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Coping With the Stress of Being a Lawyer

It is well known that stress and anxiety can have debilitating effects on the mind and body that can lead to depression. Lawyers in particular are no strangers to the effects of stress.

According to a Johns Hopkins University study of over 100 occupations, researchers found that lawyers reported the highest rate of depression in the country - a rate of 3.6 times that of the other professions examined. Practicing law can often be demanding, stressful, and overwhelming. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to help alleviate your stress and maintain an enjoyable practice.

Importance of Individualized Interactions

In any industry, client interaction is crucial to the success or failure of a business. With automation and the Internet frequently replacing human interaction nowadays, sometimes that personal connection between a customer and the company is lost. However, it’s dangerous for a company to lose that connection because the client does not want to feel like he or she is just a number. This is especially true for attorneys, who have many clients, are frequently busy, and rely on automation and mass actions – it’s important to continue making each client’s experience personal.

Working From Home as an Attorney

Let’s face it: Sometimes, PJs are more appealing than the office. Thousands of attorneys across the country are able to successfully manage their firms working from home. If you’ve been thinking about taking the plunge and working a day or two from the comfort of your own couch, you should be advised that it’s not always a cakewalk.

Some attorneys have difficulty keeping focused when outside of the office. Before you begin working from home, you should follow some simple tips to keep yourself organized and efficient.

What a Legal Intern Can Bring to Your Law Firm

Legal internships provide an opportunity for students or recent graduates to gain work experience, refine their legal expertise, and provide valuable support to a law firm. A legal intern can assist attorneys in researching, writing, and helping with both incoming and existing cases.

Has your law firm thought about hiring a part-time or full-time legal intern? Here is how a legal intern can add value to your firm:

How to Use Google Analytics for your Law Firm Pt 3: Conversion rates

Google Analytics is very simple to install for your web development team or a member of your staff who is familiar with HTML.

Once up and running, you will likely not know what data to start with. Fortunately, Google Analytics was designed for users with even the most basic knowledge of analytics. A key metric to follow is your conversion rate.

What is a conversion rate?

How to Use Google Analytics for your Law Firm Pt. 2: Channels

Google Analytics can be one of the most beneficial online applications an attorney can use to measure a website's success. You do don’t need to be an analytics expert to get a better understanding of your website with Google Analytics. A good place to start is by viewing the channels from which your traffic came to your site.

What are channels?

A channel is the path a user took to find your site. You can access your channels by going to Acquisition→All Traffic→Channels. There are 5 primary channels that you should be interested:

How to Use Google Analytics for your Law Firm Pt 1: Bounce Rates

If you have a website, you should be using Google Analytics. With Google Analytics, you can learn where your traffic came from, how long your users stayed on your site, how many pages they visited, and even what percentage of visitors decided to contact your firm. Using insights like Google Analytics, you can determine exactly where and how to optimize your site to get more clients.

2016 Average SSA ODAR and State Approval Rates

From SSA fiscal year 2015 (09/27/2014 through 09/25/2015) to SSA fiscal year 2016 to date (09/26/2015 through 06/24/2016) the combined partially and fully favorable Social Security approval rate has increased from 53.4% to 54.6%. The following posts contain similar data from 2014 and 2015. The below sections contain more granular data from FY 2016 that sheds light on what contributed to the increase in approval rate.

The SSA’s Future Goals and What They Mean for SSD Attorneys and Advocates

The SSA recently released its annual performance report that evaluated its performance in 2015 and set new performance goals for 2016 and 2017. With regards to the Disability Program, the SSA states that its strategic goal is to “Serve the Public through a Stronger, More Responsive Disability Program.” What does this mean for claimants and claimant representatives?