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Using the iPad Pro in Your Law Practice; Text Messages in Windows 10; The Future of Legal Research; Using a 4K TV as a Monitor

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Ken Laska, Six Tips for Using the iPad Pro in Your Law Practice

Roy Greenberg, Updates on My Use of a 10.5-Inch iPad Pro in Law Practice

Eshan Sharma, Tip: Text Messages in Windows 10 via Cortana

Leonard Benade, The Future of Legal Research

Tom Trottier, Tip: How to Use a 4K TV as a Computer Monitor

Don't miss this issue — or any future issues.

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Abacus Payment Exchange Adds Payment Processing to Abacuslaw, Amicus Attorney, and Amicus Online

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a new payment processor with a flat fee per transaction that deposits funds overnight (see article below). In addition, you'll find links to the previous 11 TL NewsWire features, including our coverage of a Microsoft Word add-in for drafting litigation and transactional documents with a new document assembly engine, forms library, and machine-learning tools, a new legal research service that use artificial intelligence to keep you apprised of new federal legislation and regulations, and much more. Don't miss the next issue.

Giving clients more options to pay you results in faster payment. Consumers like using credit cards when their checking account is running on fumes, while a growing number of businesses prefer paying by ACH (echeck) for security reasons. However, third-party payment providers often charge fees and take a few days to release funds.

Abacus Payment Exchange … in One Sentence

Launched recently, AbacusNext's Abacus Payment Exchange (APX) is a payment processing platform that works within the company's AbacusLaw, Amicus Attorney, and Amicus Online practice management systems.

The Killer Feature

APX addresses many complaints law firms have about payment providers. There's no contract, no monthly fees, no monthly minimums, and no additional fees for premium credit cards. Instead, APX charges a flat 3% of each credit card transaction. ACH payments sail through free of charge. In most cases, APX deposits payments into your designated bank account overnight.

"APX is convenient and easy to use when clients want to pay with credit card," said Ohio-based lawyer Norman J. Ullom-Morse. "It costs us substantially less than the previous vendor we used. It also works really well in the cloud environment. At this point, APX has become a necessity for my practice."

Other Notable Features

AbacusLaw, Amicus Attorney, and Amicus Online contain an onboarding wizard for APX. This wizard auto-fills much of the required information such as your firm's address. You can finish the signup process anytime in case you need to retrieve information.

The wizard verifies and authenticates your credit rating through Vantage, an independent underwriter. For example, you may need to identify previous residences or vehicles. Most applications are approved within a day. APX is not privy to any of this information.

APX supports both operating and trust accounts. Accordingly, APX can deposit payments into a trust account, and deduct the 3% fee from your operating account. APX never deducts fees from trust accounts to comply with ethics rules.

In each respective practice management system, you can store a default payment method for each client to save keystrokes. You can always override this setting. APX emails clients a receipt confirming payment. With most providers, disputed charges (chargebacks) get sent to you. By contrast, APX receives chargebacks on your behalf and offers integrated tools for responding to and resolving these disputes.

The financial reports in AbacusLaw, Amicus Attorney, and Amicus Online now include APX payment data so you can assess its impact on receivables aging. "Our clients have been telling us that that invoicing and getting paid is one of the hardest parts of a legal professional's job," said AbacusNext CEO Alessandra Lezama. "APX solves these payment and invoicing challenges within the industry-leading case management software."

What Else Should You Know?

APX is PCI-compliant and securely stores all payment information in its datacenters. No payment information resides in your practice management system. Learn more about Abacus Payment Exchange.

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McDermott Will & Emery Makes Tough Choices Plus Lateral Moves and Promotions (Aug 7 to Aug 20)

Monday, August 21, 2017

Coming today to BiglawWorld: Our editorial team has assembled links to all the partner promotions and lateral moves announced by America's largest law firms during the past week in an easy-to-scan format. You'll also find must-read analysis, rankings, trends, etc. about large law firms.

We'd like to congratulate everyone who leveled up this week. Here's a sampling:

Loeb & Loeb Elects Three Attorneys to Partnership

Dentons Approves Combination With Leading Scottish Law Firm Maclay Murray & Spens

Pepper Hamilton Strengthens Financial Services Practice With Addition of Scott D. Samlin

Gibson Dunn Appoints Litigation Partner Benjamin Wagner to Lead the Palo Alto Office

Congratulations to Casey Sullivan of Big Law Business on winning our BiglawWorld Pick of the Week award: McDermott Chair Declares New Era at Firm.

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iPad How-to-Videos for iOS 11 Plus 54 More Must-Reads

Monday, August 21, 2017

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected the 55 best legal technology articles, podcasts, and videos from the past week. Below you'll find a sampling from today's issue, including our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week. BlawgWorld is free so don't miss the next issue — sign up now.

Congratulations to John Voorhees of MacStories on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Apple Releases iOS 11 and iPad How-To Videos

Drafting Assistant Adds Document Assembly, Expert Forms, and More to Its Microsoft Word Drafting Tools

Access All Zoho Apps via the Zoho One Cloud

Review: TimeSolv Pro

Bill Joy Finds the Jesus Battery

Review: Essential Phone

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Slaying Insurance Defense Dragons With a Social Media Shovel

Monday, August 21, 2017

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Large insurance companies can seem like dragons when you're a personal injury litigator at a small firm. But social media can slay these dragons according to personal injury lawyer Clark Stewart. In this issue of LitigationWorld, Clark uses a recent auto collision case subject to a dram shop statute to explain how he mines social media to fuel demand letters that result in six-figure settlements without the need for a costly lawsuit. Also, don't miss the LitigationWorld Pick of the Week on how to use your client as an expert.

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