you can have payments deposited in your IOLTA account or general operating account—you decide.
Vanco/Veracity offers a simple pricing structure that includes one flat rate of 2.75%+$0.45 per transaction with no monthly fee, no annual compliance fee, no termination fee or any minimum requirements for State Bar members. For more information or to get started, please call 800-774-9355 or visit online. Make sure to mention you are a State Bar member!
• EMV Chip-Enabled Cards
• Why a Data Breach Makes Fraud Your Problem
• Turn Your PC into an All-In-One Payment Tool
• Why PCI DSS Compliance Matters PDF
• Beware of Card Testiting PDF
The State Bar of Michigan has partnered with Staples Advantage to provide members a full range of products and services with impressive savings of up to 60% off list prices on thousands of items! Consolidate your company's purchases with one reliable and competitively-priced supplier. Staples delivers more than just office supplies; we also carry furniture, technology, promotional products, janitorial supplies, and more. Additional benefits to you include dedicated account management and customer service, fast and free delivery, control over purchases, and several options for easy ordering. StaplesLink.com is Staples' business-to-business Internet ordering solution. With StaplesLink.com, you can order supplies electronically from your computer anytime. The site provides immediate access to over 30,000 products, with new additions daily, at your company's negotiated low prices! (800) 693-9900, ext 24658.
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As a member, you are eligible to order all your office and personal magazines in one convenient place, at the lowest rates.
Have a large roster of magazines? Receive a special quote by contacting a personalized account representative at email@example.com or (800) 289-6247. Your representative will:
• Put all your subscriptions on one account
• Transfer magazines ordered elsewhere
• Help you select titles for your practice
• Set up multiple delivery locations
• Make account changes
Go to www.buymags.com/michbar
to place new, renewal, and gift orders. Log in to your account to quickly view and renew expiring titles.
Since 1818, Brooks Brothers has set the standard for modern American style. Throughout the years, Brooks Brothers has become a national icon revered for the quality and classic elegance of its services and merchandise for men, women, and boys.
- Enroll for your Brooks Brothers Corporate Membership Card and Save 15% on regular and everyday value priced merchandise at Brooks Brothers U.S. branded stores nationwide, by phone, or online at BrooksBrothers.com.
- Enroll online at Membership.BrooksBrothers.com. Enter your Organization ID# 86201 and your Pin Code# 91972.
- Enroll by telephone by calling Corporate Incentive Services toll-free at (866) 515-4747, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., ET. Please have your Organization ID# and Pin Code# available.
Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Corporate Card Program. Call now to enjoy 20% off on regularly priced clothing with no yearly membership fee.
Call (800) 285-2265 to request a catalog, find the store nearest you, or get your corporate card. The State Bar of Michigan I.D.# is 1650.
Volunteer Energy offers residential & business customers a competitive natural gas rate they can count on in today's ever changing energy environment. In fact, since 2006, Volunteer Energy has been providing Michigan customers with lower overall natural gas rates than nearly all the operating utilities. People count on Volunteer Energy to treat them right and give them competitive pricing. Volunteer does just that by buying local production, keeping overhead low, and passing the savings on to their customers. That's why Volunteer Energy has one of the highest customer retention rates in the business. Why pay more? Join the thousands of Michigan customers who call their energy supplier Volunteer Energy. With a copy of your latest utility bill in hand enroll here today. Be sure to use the State Bar of Michigan as your group affiliation when signing up. Questions? Call (989) 274-6800
401(k) Retirement Plans
Does your retirement plan offer no out-of-pocket expenses, professional fiduciary services, a broad range of investment options, and full-service administration? Ours does! The ABA Retirement Funds Program has been providing affordable 401(k) plans exclusively to the legal community for 49 years. The Program's bundled approach allows your firm to keep its focus on the success of the practice. We provide you with trustee, record keeping, tax reporting, compliance testing, investment management, and participant communication services—all from a single source—at no additional cost to your firm. Maybe it's time to find out what's inside your 401(k). Call us at (866) 812-3580 for a free consultation or visit www.abaretirement.com for more information and a prospectus.
How we help attorneys:
Ruby Receptionists is the perfect solution for solo and small law firms. We’re the bright, friendly virtual receptionist service that provides top-notch service at a fraction of the cost of an onsite receptionist. Best of all, your callers will think we work in your office.
- Answer your calls with your custom greeting
- Let you know who’s on the line before transferring
- Transfer callers to you live wherever you are
- Answer FAQs about your firm
- Route calls based on the type of call (potential clients, current clients, people from the court, etc.)
- Send voicemail messages to your e-mail inbox
- Promptly relay messages to you via e-mail or text
- Return calls on your behalf to confirm appointments, gather info, or relay a message
SBM members enjoy free setup, ongoing free voicemail boxes, and discounts on monthly charges. To learn more, contact Diana Stepleton at (866) 611-RUBY (7829) or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us at www.callruby.com.
Your online resource for law firms seeking to rent extra offices to other attorneys, as well as a resource for attorneys seeking to sublet office space from another law firm.
