Young Women's Leadership Academy Department Chair Earns Teaching Excellence Award from Crescent Real Estate

Colby Allen is in his eighth year of teaching at Young Women’s Leadership Academy.

Fort Worth ISD’s Colby Allen wins the 2018 Crescent Teaching Excellence Chair award.

Graphic Design & Engineering Pathway Chair at Fort Worth ISD's Young Women's Leadership Academy earns Teaching Excellence Award in Career & Technology

I am impressed with how our Chairs for Teaching Excellence mentor, engage and inspire students. Colby arranges enrichment opportunities for his students, such as sending students to summer seminars.”

— Suzanne Stevens, Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of Crescent

FORT WORTH, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, November 30, 2018 / — Colby Allen earned the prestigious Crescent Real Estate Chair for Teaching Excellence in Career and Technology Education presented at a Fort Worth Independent School District award luncheon November 12, 2018. Allen and 15 other Forth Worth ISD teachers selected were conferred with the title 2018-2019 Academic Chairs for Teaching Excellence and received a $5,000 honorarium.

This year the program recorded a record number of teacher applications, according to Fort Worth ISD. The Chairs for Teaching Excellence program was established in 1994. It is modeled after the university-level Chair program and is designed to recognize and reward exemplary teachers. This program is unique because of its role in a public K-12 setting and for its rigorous selection process.

For the 13th consecutive year, Crescent sponsored the career and technology education chair. Suzanne Stevens, Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of Crescent presented the award to Colby Allen, chairman of the Graphic Design and Engineering Pathway department at Fort Worth Independent School District’s Young Women’s Leadership Academy.

“Every year I am impressed with how our Chairs for Teaching Excellence mentor, engage and inspire students,” said Stevens. “Colby epitomizes this spirit. He brings mentors from the graphic design industry into the classroom and arranges real-world experience through internships and school projects.

“Since many of his students have not had access to technology or digital media, Colby arranges enrichment opportunities for his students, such as sending students to summer seminars at the Savannah College of Art and Design” Stevens added.

Allen is recognized inside and outside of the classroom as an accomplished teacher and member of the animation industry. Earlier this year he won the Young Women’s Preparatory Network Educator of Excellence award. He also has established partnerships with film and movie organizations, museums and festivals as an avenue to connect his students to the “real-world” through access to competitions, internships and participation in marketing campaigns.

“Mr. Allen has taken our Graphics Design program to new heights,” said Tamara V. Albury, principal of the Young Women’s Leadership Academy. “He has created a program that provides students opportunity to produce real products for actual clients. His students have been featured on NBC 5 and the Fort Worth ISD website.”

Additionally, his students have produced short documentary videos for Fort Worth Cable TV, as well as handled a marketing campaign for Fort Worth Vaqueros, creating logos, posters and other marketing materials for the local soccer team. The students also gain experience managing the campus social media platforms and acting as the school’s design studio to create campus marketing materials.

“Colby is an innovator in the classroom who is always applying different techniques to increase student engagement,” said Nathan Pena, a colleague of Allen at Young Women’s Leadership Academy.
Rather than teach from outdated textbooks or tutorials, Allen uses small group learning where students collaborate together. He will have one group act as the client and pitch their graphic and marketing needs to other students. Those students then must create logos for the fictional company, and later participate in designer-client consultations which lead to revised logos and marketing materials.

“The students learn technical skills as well as important professional standards, presentation skills, teamwork and problem-solving,” said Allen. Allen added that working with females makes it important to not only have them learn from competition, but to learn from collaboration and creativity of consulting with each other.

Allen is in his eighth year of teaching, all at Young Women’s Leadership Academy. He attended Weatherford College and University of Texas at Arlington where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Video. He is also a member of the Lone Star Film Society, Dallas Video Association and American Institute of Graphic Arts.

Crescent Real Estate LLC (Crescent) is a real estate operating company and investment advisor, founded by Chairman John C. Goff, with assets under management and investment capacity of more than $4 billion. Through the GP Invitation Fund I, the company acquires, develops and operates all real estate asset classes alongside institutional investors and high net worth clients. Crescent’s premier real estate portfolio consists of Class A and creative office, multifamily and hospitality assets located throughout the U.S., including The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, and the wellness lifestyle leader, Canyon Ranch®. For more information, visit

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The Los Angeles Business Journal Named Titanium Real Estate Network as LA's #1 Fastest Growing Real Estate Brokerage

In a tough real estate competition, Titanium Real Estate Network maintained its promise of competitive approach. Thus, they continue to receive awards as the result of their valuable perseverance.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, November 30, 2018 / — Titanium Real Estate NetworkRudy L. Kusuma Home Selling Team, a topnotch and well-trusted name in providing high-end real estate properties in California, is quite enthusiastic to announce that they have been hailed as one of the Top 100 fastest-growing private companies in Los Angeles according to the Los Angeles Business Journal. In the general category, they were ranked #16 while in the Real Estate Category, they slew it as the top performing and were ranked #1 in the November 2018 publication.

