4 New Trends that are Changing the Way Lawyers Do Business

The only thing that always makes things become new in life – is change: lawyers and their businesses aren’t free from it. Let’s take a look at the newly-evolving trends that are changing the way lawyers do business:

  1. The prevalent use of modern internet technology

A lot of newly-invented information technologies have been widely used by people because of the extent to which they cut down expenditure on the use of money and energy. The way lawyers do business is changing with respect to various technologies – which can be expressed through 7 ways, viz:

  • the smaller amounts of money/energy required to interact with the attractive and large internet world – has made lawyers change from doing business offline – to doing more of it online;
  • the ability of Skype, Google Hangouts and other new technological platforms – to create “video-conferences”, is reducing the need for lawyers use traditional methods of meeting people for physical interviews and meetings.
  • the direct access which cloud computing provides to clients’ documents from any part of the world – has gradually reduced the need for lawyers to sit in physical offices;
  • the ability of data-mining and artificially-intelligent softwares to predict the outcome of cases much better – has made lawyers to reduce their reliance on personal instinct;
  • the inexpensive use of automated documents has reduced the rate at which lawyers contact/pay the same attorney for drafting new contracts – because it saves their time and money;
  • the degree to which social networking tools (like LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.) provide direct access to numerous online users – has made lawyers to reduce the rate at which they use traditional tools like TV, Radio, and direct mail advertising;
  • the freedom that the increasing number of freelance sites offer – has made lawyers to operate more of their businesses online.
  1. The instability of the global economy

Lawyers’ businesses are always influenced by constantly-evolving economic trends. Globally, the legal industry of today is still feeling the effects of the 2008 financial crisis. Since the financial crisis occurred, lawyers have been pressurized by market forces – to change from delivering more services at higher costs – to delivering more services at lesser costs.

  1. The competition between lawyers offering supporting services

The trend whereby lawyers constantly invent new legal-supporting-services (which can be free at times) in order to offer them to clients, has changed the way they approach their clients’ needs and requirements – thereby ultimately increasing or decreasing their income.

  1. The global pressure on lawyers to beat down legal costs

The global drop in the standard of living has made lawyers gradually forgo the traditional billing-hour model (which has been criticized for rewarding inefficiency) in favour of alternative billing models such as – fixed/flat fees. Recent law department metrics survey reports that over 70% of fees paid to counsels are based on fixed rates, rather than hourly rates.

Conclusion

Lawyers should always watch out for new trends in order to prepared for any abrupt changes, and easily place themselves in favorable positions.

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The Internet’s Most used Words That Make Headlines go Viral

One effective method we can use to comprehend the characteristics of viral headlines on the internet, is to observe the words that appear in the titles of contents at the top of search engines like google — which is linked to blogs, websites or web pages that have very high volumes of traffic. The next thing is to try and figure out what has made them so attractive to the internet audience. (I don’t think there is any other better way to comprehend the attractive ability behind viral headlines.) Although the internet’s readers attraction to titles and articles could depend a lot on – feelings, time period, level of interest, and many other things which can’t be controlled, the following categories of specific words were observed to be influential in making headlines go viral:

Words that “point” to a specific person, thought or thing

Direct examples of such words include: “the”, “that”, “this” and “a”. The attractive power of these words lies in how they “go straight to a particular target”. When you place those words (in combination with other words) in any headline, your reader will be instantly directed towards forming a specific idea about how particular (the, a), how close (this), how far away (that), or how insignificant a person, thought or thing might be to any character. In the course browsing the internet, up to getting attracted by a headline, and reading through an article – a reader will clearly conceive what they are directed to think about in order to comprehend the content surrounding it.

Words that “refer” to a thing, a person, or a group of persons                

Direct examples of such words include: “you”, “your” and “people”. I believe that the number one target of creating content is to give useful information to a reader (a person, or persons): this gives a convincing reason why viral headlines have these particular words in them. The word “you” was once ranked as the fifth most used word on the internet, while “your” was once ranked as the seventeenth most used word. What does the popularity of these words mean? It means that their aim is tied to giving value to the reader – or to many readers (people). A research that was carried out using different headline compositions, discovered that headlines consisting of these words (you, your and people) were the most efficient.

