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$ave More with New Member Benefit Discounts

The Board of Bar Commissioners recently approved four new member benefit programs offering ASB members discounts on several services that will help you – and help you save and make money – in the practice of law.

Verizon Wireless

ASB members with Verizon Wireless calling plans of $34.99 or higher may qualify for discounts of up to 22% on law firm/corporate monthly access fees, 18% on employee/family lines tied to the firm/corporate line, $20 unlimited Wireless Email Feature, and additional discounts on equipment. Existing customers do not have to extend their contract to receive these discounts. As always, some restrictions apply, so click here for full details on how to sign up for this benefit for your firm, your employees and your family.

The ASB has entered a partnership with National Purchasing Partners (NPP) to make this benefit available, and we will be adding additional discounted offerings from NPP soon.

Ruby® Receptionists Virtual Receptionist Service

Ruby® Receptionists provides expert virtual receptionist services to more than 1,000 small businesses, legal practices, and professionals across North America. Unlike conventional answering services, Ruby Receptionists interact with you and your callers as if they were your employees, putting through the calls you are waiting for and handling the rest. ASB members receive free set up, an 8% discount on monthly charges, and waived fees on additional mailboxes.

For more information e-mail, or call 1-866-611-7829. Or sign up online now.

Two Cloud-Based Practice Management Software Options

Law firms can now choose from an emerging group of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) providers for legal practice management (LPM) and time and billing applications. With traditional client-server LPM systems, firms pay up-front costs and maintenance fees over the years. With the SaaS model, firms pay little or no initial overhead; instead, firms are charged monthly fees. SaaS is a great tool to help solo practitioners and small firms level the playing field.

Rocket Matter is an online legal practice management and time and billing application for small to mid-sized law firms. Rocket Matter makes it seamless to bill time while you go about your usual activities. Rocket Matter provides calendaring, conflict of interest checking, contact management, task tracking, phone messaging, and a host of financial management and reporting tools. ASB members who sign up for an initial one year of Rocket Matter service will receive a 17% discount, making Rocket Matter $49.80 per month for the first user and $41.50 per month for the next 5 users. Learn more about how Rocket Matter can help you better manage your practice or sign up here.

Clio is a practice management system which is specifically designed for solo practitioners and small firms. Clio’s dashboard provides a centralized view of your upcoming tasks and schedule, and it’s matter-centric workflow allows you to easily link tasks to matters. You can bill time directly from tasks as you perform them. Alabama State Bar members are eligible for a 10% discount (no contract is necessary) on Clio, making it’s practice management system available for $44 per month per attorney and $22 per month per support staff person. Learn more about how Clio can help you better manage your practice or sign up here.

Both Rocket Matter and Clio are 100% web-based, providing access to your secure, encrypted data from most Windows, Mac, Palm, Android or BlackBerry devices, and both offer 30 day free trials, so you can’t afford not to try them out!

ISI Personal Umbrella Insurance

A personal umbrella policy is among the best values in insurance today. For as little as $290 a year you can purchase $1 million of additional coverage that provides protection for you, personally, in excess of the limits provided in the required underlying auto & home policies. Some highlights of this plan include defense costs; a broader definition of who is an insured; domestic partner coverage; automatic coverage for 30 days on a drop-down basis for non-owned autos, watercraft & recreational vehicles; youthful driver and secondary residence coverage; coverage when you serve as a director of officer of a non-profit organization; higher cut-offs for automatic coverage for home-based businesses; and $1 million of uninsured/underinsured motorists coverage standard in every policy. As with all insurance policies, some restrictions may apply.

Contact ISI today to get started.

New Member Benefits Web Page Launched!

Alabama State Bar members have access to Casemaker free legal research, valuable educational programs and select discounts on products and services to benefit both your practice and work-life balance, as well as invaluable resources and information to enhance your professional success. As your partner in the profession, the Alabama State Bar encourages you to take advantage of these benefits. To help you do that, we’ve recently re-designed your Member Benefits web page to make the many offerings easier to access. Take a look today!