Despite the fact that the industry for real estate in Los Angeles becomes tougher and tougher, Titanium Real Estate Network – Rudy L. Kusuma Home Selling Team sustained its standing to be one of the most trusted, efficient and competitive team. The company’s another milestone is made possible by their passionate and dedicated approach to provide best solutions to property buying and selling. Over the years, they have never stopped seeking for the perfect property service offerings to the entire residents of California. They consider satisfaction and excellent customer service of the clients as their real business.

Apart from Los Angeles County, Titanium Real Estate Network – Rudy L. Kusuma Home Selling Team is proud to deliver their dependable real estate projects in San Gabriel Valley, Orange County and many more. They are known to provide a guaranteed quick selling and buying process with the help of their wide range of resources and database.

Achievements in the real estate sector can never be achieved overnight that is why Titanium Real Estate Network – Rudy L. Kusuma Home Selling Team dedicated a high amount of their energy, effort and time to provide what they called “customer satisfaction.” They do not just focus on the development of their solutions. They also offer a comprehensive approach to help many real estate agents to succeed in their chosen field.

The recent recognition received by Titanium Real Estate – Rudy L. Kusuma Home Selling Team is evidence that they are pouring their best effort to stick to their promises to the clients. There is no surprise why the team can sell 1 home every 17.2 hours and Rudy L. Kusuma was recognized as the highest rated real estate agent in California.

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Based in the heart of California, Titanium Real Estate Network – Rudy L. Kusuma Home Selling Team is a trusted and dedicated provider of outstanding property buying and selling services. They are the leading real estate network to provide fast property processing through their up-to-date selling technology, business growth system, reliable solutions, and expert real estate agents.


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Attorney Wins Client Total Loss of Value of Vehicle After Insurance Company Denies Claim

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Attorney, Jeffrey Schaffer, recently won a case for his client who was involved in an automobile accident that diminished the value of their vehicle.

It is very likely an insurance company will deny a total loss of value claim on automobile accident damages. ”

— Jeffrey Schaffer, Esq.


Attorney, Jeffrey Schaffer, recently won a case for his client who was involved in an automobile accident that diminished the value of their vehicle. The client’s insurance company had denied a claim following the accident, but Schaffer obtained a judgment for the total loss of value on his client’s car.

Unfortunately, cases like this are not uncommon. It is very likely an insurance company will deny a total loss of value claim on automobile accident damages.

Many people do not understand the proper definition of a total loss of value on a vehicle. It is commonly thought that the total loss of value is when a car is simply not driveable anymore. This is not the case.

Total loss of value on a vehicle is calculated mathematically by insurance companies. They look at the market value of your vehicle at the time of the accident and then compare it to how much repairs would cost to fix your vehicle.

If the damages would take 80% or more of the market value of your vehicle to fix it, it is then deemed a total loss of value.

If you are involved in an automobile accident and your car suffers damages, you should be well informed that the decision of the insurance company about the claim is not the end all be all. You are able to negotiate if you do not agree with the decision made.

It is highly advised to contact an experienced auto accident attorney, such as Jeffrey Schaffer, to help fight for you to win the total loss settlement you deserve.

Schaffer’s client was in great hands and the case was settled in court. The verdict rendered in favor of granting the client total loss of value on their vehicle.

If you’ve been in a motor vehicle accident and your claim has been denied by your insurance company, contact Jeffrey Schaffer at Saffren & Weinberg today for a consultation.

About the Author:
Jeffrey Schaffer is a partner in the law firm of Saffren & Weinberg and practices in the areas of motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, premises liability, construction, product liability, and medical malpractice claims. At Saffren & Weinberg, we know auto insurance laws and can get your best settlement, usually without going to court. When the insurance company disputes your claim, and they will try to, we have the experience and experts (i.e. accident reconstruction) to provide proof of fault.

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High Impact BI Trends for 2019

Unilytics, a Tableau consulting and training partner, outlines the importance of predicting changes in BI and data management technology, and BI trends in 2019.