Words that are used to ask for information about anything

Direct examples of such words are: “why”, “where”, “what”, “which”, and “when”. One similar effect that these words create is that they arouse questions within its readers’ minds, thus making them (the readers) delve further towards specific things, and creating an expectation of obtaining a clear meaning or explanation. It has been observed that by structuring headlines to appear as questions, click-rates typically increase. An inquiry into – “why”, “where”, etc, is attractive to readers because it creates the interest in them to acquire knowledge and cover up ground in areas where they are deficient: it makes readers to click on links having these words, in order to learn something new.

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Your Prosperity Today can Become Your Adversity Tomorrow: A Case Study of Zimbabwe

It’s a sad fact that many people and nations once experienced a level of prosperity which is now a distant memory (or almost forgotten) because currently – they’ve fallen into a state of adversity and great misfortune. Evidence abounds everywhere, that prosperity can become adversity within the twinkle of time’s eyes. In 1980, Zimbabwe gained independence after a period of rule which was governed by Great Britain, and Robert Mugabe, who until that moment was a political prisoner, took over the helm of affairs of the nation as the first prime minister.

It’s quite true that during his first ten years of leadership, prosperity was one of the qualities of Zimbabwe, and it showed in the way Zimbabwe grew to become one of the leading nations in Africa. Adversity was far away during a ten year period (between 1980 and 1990) when infant mortality rate fell from 86% to 49%, and life expectancy rose from 56% to 64%: also, adult literacy was on a 67% high and competing with the “developed nations” at the time. Everything was moving in the right direction until the economy started declining after the 1990 elections.

Scenes that express the level of adversity in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe used to be considered as the food basket of Africa, but Mugabe has driven it into economic chaos as expressed by 95% unemployment and 231 million percent inflation – according to experts (in 2008). Due to the level of adversity over the years, millions of Zimbabweans have been fleeing to neighboring countries in order to escape the economic woes of their once prosperous homeland. If Zimbabwe which was once living in prosperity, is now a beggarly nation, let those nations and people that think they stand tall, take heed – lest they fall! May their glorious stories not become groaning stories. May their book of laughter not become a book of lamentation. People and nations should set a daily watch over their empires, whether these empires consist of an individual or a nation.

The level of adversity in Zimbabwe (in terms of statistics)

It’s a good sign when lowly nations try to move up to the level of prosperity inherent in prosperous nations, but Zimbabwe does so while witnessing how routine financial transactions are carried out within its territories – in an astonishing amount of quadrillions. The adversity is so widespread that it’s common to see people carry wheelbarrows full of money to shops. In an attempt to express the level of adversity, an indigenous businessman once said that the whole market scene had gone completely crazy, and that their computers and calculators can’t deal with all the zeroes, even on the cheapest products.

Stock brokers, worldwide, once said that the Zimbabwean dollar made an “exchange rate” record of 10 billion to a single U.S. dollar in direct bank buying; while in electronic transfers – it exceeded 20 billion Zimbabwean dollars to 1 U.S. dollar. A loaf of bread in a supermarket once cost 7 billion Zimbabwean dollars, while a crate of eggs (30 in number) was once 45 billion dollars ($4.50 U.S. dollars). Oh, when will such adversity turn back into prosperity? I am not a politician, but when a nation’s leader leads a nation into deterioration and decay, I use his or her life as my school!

