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Photo Credit : Michael BrownAs we continue the growth of our entire team in 2017, we are looking to add a Training Specialist to our Metro Center (Nashville, TN) corporate headquarters.

 

The successful candidate will provide training and support for our proprietary AdvoTrac® software, QuickBooks® and various case management software programs used by law firms. The Training Specialist also participates in the creation of training content including written materials and screen-capture videos.

 

If you are interested in the position or would like to recommend a candidate, please submit a resume for consideration.

 

The job posting is accessible here.

 

To learn more about our amazing company and culture, visit www.AdvocateCapital.com for more details.

 

Donna A. Jones

Senior Vice President

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Protecting Your Firm Against a Cyberattack

 

Authored By: Iris Garrett

 

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You may want to consider adding more security to your law firm’s case files and computers. U.S. leaders are now warning that attorneys and their practices could be prime targets for cyberattacks.

 

According to Reuters, three Chinese citizens are facing charges for trading confidential information taken from the networks of two U.S. law firms. The men allegedly hacked the firms’ servers while they were in the midst of mergers and acquisitions.

 

The Reuters article says the men used employee credentials to install malware on servers, access information from law firm partners’ emails, and get away with more than $4 million dollars. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission says the hackers listed themselves as IT professionals in brokerage records.

 

“This case of cyber meets securities fraud should serve as a wake-up call for law firms around the world: you are and will be targets of cyber hacking, because you have information valuable to would-be criminals,” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara (Reuters).

 

The American Bar Association offers more than 25 tips for increasing security at your law firm and ensuring it doesn’t experience a similar data breach.

 

  • Change your passwords and do so on a regular basis.
  • Encrypt backup media, a huge source of data leaks, as well as company thump drives. If using an online backup service or a cloud, be sure information is encrypted in transit and while it is being stored.
  • Small firms and solo practices should use a single integrated product to deal with viruses, spam and malware.
  • Take caution when it comes to social media applications, especially when they ask for access to your credentials.
  • Consider purchasing cyber insurance to help protect against the consequences of a breach.

 

To read the full list of the American Bar Association’s cybersecurity tips, click here.

 

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Big Victory for Attorney Dean Boyd

 

Authored By: Iris Garrett

 

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Advocate Capital, Inc. would like to congratulate our client and friend, Attorney Dean Boyd. The Texas-based personal injury lawyer recently won a nearly $9 million dollar verdict for his client Bobby Tunnell.

 

The victory comes after Tunnell barely survived a fiery crash in Amarillo, Texas back in 2011. According to the city’s ABC 7 news station, he had been riding in the passenger seat of a truck when it hit a cow standing in the road and flipped eight times.

 

In an interview with ABC 7 Amarillo, Boyd said “The truck was on fire and but for the fact that his son was able to pull him from the wreckage along with another passerby, Bobby would have burned to death.”

 

Tunnell suffered severe head injuries as well as the inability to use his right arm.

 

Now, more than five and half years later, Tunnell has been awarded a sum of $8.9 million dollars to go toward past and future medical bills, loss of wages, and pain and suffering; while the owner of the cow has been found negligent. Boyd told ABC 7 Amarillo that this wasn’t the first wreck one of his cows had caused: “He knew his cows were getting out and he didn’t take care of it.”

 

You can read more about the case by clicking here.

 

Advocate Capital is proud to partner and support plaintiff trial lawyers like Dean Boyd. He and his firm fight for justice and do everything in their power to protect our seventh amendment rights. Boyd has extensive knowledge in personal injury, workplace injury and wrongful death cases and represented injured people and their families in the Texas Panhandle for more than 25 years.

 

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Make Your Emails Work for You

 

Authored By: Iris Garrett

 

 

Make Your Emails WorkEmail: for many of us, it’s a must in today’s technology-driven world. We use it for work, we use it for personal matters, but are we using it to its fullest potential? Experts at G/O Digital say email marketing holds a wealth of opportunity for lawyers. They say if planned correctly, an email campaign can not only help you reach more clients, but it can help you retain those clients and bring in more business for your firm.

