Social Distancing & Covid-19: The Change of the Court Reporting Landscape

Remote Deposition ServicesIn our lifetime, we have never experienced such an event of this magnitude, a virus that spreads so quickly while keeping ourselves isolated from each other. As a result, the landscape of court reporting has now changed for which we must adapt.

Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporters is conducting Remote Video-conference Depositions with No Charges to participants for the connection and video. We are committed to providing new technological solutions to meet our clients’ needs, which we have successfully accomplished for the past 40 plus years.

While it seems like an arduous task to adjust to the implementation of remote depositions, there are several benefits as a result thereof:

  1. Provides better time management and cost-savings for your firm and clients
  2. Increases productivity and efficiency
  3. No airline, travel or hotel expenditures
  4. Depositions can be held in the comfort of your home or office
  5. A feasible and practical option when parties cannot meet in person
  6. Have your paralegals and associates join the deposition without leaving the office

Being tech savvy is not a pre-requisite. You simply need a computer, laptop or smartphone with a camera, an internet connection and an internal or external microphone. Our video-conference software allows for remote private breakout rooms for discussion with your parties, a private chat feature, as well as screen sharing.

A concern which attorneys have is how to handle the distribution of exhibits. Exhibits may be uploaded from your computer seamlessly and sent to all parties’ computers via a file share within the video-conferencing software for download and use during the deposition.

In closing, scheduling a remote video-conference deposition is very user friendly. Simply supply all e-mails for those who are going to attend and await the invitation being sent. Once received, click on the link within the e-mail and everyone is now connected for your viewing, listening and questioning pleasure.

KLW Court Reporters Open Office In New York City

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New York, NY – Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporters is proud to announce its continued expansion in the State of New York with the opening of a new strategic office location in Manhattan, NY.

As a top-rated national court reporting agency, Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe continues to be a leading provider of court reporting and litigation support services for clients throughout the United States.

The opening of their newest office, located at 1412 Broadway #2100 New York, NY 10018, is a milestone for the company’s continued growth as a leading provider of court reporting services in New York City and throughout the State of New York.

A Message From CEO Gregg Wolfe

Gregg Wolfe, Owner of Kaplan Leman & Wolfe, has been a Federal Court Reporter for more than 30 Years.

“We are excited to announce the official opening of our new office location in New York City as part of our company’s strategic expansion and continued dedication to serving our clients with the highest quality of court reporting and litigation support services,” said Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe’s CEO, Gregg Wolfe.

“We look forward to building on our existing success in the State of New York by continuing to forge new strategic partnerships with attorneys, law firms, corporate counsel, insurance companies and other legal professionals,” said Wolfe.

As the Owner and CEO of Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe for the past 40 years, Gregg Wolfe has led the company throughout its impressive growth from a local court reporting company to its current position as one of the nation’s leading court reporting agencies.

After recently retiring from an impressive 35-year career as a highly-respected court reporter with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Mr. Wolfe has been focusing on the continued growth and success of Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe.

Contact Our New York Court Reporters Today

Florida hearing reporter JupiterDoes your organization need court reporting and litigation support services in New York?

The experienced team at Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe is proud to offer award-winning court reporting and litigation support services to clients throughout the State of New York. Our firm is dedicated to helping professionals in the legal industry with a wide variety of services including court reporting, deposition scheduling, legal videography, jury consulting, trial preparation, deposition summaries, internet streaming, digital forensics, e-discovery databases, and much more.

To schedule court reporting or litigation support services in New York please contact the company at its local offices in Manhattan, NY by calling (646) 921-6418.

About Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporters

Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporting & Litigation Support

Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporters is a national court reporting agency providing a wide range of court reporting and litigation support services, as well as cutting-edge technology solutions, for professionals in the legal community.

With more than 40 years of industry experience, KLW’s team of professional court reporters provides reporting services for every part of the litigation process including depositions, trials, hearings, arbitrations, conventions, meetings and other legal proceedings.

Contact Info:

Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporters of New York
1412 Broadway #2100
New York, NY 10018
(646) 921-6418

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Latest News From KLW Court Reporters

The team at Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporters is proud to announce several new key developments over the past year including the opening of new office locations, strategic partnerships with PAJ members and the re-launch of our popular EZ-Litigation App for lawyers.

