Power of Thank You

The Power of ‘Thank You’

A gesture of appreciation doesn’t have to be a gift. Simply saying “thank you” can go a long way toward improving morale, retaining valuable staff members and keeping your clients coming back. It’s all part of creating a customer for life strategy you can replicate in an effort to create good working relationships with clients, staff and colleagues. This article spells out clever ways to say thank you without spending a ton of time or money.
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How to Make Web Page Text Easier to Read

New Florida Bar tech tip:  Web browsers support the ability to zoom in and out so you can control the size of the page. You can use your keyboard or the options menu in most browsers to zoom in and out.

Using keyboard shortcuts

  • PC: Press the CTRL key and the + or – key
  • MAC: Press the COMMAND key and the + or – key

Using a Web browser menu

  • Chrome: Click on the menu in the top right corner of the window. Click + or – on the zoom option.
  • Firefox: Select the View menu, then click Zoom In or Zoom Out
  • Internet Explorer: Click on the magnifying glass in the bottom right of the window
  • Safari: Select the View menu, then click Zoom In or Zoom Out

Don’t forget to change the zoom level back because other sites may be too big (or too small) to read.

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TrustBooks is New Florida Bar Member Benefit

The Florida Bar’s lineup of member benefits just got bigger and better with the addition of TrustBooks, software designed specifically for attorneys to help them easily manage client accounts and stay in compliance. TrustBooks offers built-in controls with workflows that that prevent you from overspending a client’s balance, three-way trust reconciliations that are automatically generated with each reconciliation, electronic signoffs on your reconciliations and automatically-generated reports that meet Bar compliance requirements. Schedule a demo and start your free trial at trustbooks.com/florida.

Ag Law Update

2019 Agricultural Law Update CLE – Friday October 4

Register online or at the door for the annual Agricultural Law Update CLE on Friday, Oct. 4, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Florida Farm Bureau in Gainesville.

The Ag Law Update is a half-day CLE program by nationally known experts that touches on key legal areas from farm operations employment law to marijuana agriculture ethics.

5.5 General, 5.5 State & Federal Government & Administrative Practice and 1.0 Ethics CLE credits. Solo & Small Firm Section members register for $135, non-section members $180, non-lawyer guests and full-time law college faculty members and students $90.

For more information, please contact Program Co-Chairs Dr. Mike Olexa at olexa@ufl.edu or (352) 294-7693 and Sidney Ansbacher at sfansbacher@ubulaw.com or (904) 829-9066. Course 3629.


Hidden Immigration Implications

Hidden Immigration Implications That Solo and Small Firm Practices Need to Know

Oct. 15, 12-1 p.m. In today’s constantly changing climate, more and more we find that to best serve our clients we need to be able to spot issues that may arise from a client’s immigration status. This seminar will help you spot the hidden immigration law issues in traffic, criminal and family law cases. In addition, you will learn tips on how to make strategic alliances with immigration practitioners so they can be a resource for your practice.

Presented by Patricia Hernandez and Nora Rotella of Rotella & Hernandez, LLC Immigration & Family Law, Miami. Course 3407. 1 General, 1 Immigration & Nationality CLE. Section members register for only $75.


Le Meridien

Free CLE, Networking Reception and Ethics Update: Join us Oct. 31 – Nov. 1 in Tampa

Tampa-Bay-area section members: Join us on Thursday, Oct. 31 (Halloween costumes optional) for the 2019 Annual Ethics Update (details below) at the Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore. Earn 5 hours General, 4 Ethics and 1 Professionalism CLE credit.

On Friday, Nov. 1, you are invited to Le Méridien Tampa at 5 p.m. for a free, one-hour CLE—only for Solo & Small Firm Section members—on the Basics of Sovereign Immunity Litigation under F.S. §768.28. Section Chair Pete Muschott will share his insights on the topic. This CLE will provide the foundation for prosecuting claims against governmental entities or defending those entities against claims for negligence.

After the CLE, the section is hosting a networking reception for members. If you plan to attend the CLE or the networking event, please RSVP to Ricky Libbert at rlibbert@floridabar.org. We look forward to seeing you in Tampa!

2019 Ethics Update CLE

Annual Ethics Update 2019. Building a Gold Standard Reputation – The Ethics of Practicing Law

Oct. 31, 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Register online now for the 2019 Annual Ethics Update. Live (Tampa) and webcast on Thursday, Oct. 31 at the Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore.

As members of The Florida Bar, our reputations, ethics and standing in the community should be impeccable. Program Chair Peggy Hoyt has recruited an excellent group of presenters who will discuss professionalism, courtroom etiquette, cybersecurity in a changing world, sexual harassment and the unauthorized practice of law. Course 3477. Discounted registration for Solo & Small Firm Section members only $160 (live) and $210 (webcast).


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2020 Solo & Small Firm Conference

Don’t miss the Solo & Small Firm Section’s 2020 CLE conference! “SOS: Secure. Optimize. Systemize.” is an all-new CLE event on survive-and-thrive strategies for solos and small firms. Registration opens soon for this very special CLE, which takes place on Friday, Feb. 7 during The Florida Bar Winter Meeting in Orlando. Program chairs Theresa Jean-Pierre Coy and Cristina Alonso have put together an excellent lineup of sessions and an all-star list of speakers. Check out the program.

  • Secure the Hatches. Cybersecurity and Privacy for Lawyers
  • Know the Ropes. Bar Resources, Mentoring and Member Benefits
  • Lighten the Load. Automation, Integration and Paperless Strategies
  • All Hands on Deck. Creating and Managing a Successful Virtual Law Firm
  • Bridge the Gap. Generating Outside Income and Revenue Streams
  • Stay the Course. Surviving Solo While Sick
  • Toe the Line. Ethics and Social Media

Interested in sponsorship? View more conference details and download the sponsor brochure. We welcome your participation!

Special thanks to Presenting Sponsor Bank OZK and to Breakfast and Course Materials Sponsor Florida Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company.

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Members-Only Facebook Group

Membership is growing in our Facebook group! Find co-counsel, refer a case and share your news. It’s free. Our new Wednesday Wisdom series will be live on Facebook each month. Join today to network with your colleagues from the section.