 

G/O Digital offers several tips to make sure your email correspondence is as strong as your verbal skills inside the courtroom. We’ve listed a few of them below.

 

Tip #1: Include a Headshot in Your Email Template
This shows your recipients that an actual person is emailing them and not a faceless company. When possible, place an image at the top of your template.

 

Tip #2: Focus on Quality, not Quantity
Develop an editorial calendar to help manage your email content. Depending on the number of practice areas your firm specializes in, you may want to designate a specific topic to write about each day or week.

 

Tip #3: Test out Times to Send Emails
Open and click-through rates can vary from industry to industry and so will your audience. Test out which times work best for the majority of your email recipients, then stay consistent with your sending schedule.

 

Tip #4: Don’t Neglect Email Design
Make sure to choose a design that works well on both a desktop computer and a mobile device like a smartphone or tablet. A flashy email design may seem nice in theory, but if recipients can’t read it, then it’s useless.

 

Tip #5: Show Personality in Your Writing
Add some life to your subject line or include links that your recipients may find interesting. This will set you apart from other law firms who send boring, dry emails no one wants to read.

 

For more tips on how to bring your law firm’s email marketing strategy to top-notch level, check out G/O Digital’s full article here.

 

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Air Bag Recall

 

Be sure to watch President and CEO Michael J. Swanson as he interviews Attorney Craig Carlson of The Carlson Law Firm, P.C. They discuss the dangers of defective airbags and why it’s important to get your vehicle checked during a recall. View the video below.

 

 

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Attorney Ted Wacker Wins a $12M Settlement

 

Authored By: Iris Garrett

 

Ted Wacker ImageAdvocate Capital, Inc. would like to congratulate our client and friend, Attorney Ted Wacker. He and his team at TBW Law recently won a more than $12 million settlement for an accident victim in southern California without even going to trial.

 

The victim was 24-year-old Rene Hernandez. Attorney Wacker says upon leaving his parent’s house in Los Angeles back in February 2014, the father of two lost control of his vehicle and hit a median. Wacker says after the impact, Hernandez’s vehicle flipped over into another lane of traffic and was struck by a semi-truck. And to make matters worse, all of this happened around 2:00 a.m. in the morning.

 

Attorney Wacker says his client suffered severe head trauma and permanent cognitive and physical damage due to the accident. He says the defense claimed those injuries were 100% Hernandez’s fault because of the fact that it was difficult to see him or his vehicle in the road at that time of night with his lights turned off. The defense also argued that Hernandez’s initial accident caused him to become disabled, and a crash afterwards was unavoidable. Wacker disagreed, and after numerous mediation attempts, he says the case settled before trial for $12.65 million dollars.

 

To learn more about the Hernandez vs. Cruz case, please click here.

 

Advocate Capital is proud to partner and support plaintiff trial lawyers like Ted Wacker. He and his firm fight for justice and do everything in their power to protect the rights of individuals. Wacker has tried numerous personal injury, accident, and premise liability cases over the last 20 years and has never lost a single case. In addition to his duties at TBW Law, he served as the past president of the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association in California.

 

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A Resolution to Make Our Roads Safer

 

Authored By: Iris Garrett

 

Traffic AccidentsPersonal injury attorneys know a thing or two about automobile accidents. They see firsthand the type of physical, mental, and financial toll a crash can have on a victim and their families, and it’s not good. Yet, despite the impact of these accidents on a victim and their legal representation, car accidents continue to be one of the leading causes of death in the United States, especially for young people.

 

In an article in The Legal Examiner, Attorney Matthew Casey describes this upward trend in America’s crash data. He says in 2015 alone, more than 30,000 people lost their lives behind the wheel, and millions of others were injured. To make matters worse, Casey says 94% of these accidents were caused by human error, something he says is entirely preventable.

 

Casey says more often than not, drivers travel too fast for road conditions. He says they drive recklessly, they drive under the influence, and they drive while trying to send a text or update social media. Casey says unless people stop making bad choices and start operating their vehicles in a safe manner, the numbers will only go up.