KLW Opens 4 New Office Locations

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Over the last year we have opened several new offices in key locations as part of our continued commitment to provide our clients with the highest quality of court reporting and litigation support services.

In addition to our headquarters in Philadelphia, we now have offices located in the following areas:

You can schedule court reporting and litigation support at any of our office locations by visiting the links above or by calling (877) 559-3376.

Need court reporting or litigation support services in another location? As a national court reporting agency we service clients across the nation. You can learn more about our nationwide service and find a court reporter near you by visiting our locations page here.

Executive Team Spotlight

Doreen S GussDoreen Solitro Guss has been the National Accounts Sales Manager for KLW since 2015. She is primarily responsible for building strategic partnerships with law firms, insurance companies and corporations regarding court reporting and litigation support services across the United States.

Doreen works closely with firms and corporations regarding cost-containment for their litigation expenditures.

Doreen has also played a critical role in building new strategic partnerships with members of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice in Philadelphia, Harrisburg and throughout the State of Pennsylvania.

You can learn more about Doreen and other members of our executive team here.

Our New & Improved Mobile App For Lawyers

Mobile App For LawyersThe team at Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe is proud to announce the re-launch of our popular EZ-Litigation App. The new and improved EZ-Litigation App is designed to help attorneys and legal support staff accomplish important tasks on-the-go from any mobile device.

The App allows attorneys, paralegals and legal secretaries to schedule depositions, pay invoices and review deposition transcripts from our password-protected repository. In addition, the KLW App provides accurate directions for attorneys and their clients through the built in GPS. make it to appointments on time and give accurate directions to clients and prevent waiting for depositions to begin by using the built-in GPS. The App is compatible with iOS and Android operating systems, which means it will work on most smartphones and tablets.

You can download the KLW App on your mobile device through the App Store of your choice via the links below:

KLW Court Reporters Opens Office In New Jersey

New Jersey State FlagMarlton, NJ – Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporters is proud to announce the official opening a new office location in Marlton, NJ as part of the company’s continued expansion in the State of New Jersey.

As a national court reporting agency, Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe has been providing cost-effective court reporting and litigation support services to clients across the United States for more than 40 years.

With the opening of its newest office, which is located at Five Greentree Centre, 525 NJ-73 #104, Marlton, NJ 08053, Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporters will continue to serve its growing client base in Camden County, Burlington County and throughout the State of New Jersey.

A Message From The CEO

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“The team at Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporters has been working with great partners throughout the State of New Jersey for decades,” said the company’s CEO, Gregg Wolfe, in an official statement.

“We are very excited to continue serving our clients in New Jersey with the highest standard of court reporting services and we look forward to developing new strategic partnerships with attorneys, law firms, corporate counsel, insurance companies and other legal professionals throughout the Garden State,” said Wolfe.

Your New Jersey Court Reporting Partner

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Are you in need  of professional court reporting services or trial support in New Jersey?

With more than 40 years of experience, the team at Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe is proud to offer award-winning legal services to clients throughout the State of New Jersey. We are dedicated to helping legal professionals with a wide variety of litigation services including court reporting, depositions, legal videography, jury consulting, trial preparation, deposition summaries, internet streaming, digital forensics, e-discovery databases, and more.

To schedule New Jersey court reporting services please contact our local office in Marlton, NJ by calling (856) 644-6683.

About Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporters

Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporting & Litigation Support

Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporters is a national court reporting agency providing a wide range of court reporting and litigation support services, as well as cutting-edge technology solutions, for professionals in the legal community.

With more than 40 years of industry experience, KLW’s team of professional court reporters provide reporting services for every part of the litigation process including depositions, trials, hearings, arbitration, conventions, meetings and other legal proceedings.

Company Contact Info:


Kaplan, Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporters – Marlton, NJ
Five Greentree Centre
525 NJ-73 #104
Marlton, NJ 08053
(856) 644-6683

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KLW Expands Pennsylvania Presence With New Office In Harrisburg, PA

Pennsylvania State FlagHarrisburg, PA – Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporters is proud to announce the opening of a new office location in Harrisburg, PA as part of the firm’s continued expansion in the State of Pennsylvania.

As a full-service national court reporting and litigation support firm, Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe has been providing cost-effective litigation services to clients throughout the United States for 40 years.

The company’s newest office location at 2225 Sycamore St #650, Harrisburg, PA 17111 will serve as a regional office for the company’s growing client base in Dauphin County and throughout the State of Pennsylvania.