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA, November 30, 2018 / — As new technologies are developed each year, our ability to create better technologies also increases. This leads to new breakthroughs each and every year in tech sectors, and in data analysis and management as well. We are constantly seeing newer and better techniques and methods to categorize data, and to organize and present this data to make it easier to interpret.

With these improvements in data management and analysis techniques, there is a need to stay ahead of the curve and predict what changes will come next. This helps to provide better data management and analysis solutions, which can help businesses better understand their data to help them thrive.

Business Intelligence Trends to See in 2019

1. Further AI Integration
AI and learning machines have made a massive impact on data analysis and management. The ability of AI to analyze complex patterns and produce accurate predictions and recommendations is critical for large businesses.

2. The “Data for Good” Movement
For the past several years governments and large corporations have been collecting massive amounts of data on civilians without their consent. Now that this has come to light, the “Data for Good” movement focuses on using the ill-gotten data for more positive uses to help the general public.

3. Codes of Ethics Catches Up to Data Collection:
Further to the point on the “Data for Good” movement, ethics regulations and laws will be amended to reduce the amount of data collected on individuals through nefarious means. We are already seeing the beginning of this; with the EU’s GDPR, governments are starting to realize the power of data in the digital age and are passing more ethical data regulations.

4. BI Platforms Must Integrate More Complex Data Input
We are now collecting more data than we ever have before and this will continue to grow. Business Intelligence platforms need to accommodate this, as businesses are now basing more of their decisions on the data collected.

5. Wide-Spread Corporate Integration of Data Analysis
Given that many corporate CEOs grew up without computers and smartphones, there has been some hesitation in adoption of data analysis within some larger corporations. This hesitation is now lifting, and we will large scale acceptance of data collection and analysis for the benefit of corporations.

6. Accelerated Data Speeds & Storage Requirements
We are now collecting so much data for business intelligence, there needs to be massive amounts of storage readily available. Data storage centers are going to be replaced by better cloud storage solutions. This will provide faster transfer speeds and be more environmentally friendly than building data centers and warehouses.

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Unilytics has been a leading business analytics company since 2001, offering products, consulting and training to over 800 customers in a wide variety of business sectors and government. Unilytics’ helps its clients simplify complex data and present it in a manner that is easy understand, allowing clients to gain new business insights. As a premier supplier of Tableau and Alteryx products, Unilytics offers data preparation, data warehouse building, dashboard development and extensive product training.
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Revolutionary business management app for the mobile service industry takes the market by storm.

The admin dashboard and views of the app on different devices as different workers

The Day Pilot view gives users automatic route optimisation and navigation

Billing and payments made easy with stripe and GoCardless fully integrated

Squeegee – the must have companion for any size and type of mobile service business

My work/life balance has improved tenfold. What used to be a 20-30 min chore to complete the “end of day” admin has now shrunk to about 2-3 minutes. Simply put you shouldn’t be using anything else.”

— Chris Rose of C.Rose cleaning services


Squeegee is an established scheduling system that is fast becoming the market lead among SMEs wanting to optimise efficiency in their business. It has been designed to manage the entire workflow for businesses in the service industry, which started with an app initially designed for window cleaners managing their work: from easy entry of customer details, to the intricacies of scheduling work and managing payments. In partnership with a group of beta users in many different industries, the team employed a strong user feedback model to ensure that the product was shaped with the user at its core. Now with the addition of the newly launched Enterprise plan, Squeegee caters for teams of any size, allowing work assignment and a complete suite of features that give oversight of the business in real time.

The creators of the system, Nexdynamic, have a strong background in innovation in development, and in seeing the types of software on offer for small businesses that were old fashioned and pricey, saw that there was an opportunity to create something new that would benefit everyone. Using only the latest technology and architecture, Squeegee was born from this ideal of improving the workflow of SMEs whilst remaining true to the ethos of being driven by the user, not money. A huge amount of research into the tasks that service providers complete as a part of their daily workflow was part of the upfront work, as well as ensuring the infrastructure that the platform was built on was robust and infallible allowing users to sit back knowing their data is not only safe, but backed up and easily restored in the event of it needing to be.


Squeegee was always designed to be fully mobile from the very beginning. The intention was to improve workflow by ensuring tasks that can be completed out in the field have the simplest possible solution, vastly reducing time spent on administrative tasks.