With the 20% discount for members of the State Bar of Michigan, a listing for up to 2 offices costs only $60/month. Add your listing information online at LookingForSpace.com or call (877) 918-3636.
Business Services NEW!
Easy. Online. SurePayroll for Your Practice
Get Easy online SurePayroll, trusted by lawyers nationwide. With industry-leading technology, you'll run payroll in 2 minutes or less, anywhere with internet access, even your smart phone!
SurePayroll's unbeatable benefits allow you to:
- Save Valuable Time: Complete payroll or access reports in minutes anywhere you have internet access – even from your mobile device.
- Save Money: Special member pricing makes it affordable and with the time you save you can focus on growing your business.
- Get Superior Service: Access our online help library 24/7 or contact our friendly U.S.-based Customer Care team, available 6 days a week via live chat, email or phone.
- Get Peace of Mind: Backed by 40 years of payroll experience, you won't have to worry about payroll tax responsibility and ever-changing tax codes.
Sign up today (877) 954-7873 or click for more information and special State Bar of Michigan pricing.
Save 20% at FedEx Office!
Members are eligible to save up to 20% on the materials you need most with FedEx Office® copy and print services. It's the perfect time to save big on color copies, posters, signs, banners, direct mail services, and much more. Save 20% on core print and copy. Save 10% on signs & banners and other services. Some exclusions apply.
If you are not already enrolled, go to enrolladvantage.fedex.com/6841/ and use passcode RWF36R, or call a FedEx Advantage at (800) 475-6708, 8 a.m.–7 p.m., M–F. Enrollment is free and there are no minimum requirements. If you already participate in the FedEx Advantage shipping program, simply uncheck the FedEx Express and FedEx Ground shipping options when you begin the enrollment process. Once enrolled, simply present your discount card at FedEx Office locations or enter your 10-digit FedEx Office account number online to take advantage of these savings.
Blue Cross Blue Shield—Whether you're looking for a health care plan as an individual, family or for your business there are options for all your needs. Whether you're a cost conscious, health conscious, or a traditional buyer, let us help you find a plan that fits your needs and budget. Take advantage of our partnership to protect your health and your employees. Call (800) 878-6765 to find a plan to fit your needs or view plans online.
We know you work hard. That's why Liberty Mutual has partnered with the State Bar of Michigan to offer exclusive savings on quality auto and home insurance. You could enjoy valuable and unique benefits, including Better Car Replacement, Accident Forgiveness, Home Protector Plus, and our Multi-Policy Discount.
Call (800) 835-0894 or visit our website for a free quote.
Long-Term Care Resources—Recognizing the significant need for long-term care planning among our members, the State Bar of Michigan is pleased to announce a comprehensive new long-term care insurance program. This program offers a portfolio of comprehensive plans from multiple highly rated insurance carriers.
Through a partnership with Long-Term Care Resources, State Bar of Michigan members now have a national network of long-term care specialists available to explain the costs and benefits of this vital program. More importantly, we have used the buying power of our association to obtain special discounted rates.
To request more information, call today (800) 616-8759. Visit us at www.myltcplan.com/SBofMI
The State Bar of Michigan knows the power of a quality relationship.
Ensuring our insurance plans remain competitive and meet member needs is why the Paul Goebel Group has selected MetLife, who has been a source of advice and guidance to millions of Americans for more than 140 years.
■ Term Life—Simplified Issue offering up to $500,000 for members 40 and under1
■ Disability Income—Simplified Issue offering up to $3,000/month
■ Business Overhead Expense—Disability insurance to cover your office expenses
■ Accidental Death & Dismemberment—$300,000 for less than $5 per week
The State Bar of Michigan, Paul Goebel Group, and MetLife: A new and powerful team working
hard to provide cost-effective and flexible plans to meet your unique needs.
To learn more about the plans available to you today, visit us online and click on the Life & Disability button. Or call us toll-free at (800) 632-4591. Listing of SBM Endorsed Insurance Products
Proudly display your certificates. Select from eight frame and matboard combinations for a professional looking display of your special document. Mats available with or without the State Bar of Michigan seal. Visit Framing Success to view and order frames
Ideal gift for a new lawyer! Order this elegant framed ceremonial Certificate of Admittance with a Supreme Court of Michigan seal embossed on the mat. Frame and certificate ordered separately.
Order a Certificate of Admittance
Print your own copy of the Lawyer's Oath to display in one of these professional custom frames. Printable Lawyer's Oath
Show your pride with the SBM BankAmericard Cash Rewards Visa Signature credit card.
Apply for the new BankAmericard Cash RewardsTM Visa Signature® credit card that rewards customers with up to 3% cash back on certain purchases, all while supporting SBM initiatives. In addition to earning cash back rewards for yourself, use of this card benefits the SBM at no extra cost to you! Featuring:
- 1% cash back on all purchases.
- 2% cash back on grocery store purchases.
- 3% on gas station purchases.
- The 2% cash back on grocery store purchases and 3% cash back on gas purchases applies to $1,500 in combined purchases in these categories each quarter. After that, the base 1% earn rate applies to those purchases.