A Few Words From CEO Gregg Wolfe

Gregg Wolfe, Owner of Kaplan Leman & Wolfe, has been a Federal Court Reporter for more than 30 Years.

“The opening of our Harrisburg office marks our continued commitment to providing court reporting and litigation support services of the highest caliber to our partners throughout the Keystone State,” said Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe’s CEO, Gregg Wolfe, in a company statement.

“We look forward to building upon our existing success in the Harrisburg region by continuing to develop strategic partnerships with attorneys, law firms, corporate counsel, insurance companies and other legal professionals in the area,” said Wolfe.

Contact A Local Court Reporting Agency

Court Reporter PAAre you looking for professional court reporting or litigation support services in Pennsylvania?

The experienced team at Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe is proud to offer award-winning legal services to clients across the State of Pennsylvania. The firm helps legal professionals with a wide variety of legal services including court reporting, depositions, legal videography, jury consulting, trial preparation, deposition summaries, internet streaming, digital forensics, e-discovery databases, and much more.

To schedule court reporting or litigation support services in Pennsylvania please contact the company at our local offices in Harrisburg, PA by calling (561) 266-4146.

About Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporters

Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporting & Litigation Support

Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporters is a national court reporting agency providing a wide range of court reporting and litigation support services, as well as cutting-edge technology solutions, for professionals in the legal community.

With more than 40 years of industry experience, KLW’s team of professional court reporters provide reporting services for every part of the litigation process including depositions, trials, hearings, arbitration, conventions, meetings and other legal proceedings.

Company Contact Info:

Kaplan, Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporters
2225 Sycamore St #650
Harrisburg, PA 17111
(717) 276-0171

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KLW Expands Florida Presence With Local Office In Jupiter, FL

Florida State FlagJupiter, FL – Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporters is proud to announce its continued expansion in the State of Florida with a strategic office location in Jupiter, FL.

As a top-rated national court reporting agency, Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe continues to be a leading provider of court reporting and litigation support services for clients throughout the United States.

With the addition of its Florida office, which is located at 1044 N US Highway 1, Suite 211, Jupiter, FL 33477, the company will continue to grow its presence in Palm Beach County and the State of Florida.

A Message From CEO Gregg Wolfe

Gregg Wolfe, Owner of Kaplan Leman & Wolfe, has been a Federal Court Reporter for more than 30 Years.

“The official opening of our Florida office marks our continued commitment to providing court reporting and litigation support services of the highest caliber throughout the Sunshine State,” said Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe’s CEO, Gregg Wolfe, in a company statement.

“We are excited to build upon our existing success in Florida by continuing to develop new strategic partnerships with attorneys, law firms, corporate counsel, insurance companies and other professionals in the legal industry,” said Wolfe.

As the Owner and CEO of Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe for the past 40 years, Mr. Wolfe has led the company’s impressive growth to become one of the nation’s leading court reporting agencies.

After recently retiring from an impressive 35-year career as a highly-respected court reporter with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Mr. Wolfe has been focusing on the continued growth and success of Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe.

Contact A Florida Court Reporting Agency Today

Florida hearing reporter JupiterDo you need professional court reporting services in Florida?

The experienced team at Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe is proud to offer award-winning court reporting and litigation support services to clients across the State of Florida. The firm helps legal professionals with a wide variety of legal services including court reporting, depositions, legal videography, jury consulting, trial preparation, deposition summaries, internet streaming, digital forensics, e-discovery databases, and much more.

To schedule court reporting or litigation support services in Florida please contact the company at its local offices in Jupiter, FL by calling (561) 266-4146.

About Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporters

Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporting & Litigation Support

Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporters is a national court reporting agency providing a wide range of court reporting and litigation support services, as well as cutting-edge technology solutions, for professionals in the legal community.

With more than 40 years of industry experience, KLW’s team of professional court reporters provide reporting services for every part of the litigation process including depositions, trials, hearings, arbitration, conventions, meetings and other legal proceedings.

Contact Info:

Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporters – Jupiter, FL
1044 N US Highway 1, Suite 211
Jupiter, FL 33477
(561) 266-4146

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Court Reporting Vs. Digital Recording

Digital reporting, also known as electronic reporting, is a relatively new concept in the court reporting industry which uses audio recording devices to record court proceedings.

