Practice Management Systems
As the COVID-19 epidemic hits its projected peak in many parts of the United States, law firms face significant changes to the way they operate financially and operationally.
To help attorneys secure their business financially and operationally to withstand the economic uncertainties of the pandemic, a select panel of attorneys will share insights on what firms can do to stay profitable and productive during times of uncertainty:
- Fortify your economic resilience to combat a potential downturn in revenue.
- Maintain strong collaboration and communication with a remote staff.
- Transition to remote work with minimal business disruption.
- Implement technology into your processes to stay at maximum productivity.
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Rocket Matter helps law firms offer better client service and also increase revenues by more than 20%. The company was the first cloud-based legal practice management software on the market, landing its first client in 2007. It has been a leader ever since—Rocket Matter has the most powerful, easy-to-use time and billing software in the industry.
Also, when law firms want to make more money, go paperless, or increase confidence in their trust accounting, Rocket Matter helps them achieve those goals. With award-winning customer service based in the United States, it’s no wonder thousands of law firms swear by Rocket Matter.
State Bar of Michigan members receive 20% off Rocket Matter’s annual subscription, for life! Sign up for a free trial today! No credit card required.
Clio is the most widely-used, cloud-based practice management system in the world. An invaluable tool for law firms of all sizes, Clio overcomes many of the technical hurdles presented by conventional practice management solutions, allowing lawyers to simplify their workflow and focus valuable time on serving their clients. Everyday tens of thousands of lawyers use Clio to schedule meetings, organize cases, track time, and issue bills. Accessible from your Mac or PC, phone or tablet, Clio allows lawyers to take control of their practice from any device, in any location, at any time. Clio even integrates seamlessly with other popular applications like LawPay, Quickbooks Online, Gmail, and Office 365.
State Bar of Michigan members are eligible for a 10% lifetime discount on Clio, as well as:
- A free trial
- Free data migrations
- Unlimited access to award winning customer support and training
Client intake is about building relationships with your clients. Learn how to meet client expectations and increase their satisfaction—all while saving you time and avoiding administrative errors. Read the guide.
What's New at Clio
- How to Grow a Law Practice Sustainably. Want to grow your law firm but not sure where to start? Kevin Vela has done it, and he’s shared exactly how he’s got there. Get his tips.
- How to Run a Law Firm While Traveling the World. Imagine if you could run your law firm while traveling the world. Greg McLawsen does it, and he’s shared his story and some tips for success. Read his story.
- How to Thrive as a Tech-Savvy Lawyer. The right technology can help your law firm thrive. Nehal Nedhani of Alt Legal talks about how law firms can get the most out of technology. See his story.
- The Complete Guide to Law Firm LinkedIn Pages. Does your law firm needs its own LinkedIn page? Follow these best practices to create a page that helps strengthen your brand. Get the guide.
- 3 Myths About Online Payments for Lawyers. Don’t let these myths prevent your law firm from embracing valuable, modern payment solutions. Amy Mann explores three common misconceptions regarding online payments for lawyers. Read the story.
Clio is an effortless solution that helps keep lawyers focused on what they do best—practice law. Join tens of thousands of lawyers across the nation today at www.clio.com.
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.
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SBM has partnered with West Unified Communications to provide members with special rates for audio and web conferencing through their InterCall service. Toll-free audio conferencing is priced at 3.5 cents per minute and web conferencing at 5 cents per minute. With this pricing you save up to 70% off the standard InterCall rate. To enroll, call 1-800-MEMBERS (800-636-2377) Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. ET or click here to submit an application online.
Now SBM 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%.
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- The Best Price Guarantee on consumer PCs from Dell
- Get 5% back in rewards with Dell Advantage Rewards. Plus free second business day shipping. Join for free at checkout.
- Save up to an additional 10% on select electronics & accessories
- Free shipping on select systems
How to Shop.Online at www.dell.com/mpp/sbm or by phone to (800) 695-8133. Please make sure you mention the 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, polo shirts, micro-fleece, coats, and much more. To order your SBM gear simply complete the paper form and mail it in with a check. If you have any questions about the products, please contact Tracy Sproul in Member Services at (888) SBM-ForU or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Accessing Casemaker: 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.
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.
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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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The ABA Retirement Funds Program offers an employer-sponsored retirement plan; built by lawyers, powered by pros. For over 55 years, the Program has been committed to providing the tools necessary to help all legal professionals achieve retirement security. Our structure allows your firm to focus on the success of the practice while we provide the highest standard of fiduciary oversight allowable through ERISA, reducing your fiduciary risk. Through our purposeful innovation we provide an investment platform with options to allow for optimal choice and flexibility for your participants and a fully bundled service model, custom designed to meet the unique needs of your firm, to help you and your plan participants learn more, save more, and worry less. And we offer all of this at a competitive price whether you are a solo practitioner or a large corporation. Through the unique culture created between the ABA Retirement Funds and your Bar association, we aspire to help every law firm, lawyer, and legal professional secure their financial futures. Call us at (800) 826-8901 for a free consultation or visit for more information.
Introducing our enhanced partner program with CardConnect (formerly Vanco Payment Solutions). We can help your firm simplify the way client legal fees are processed. CardConnect offers a suite of solutions focused on the ever-evolving needs of State Bar members. It’s time for an omni-commerce payment solution built with the security and protection your clients deserve. Seamlessly accept a wide variety of payments in-office, online, over the phone and on your mobile device. SBM members save an average of 27% on processing fees when they take advantage of this member benefit and make the switch to CardConnect! Paying too much for processing? Contact Jon Niemann or call (877) 828-0720 for your complimentary savings analysis today.
