Weekly Review for Miami Lawyer and Florida Legal News for Monday, September 14, 2015

Weekly Review for Miami Lawyer and Florida Legal News for Monday, September 14, 2015Here are some recent articles of interest that I found this week related to law practice management, law technology, and legal marketing. Enjoy!

Playing Politics with our Court System, a really bad idea.
A ruling this week by a Kansas judge put the courts on a collision course with the state legislature and raised the specter of a shutdown of courthouses statewide.
The confrontation stems from budget legislation passed by the Republican-controlled legislature in June containing something akin to a self-destruct button. The provision said that if a Kansas court were to strike down a 2014 law concerning the selection of chief judges, funding for the courts would be “declared null and void.”
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Law Practice Management: Do Not Compete on Price or you will lose
Are you being continually forced to compete for clients based on price? If so, then you need to be aware of what is at the root of this problem: chasing the wrong prospects is the basis of all pricing problems.
Casting a wide net for clients without applying any targeting criteria is dangerous because sometimes it works. The clients you get by doing this are inevitably those that will pound you on price and beat up on your staff as well.
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Law Practice Tips: Fixing Your Bio on Your Webpage
If a client comes to your website homepage, once they confirm that they have in fact come to a lawyer’s website, the first thing they want to know is who they will be working with.
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Florida Legal Updates: Taxi Drivers sue Florida regarding Uber
The spat between taxi companies and Uber-style ride services, already divisive in three counties, got uglier this week.
Taxi firms in Tallahassee and Broward County sued the state, alleging its agencies aren’t requiring Uber and competitor Lyft to prove the way they calculate trip distances, and charges, is accurate, the News Service of Florida reports.
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Florida Fraud Law: Wire Transfer Scams
n May, the North Carolina State Bar and Lawyers Mutual warned about fraudulent activity related to wired funds in real estate transactions. The scam described in those alerts involved communications from a purported seller or realtor asking the attorney to modify the way closing proceeds should be delivered – either changing from a check to a wire, or changing the wire instructions from one bank account to another. In fact, a scammer had gained access to the email account of one of the parties to the transaction. When the lawyer follows the false instructions, funds are delivered to the scammer’s bank account and cannot be retrieved.
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Thank you for reading (and sharing). Stay tuned for next week’s weekly review for Law Practice Tips and Florida Insurance Law!

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