 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sees it Casey’s way, too. The agency has launched a new strategic safety plan to cut down on the overwhelming number of motor vehicle fatalities and zero in on impaired and distracted driving. “The Road Ahead” outlines three key areas the agency is hoping to improve this year and in the future:

 

Proactive Vehicle Safety – Holding auto manufacturers and suppliers accountable, faster and better detection of defects, and increasing recall participation.

Advanced Vehicle Safety Technologies – Focusing on the development of automated safety features.

Human Factors – Addressing drunk, drugged, or distracted driving and working with law enforcement to crack down on these violations before they cause accidents.

 

You can learn more about the NHTSA’s plan here.

 

Casey says “The Road Ahead” plan is great way to make our nation’s highways and roads safer, but without a team effort, the plan won’t make it that far. He says that we all have the opportunity to eliminate preventable crashes, the only roadblock is you.

 

To read Attorney Matthew Casey’s full article, click here.

 

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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Authored By: Iris Garrett

 

MLK DayToday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a day we celebrate a man who embodied courage, love, and a commitment to justice and equality for all people. It’s a day we remember Dr. King’s life and legacy, how he led a civil rights movement for freedom in this country and how he ultimately paid the highest price to see it become reality. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a day we set aside to honor those tremendous contributions and come together as the united multiracial nation he dreamed of so many years ago.

 

However, not every state, city and town always celebrated the federal holiday. According to TIME Magazine, it wasn’t until 17 years ago that South Carolina signed a bill and became the last state to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a paid holiday. The day itself was proposed nearly immediately following King’s assassination on April 4, 1968, but not until after years of petitioning and testifying to Congress did it officially become law in 1983. Then on the third Monday in January 1986, the King Holiday was observed for the first time here in the United States, and according to The King Center is now also observed on this day in more than 100 nations around the world.

 

Advocate Capital is thankful for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the actions he took to champion for racial justice and equality. Dr. King was a man who led by example, who advocated for social change, and who paved the way for historic reform. We hope that you join us in honoring him today, but also remember his lasting impact on this country every day of the year.

 

 

 

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How to Be a Better Writer

 

Writers BlockWe at Advocate Capital, consider ourselves to be more than just a provider of capital to the plaintiff bar.  We want to provide all manner of information, services and access to capital to help our clients get even better results for their clients.  A part of this is active blogging on topics that are relevant to our client base.  Given that a number of our clients also like to blog, or otherwise write articles, and assuming that writer’s block bites them, as it does me, I found a great article in our local newspaper, The Tennessean on “20 Ways to Become a Better Writer”.

 

 

It was written by Dave Delaney of Futureforth.  It provides some great tips and practices to become a better writer.  Hope you enjoy the article, and happy writing!

 

 

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Make 2017 a Year for New Law Firm Leadership

 

Authored By: Iris Garrett

 

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We all know the saying, “Out with the old, in with the new”. It is a common theme for most people at the beginning of a new year that addresses the need to rid yourself of old habits and things that no longer work in order to make room for new habits and a fresh start. But what if one of the items you need to consider changing is the leadership at your law firm? What if it’s time to freshen up the strategies you use to govern your practice?

 

Eilene Spear and Jennifer Schaller of The National Law Review say law firms nationwide are experiencing a crisis in leadership, and it is partly due to the majority of them basing their decision-making on consensus. Instead, they say firms should structure themselves like a business and streamline their decisions. To do this, they say you must re-evaluate the role of your Managing Partner, the person who tends to be in charge of the main processes for your firm (its administration and daily tasks). Spear and Schaller say if your Managing Partner lacks execution and empowerment, it can leave the firm at a disadvantage: “Most MPs enjoy the positive aspects of the MP role, but many don’t seem to want accountability or to be responsible for holding others accountable for getting results.” (Re-Envisioning the Law Firm: How to Lead Change and Thrive in the Future).

