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

September 14, 2017
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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 intake department. It is worth it to hire this person. It is worth it to spend money on this person. It is worth it to invest in training this person. They will increase the number of signups you obtain, without having to add more to your advertising or changing your intake criteria. They will simply make your intake process more efficient.

Ask yourself...is there one person at your office who:

  • Knows your daily intake statistics?
  • Monitors your intake process?
  • Reports on a weekly and monthly basis the intake statistics, such as number of leads, number of qualified leads (wants), number of contracts, conversion rate, source of call, and so forth?
  • Works on getting contracts in the door on cases that you want, but have not signed up?

Don't make the mistake that so many firms make. Find that person, whether they are already in your office or maybe you need to hire someone new, but get yourself a great person to run your intake department immediately. It is one of the best hires that you will make.

Richard Harris
"After founding and managing one of Nevada’s largest personal injury law firms for over 30 years, and teaching law practice management, I didn’t think there was much a consultant could do for me. I initially asked Vista, “Why would I pay you to tell me what’s wrong with my firm – when I already know it?” Their response was, “We’ll help you fix it.” That had actually never occurred to me, which showed how much I needed them. Beginning with the onsite visit and comprehensive Needs Assessment, the Vista team not only helped fix what I already knew needed attention, I’m pleased to admit they revealed and helped us resolve several problem areas I previously didn’t know about. Not only that, through consistent coaching conferences and initiation of dynamic reporting of key performance indicators, Vista trained and transitioned a new management team to take our firm to the next level. I’m completely satisfied with Vista and recommend their services to any firm, large or small."
- Richard Harris
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
Bill Berg
“… They have also worked with us in ways to improve how many new cases we sign-up – they constantly are coaching us in ways we can do things better in that regard. In our weekly meetings we go over our new case sign-ups, our demand times and various other statistics and topics. They hold us accountable to ourselves… I could go on & on – our accounting department was also restructured based much on their recommendations. And, Vista also researched and found a new CPA firm for me which actually keeps up on telling me what needs to be done instead of just keeping things as the status quo.”
- Bill Berg