Four trends that have been changing the ways lawyers run their businesses

The only thing that needs to happen in order for many 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 help in reducing expenses on money and energy. The way lawyers do business is changing with respect to various technologies, and can be expressed through 7 ways, viz:

  • the lesser amounts of money/energy required to interact with the large and attractive 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 to 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.

2. 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 past financial crisis which have pressurized lawyers to change from delivering more services at higher costs, to delivering more services at lesser costs.

3. 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.

4. 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.

Conclusion

Lawyers should always watch out for new trends in order to be prepared for any abrupt changes, and easily place themselves in favorable conditions.

 

The Ways of GOD are Superior to the Acts of God

Before we go deeper into this article, let’s take a brief look at a scripture in the Christian Bible, in Psalms 103: 7 which states: “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 — not more. There was a big difference between the relationship GOD had with both sides (i.e. Moses, and the children of Israel), and from what the scripture says, 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.

It’s quite common to see that 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 men, 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 (probably doing it to showoff), 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 happening in your life than you ever thought possible.

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It’s Never Too Late With GOD; Your Best Days Are Still Ahead!

The story of “Laurre the Elliot” who bagged a master’s degree at the age of 90, says a lot about the fact that where there is a will, there will always be a way—no matter the trials, tribulations or pains! “Laurre the Elliot” is a proof to many that it’s never too late to fulfil your dreams. She said it was that nagging unfilled desire” that prevented her from never giving up. If you want to do something badly enough, then you will be able to do it. She welcomed her status as role model and hopes to encourage other elderly people to pursue their long-held aspirations. “I hope I can inspire some of these people to continue their education; that’s my goal”, she told WFAA (communications center studios). Madam Elliot who hails from Portsmouth, England, spent 15 months at the University of Sussex doing her master’s degree in “Russian and Eastern European Studies”. She also spent a year at the University of Portsmouth as part of her first degree in Russian Studies. She later planned to get her Ph.D. GOD can still help you accomplish whatever you desire in your life.

One day with GOD is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are as one day: from a scripture in the Bible. Spiritually, a Gregorian calendar doesn’t exist. It doesn’t matter the amount of time required, an invincible determination can achieve almost anything—and in this lies the distinction between great men and common men. In the Bible, we see how GOD overturned the captivity of Job at his old age. Zechariah and Elizabeth had one of the greatest miracles because they decided to wait on GOD, despite their old age. If most people would do the same, they could be put in a place of honour in their generation. I remembered several years ago when the wife of a pastor committed suicide by hanging herself at their residence: she hanged herself while the husband was attending a night vigil because during the years after they got married, they had no child, and she suspected that the husband was falling into temptation and having sex and children outside their marriage.

The wife of a pastor, who should have had more hope, seemed to forget that there is no problem that GOD can’t solve. Although suicide is a permanent solution to a temporal problem, we must never judge the dead. If the act of suicide was due to lack of having a child, and she was growing older, does the GOD of Zechariah, Abraham, Sarah and Job die when people become old? No, he doesn’t! Whatever your case is, it is not too different from that of the people who lived ages ago. Nothing was late for them, and it will never be too late for anyone else! And it’s about time you start saying that repeatedly to all the forms of negativity that are staring at you. Note that age is not a barrier in achieving GOD’s plans for your life! Many people are always blaming circumstances for the cause of where they are in life; however, the people who get along in this world are those who get up and look for the circumstance(s) they want, and if they can’t find favourable circumstances, they look for ways to create them till they do. Reject all forms of regrets! Look unto GOD. It is never too late with GOD; your best days are still ahead!

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Draw up from the well of wisdom located deep within your heart

The scripture in Proverbs 20:5 of the Christian Bible, states: “Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out”. An assessment of the scripture will give you the impression that an immeasurable amount of treasures lie waiting in each person’s heart, and these treasures can help each individual live an outstanding and distinguished lifestyle — if they are properly summoned! There is counsel, information and direction within the deepest part of man. It takes a lot of time and thinking to pull them out. Also, it takes wisdom to apply them towards becoming great. When Joseph (ancient Israel) gave Pharaoh insight into the impending economic crisis of their era, Pharaoh used that insight as a unique breakthrough in preventing the occurrence of bigger problems in the future. Joseph advised the king on how food could be preserved for seven years without applying the type of sophisticated technology present in our era/generation.

