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TOP 7 MISTAKES LAW FIRMS MAKE DURING INTAKE #7: NO ONE IS IN CHARGE

September 14, 2017
TOP 7 MISTAKES LAW FIRMS MAKE DURING INTAKE #7: NO ONE IS IN CHARGE - blog post image The final mistake that we see firms make in their intake department is that they don't put anyone in charge of intake. No one has a day-to-day ownership of the intake process and is responsible for quality control. Is there a non-partner point person who owns intake? Is there someone that knows throughout the day the status of every lead, the number of leads received, how many were accepted, or which contracts are out there to be returned? Without one person in charge—one person who owns the process and oversees compliance—you really don't have a shot at running a great int ..

TOP 7 MISTAKES LAW FIRMS MAKE DURING INTAKE  #6: BELIEF THAT IT IS ALL UNDER CONTROL 

September 08, 2017
TOP 7 MISTAKES LAW FIRMS MAKE DURING INTAKE  #6: BELIEF THAT IT IS ALL UNDER CONTROL  - blog post image The good news about intake is that if you fix it today, you will see benefits tomorrow. The bad news about intake is that you can't ever let your guard down. It is not one of those things that you can get right and forget about it. You have to constantly be monitoring it, making sure systems and processes are maintaining integrity and making sure that you are up to date with the latest trends in the business. We have looked at the intake departments of small firms and large firms—firms that are processing thousands of leads per month, and firms that are handling a few dozen per  ..

TOP 7 MISTAKES LAW FIRMS MAKE DURING INTAKE #5: FIRMS DON’T ENTER ALL LEADS INTO THEIR CASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

September 01, 2017
TOP 7 MISTAKES LAW FIRMS MAKE DURING INTAKE #5: FIRMS DON’T ENTER ALL LEADS INTO THEIR CASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - blog post image Every call matters. Every person who reaches out to your firm to discuss a new case is important. They may be calling for something that you consider trivial, for something that you think is not worth pursuing, or about an area of law that you do not handle. But they called you. They could have called any number of law firms, and they may have, but they reached out to you and you have the opportunity to make that interaction a positive experience. If it is a case that you want to sign up, most firms will enter all the information into their case management system (“CMS”). There are so ..

TOP 7 MISTAKES LAW FIRMS MAKE DURING INTAKE #4: FIRMS DON’T TEACH THEIR INTAKE TEAM THE NUMBERS

August 25, 2017
TOP 7 MISTAKES LAW FIRMS MAKE DURING INTAKE #4: FIRMS DON’T TEACH THEIR INTAKE TEAM THE NUMBERS - blog post image Everyone needs to know how to keep score. I have yet to come across a team that doesn’t enjoy knowing the score. People engage at a higher level when they understand how to score points and have control over winning or losing. It is the same for your intake team. Whether it is one person, or ten people, they need to have an easy way to “check the scoreboard” and know how they are doing. Know your “want ratios.” The first set of numbers that your intake team should know are the want ratios for each case type that the firm handles. What does this mean? If a firm receives 100 automobile  ..

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