For information about the rates, fees, other costs and benefits associated with the use of this credit card, or to apply, visit our website and refer to the disclosures accompanying the online credit application. Apply by phone, (800) 932-2775, and mention priority code VAB9DB.
Thousands of members, their families, and friends enjoy State Bar international travel programs offered at group rates. Two or more trips to exciting destinations are sponsored each year through Go Next. To obtain tour brochure and details about the latest cruises and land programs, call (800) 842-9023.
Destinations include: Italy, Greece, Russia, Alaska, Rome, Tahiti, and many more exciting locations! More Information
Mayan Mystique. In a land drenched in tropical splendor and colorful wildlife, witness traces of the ancient, mysterious Maya as you cruise the coasts of Florida and Central America.
January 6-16, 2015 More Information PDF
Ancient Mysteries of the Americas. Discover breathtaking tropical scenery and mesmerizing ancient relics as you cruise from Miami to Lima, passing through the Panama Canal, with stops at Cozumel, Costa Maya, Santo Tomas, Belize, Roatan, and more.
January 16-February 3, 2015 More Information PDF
Discover Down Under. Cruise to celebrated ports aboard a vessel that boasts some of the finest amenities at sea,
the ideal mid-sized Marina. Matching sophistication and elegance with exceptional
intimacy and warmth, Oceania Cruises Marina redefines the cruising experience:
luxurious, yet refreshingly casual; spacious, yet comfortably intimate.
February 10-28, 2015 More Information PDF
Historically rich, culturally diverse, environmentally magnificent. For decades, the Caribbean's largest island has been but a mystery, perceived through secondhand sources and beyond the grasp of most American travelers.
Now that People-to-People exchanges are possible, we invite you to embark on a captivating journey that reveals Cuba's complex history and culture.
February 12-20, 2015.
Only 25 spaces available!
More Information PDF
Polynesian Paradise. Cruise to celebrated ports aboard a vessel that boasts some of the finest amenities at sea,
the ideal mid-sized Marina. Matching sophistication and elegance with exceptional
intimacy and warmth, Oceania Cruises Marina redefines the cruising experience:
luxurious, yet refreshingly casual; spacious, yet comfortably intimate.
March 15-25, 2015 More Information PDF
2015 European Collection Luxury Cruises. Immerse yourself in some of its
most iconic destinations on these 2015 European Collection cruises—featuring beautifully
designed itineraries that capture the heart and soul of each region.
April- November 2015 More Information PDF
A Toast to Provence & Burgundy 9-day luxury cruise. Embark on a wonderful river cruise through picturesque Southern France, stopping in some of the region's most historic towns and villages.
May 1-9, 2015 More Information PDF
Artistic Discoveries. Cruise to celebrated ports aboard the state-of-the-art Riviera, Oceania Cruises' newest ship. Matching sophistication and elegance with exceptional intimacy and
warmth, Riviera redefines the cruising experience: luxurious, yet refreshingly casual;
spacious, yet comfortably intimate.
May 10-22, 2015 More Information PDF
Exotic Mediterranean. Sail the sparkling Mediterranean Sea, where ancient hillside cities beckon with grand
cathedrals, age-old ruins and enchanting Moorish castles, on a spectacular luxury cruise
from Turkey to Portugal.
May 19-31, 2015 More Information PDF
Alaska Passages. 2-FOR-1 CRUISE FARES WITH FREE AIRFARE IF BOOKED BY DECEMBER 10, 2014. Set sail on a remarkable voyage to Alaska, an unspoiled wonderland where breathtaking glaciers rise above silver-blue seas, spectacular wildlife abounds, and distant mountains fringe lush, virgin forests.
July 14-24, 2015 More Information
Through the State Bar's discount car rental program, you qualify for special daily contract rates, as well as discounts on weekly and weekend rentals. When reserving a car, be sure to give the State Bar's identification number (located in red after the phone number for reservations) and ask each company for their best rate.
AVIS: Reservations (800) 698-5685 (AWD# A601500)
Renting a car should be the smoothest part of your trip. You need a travel partner who can eliminate the obstacles in your path. With the right combination of choice & service, you'll arrive on your own terms and at your best. For reservations and information click here, or call (800) 698-5685.
Budget Reservations (800) 455-2848 (BCD# Z 806400)
When you rent a car, you shouldn't need a handbook. Why not choose simple, smart, and easy on the wallet? Then you can focus on getting there and having fun doing it. Besides, it's not good to read while you're driving anyway. To make a reservation call (800) 455-2848 or click here.
Hertz Reservations (800) 654-2210 (CDP# 82329)
State Bar of Michigan members receive special year-round discounts on daily, weekly, weekend, and monthly rentals for business or pleasure; traveling in the U.S. or worldwide. Your Hertz CDP# 82329 is the key. Call (800) 654-2210 or visit the Hertz website at www.hertz.com when making your reservation. Then present your Bar card at the time of rental. It's that easy!
State Bar Products
- SBM Publication Order Form PDF
Includes subscription to the monthly Michigan Bar Journal, binders, and other pamphlets & brochures.
- April Directory Issue
- Economics of Law Practice Survey Results