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The Ways of GOD are Superior to the Acts of God

In order to buttress the title of the article, let’s take a brief look into the Christian Bible, at a scripture in Psalms 103: 7 which says: “He made his ways known to Moses, and his acts known to the children of Israel”. Although Moses had a lot of access to the ways of GOD, the children of Israel “only” had access to the acts of GOD. There was a big difference between the distinct relationships GOD had with either side; and from that scripture, it can be clearly seen that the ways of GOD are superior to the acts of GOD! Moses, who was closer to GOD than the rest of the Israelites, had an upper hand with the things of GOD than the rest of the Israelites did. To move a bit deeper, we can say that the ways of GOD should be viewed upon as the principles or laws of GOD, i.e. the pattern in which He made creation to work in a truthful, balanced, and awesome manner. If you abide by his ways or principles, then you can have access to his power and become a commander of his acts. Take a look at the ten commandments in order to get a grasp of his ways. Once you obey them, then his powerful acts will be displayed in your life and you’ll naturally be able to bring great and miraculous deeds into physical existence. When you understand His ways (principles) and stand by them, just like Moses did, you will be radiate His powerful acts.

Most people are far away, or actually cut off from the ways of GOD: that’s why they “may” only be able to ride on his acts which are by-products of his ways. Don’t expect GOD’s principles to work wonders for you in one area when you violate them in another area, or areas. For example, it doesn’t matter how much principles of faith you operate by, if you violate the principles of righteousness, truthfulness and respect for your fellow man, your faith will never produce strong results (acts). Irrespective of an individuals faith (i.e. your faith or that of someone spiritually higher than you), if sin is on ground – then all your expectations won’t be completely realized. This is the mystery behind so many unanswered prayers! The second example is in the area of financial prosperity: if you are a good giver “sometimes”, but become negligent “at other times”, then true prosperity may likely elude you. In order for this type of scene not to occur, abide by GOD’s laws or principles so you can have a smooth ride on his ways as you watch the multitude (like the Israelites) stare at the acts.

In order for everything to be put in proper balance, what should you do? Well, make attempts to do the following: (i) Be open to GOD! Search yourself and find out if there are any of GOD’s principles you are violating. If you are sincere and eager, you will find out the exact thing(s) you are suppose to stop doing. And once you are able to find it out, amend it by “stopping it”; (ii) Since we are all human and prone to making mistakes, ask GOD to give you the grace to overcome the hurdles confronting you in the areas where you’re lagging behind. His grace will give you ease! (iii) Always seek GOD’s face; not his hands. Pursue his ways rather than his acts, and you will see more of his acts than you ever thought possible.

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It’s Never Too Late With God! Your Best Days Are Still Ahead!

The story of “Laurre the Elliot” who bagged a master’s degree at the age of 90, says a lot about the fact that – where there is a will, there will always be a way – no matter the trials or pains! “Laurre the Elliot” is a proof to many that it’s never too late to fulfil your dreams. She said it was that nagging, “unfilled desire“, that prevented her from never giving up. If you want to do something badly enough – then you will be able to do it. Later on, she welcomed her status as role model and hopes to encourage other elderly people to pursue their long-held aspirations. “I hope I can inspire some of these people to continue their education”, she told WFAA. “That’s my goal”. Madam Elliot who hails from Portsmouth, England, spent 15 months at the University of Sussex for her master’s degree in Russian and Eastern European Studies. She also spent a year at the University of Portsmouth as part of her first degree in Russian Studies. She later planned to get her Ph.D. God can still help you accomplish whatever you desire in your life, and destiny.

One day with God is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are as one day. Spiritually, a Gregorian calendar doesn’t exist. An invincible determination can achieve almost anything, and in this – lies the distinction between great men and common men. In the Bible, we see how God overturned the captivity of Job at his old age. Zechariah and Elizabeth had one of the greatest miracles because they decided to wait on God, despite their old age. If you and your family would do the same, you would be put place of honour in your generation. I remembered several years ago when the wife of a pastor committed suicide by hanging herself at their residence. She hanged herself while the husband was attending a night vigil because since they married, they had no child, and she suspected that the husband was falling into temptation, and having sex and children outside their marriage. Is there anything that God cannot do? If the husband was having an extramarital affair, couldn’t God have intervened?

