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Practical Law Office Management

ISBN-10: 0314043055

ISBN-13: 9780314043054

Edition: N/A

Authors: Brent D. Roper

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Roper takes a practical approach to law office management. "Checklists," "How to" features and quotes from practicing paralegals emphasize the " self-management" style of the text. Clear explanations and many illustrations further reinforce chapter material. "Know Your Ethics" sections offer hypothetical scenarios that pose ethical dilemmas for students to consider. A computer emphasis provides clear coverage of computers and law office management software programs reinforced by hands-on exercise.
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List price: $36.50
Publisher: West Publishing Company, College & School Division
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 520
Size: 7.50" wide x 10.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.848
Language: English

Stephen L. Herman--both an electrician and a teacher for more than 30 years--authored numerous popular textbooks on the subjects of electricity and mathematics. Now retired, Mr. Herman spent two decades as lead instructor for the Electrical Technology Curriculum at Lee College in Baytown, Texas, where he received an Excellence in Education Award from the Halliburton Education Foundation. He also taught at Randolph Community College in Asheboro, North Carolina, for nine years, and helped establish an electrical curriculum for Northeast Texas Community College in Mount Pleasant, Texas. Additional publications include DELMAR'S STANDARD TEXTBOOK OF ELECTRICITY, INDUSTRIAL MOTOR CONTROLS, UNDERSTANDING MOTOR CONTROLS, ELECTRIC MOTOR CONTROL, ELECTRONICS FOR ELECTRICIANS, ELECTRICAL WIRING INDUSTRIAL, ALTERNATING CURRENT FUNDAMENTALS, DIRECT CURRENT FUNDAMENTALS, ELECTRICAL STUDIES FOR TRADES, ELECTRICAL PRINCIPLES, ELECTRICAL TRANSFORMERS AND ROTATING MACHINES, EXPERIMENTS IN ELECTRICITY FOR USE WITH LAB VOLT, THE COMPLETE LABORATORY MANUAL FOR ELECTRICITY, and PRACTICAL PROBLEMS IN MATHEMATICS FOR ELECTRICIANS.Brent Roper has a J.D., and a M.B.A. from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. Over the pat 15 years he has published a number of textbooks and articles on law office computing and law office management.

Prefacep. x
Introduction to Law Office Managementp. 1
The Legal Teamp. 2
Types of Law Practicesp. 16
Law Practice Organization Structuresp. 23
Law Office Management Principlesp. 27
Ethics and Malpracticep. 45
Why Are Ethics and Malpractice Important?p. 47
Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibilityp. 47
The Unauthorized Practice of Lawp. 54
Competence and Diligencep. 61
Conflict of Interestp. 71
Malpractice and Preventionp. 85
Staff Manuals, Quality, Marketing, and Planningp. 109
Law Practice Policies and Procedures--The Staff Manualp. 111
Total Quality Managementp. 121
Marketingp. 126
Planningp. 142
Clients and Communication Skillsp. 159
Why Do Legal Assistants Need to Foster Good Client Relationships and Communicate Effectively?p. 161
Client Relationshipsp. 165
Ethical Duty to Communicate with Clientsp. 162
Communication Skillsp. 175
Timekeeping and Billingp. 195
The Difference Between Timekeeping and Billingp. 196
Why Do Legal Assistants Need to Know Timekeeping and Billingp. 197
Kinds of Legal Fee Agreementsp. 197
Value Billingp. 209
The Ethics of Timekeeping and Billingp. 209
Legal Expensesp. 220
Timekeepingp. 221
Billingp. 229
Billing From the Corporate and Government Perspectivep. 239
Client Trust Funds and Law Office Accountingp. 273
Why Legal Assistants Need a Basic Understanding of Law Office Accountingp. 274
Client Funds--Trust/Escrow Accountsp. 275
Budgetingp. 282
Internal Controlsp. 286
Lawyers and NonLawyers Cannot Share Feesp. 291
Calendaring, Docket Control, and Case Managementp. 307
Calendaring, Docket Control, and Case Management Definitionsp. 308
Appointmentsp. 309
Deadlines and Remindersp. 310
Hearings and Court Datesp. 311
Receiving Documents, Following Court Rules, and Calculating Deadlinesp. 313
Ethical and Malpractice Considerationsp. 316
Manual Docket Control Systemsp. 321
Types of Computerized Docket Control Systemsp. 323
Overview of Computerized Legal Docket Control Featuresp. 325
The Docket Cyclep. 332
Using a Word Processor for Docket Controlp. 333
Human Resource Managementp. 343
Introduction to Human Resource Managementp. 344
The Hiring Processp. 345
Performance Evaluationsp. 357
Terminationp. 366
Personnel Policiesp. 368
Current Personnel Law Issuesp. 368
Managing Stressp. 376
File and Law Library Managementp. 389
Why Legal Assistants Need an Understanding of File and Law Library Managementp. 390
Introduction to File Managementp. 391
Filing Methods and Techniquesp. 392
File Management and Ethicsp. 401
Form Filesp. 402
Introduction to Law Library Managementp. 403
Technology and the Law Libraryp. 408
Law Office Equipment, Technology, Space Management, Security, and Leasesp. 419
Law Office Equipment and Technologyp. 420
Purchasing Equipment and Suppliesp. 427
Law Office Layout, Space Management, Security, and Leasesp. 431
Appendices
Succeeding as a Legal Assistantp. 451
National Law Office Management, Legal Assistant, and Related Associationsp. 463
Glossaryp. 465
Indexp. 473
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