 

Spear and Schaller say to overcome the setbacks of a laidback Managing Partner, consider making them a CEO, both in name and function. They say this will encourage the MP to have the tough conversations needed to get clients the best results (and make the firm the most profits). Spear and Schaller say firms would also do well by adding an Executive Committee to function like the MP/CEO’s senior leadership team. They would see to it that the firm is prioritizing its strategic objectives and ensure it is moving forward in the right direction. The Executive Committee would also promote three key principles that each play a vital role when you want to re-shape the culture of your law firm.

 

Spear and Schaller describe the 3 key principles as:

  • Innovation: It rewards creativity and risk-taking, and it asks the question, “Why do we do it this way?”
  • Change: It allows the firm and its leaders to be open to new ideas and constructive feedback. It also opens the door to better solutions that could improve results.
  • Accountability: It means the CEO will hold him- or herself to high standards and expect others to follow his or her lead. It also demonstrates that the CEO will focus on building trust within the company while still emphasizing clients first and the firm second.

 

Spear and Schaller say adopting these changes and embracing the concept of “Out with the old, in with the new” may seem challenging, but it is what is needed to move your law firm leadership forward in 2017.

 

If you would like to read their full article, click here.

 

 

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Now Hiring: Marketing Coordinator

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Advocate Capital, Inc. is currently recruiting for a new Marketing Coordinator to add to our MetroCenter (Nashville, TN) office.

 

A successful candidate will offer administrative support to our Marketing Department including database maintenance, email and direct mail campaigns, market research, tradeshow and other events coordination, video shoot coordination, etc.

 

If you are interested, please submit your resume for consideration to HRM@AdvocateCapital.com

 

You can view the job posting on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/cap/view/258213960?pathWildcard=258213960&trk=job_capjs

 

Tina Burns

Vice President

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Facebook Live: Your Free TV Spot

 

Authored By: Iris Garrett

 

Facebook Live: Your Free TV SpotIf you have a Facebook page but haven’t tried using Facebook Live yet, you could be letting a valuable marketing tool go to waste. Think about it: Facebook Live allows users, businesses, and yes, law firms to present streaming news and information to thousands of people… without having to go through any other source.

 

In an article in Above the Law, Kevin O’Keefe says that “Live” broadcasts also easily trump the traditional video broadcast: television. He says all the work that goes into getting yourself a little onscreen time (hiring public relations professionals, connecting with network or local reporters, looking for an opportunity to present an evergreen story or message) is unnecessary when you could simply go live to a target audience on Facebook. He says in reality, your hard-pressed TV spot may not even be seen, and you would have wasted all that time and money.

 

Additionally, O’Keefe says that Facebook creator, Mark Zuckerberg is promoting Facebook Live more than any other service on the social media site. Every few weeks a new update or feature for the tool pops up. For instance, if you post a Facebook Live video right now, it will not only appear at the top of the site’s mobile app, but it will also be displayed as an easily accessible video icon at the bottom of the screen.

 

O’Keefe says for lawyers that want to reach a target or niche audience, Facebook Live is a huge market of potential. Streaming videos allows you to engage with people who then like, comment, and share those videos with others. O’Keefe says Facebook Live is not only a seamless service, but it is where the world is headed, and law firms would be well served to head in that same direction.

 

If you would like to read Kevin O’Keefe’s full article, click here.

 

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39,603,497 Reasons: Wellness Results

 

 

 

2016 Wellness ResultsIf you follow our daily blog, you have seen several entries touting the progress of the Wellness Program we launched on April 1, 2016 and our partnership with Walkingspree.

 

All 36 of our employees participated in the program and our collective results are quite impressive!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some highlights:

  • We took over 39 MILLION steps from April 1st to December 31st. Let’s take a moment to put this into perspective.
    • That is more than 19,000 miles
    • That is the equivalent of walking around the moon twice
    • We collectively burned 1.9 million calories
  • We collectively averaged 7,400 steps per day
  • 18% of our participating employees lost weight

We are so pleased with our results, which do not even represent a full year of program participation.  Starting your own wellness program is not as daunting as it would seem.  If you are intrigued and are thinking doing something similar for your firm would benefit your employees, please let me know.  I am happy share our program strategy, best practices and key learnings.