In so many instances, to seek help by running from place to place is not the real solution to some major issues in life. There is advice, information, direction, and solutions within you; your responsibility is to settle down and discover them. Many people don’t create time to settle down, meditate, think and plan, and so they end up frustrated. At every junction of life, meditate deeply within your heart and spirit in order to obtain directions. If people can be committed to being thoughtful in a meditative state, then proper directions can be discovered. Most of the modern wonders of science were invented because men created time to think and tap into the abundance of wealth and treasures located in the depths of their minds. For example, electricity was around all the while, but no one saw it or did anything about it until Benjamin Franklin thought about it and brought it into physical existence.

Archimedes brought forth the laws of flotation after thinking deeply over the matter for a long period of time. He got the solution in the bathroom and shouted “eureka”, which means “I have found it”. Bill Gates, who is extremely wealthy and one of the fathers of modern information technology, is a confirmed thinker. A story was once told about him, that while he was in deep thought one day, his mother called out: “Bill, Bill”, but he was lost in his thoughts. When he was eventually asked what he was doing, he replied: “I was thinking, don’t you think?” Limitless amounts of useful information can emanate from your mind if you make out time to delve into it a little bit — or even much more deeper than usual. The fact that you don’t take time to think over the issues of life, doesn’t mean that you have an opportunity to be careless! Always create time to settle down and calmly meditate in order to release the treasures of ideas located in the inner part of you.

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In the Pursuit of Dreams Along With Spiritual Development …

If we take a look at life from God’s position and perspective, we might be pushed to ask ourselves this big question: why are we here on Earth? What was God’s reason for placing us on Earth? Did we get here accidentally? Or, were we intentionally designed with a specific purpose which is different from what we think? Many people and religions agree that our reason for being here is attached to a unique and all-encompassing purpose. One of the major purposes for being here (on Earth) is to find your own destiny by consistently striving to find out/do what you were born to do, and go all out to fulfill it. By achieving fulfillment and greatness, we’ll certainly be able to contribute what we can to the welfare of mankind and the whole world at large.

Another major purpose for being here is to continuously develop spiritually as we travel on our everlasting journey of spirituality. Unfortunately, the minds of most people tend to lead them astray, and into a direction that doesn’t come from their hearts: this distracts them from finding the true purpose of their lives. Most people often think that money, power, success, fame and popularity will create an eternally happy lifestyle for them, and so they vigorously pursue these desires. Other types of people chase these dreams while simultaneously seeking spiritual development; this is the best option because you’ll be using one stone (life on earth) to kill two birds (your dreams, and spiritual development).

Seeking spiritual development and insight into destiny would give people a more peaceful state of mind and make them feel at least a bit relaxed and calm. Our purpose in life is  considerably connected to a great extent with seeking spiritual enlightenment about God’s ethics and kingdom. If our spirits are not sufficiently inspired and motivated, we’ll find it difficult to awaken the real truth about our life’s purpose. A major key towards realizing spiritual development and enlightenment is to follow your intuition—your spiritual thinking—and your heart. We have to find out our purpose in life and live it to the fullest from deep within our souls. Living our life in this manner will imbibe stillness within our minds, and then we’ll naturally be able to let go of negative emotions, hopelessness, fear, guilt, malice and false beliefs which normally preoccupy the human mind.

If we can succeed in making the pursuit of spirituality a habit, our minds will automatically tune into a greater reality that would help in achieving a stable level of spiritual enlightenment and continuous spiritual development. In summary, locate your life’s purpose. If you can succeed in doing so, then you won’t have much to worry about, and you will be contented with everything you have, no matter what position you are in life. Everyone has to learn how to let go of bad memories often associated with the past: don’t harbor them within your minds. In dropping the odds and negatives, our minds will gradually become more still as time passes by. Also, we have to develop a personality that can’t be negatively influenced by the outward (material) changes so often associated with life. In so doing, our minds will become less affected by any change in external situations. Another important thing to do is to rid ourselves of fear(s) associated with a lack of faith. This fear often keeps many people away from moving towards the direction of their destinies. Such negative traits prevent us from believing in God, the spiritual world, and eternity.