Squeegee takes control of customer management, job scheduling, billing and payments, route optimisation and navigation, business expenses and has accountancy features all included. Although some of the features mentioned can be seen in the product descriptions of many pieces of software, Squeegee is unique in the way that all data is synced in real time, meaning that everyone has access to everything they need, exactly when it’s needed.


Squeegee is for everyone from new start-ups, through to established multinational corporations. The plans that are available mean it is accessible to everyone from the standard plan for one user who is starting out, the premium plan for sole traders needing end to end business management, and the enterprise plan for anyone working in teams of any size with specific roles and permissions set on each account.


Squeegee is feature rich and complex in functionality whilst being the most user friendly piece of software on the market.

Squeegee keeps scheduling simple. Schedule one off or recurring appointments in a matter of seconds, with any frequency. Complete, skip or replan appointments with a swipe or update the whole schedule on individual jobs or an entire day’s work in one go.

Scheduling by rounds allows users to set a job location and frequency for all jobs within a group and for these to be updated in one step. The order of jobs can be set within rounds so that when rounds are assigned to users and are seen on their work planner or Day pilot for navigation, they retain the same order every time.

Each user has their own role and set of permissions created by an admin, and work can either be assigned to them as a default if they carry out the same work each week/month etc, or on a job by job basis.

The revolutionary Day Pilot feature not only provides navigation from job to job, but optimises routes using real time traffic data giving the option to update when a better route is found. If jobs need to be done in a particular order on a day or round, this is also an option and Day Pilot will purely navigate between jobs and display the expected overall time for the whole day’s work.

Most Squeegee users enjoy setting up their accounts with automatic invoicing on job completion and many choose to also have these automatically sent to their customers via email of SMS all in the one swipe! Customers can pay manually, online directly from the invoice using Stripe, or can be set up with Direct Debit payments using GoCardless.

Expenses can be managed on the move and easily sorted by category which can be visual using emojis and images to help. All entered expenses can then be used to form different profit and loss reports against payments and invoices. Very soon, receipts will be able to be captured and stored against expenses too in order to make sure the papertrail is kept in one place.

Insights give a monthly snapshot into customers, jobs and financials showing some key headline figures and trends. There are a number of available reports in the reports tab which can be downloaded at any time.

The admin overview gives a snapshot into real time progress of workers including location, completed jobs, those invoiced and those that have made a payment, all at a glance. This real time data is invaluable for businesses for administrators to step in, quickly and easily reassign work when needed and ensure all work planned is completed each day.


Squeegee’s growth has been building in momentum from day one, to now becoming one of the fastest growing work scheduling and management systems with unparalleled customer service and support. Squeegee’s usage is doubling every two weeks, with thousands of customers all across the Globe.

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Cache Elite Inc.. (OTC PINK: ILUS), Today announced that its Board will cancel 40 Million shares

Cache Elite Inc. (OTCMKTS:ILUS)

SCOTTSDALE, AZ, US, November 30, 2018 / — Scottsdale, AZ., Nov. 30, 2018,  Cache Elite Inc.. (OTC PINK: ILUS), an acquisition and development Company, today announced that its Board will cancel 40 Million shares of free trading common stock previously issued. These shares are currently in the float and have never been traded. They will be returned to the treasury in the first quarter of 2019 until cancellation. Further, ILUS today confirmed that there will be no reverse splits of its common stock and 350,000,000 shares will stay restricted for 2018 as well as 2019.  

The ILUS Board also stated the company has entered into an LOI with a development company that was negotiated and approved by a special committee (the "Special Committee") of the board of directors of Company (the "Board") on an arm's length basis. The Special Committee, comprised of independent Board members, was established by the Board to identify, evaluate and consider strategic alternatives available to ILUS with a view to enhancing shareholder value. Scheduled to close at the end of Q4 2018 or sooner, information will be released as commitments are consummated. 

Safe Harbor Statement: This news release contains forward-looking statements as defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include statements concerning plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events or performance, and underlying assumptions and other statements that are other than statements of historical facts. These statements are subject to uncertainties and risks including, but not limited to, product and service demand and acceptance, changes in technology, economic conditions, the impact of competition and pricing, government regulation, and other risks described in statements filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All such forward-looking statements whether written or oral, and whether made by or on behalf of the Company, are expressly qualified by the cautionary statements that may accompany the forward-looking statements. Also, the Company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof.