 

We are already off to a fast start in 2017 and we will keep walking!

 

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Happy New Year!

 

Copyright : Cienpies DesignAdvocate Capital Inc. wishes you a Happy and Prosperous New Year. Our offices will be closed on Friday, 12/30 and Monday, 1/2. All payment, funding and other transactions on these days will be processed promptly on Tuesday, 1/3.

 

Should you have any questions regarding the processing of any transactions, please feel free to contact our Accounting Team at 1-615-577-5448 or by email to this address: Accounting@AdvocateCapital.com.

 

Thank you for being our valued customer. Our entire team wished a safe and happy holiday season to all of our customers, staff and their families.

 

Mary K. Berst

Vice President of Operations and Accounting

 

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Start the New Year with a Tailored New Website

 

Authored By: Iris Garrett

 

Start the New Year with a Tailored New Website2017 is almost here. Why not start off the year with a new objective for your company website? Having a strong web presence can serve as a huge resource for attracting potential new clients, but it won’t do much good if your website isn’t tailored to your law firm’s specific marketing needs.

 

Cari Twitchell of the Lawyerist.com says understanding why you have a website is key to aligning it with your marketing strategy. She says most firms fall into one of two groups: you want a website to drive new leads to your practice, or you want a website simply so referrals can learn a little bit more about your firm before they call. Twitchell says if you fall under the first group, you most likely focus on internet, inbound, and search marketing. You strive to be the first firm listed on Google, and the top practice in your area. Attorneys in the second group, however, may only want a website to serve as an online business card. If you lean more to this group, your biggest worry is most likely that your website shows up when someone searches for your law firm by name.

 

Twitchell says once you figure out the “why” behind your website, you can determine what to include on your site that matches your online marketing goals. If your goal is to use it for driving traffic or gaining leads, you’ll want elements such as a clean, responsive design that is easy to navigate, consistent branding throughout images and content, and clear calls to action so visitors know what you want them to do next. Twitchell says you may also want to consider adding a blog, sending out targeted email blasts, or using social media to send visitors to your website. However, if you simply want a professional website that reflects who you are and what you do, then you can focus your efforts on maintaining a well-designed and well-written page that answers key questions about your firm.

 

So what should you do come 2017? First, take a moment to review your law firm’s current website and see if what you’re doing right now is enough to get your business where you want it to go. Then identify how and if you’re willing to change your website so it works better for you and your clients. Twitchell says only after you take these steps will you have an online presence that is in line with your goals.

 

To read Cari Twitchell’s full article, please click here.

 

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Happy Holidays!

 

Copyright : Jayson GatdulaFor Christmas this year, our offices will be closed Friday, 12/23 and Monday, 12/26.

 

All payments, funding and other transactions received on these two days will be processed promptly on Tuesday, 12/27.

 

Should you have any questions regarding the processing of any transactions, please feel free to contact our Accounting Team at 1-615-577-5448 or by email to this address: Accounting@AdvocateCapital.com.

 

Thank you for being our valued customer. Our entire team wishes a safe and happy holiday season to all of our customers, staff and their families.

 

Mary K. Berst

Vice President of Operations and Accounting

 

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Louisiana Association for Justice Last Chance CLE Conference: A success!

 

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Our Chief Credit Officer Paul Myers and I were honored to exhibit at this year’s LAJ Last Chance CLE Conference in New Orleans last week.

 

Louisiana has proven to be a terrific state for us and attending this conference allows us to visit with many of our existing clients to say “thank you” for being our customers… and we enjoyed speaking with you all!

 

Paul and I would like to extend a special thank you to Attorney Bradley Egenberg of Egenberg, APLC for your gracious hospitality.  We loved meeting and spending time with your very talented staff during the conference.

 

To all of our friends in the great State of Louisiana, Happy Holidays and we wish you all much continued success in 2017!

