If You Really Want To Open The Legal Marketplace, Let Solo And Small Firm Lawyers Compete | Above the Law. Carolyn Elefant tells it like it is. You go girl. This piece is a virtual laundry list of the hypocrisy of law practice regulation. The bigger law firms don't have many of these problems, because of the economies of scale. Yet, they pontificate about providing access to the law to everyone. The solution, according to some of them? Allow non lawyers to provide legal services, and companies like LegalZoom to provide one size fits all cheap services online. Well, as long as I take breath, I will minister to the ordinary people of this world, trying to navigate an ever more complicated legal system. I will level their playing field, and I don't care if I make a lot of money, as long as my basic needs and the needs of my family are met. Do you want to make legal services available to the masses? Allow solo and small firm practitioners to do what we do. There is no substitute for the one on one counseling services provided by a single lawyer. It is about so much more than law. It bridges the gap between human beings in conflict or worrisome problems. It navigates the various problems that arrive in every stage of our lives. No website, or BigLaw committee, or big corporation will ever do that job.
Microsoft's free Windows 10 upgrade ends on July 29th. What if they gave out a free OS and nobody wanted it? Well, I waited until buying a new computer with Windows 10 already installed, and it works just fine. However, there is no guarantee you will have a smooth upgrade path from older versions of Windows, even if it is free. In a few days, if you change your mind, it will cost $119 to upgrade. My advice is still to buy a new computer (you know you need one), and you will get the OS preinstalled. If your old computer is running fine with Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, keep it. But, if you really want Windows 10, you only have a few days to download and install the upgrade for free. Pick your poison.
Solo/Small Firm Survey: How Lawyers Spend Their Time and the Money They Make - @ComplexD | @ComplexD. This compilation of statistics concerning how lawyers spend their time performing various tasks is a prime reason why I am a Solo. First, these kinds of surveys are flawed, in that they compute their results based upon responses from the lawyers themselves. I am not even sure I would try to figure out how much time I spend performing these tasks. I just practice law. I do what has to be done, when it has to be done, and try to enjoy myself in the process. While this survey doesn't pretend to come to any conclusions, it is clear that big law lawyers make a lot more money than solos. To which I say, so what? I wonder whether that money will follow them into the next life. Sure, a lot of money is nice; but, it doesn't ever replace what is really important. How much time do I spend doing stuff I enjoy, like listening to music, working on computers, playing golf, reading non legal books, newspapers and magazines, going to Disney World, playing with the parrots, and other things? I don't know; but, I do it as much as I can. So, fellow lawyers, spend more of your time living, and less compiling useless statistics. You will be happier.
Deal: Samsung Gear S2 4G $159.95, 07/22/16 | Androidheadlines.com. I have one of these in my collection; but, I seldom wear it anymore, as I moved to the 4G Classic version so that I could change watch bands. However, this watch has a 4G phone chip, and that is the essential part, for me, of any SmartWatch. It operates independently of the phone it is tethered to, and you can make and receive calls on it separate from the watch. It also receives, texts, emails, data, and all sorts of other information. The styling is very nice, as long as you don't mind a rubber like watch band. The price is amazing, and anyone can get a high end SmartWatch now for around $150. What are you waiting for?
Verizon to announce $5 billion deal to buy Yahoo on Monday - source. At first blush, the acquisition of Yahoo by Verizon looks like a marriage of opposites. However, Verizon is clearly interested in acquiring infrastructure, users and content to amplify its Internet footprint; and, Yahoo still has millions of users who are prime targets for a mobile carrier. Big Red is no longer just a phone company. It is a media empire, and will bring its considerable user base to an Internet advertising powerhouse.