The following article covers everything you need to know about digital reporting including the pitfalls of this method and why you should always hire a professional court reporter to handle your court reporting needs.

What Is Digital Court Reporting?

The American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers (AAERT) describes digital court reporting as the “use of professional-level audio recording systems to register court proceedings.”

Essentially, a digital court reporter shows up to the courtroom with audio equipment and presses the “record” button. Once the recordings have been made the audio files are used to create a transcript for the official record.

Risks Associated With Digital Reporting

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In theory, the concept of digital reporting seems like a reasonable method for producing an official record. In practice, however, the digital reporting process is severely flawed and can even leave legal professionals susceptible to a variety of potential risks.

One of the biggest risks associated with the electronic reporting process is the production of inaccurate transcripts. Poor audio quality, malfunctioning equipment, a lack of legal knowledge and a variety of other factors can all jeopardize the integrity of the record.

For example, the quality of the audio can be distorted due to a malfunctioning recording device. Even simple background noises, such as the sound of an air conditioning unit, can severely distort the quality of an audio recording which can make it impossible to create an accurate transcription.

Transcripts made from audio recordings have had chunks of testimony missing because something was inaudible, garbled, the litigant or attorney dropped their voice or have accents hard to discern. In the event that a transcriber cannot hear part of a digital recording they will write “inaudible” in the official record.

Human error can also result in very serious problems in the digital reporting process. For example, if an audio recording device runs out of batteries, or someone simply forgets to press the “record” button, entire sections of the transcript can be lost forever.

Why You Should Always Hire A Court Reporter

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When it comes to real-time disputes about what was said, having a court reporter to read back notes is critical. In complex cases or cases with multiple defendants, getting a daily transcript is crucial for keeping track of each defendant’s testimony, cross-examining witnesses or for planning closing arguments. Digital recording cannot produce instantaneous, real-time transcription; whereas, court reporters are able to provide instantaneous transcripts.

Lawyers tend to forget that when in court they are making a record, and get lost in the heat of the moment. If you were to go to a deposition, court reporters are always reminding lawyers to speak one at a time. The highest level of accuracy is a court reporter slowing everyone down and making sure everyone takes their time.

When you hire a professional court reporter you are ensuring that you receive court reporting of a higher standard. These court reporters have years of training and experience, as well as an intricate understanding of the legal system, which can be critical for properly reporting courtroom proceedings.

Many advocates of digital reporting claim that legal professionals can cut costs by hiring a digital recorder and this may be true. Sending a digital recorder, who may or may not be licensed in court reporting, to a courtroom to press the “record” button will likely be cheaper than hiring a highly qualified professional with years (oftentimes decades) of court reporting experience.

However, experienced professionals in the legal industry understand the importance of hiring a professional court reporter to accurately report and transcribe the proceedings of a trial. When it comes down to a multi-million dollar settlement or a serious verdict in a criminal trial, cutting costs is just not worth jeopardizing the integrity of the record.

Ultimately, the old saying “you get what you pay for” applies to this situation.

Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporters & Litigation Support

Gregg Wolfe US District CourtNeed to hire a professional court reporter?

At Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporting our team of highly qualified court reporters have the experience needed to accurately report and transcribe courtroom proceedings.

As a national court reporting agency we work with law firms, insurance companies and corporations across the United States to provide court reporting and litigation support services of the highest caliber.

Gregg Wolfe Retires From US District Court For The Eastern District Of Pennsylvania To Focus On Role As CEO of Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporting & Litigation Support

Gregg Wolfe US District CourtKaplan Leaman & Wolfe’s CEO, Gregg Wolfe, has announced his retirement from his 40-year career as a highly-respected court reporter with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

For five years Gregg worked as a per diem court reporter for the Federal Judges, followed by 35 years working as an Official Court Reporter within the District Court.

“I want to express my deep appreciation for the opportunity to work with so many incredible colleagues during my time at the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania,” said Mr. Wolfe. “My work here has also allowed me to engage with, and learn from, so many great attorneys, judges and staff over the past 40 years.”

Going forward, Mr. Wolfe plans to focus full time on his role as Owner and CEO at Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporters, where he is responsible for the continued growth and success of the company.

Celebrating A Long & Successful Career With The US District Court

Mr. Wolfe’s impressive career with the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania began in 1978, when he was hired as a freelance court reporter. During this time Mr. Wolfe was responsible for assisting the federal official court reporters with a variety of assignments and depositions.