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Advocate Wellness: 12 Days of Christmas Challenge

 

Authored By: Tiffany Orth

 

Cindy Wins Wellness Challenge

 

The Advocate Capital Wellness program launched one final competition for 2016, the 12 Days of Christmas Challenge.

 

Starting Dec. 1, participants were to walk a minimum average of 7,000 steps each day in order to collect all 6 Santa badges. Each badge represented one entry into a drawing for $100 cash.

 

 

 

 

 

Below are some of the statistics from the challenge:

  • 28 employees earned at least one badge
  • 10 employees earned 4-5 badges
  • 11 employees earned all 6 badges

 

All entries were put in a drawing and last Friday, Dec. 16, President and CEO Michael J. Swanson drew out the winner, Quality Assurance Analyst Cindy Sharp!

 

This year has been an exciting one for the Advocate Wellness Committee. As of November, the Advocate Capital team has walked over 35 million steps and averaged 7,590 steps per day.

 

Thank you to everyone who continues to participate in the Advocate Wellness initiative!

 

Here’s to a healthier, more active 2017!

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‘Tis the Season at Advocate Capital, Inc.

 

Authored By: Tiffany Orth

 

buffy-door-decorate-winnerThis month, Nashville office employees decked the halls and their doors for the Advocate Capital, Inc. First Annual Holiday Door Decorating Contest.

 

Participants channeled their inner “Griswold” while decorating their doors, windows and offices with all things Christmas. Doors featured lights, snowflakes, Christmas trees, favorite movie characters, cookies, ornaments and more!

 

On Friday, Dec. 16, employees cast their votes for their favorite door. Some employees even sported their favorite ‘Ugly Christmas Sweater’ to add to the holiday festivities. It was a close race but the winner of the best decorate door was Quality Assurance Analyst Buffy Escue, pictured here with her holiday trophy.

 

To view photos of all the decorated doors, check out our Facebook and Google+ albums.

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General Motors Plans Another Recall

 

Authored By: Iris Garrett

 

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You may not see as many police SUVs patrolling the streets this holiday season. General Motors is expected to recall nearly 50,000 of its police- and government-manufactured sport utility vehicles.

 

According to Fortune.com, the recall comes after the automaker found problems within the cooling system. GM says corrosion from fluids leaking into the system can cause the SUV’s cooling fan to short circuit and catch fire. So far, the recall only affects 2010 through 2014 models of the Chevrolet Tahoe Police Pursuit SUV, but GM has not revealed how many of those vehicles actually caught fire.

 

General Motors is planning to notify owners of SUVs covered by the recall and fix the issue at no cost.

 

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Facing the FAQs

 

Authored By: Iris Garrett

 

Copyright : Victor CorreiaDebating whether or not to add a Frequently Asked Questions page to your law firm’s website? Then consider the many benefits it can have on your online marketing strategy. Victoria Blute of LawLytics says a FAQ page not only serves as a valuable tool for potential and existing clients, but it adds relevant, trustworthy content to your firm’s website and can boost your visibility on the web.

 

We all know that some potential clients turn to search engines to research a firm or to learn more about their case or problem, while other potential web visitors may not even know they need to hire an attorney. Blute says having a FAQ page will increase the likelihood of someone finding you in their search. Yet, to increase your chances, she suggests using specific keywords and phrases in your FAQs that mirror the type of questions a potential client would ask.

 

Once a web visitor arrives at your site, Blute says FAQ pages can be an extra incentive for them to contact you. Unlike any one particular section of your website that goes in-depth on one topic or service, a FAQ page can provide a wealth of information all in one place. It makes it easier for a potential client to learn about your firm and expertise, building a bond of trust before they even contact you.

 

Blute says a FAQ page may also boost productivity and business at your law firm. Being transparent about timelines, fees or what goes along with an office visit, can counter issues that arise with a potential client with unrealistic expectations. She says a FAQ page addresses their questions early on, saving time not only for you, but for all the clients you will soon reach.

 

To read Victoria Blute’s full article, click here.