Recommended by 48 state and more than 70 local and specialty bars, LawPay is proud to be the preferred payment partner of more than 50,000 lawyers. Designed specifically for the legal industry, LawPay provides attorneys with a simple, secure way to accept online credit card payments in their practice.
LawPay understands the unique compliance and financial requirements placed on attorneys, which is why their solution was developed specifically to correctly separate earned and unearned fees, giving you peace of mind that your credit card transactions are always handled correctly.
For more than a decade, LawPay has made it as easy as possible for attorneys to receive payment for their services. To learn more, call (866) 376-0950 or visit our website.
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! (877) 826-7755
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State Bar of Michigan attorneys can now save 15% on ABA books! Discount applies to all regular price book purchases at the ABA web store. Simply use the special discount code MICHBAR at checkout.
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Don't delay! To start saving 15% on your ABA book purchases visit www.ShopABA.org or call (800) 285-2221 (8:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m. ET) and use the special discount code MICHBAR.
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.
Ruby builds great relationships, from first impressions to lasting loyalty. Our live, US-based Virtual Receptionists answer calls so you can focus on your business. Ruby’s US-based Chat Specialists are online 24/7, ready to connect when your customers are. Over 10,000 business owners trust Ruby with front-line communications. In return, they get increased sales inquiries, measurably better customer satisfaction. Ruby is the best teammate you’ve never had.
Receptionist Service—We answer with your custom greeting, delight callers in English and Spanish, transfer calls through to you live when you’re available, takes messages or offer voicemail when you’re not, collect intake, answer FAQs, make outbound calls and more! Our powerful app gives you flexibility and information at your fingertips—while our receptionists make you look good. And our integrations with Clio, Rocket Matter, and Lexicata (Clio Grow) help streamline your client communications.
Online Chat Service—You’ll be building loyalty with real people, ready to engage in real conversations, that are fully trained in the details of your firm. Anytime, anywhere, we’re ready to chat and connect with your clients. Never miss an opportunity again. Ensure privacy that your firm and your clients can count on with opt-in HIPAA compliant live chat services.
SBM members receive a 6% lifetime discount on both monthly plans—use Promo Code: SBM
To learn more, call (844) 590-2889, or visit us online.
Member Insurance Solutions—Health insurance can be confusing. Let the knowledgeable agents at MIS help you find the right plan for you and your practice. Every plan available from BCBSM and BCN is available through our endorsed insurance agency. BCBSM vision and dental plans are also available. BCBSM and BCN individual and group plans include:
- High-Deductible Health (HSA) plans eligible for tax-advantaged health savings accounts.
- PPO Plans.
- HMO Plans.
When you purchase a plan through MIS, you benefit by having its agents serve as advocates for you with the Blues should you experience any claim or prescription issues. Help is just a phone call away. Attorneys who are aging into Medicare should be certain to speak with the MIS Medicare team for guidance on this important transition.
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To help protect our members from the potentially disastrous financial consequences of a disabling illness or injury, the State Bar of Michigan is making disability insurance plans available through MIS. Disability insurance can provide income to you if you are unable to work due to an accident, prolonged illness, or injury. Various benefit limits and waiting periods are available. This is one insurance product an independent practitioner cannot afford to go without.
You insure your medical expenses, your home, your cars, and your business property, but do you insure your income? After all, it’s your income that allows you to own all your assets. Without providing an income stream for yourself if you are unable to work due to illness or injury, all your other assets are at risk. We can help you find the disability income insurance that fits your needs and your budget. Choose from:
- Long-term disability.
- Business overhead insurance.
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Your life insurance gives your family choices by providing the benefits to help pay off debts, to help meet housing payments and ongoing living expenses, to help fund college educations for your children or grandchildren, and much, much more. Life insurance provides cash when it’s needed most. Member Insurance Solutions offers life insurance plans tailored to your needs. Choose from:
- Permanent insurance.
- Term insurance.
- Long-term care...and more!
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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) 699-8758 or visit our website for a free quote.
Save up to 20% on ASPCA Pet Health Insurance. This discount includes your group discount and multiple-pet discount, if eligible. Cover your dog or cat for accidents, illnesses, preventive care, and more. You’re also free to visit any vet, specialist, or emergency clinic in the US or Canada. Start your quote at www.aspcapetinsurance.com/sbm.
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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.
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Print your own copy of the Lawyer's Oath to display in one of these professional custom frames. Printable Lawyer's Oath
Thousands of members, their families, and friends enjoy State Bar travel programs offered at group rates through Go Next. Past destinations have included Italy, Chile, Alaska, Rome, the Caribbean, and many more exciting locations! Visit our welcome page for the most current travel opportunities available. To obtain a tour brochure about the latest cruises and land programs, call (800) 842-9023.
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) 331-1212 (AWD# A601500)
Life is nonstop. We’re here to keep you moving. From the car to the accessories, choose what best fits you and your trip. So when you drive off, you’ll be ready for whatever the journey brings. Use AWD# A601500 when making your reservation to receive up to 25% off and other great offers. Reserve now or call (800) 331-1212
Budget Reservations (800) 527-0700 (BCD# Z806400)
When you rent a car, you shouldn't need a handbook. Get there and have fun doing it. Book now or call (800) 527-0700 and use offer code (BCD) Z806400 for up to 25%.
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 when making your reservation. Then present your Bar card at the time of rental. It's that easy!