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True Prosperity Depends on the Strength of Your Connection With GOD

Any person who is really connected with GOD (the creator of all things) would have ultimate peace and true prosperity. GOD is spirit and we can’t see him! In fact, his invisibility makes many people feel like he doesn’t exist. But He’s right up there, and realer than anything we’ve ever seen! He’s connected with men and women who also play (or played) their own little part in maintaining that strong connection. Through the ages, GOD has been quite close to a number of people, too many for us to recall from history; but one important thing to take note of is that irrespective of any challenges encountered, irrespective of any attempt(s) that enemies put up against those connected with GOD, they conquered at the end of the day. Another remarkable quality that people of GOD have is the genuine feeling of rest, peace, and sense of fulfillment which they get from any other place. Their foundation doesn’t rest on material things: on the material aspect of creation. Anything that has a foundation outside of GOD is just temporal vanity and would pass away or cease to exist from a particular date in the near future. Whatever anyone has, no matter how little it might appear in the eyes of other people, it would always be sufficient to accomplish every plan that GOD has called or destined for that particular person to execute in this world.

Everything that GOD gave everyone at birth, and while they are alive, is a seed which has to be sown, fertilized, continuously catered for, and groomed to maturity. We must prosper if we have the mind-set that with what we were given, we can efficiently accomplish GOD’s purposes for our lives. Plant your seed and it must produce a bountiful harvest, good or bad. True prosperity and abundance are beyond the acquisition of material possessions; it isn’t defined by the number of cars, industries, houses, lands, assets, women, or property that anyone has; otherwise those who have the largest amount of material possessions in the world, would always be the most happy, joyful and fulfilled people. Unfortunately, most materially successful personalities haven’t been so happy, neither have they felt inwardly fulfilled in their lives.

Read through history and you will observe that a lot of popular people, with an abundance of “earthly possessions,” have had high blood pressures, gone crazy or even committed extreme acts like suicide! Many of them have been dependent on drugs in order to try and control their minds and feelings. These few descriptions show that man cannot depend solely on what he externally possesses if he wants to have real joy and eternal livelihood! Many people who have/had great possessions, are/were really empty on the inside; if not, they wouldn’t resort to empty remedies like drugs and suicide. The treasures of this world all have their expiry dates, and really, not all that glitters is gold. There are many men and women who have been frustrated in life because they measured themselves by the world’s symbols of prosperity. In all your prosperity, or lack of it, let your total dependence be on GOD, then you’ll have everlasting treasures that no amount of money can buy.

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The power of words

In the book of The Bible, “Hebrews 11:3” says: “Through faith we understand that the universe was framed by the word of GOD so that the things which are seen were made from nothing.” Everything you see, handle and feel, came out of words. In fact, words are the most powerful tools in the universe. Kingdoms and nations are ruled by decrees, ordinances or constitutions which are all written in words. Words have always been the greatest weapons at the disposal of every human being who has ever lived on earth. Actually, words are great assets.

Anyone who carefully studies the first book of The Bible (Genesis), will find out that GOD created the whole universe through the simple use of words. He stood before the land and waters, and declared that they should bring forth an abundance of creatures; he spoke to the firmament as well and it responded. On and on, GOD continued declaring words until the whole universe was set up. Most probably, there wouldn’t have been anything in existence if GOD hadn’t spoken. The method that GOD used in making everything manifest (physically and spiritually), was by speaking them out. Actually, everything was with Him before creation came into existence. You were created in his image and likeness, therefore you too posses the ability to speak out and create your own world (through the use of your own words).

Words are one of the most important tools you need on earth. Make optimum use of them! Each morning, make it a habit to speak into the day and declare the things you  want to achieve in future. You ought to always speak positively and declare the right words which will be more effective in the spirit world than in the physical world. All things (visible and invisible) have their roots/foundations firmly anchored in the almighty power GOD; for without him, nothing would have been created. If words, which  have spiritual power in them, cease to exist, then all things will disintegrate, become empty and void of any meaningful substance.

In the book of Matthew 8:8, a centurion made a remarkable statement which can reveal the powerful effect of words. He said: “I am not worthy that thou [Jesus] come under my roof, but speak the words only and my servant shall be healed.” A careful study of The Bible—all through—reveals that words have no respect for a barrier like distance: distance cannot prevent words from exhibiting the effects of their inherent latent power. Words are so powerful; that’s why you must make your thoughts, actions and comments to be aligned with the nature of GOD’s belief and words. Jesus said: “The words I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life.” Words are spirit! Speak positive words in alignment with belief in GOD, and the spirit of GOD will make your spoken words become a reality and physically manifest the things you desire.

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