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As part of a series of articles, Immigration Attorney Magdalena Cuprys publishes review of Paralegal employment

Magdalena Cuprys, Immigration Lawyer in Florida

Magdalena Cuprys, Immigration Lawyer in Florida

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Website Magdalena Cuprys, Immigration Attorney in Florida

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Blog of Immigration Attorney Magdalena Cuprys

Paralegals must undergo specific education and training, and are utilized by many different employers, explains Magdalena Cuprys in her most recent article.

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Paralegals are a key component of an efficient law practice, and their role continues to expand. In fact, the job outlook (unlike for many other professions) is quite bright.”

— Magdalena Cuprys, Immigration Lawyer

MIAMI, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, November 30, 2018 / — In her most recent published article, part of a series of articles published on her blog, immigration attorney Magdalena Cuprys reviews the training and employment of Paralegals in a law practice. The complete articles will be published on the Blog of Ms. Cuprys at

Paralegal Training and Experience

Paralegals are a key component of an efficient law practice, and their role continues to expand. In fact, the job outlook (unlike for many other professions) is quite bright. Paralegals must undergo specific education, training and/or work experience and are utilized by many different employers, including individual practitioners, law firms, corporations and various government agencies. Different certifications and credentials are available to classify the Paralegal experience. In the traditional law firm setting, the Paralegal's time is primarily spent on substantive legal work which is billed to clients at market rates, similar to other professional staff, but at a significantly lower rate than would be charged had an Attorney been solely utilized to handle such work, as was standard in the past. This hourly billing option distinguishes Paralegals from other non-lawyer staff members. However, many legal or quasi-legal organizations do not specifically bill for Paralegal time, such as Real Estate Title Firms, Immigration Law Firms, or Bankruptcy practices. Thus, in many organizations, time spent on administrative or clerical functions is not billable to the client’s case.

Due to Ethical Rules, Paralegals will never completely replace Lawyers

Only licensed attorneys may give “legal advice” to clients, and ethical rules in all U.S. States are uniform that Paralegals are strictly prohibited from doing so. Paralegals also are prohibited from directly accepting a client’s case, setting any fees, or representing a client in court (unless specifically authorized by the court, see below). All U.S. States require attorneys to be licensed and most have regulations imposing strict penalties for anyone who engages in the unauthorized practice of law. In fact, there are rules requiring appropriate supervision of Paralegals.

The largest employers of Paralegals within the legal profession are, naturally, law firms. However, businesses, corporations and government are large Paralegal employers as well. Paralegals are found in every area work of legal practice, ranging from bankruptcy law practice, estate planning, litigation, personal injury law, and immigration.

Strong Need for Paralegals Continues

Doomsday talk persisted in the recent past that technology was set to fully replace the Paralegal industry as a result of software upgrades and automated advances. At least one major law firm today uses highly sophisticated software for research previously conducted by Paralegals and even Attorneys. Many predicted the end of the Paralegal profession. The Associated Press issued a report in 2013 which claimed that an increasing number of Attorneys were using software and other technologies to do the work previously performed by Paralegal staff. It is certainly true that such software and technologies can enable solo practitioners to handle most or all of their workload without the need for any Paralegal. However, in 2014 the Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasted a continuing positive growth rate of 8 percent growth from 2014 to 2024, and then in 2016 readjusted that figure to a 15 percent growth from 2016 to 2026 – again documenting continued growth from its original projection.

This information is confirmed by the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), an online database that contains hundreds of occupational definitions to help job seekers, businesses and workforce development professionals to understand educational and occupational trends in today’s economy in the United States. O*NET was developed under the sponsorship of the US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA) in the 1990s. According to O*NET, the future outlook for Paralegals is bright.

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What is a Paralegal? – Brief video lecture by David Jaroszewski, Director of Paralegal Studies at Lee College, Baytown, Texas.

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Family Law Attorney Janet Reed publishes third article in a series about Technology & the Legal Profession

Attorney Janet Pittman Reed, North Carolina

Attorney Janet Pittman Reed, North Carolina

Janet Reed Attorney in North Carolina

Janet Reed Attorney in North Carolina

Janet Pittman Reed lawyer in North Carolina

Janet Pittman Reed lawyer in North Carolina

As technology reshapes all of modern personal and professional life, the Family Law practitioner is not exempt, explains Janet P. Reed, Esq.

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Technology is advancing, and the legal profession must keep up with these technological and societal changes.”

