Four Trends that are Currently Changing the Way Lawyers run their Businesses

The only thing that always makes many other things to become new in life is “change”; lawyers and their businesses aren’t free from it. Let’s take a look at 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 to 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.


Lawyers should always watch out for new trends in order to be 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 by observing the type of 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 to do 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 most readers attraction to titles and articles could depend a lot on their feelings and emotional status, their level of interest, and many other things which can’t be controlled, the following categories of specific words have been 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 start expatiating on the title of this article, let’s take a brief look in 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 relationship GOD had with either side (Moses, and the children of Israel), and from that scripture we just read, it can be clearly observed 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 in the things of GOD than 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, unbiased, 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, then you will be able to radiate His power and display His powerful acts.

Most people are far away—or actually cut off—from the ways of GOD; this is why it’s difficult for them 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 faith you have, if you violate the principles of righteousness and truthfulness, and live your life disrespecting for your fellow man, then your faith will never produce strong results (or acts). Irrespective of any individual’s faith (i.e., faith in either God, yourself, or an entity/someone spiritually higher than you), if sin is on ground, then all your expectations will likely NOT be realized; this explains the mystery behind so many unanswered prayers, wishes and expectations! Another 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 these types of scenes not to occur, abide by GOD’s laws or principles so that you can have a smooth ride on his ways—as you watch the multitude (like the Israelites) stare at the accompanying acts.

In order for everything to be put in a 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 do, or those you are suppose to STOP doing. And once you are able to find it/them out, immediately make amends by doing it/them, or stopping it/them; (ii) Ask GOD to give you the grace to overcome the hurdles confronting you in the areas where you’re lagging behind; His grace has been made available to help us because he understands that we are human and prone to making mistakes; (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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