 

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Be Careful with Your Yankee Candle

 

Authored By: Iris Garrett

 

Copyright : Dave WillmanBad news if you were planning to get your clients a Yankee Candle for Christmas this year. The company has voluntarily recalled one of its popular products, the Luminous Candle collection. According to a recent article on NBCNews.com, Yankee Candle received 16 different reports of the glass jars breaking once lit, putting candle lovers at risk of getting cut.

 

Yankee Candle President and CEO Hope Margala released a statement on the company website in light of the issue: “Out of an abundance of caution and a firm commitment to safety, we have decided to request the immediate return of all Luminous Collection candles.”

 

The recall includes nearly 31,000 of the Luminous Candles sold from September to November 2016. Scents such as “Sea Salt & Coral,” “Cinnamon & Cedar,” “Pine & Sandlewood” are just some of the ones being affected. To see the full list of products, click here.

 

If you have already purchased one of the potentially hazardous candles, don’t wrap it up just yet. Yankee Candle is offering full refunds, and a free candle, to all consumers affected.

 

So far, no injuries have been reported.

 

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Advocate Capital Prepares for 2017

 

Authored By: Iris Garrett

 

hoorayWith just a few weeks left in 2016, Advocate Capital, Inc. is turning its focus to the year ahead. Though our company has experienced tremendous growth in the last 12 months, we are hoping that 2017 brings about even more success for our team, as well as for our clients.

 

Earlier this month, Advocate Capital employees set out to make this dream, a reality. Members from all departments met for a two-day long meeting to discuss new roles, strategies and initiatives to incorporate in the New Year. The meeting also shed light on current procedures, how they impact clients, and what can be done to better align those procedures to our mission of helping an ever-increasing number of plaintiff lawyers get even better results for their clients.

 

The first day of meetings ended with a holiday dinner at Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse in downtown Nashville. At the event, employees and their families enjoyed a wonderful three-course meal paired with music. The next day of meetings also concluded with food and fun with a catered lunch from “Little Donkey.” As employees dined on tacos and chips and salsa, managers from each department provided trivia questions dressed as characters from movies like “Forest Gump,” “The Princess Bride,” and “Gone with the Wind”.

 

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Winners of the trivia received a gold trophy engraved with the name of the film they knew best. Congratulations to Ashley Harrison, Rachel Markin, Buffy Escue, Lynn Malone, Sarah Hazelwood and Todd Jackson! View photos in our Facebook and Google+ albums.

 

Advocate Capital is looking forward to the year to come, and the changes that will come along with it. Our team is hopeful that our meetings this month will help us make our products and services even more beneficial to clients and improve our overall success as a company.

 

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The LAJ Last Chance CLE Conference is Around the Corner

 

Authored By: Iris Garrett

 

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2016 is coming to a close, and that could be bad news for any legal professional who has yet to meet his or her CLE requirements for the year. Fortunately, the Louisiana Association for Justice is hosting its Last Chance CLE Conference next week at the Hyatt Regency hotel in New Orleans. Are you planning to attend? The event, which runs from December 15-16, will feature more than 20 credit courses and allow lawyers to earn up to 14 CLE hours in Ethics and Professionalism.

 

Advocate Capital, Inc’s Paul Myers and Jeff Glueck will be available throughout the two-day conference to talk about products like The Advocate Flexline®. As our latest tool designed for contingent-fee law firms, The Advocate Flexline® will provide you with a combination of Case Expense Financing and Working Capital, which together make for the most powerful and effective funding solution. Stop by our booth to check it out, you may even win a BOSE Soundlink Mini!

 

There is still time to register for LAJ’s Last Chance CLE Conference, “Louisiana’s ultimate CLE experience.” You’ll not only get the opportunity to meet your credit requirements for 2016, but you can also enjoy networking with Advocate Capital, Inc. and other legal professionals.

 

We hope to see you there!

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How To Go Paperless At Your Law Firm

 

Be sure to watch President and CEO Michael J. Swanson‘s interview with California based Attorneys Bob and Brad Simon of The Simon Law Group featured on Law Practice Channel. Attorneys Simon share what to do to go paperless at your law firm and how it can help you get better results for your clients.

 

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