— Janet Reed, North Carolina lawyer

JACKSONVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES, November 30, 2018 / — In her third article in a series, attorney Janet P. Reed discusses the advancements and impact of technology upon the Family Law practitioner, and how it is being utilized to enhance the client experience in terms of satisfaction and customer service. As technology reshapes all of modern personal and professional life, the legal profession is no exception. The complete articles will be published on the blog of Ms. Reed at

Technology is advancing, and the legal profession must keep up with these technological and societal changes. Many of us still remember when they first saw a personal computer, when cell phones became widely available, and when cell phones turned into smart phones that have become indispensable for many.

Incorporating technology into a law practice can make the practice more efficient and increase client satisfaction. In fact, technology may enable the practitioner to exceed client expectations. Here are a few, simple-to-implement options.

Phone Systems

Phone systems have advanced greatly. A wealth of call forwarding technologies enable clients to call a central number to reach an attorney anywhere. Skype enables you to conduct video conference calls during which you can share a screen and exchange documents.

But with phone forwarding, you may even have a remote answering such as Ruby Receptionists (, which then takes a message or forwards the call to a specified phone number. Other services with great flexibility include Ring Central (, Ooma ( and Jive (

Suddenly a physical office or geographical distance are less important. It has become almost normal for clients to work with law firms at a greater distance from their home or business location. Having an office close to your clients (or close to the courthouse) is suddenly not as critical.

Janet Reed notes that this also benefits clients, as they may decide to hire an attorney whose office is not nearby. It affords clients access to much greater legal talent and improved access to quality representation than was once available to them in smaller towns/markets.

What used to be an in-person consultation can now be done by email or a video conference. Since the number of in-person meetings is reduced, the cost to clients is reduced as well.

Virtual Meetings

Getting together for face-to-face meetings with clients can sometimes be difficult, especially when it includes travel. Skype ( and EZ Talks (, and other video systems allow you to offer the experience of a live meeting, which can be much more productive and stimulating than a simple phone call, since human beings communicate to large extent non-verbally, through gestures, facial expressions, etc. Numerous Web-conferencing tools provide such visual and human elements of a live meeting. They allow attendees to communicate, collaborate on documents and even give presentations in real time.

In fact, there are free (or almost free) services with a lot of functionality that are useful for sharing and discussing on-screen documents, giving a presentation, recording and chat capabilities.

Client Portals

Online Client Portals are an option especially for a high-volume practice such as bankruptcy or Family Law law. Instead of answering innumerable phone calls with questions such as “What is the status of my case?”, the firm offers access to a Portal where clients can see their exact case status in real time. In fact, password-protected portions of a law firm’s website may be a more secure alternative to email. Clients can access their case information day or night, comment on drafts and get updates on court dates. Examples include Practice Panther ( and One Hub (

Still somewhat expensive due to the cost and complexity of implementation, client portals will undoubtedly proliferate further as the technology matures.

Social Media

Whether you like it or not, Social Media has become inescapable. Review websites like Yelp! or Avvo list Attorneys regardless and allow anybody to post reviews and comments about one’s practice. Further, Facebook creates “inofficial” Facebook pages for professionals, which in effect may force them to set up actual Facebook pages and join their platform. In many cases, the best option for the legal practitioner may be to embrace Social Media and claim the profile to use and control it to their advantage.

Google Maps – Locations

In past, even small problems like “I cannot find your office” could interrupt a client relationship. No more. Today you can put “Directions” on your website to ensure that all clients can find your office easily when they have to. Google Maps can be customized for clients, and also shows the way to related locations to one’s Practice (i.e. Courthouse, Government Offices, etc.). Google Streetview also can show clients what your office building looks like from the outside.

Case Reminders

Everybody is busy. We all receive too many emails. Thus, many messages get lost in the shuffle. Providing communications or updates via email, text message, or voicemail can remind clients of upcoming appointments, deadlines, court dates, etc.

Sharing Information with Clients

Here at our law firm, at the commencement of services, we fully discuss communication preferences with clients. This includes discussing methods for exchanging confidential information and their preferences for receiving other, general communications.

In fact, proactive communications with clients may be an effective marketing tool, such as an alert to a client about regulatory actions that are about to affect their business.

To be continued. – The complete articles will be published on the blog of Ms. Reed at

*NOTE: The inclusion of a technology or app in this article does not mean an endorsement or approval. The listed technologies are just for illustrative purposes. None of these particular technologies are endorsed or recommended by this author.

About Janet Pittman Reed, Attorney in North Carolina

Janet Reed is an attorney in Jacksonville, North Carolina, and handles Family Law cases such as Divorce & Separation, Personal Injury, Traffic, Criminal Law, Driver’s License Restoration Services, and Civil Litigation cases.


