Over the weekend I moved my Social Security disability law practice to a new building in downtown Colorado Springs. The result is a larger, less costly office with better amenities including free parking for myself and my clients. I also swapped 6 keys for one!
The move also gave me a chance to simplify and modernize. Or, put another way: to shake the dust off and really see what I wanted to keep, update or get rid of.
I revisited a number of documents including the information packet I email prospective clients. I had been using largely the same packet I created in 2004. For this revision, I cut two-thirds of the text, added more images and white space, to create a more streamlined and nicer introduction to my legal services.
I also emptied out every drawer and cabinet. More than 95% of my work is done on the computer. The main things I need are:
- A comfortable office for my clients to meet me.
- A computer.
- An internet connection.
- A scanner.
- A printer.
Despite being paperless, I still use the printer. I may be becoming nostalgic here, however, I believe there are some notices and letters that come across better when printed. The rest of the office, though, is largely ambience: including the statutes and treatises on the shelves (I prefer the electronic versions).
I am still struggling with getting the internet and phone working which is where the brunt of the modernization is taking place. Telephone systems for all their bells and whistles are still stuck in the early parts of the last century. The hassles are pushing me to a purer internet based communication system. I will be covering technology that I am adding to the office, what’s exciting, as well as what works over time, in upcoming posts.
If you have a question, just let me know.