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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  ..

TOP 7 MISTAKES LAW FIRMS MAKE DURING INTAKE #3: NO ATTRIBUTION RULES

August 21, 2017
TOP 7 MISTAKES LAW FIRMS MAKE DURING INTAKE #3: NO ATTRIBUTION RULES - blog post image What is attribution? Attribution is simply how you give credit to the marketing or non-marketing source for each lead that you receive. Marketing sources are those that you pay for, such as TV, yellow pages, internet, billboards, and so forth. Non-marketing sources are those that you do not pay for, such as word of mouth, repeat clients, and client referrals. At Vista, we see a lot of firms that don’t have a detailed plan in place about how attribution should be handled. It is hard at times, because there can be multiple sources of a lead. A person can see your ad on TV, then think ab ..

TOP 7 MISTAKES LAW FIRMS MAKE DURING INTAKE #2: NOT AUDITING INTAKE CALLS

August 14, 2017
TOP 7 MISTAKES LAW FIRMS MAKE DURING INTAKE #2: NOT AUDITING INTAKE CALLS - blog post image Auditing how your firm handles new calls from potential clients is extremely important. Vista recommends that every firm audit a batch of intake calls on a weekly basis. The good news is that it is easier than ever to make this happen. Years ago, firms used to do “ghost calls” to test their intake procedures. They would get someone to call their law firm, pretending to have a potential claim, and then monitor the call to see how it was handled. It was extremely cumbersome. The process worked, but it was difficult to implement on a frequent and regular basis. Today, many firms hav ..

Budgeting (Exactly What Does That Mean?)

August 09, 2017
Budgeting (Exactly What Does That Mean?) - blog post image Most firm (business) owners begin to think about how their business has performed for the year and also begin thinking about how to improve upon that performance for the next calendar year around November. Without a target to measure against, performance is usually simply measured against how the firm did last year. Although better than no measuring stick at all, “better than last year” is not the optimum standard for which to gauge financial performance. Ok…what is the optimum? Answer: a well prepared budget of expenses and a projection of expected revenue compared to actual pe ..
Paul B. Harding
"As our firm grew, it became difficult to track the progress of cases through the various units, along with the customer service provided to our clients. VISTA developed dashboards for all this and more! When viewing our dashboard, I now have all the important data at my fingertips: client contact, file review, the number of demands filed, files placed in suit, and so much more! Our unit managers also use these tools to ensure that attorneys and staff are staying on-track. As Managing Partner, I am pulled in many directions at once and am often out of the office — the dashboard allows me to zero in on issues as they develop, regardless of my location or the time of day. Great solution for us!"
- Paul B. Harding / Managing Partner
Wendy and David Share
“We met with Vista for a strategic planning session as our firm is at the crossroads and we wanted some outside perspective to help us with our planning. Vista provided a very focused environment so that we could develop our “Painted Picture” or 5-year plan. As we were very involved in the process, the conclusions we arrived at were not surprising to us, but having a road map to help us take the next step has been very beneficial to us. We have been working on the required steps and are making progress, and we do always come back to the Painted Picture and the principles we discussed in realizing our objectives. It is very much an ongoing process, and we know Vista is there for us, if and when we need their further input and objective perspective. Vista’s knowledge of the inner working of Plaintiff Personal Injury law firms allowed them to offer their insight and perspective to our unique circumstances. The fact that we are in Canada proved to be no barrier to understanding what our firm is all about.”
- Wendy and David Share
Kenny Harrell
“The Joye Law Firm would whole-heartedly recommend Vista Consulting’s services. It’s been nearly two years since Vista did the initial needs assessment at our firm, followed by several weeks of ‘boots on the ground’ work. With the benefit of hindsight, I can easily say that improvements we’ve made as the result of their services have easily more than paid for the costs of the same (and that was probably true a few months in.) This is true based on improvements in our case management efficiency and especially in regard to better intake procedures. Our average new cases per month have increased 50%, and this is due in large part on our doing a better job of following up on potential new clients.”
- Kenny Harrell / Managing Partner