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Employment Lawyer Curt Surls publishes article series on the work of Paralegals in law offices

Curt Surls, Employment Lawyer

Curt Surls, Employment Lawyer

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Website of Curt Surls, Employment Law Specialist

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Articles by Curt Surls on CELA VOICE

Most law firms and businesses could not function without Paralegals. Curt Surls, Esq. reviews the work relationship Lawyers-Paralegals in 4 articles.

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… there have been some dramatic changes since the 1990s due to the fact that the number of attorneys has increased significantly, and at the same time the rise of personal computers and the Internet”

— Curtis Surls, Employment Lawyer

MANHATTAN BEACH, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, November 30, 2018 / — In the ever-changing economy, Paralegals are gradually taking on more and more tasks that in the past were handled exclusively by Attorneys. The beneficiaries of this evolution are primarily the clients themselves, notes employment attorney Curt Surls in his recent article series. The complete articles will be published on the blog of Mr. Surls at

The occupation of the Paralegal (or Legal Assistant) has evolved into a critical component to the make-up of the modern law office. Today, most law firms and businesses with legal departments could not function without them. In fact, it seems that Paralegals already handle most of the day-to-day routine legal support, including gathering information from clients. However, there have been some dramatic changes since the 1990s due to the fact that the number of attorneys has increased significantly, and at the same time the rise of personal computers and the Internet has changed the way Attorneys and Paralegals work. In fact, the economic pressure is on to transfer more and more legal work assignments to Paralegal to keep a law firm or other business competitive.

This four-part article reviews how Paralegals are used in a law office or business setting today, how work assignments are divided up between Attorneys and Paralegals, and what ethical requirements apply. In adapting to today’s economic reality, the likely beneficiary of the emerging trends is the client.

The Basic Paralegal-Attorney Work Relationship

The general job description for Paralegals may seem rather mundane: “Assist lawyers by investigating facts, preparing legal documents, or researching legal precedent. Conduct research to support a legal proceeding, to formulate a defense, or to initiate legal action.” (see O*NET, below). In fact, as discussed below, it is a hands-on job of increasing importance as law firms and businesses are under pressure to reduce costs in a competitive economy.

According to O*NET, a Paralegal’s work assignments may include:

* Prepare affidavits or other documents, such as legal correspondence, and organize and maintain documents in paper or electronic filing system.
* Prepare legal documents, including briefs, pleadings, appeals, wills, contracts, and real estate closing statements.
* Prepare for trial by performing tasks such as organizing exhibits.
* Investigate facts and law of cases and search pertinent sources, such as public records and internet sources, to determine causes of action and to prepare cases.
* Meet with clients and other professionals to discuss details of case.
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Further, Paralegal work involves now requires extensive use of Technology Skills, such as

* Analytical or scientific software — Office software; LexisNexis, CourtLink Strategic Profiles; Uniscribe; Wilson's Computer Applications RealEasy Appraisals
* Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software; Microsoft Access; Relativity e-Discovery; TrialWorks
* Desktop publishing software — Digital contract software; Microsoft Publisher; ProForce Paralegal Pro-Pack; Sure Will Writer
* Document management software — Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat; CaseSoft DepPrep; PDF Snake Easy Bates; Summation Blaze
* Information retrieval or search software — American LegalNet USCourtForms; LexisNexis; Thomson West FindLaw; Westlaw Real Property Deed

Detailed Work Activities involve:

* Maintain the order of legal documents.
* Prepare legal documents.
* Research relevant legal materials to aid decision making.
* Confer with court staff to clarify information.
* Meet with individuals involved in legal processes to provide information and clarify issues.

Source: O*NET

The reality today is that a large part of client interactions is handled by Paralegals, such as gathering necessary information, drafting forms, applications and pleadings, and providing answers to questions about the contents of the client file and missing documents. Thus, Paralegal work is not quite as mundane as it appears from the O*NET description. In fact, most of the colorful day-to-day client interactions are presumably handled by Paralegals (subject to ethical rules as discussed below).