We must never judge the dead, but if the problem was due to lack of having a child and she was growing older, is the God of Zechariah, Abraham, Sarah and Job dead? No! Your case is no different! It’s never too late! And it’s time to say that – repeatedly – to all forms of negativity staring at you. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporal problem. Note that age is not a barrier to achieving God’s plans for your life! Many people are always blaming circumstances for the cause of where they are in life: however, the people who get along in this world are those who get up and look for the circumstance they want, and if they can’t favourable circumstances, they create them. Reject all forms of regrets! Look unto God. It is never too late with God! Your best days are still ahead!

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Investment (Not Expenditure), is the Basis of Accomplishments in Life

There is actually nothing like getting “something for nothing”, in this world! Making a difference, involves the expenditure of time, energy and resources. Generally, Mother Theresa of Calcutta, India, made a difference in the world: specifically she made a difference by helping the poor and underprivileged people on the streets of one of the world’s largest and poorest cities, Calcutta. She often brought her served meals in the aircraft to feed the poor. After receiving the Noble Peace Prize, she used all the money she got – to feed and care for the poor. When the Pope visited India in 1963, the Indian government bought a limousine to conduct the Pope throughout his stay. At his departure, the Pope gave the limousine to Mother Theresa who quickly sold it to feed and care for the poor: what a love, and what a life to live!

No wonder, even though she is dead, her impact, relevance, and influence lives on.  Impact is made when you live to give, and not just to gain. Those who invest what others retain, achieve what others cannot. Those who live their lives contributing and distributing, rather than accumulating, make the difference on the long run. Investment, not expenditure, is the basis of accomplishments in life. Make a difference through giving! A key to making a difference or living a life of impact on earth, is by living beyond your needs and time.

The biblical Joseph was busy in an ancient Egyptian prison meeting other people’s needs and making them fulfilled. At the end of the day, his own needs were not only met, but he also became a man of influence, power and authority in a foreign land (Egypt). Zig ziglar said, “You will always have everything in life when you help people get what they want”. In the actual sense, it is more blessed to give than receive. Increase someone’s joy by meeting their practical needs. Do something remarkable for someone today, and always.

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Drawing Up, From the Well of Wisdom Located “Deep” Within Your Heart

The scripture in Proverbs 20: 5 of the Christian Bible, says: “Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out”. A deep look at that scripture will give you the impression that an immeasurable amount of treasures lies within each human beings heart; and these treasures can help each individual live an outstanding and distinguished lifestyle! There is counsel, information and direction within the deepest part of man. It takes a lot of time and thinking to pull them out. Also, it takes wisdom to apply them towards becoming a mystery to your generation. When Joseph (of ancient Israel) gave Pharaoh insight into the impending economic crisis of their era, Pharaoh used that insight as a unique breakthrough in preventing the occurrence of any serious calamity. Joseph advised the king on how food could be preserved for seven years; without decadence, and without the application of any sophisticated technology.

In so many instances, seeking help by running from place to place, is not the real solution to some major issues in life. There is advice, information, direction and solution – within you. Your responsibility is to settle down and discover them. Many people don’t create time to settle down, meditate, think and plan; and so they end up frustrated. At every junction of life, meditate deeply within your spirit, in order to obtain directions. When you are committed to being thoughtful, through meditation, then you’ll be given proper direction. Most of the modern wonders of science were invented because men created time to think and tap into the abundance of wealth and treasures located within their minds. For example, electricity was around all the while: but no one saw it or did anything about it, until Benjamin Franklin thought about it, and brought it into physical existence.

Archimedes brought forth the laws of flotation after thinking deeply over the matter for a long period of time. He got the solution in the bathroom and shouted “eureka”, which means “I have found it”. Bill Gates, who is extremely wealthy and one of the fathers of modern information technology, is a confirmed thinker. A story was once told about him, that while he was in deep thought one day, his mother called out – “Bill, Bill”, but he was lost in his thoughts. When he was eventually asked what he was doing, he replied: “I was thinking, don’t you think?” Limitless amounts of useful information can emanate from your mind, if you make out time to delve into it a little bit, or even much more deeper – than usual. The fact that you don’t take time to think over the issues of life, doesn’t mean that you have an opportunity to be careless! Settle down and calmly meditate, in order to release the treasures of ideas located on the inside part of you.

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