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Volume 32, No. 2—Fall 2009

Your Law Office Staff Manual

PC 51311003202 (Buy Online)

This issue of Family Advocate is devoted to helping you create policies and procedures for running your law office. To read articles, click on the links below. Feel free to use the Word files to help you as you create your own Law Office Staff Manual.

Please note that we have divided the issue into a few different segments (General Employment Policies for All Staff, Associates, and Partners; General Employment Policies for All Nonpartner Staff (Associates, Paralegals & Employees); and General Employment Policies for Associates Only) for easier downloading. We indicate what is included in each segmented download. (You may need to scroll to get to each segment.)

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Features

Employee Handbook "Must Haves"
by David J. Wolf

Why You Need an Employee Policy for Electronic Information
by James W. Martin

Law Office Staff Manual Checklist

General Employment Policies for All Staff, Associates & Partners

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Disclaimer—No Employment Contract
Firm Objective

The Law
Disability Policy
Disciplinary Action
Employment at Will
Employee Benefits
Credit Union
Life/Medical Insurance
Pension Plan
Price Club
Profit-Sharing Plan
Workers' Compensation
Equal Employment Opportunity
Family and Medical Leave
Harassment Policy
Harassment Defined
Sexual Harassment Defined
Reporting

Employee Conduct
E-mail, the Internet & Pornography
Office Etiquette & Confidentiality
Attitude and Cooperation
Confidentiality
Smoking and Drug Use

Law Office Procedures
Accepting Payment
Bookkeeping
Client Files—Release of
Docket Control
Court Hearings
Docket Control Deadlines
Technology
Telephones
Etiquette
Messages
Collect Calls
Long-Distance Calls

Law Office Management
Office Machine Servicing
Office Procedures Manual
Emergency Procedures
Office Security
File Cabinets
Doors

General Employment Policies for All Nonpartner Staff—Associates, Paralegals & Employees

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Law Firm Policies
Bereavement Policy
Employee Compensation
Pay Periods
Overtime
Employee Sick Leave/Personal Time
Holidays
Notary Public Policy
Performance Evaluation
Personnel Records
Termination of Employment
Voting

Employee Conduct
Confidentiality & Professional Ethics
Initial Client Contact
Legal Advice
Office Etiquette
Other Employment
Job Descriptions
Business Manager
Law Clerk
Legal Assistant/Paralegal
General Duties
Case Management
Docket Control Deadlines
Legal Secretary
General Duties
Probation
Hours
Overtime
Leave
Holidays
Evaluations
Salary
Office Manager

Law Office Procedures
Attorney Referrals
Declining Work
Deposition Transcripts
Domestic Violence/Child Abuse
Files
Copies for FIles
Court-Filed Documents
New Client Memo
Office Security
Service of Process
Unrepresented Opponents

Law Office Management
Backup
Calendaring
Disclaimers
Library
Pocket Parts
Matthew Bender Books
Looseleaf Binders
Scanning Documents
Spell Checking
Weapons


General Employment Policies for Associates Only

Click the link above to download the following:

Attorney Conduct
Attire
Etiquette

Law Office Procedures
Appeals Docketing
Case Calendaring/Double-Entry System
Client Copies
Depositions
Firm Scheduling Rules
Initial Client Interviews and Marital Assessments
Internal Audit Checklist
Conflicts
Competence
Compensation
Interviewing Client Unsatisfied with Current Counsel
Trial Retainers and Withdrawal
Unrepresented Opponents
Weapons
Withdrawal and Client Loyalty
Law Office Management
Timekeeping

Using Family Advocate Articles for CLE

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