One thing has continued unchanged; Paralegals provide essential support to Attorneys, as well as assist in the production and delivery of legal services to the modern client. This “go between client and attorney” career began to develop in the late 1960's when law firms and individual law practitioners sought ways to not only to improve efficiency, but also to reduce costs and expenses – expenses that could be passed along to the client over the course of legal representation. Still, the beneficiary has been the Client because such support work is billed at a much lower rate, and Paralegals tend to be much more accessible than Attorneys with their hectic, deadline-driven schedule. Thus, there is a benefit to both the law firm and the client – Paralegals are able and qualified to perform many services that reduce Attorney time spent on a particular legal matter, thus again resulting in a lower cost to the client. The use of Paralegal services also greatly improves case efficiency and accuracy as the Attorney is now free to spend more time on the more vital aspects of the client’s case. In many cases, work is prepared or drafted by a Paralegal and then reviewed and finalized by an Attorney. This process in many instances provides “a second set of eyes” to check the work product. However, there are ethical restrictions so that the Paralegal does not dispense legal advice and acts like an attorney, even though the boundaries are becoming blurry, explains Mr. Surls.

The complete articles will be published on the blog of Mr. Surls at

About Curt Surls

Curtis Surls is an attorney in the areas of Employment Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Wrongful Termination. Located in Manhattan Beach, California, the Law Office of Curt Surls offers a complete range of employment law services to those living throughout Southern California, including all of Los Angeles, Riverside, Orange and San Bernardino counties. With nearly 30 years of experience focusing almost exclusively on this area of law, attorney Curt Surls and his law firm provide the personalized assistance and effective support his clients need.


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For Andover, MA resident Dan Gibson, Oasis of Peace Village is a continuing cause

CEO of National Loss Investigators recently returned from Kenya with renewed passion to support the Kenyan orphans who have contracted AIDS

While great strides have been made in the battle against HIV, Kenya still has the fourth largest epidemic in the world. As of 2015, 660,000 children were recorded as being orphaned by AIDS.””

— Daniel P. Gibson

ANDOVER, MA, USA, November 30, 2018 / — For Andover resident Daniel P. Gibson, a recent fundraiser to help support An Orphan's Dream was a big, important step along a continuing road – a road to provide care for the young AIDS orphans at the Oasis of Peace Village in Kenya.

Gibson, Chief Executive Officer of National Loss Investigations (http:/ in Burlington, is a champion of the Oasis of Peace Village in Embu, Kenya. As a founding member and Vice President of the nonprofit An Orphan’s Dream, the organization which raises funds to support the mission of Oasis of Peace, Gibson has had the occasion to see firsthand the work that the organization does.

He recently returned from a trip to Kenya, where he met with the organization’s founders and visited with the orphans. Seeing firsthand the challenges that these young orphans face has given Gibson a renewed passion to support the orphanage. He was one of the organizers of a recent fundraiser held at the Red Parrot Restaurant in Hull, which was attended by more than 100 people on November 18.

Gibson was joined by Oasis of Peace founder Virginia Burbank, who traveled from Kenya to help with the Hull fundraiser.

She was joined by Symon Maringa of Dracut, president of the U.S. fundraising organization, “An Orphan’s Dream.” In fact, the land on which the orphanage is built has been in the Maringa family for more than 40 years.

Gibson said, “We welcome children at the Oasis of Peace orphanage following the loss of a parent or caretaker. The reasons behind the loss are AIDS, extreme poverty, and violence. Unfortunately, the trauma of such a loss is only further magnified by the circumstances surrounding it, which too often are witnessed first-hand by the child.”

He said, “While great strides have been made in the battle against HIV, Kenya still has the fourth largest epidemic in the world. As of 2015, 660,000 children were recorded as being orphaned by AIDS.”

Gibson said that the team he works with includes “the best people in the world.” He said, “This is a selfless group of volunteers all committed to making a difference, and it’s such a privilege to be part of this effort.”

The fundraiser on November 18 raised more than $12,000, making it one of the most successful of the eight fundraisers that have been held.

An Orphan’s Dream is a non-profit organization. For more information, please visit the website at or call Kris Richards at 339.788.0384.


Dan Gibson (left) of Andover, Vice President of An Orphan’s Dream, a group which raises funds to support the Oasis of Peace Orphanage in Kenya which provides a home for orphans of AIDS families, is seen here at a recent fundraiser held at the Red Parrot Restaurant in Hull. Shown with Dan is Dick Dennis of Hingham, who is the stepson of former Boston Mayor James Michael Curley, and Bob Casey.

Dan Gibson, second from left, Vice-President of An Orphan’s Dream, a nonproft organization which supports the Oasis of Peace Orphanage in Kenya for orphans of AIDS families, is shown at recent fundraiser in Hull to support the orphanage. Shown with Dan, from left to right, are Bob Ernst; Virginia Burbank, Founder, An Orphan’s Dream; Carol Murugi, Director of An Orphan’s Dream; and Symon Maringa, President.

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