In 1983, Mr. Wolfe was promoted as an Official Court Reporter to the Honorable Louis H. Pollak, where he went on to report hundreds of trials and hearings over the next decade.

Mr. Wolfe was subsequently hired by the Honorable J. Curtis Joyner in 1992 and had been his court reporter, as well as other judges, until his retirement. He has reported numerous high-profile court cases, all types of civil and criminal trials, as well as Multi-District Litigation Cases.

Turning To The Future

Mr. Wolfe will now focus 100% on operating his national court reporting agency, Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporters, where he took possession of an existing company in 1982.

“I am very excited for the opportunity to focus 100% on KLW going forward,” said Mr. Wolfe. “We have an incredible team of very talented people at KLW and it is a great honor to be able to work with them every day to provide our clients with the exceptional service that they have come to expect from us.”

About Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporters

Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporting & Litigation Support works with law firms, insurance companies and corporations across the United States to provide court reporting and turn-key litigation support of the highest caliber.

“We listen carefully to our clients and then partner with them to assess their needs and to assemble customized solutions.”

Our solution begins with the most qualified court reporters in the business who are meticulously vetted to answer to a higher standard. They are professional, produce flawless transcripts, meet deadlines and they have an intricate understanding of the legal system.

From there, we harness the full spectrum of available technology to enhance and customize each client’s experience. We use our commitment to service, online systems that integrate directly with law firms’ platforms, as well as competitive, transparent pricing so that – from Discovery to Verdict – we are able not just to meet, but to exceed our clients’ high expectations.

KLW is one of the only court reporting agencies in the country where the owner is an experienced Federal Court Reporter.

An Attorney’s Guide To Safe Passwords

Attorneys often have access to a great deal of confidential information that must be kept secure for clients and colleagues. As many firms are now paperless, important files and documents are often stored electronically, and cybersecurity has become essential. While the need for a secure password may seem obvious, shocking quantities of people have low quality passwords, and reuse the same one on multiple sites. Unfortunately, the use of low quality, unoriginal passwords make you a prime candidate for hackers.password login portal

Cyber safety begins with having secure passwords for all accounts or files. There are three primary hacking methods:

  1. Brute Force: Brute force attacks involve a program that attempts to guess a user’s password by trying various combinations of characters, symbols, and numbers on a keyboard, until finding the correct combination. The best form of protection against a brute force attack is the utilization of a long, complex password. For example, a password that contains letters and numbers, and surpasses 8 characters, will take at least two years to crack.
  2. Guessing: Many people use passwords that include personal information such as their phone number, birthdate, or child’s name, for example. Passwords that contain personal information are not safe, as these are the types of words or numbers that a hacker, particularly one who is or was close to you, will try first. Beyond obvious personal information, many resort to using common phrases, such as ‘password,’ ‘iloveyou,’ ‘12345678,’ and ‘letmein.’ While passwords such as ‘password’ may seem too obvious for anyone to guess, in reality this isn’t the case. Look here for a complete list of the most commonly used passwords.
  3. Trusting the wrong person: The most common method of hacking occurs when one trusts the wrong person with their account information. As a general rule, don’t give out your account information, regardless of how much you trust the person in question. If sharing a password is absolutely necessary, be sure to find a new password when the second party no longer requires access.

Creating A Strong Password

The standards of what constitute a strong password are constantly shifting. While once an eight character password was considered acceptable, experts now suggest expanding length even just one character, to nine.Lock symbol

  • According to the Georgia Institute of Technology, eight character passwords may be cracked in as few as two hours. While increasing the character count to nine is enough to make a difference, experts suggest the safest character count is twelve. As hacking capabilities continue to increase, twelve character passwords put you a few steps ahead.
  • Make sure your password includes an uppercase, lowercase, number, and symbol.
  • While passwords shouldn’t contain personal information, you can turn personal information into an acronym, which may then be used as a password. For example, a phrase such as ‘I’ve lived on Maple Street since March 3, 2008’ could be turned into: Ilomss3/Mar,8. Deriving a password from a factual or memorable phrase may make a seemingly complex combination of characters easier to remember.

General Tips For Maintaining Secure Passwords

Don’t repeat passwords: Regardless of how secure a password may appear, repeating passwords on multiple sites or programs is never a good idea. If a hacker manages to gain access to one account, duplicate passwords ensure they will have access to other accounts as well.

Memorize passwords: With so many passwords, memorization may seem like a terrible chore. However, there is little point in developing complex, hack-proof passwords if they are left lying around for prying eyes. If you must have a written copy of your passwords, keep it somewhere inaccessible to others, such as within your wallet. Even better, store them on a password manager. When using a password manager, you only have to memorize one very strong password, which grants you access to the rest of your passwords. Some password managers also offer additional services, such as password generation.

Don’t share passwords with others: Regardless of how much you may trust someone, it’s never a good idea to share passwords. The more people that know a particular password, the weaker the password.

Change passwords periodically: Passwords should be changed every so often, some suggest as often as every 3 months.

 

An Attorney’s Guide To Social Media

Over the past years, social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn have become increasing popular, for social media treepersonal as well as business use. Law firms across the country that have seen the benefits of adopting social media as a component of their marketing strategy. When used intelligently, social media can allow you to do the following:

  • establish communication with clients
  • network
  • keep up to date with industry trends
  • show clients you’re an authority in your field

Perhaps most importantly, social media allows you to develop a consistent image amongst all social media platforms, and inform potential clients where your expertise lies. Social media can be the greatest form of advertisement, as people often look to the internet to learn more about a product or service.

Social Media Tips For Law Firms

When dealing with social media for professional use, here are some general tips to keep in mind:

  1. Ensure content written about your firm is accurate and consistent amongst all platforms
  2. Draw the line between personal and professional. While it is ‘social’ media, don’t forget that you are utilizing it for professional purposes. Keep your personal and professional accounts separate.
  3. Develop a plan regarding your online image and reputation. This will enable you to pinpoint a target audience and distribute content according to their interests. Furthermore, this will help you maintain a sense of consistency in your image.
  4. Develop a routine regarding updates and distribution; this will prevent you from slacking off and neglecting certain platforms. The most successful social media is that which is updated with regularity.
  5. On each social media platform your firm utilizes, include links to all other platforms as well.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a platform many lawyers have the most experience with, as it is professionally oriented. LinkedIn allows you to create a company profile for your business, or a personal profile for individual use. As LinkedIn is for professional use, your profile will include basic resume and contact information, as well as links to additional websites or blogs. Through your profile you may establish connections with others based on your professional merits, which can prove useful in building a client base, searching for prospective employees or job opportunities, and establishing business connections that would be unavailable otherwise.

Facebook

Established just ten years ago, Facebook is the largest social networking site, with over one billion users as of 2012. Facebook is a platform on which you may share interesting articles and updates, and build relationships with potential clients. Due to the many users on Facebook, your page has the potential to reach a large audience.

  • Let connections know you may be found on Facebook by sending out an email, or sharing a link on your website, for example. When established connections follow you and begin sharing your content, their connections will take notice and your following will grow.
  • People are more likely to read posts if they are kept short and sweet. If you include a question in your post, users are more likely to engage.
  • Promptly respond to those who comment on posts.
  • Remember users go on Facebook because it is a social networking site. While content shared should be related to your line of work, it shouldn’t be limited to mere advertisements of the services you provide. People are more likely to interact with your firm’s business page because of the interesting and useful content you share, rather than specifically because they wish to follow a law firm. If you build a friendly relationship with users, rather than one strictly business-like in nature, potential clients will think of you when they need a service you provide. It is essential to maintain the balance between social and professional.

Twitter

Twitter is a social networking tool that allows you to share concise messages, not meant to exceed 140 characters. Not only is twitter one of the ten most visited websites, but it’s somewhat less fussy than other platforms as it limits the length of messages. It’s advised to update multiple times throughout the day, but there are various apps that let you schedule posts in bulk.

Google+ (Plus)

Google+ is one of the more recently established social media platforms, but it has seen rapid growth in popularity.

  • Google+ is integrated with Google Places, making it a great place to find local clients.
  • Post regularly and engage with your followers. When sharing an article, include your commentary and even ask questions to encourage communication with followers and potential clients.
  • Communities allow you to find people with similar interests, and add them to your circles. Communities allow you to share specific content with people who would have an interest in that content.
  • Link your website page, Facebook account, and email signature to your google plus page.