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Nerino J Petro Jr
Nerino J Petro Jr
Practice Management Advisor at State Bar of Wisconsin 
I am the Practice Management Advisor for the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Practice411™ Law Office Management Assistance Program. The mission of Practice411™ is to help attorneys operate their offices more effectively and efficiently.
 
Oct. 10, 2016 10:00 am
There is an insidious new IRS scam doing the rounds. They send you a phony IRS CP 2000 form and claim the income reported on your tax return does not match the income reported by your employer. This is meant to get you worried. To confuse you further, the bad guys claim this has something to do with the Affordable Care Act. You might receive emails with attached phony forms, text messages and...  Read More
Aug. 5, 2016 1:05 pm
Ransomware. It's what keeps me awake at night as a CIO and technologist. Also known as crpytoware, these malicious tools encrypt your data, delete or disable the ability to use built-in tools in your operating system to roll back to prior versions and then charge you money to provide you with a decryption key. And they just keep getting more and more sophisticated, with some even providing so...  Read More
Mar. 14, 2016 1:50 pm
Microsoft, I like Windows 10 but the way you are trying to force it on every Windows user leaves me cold. For those of you that are not aware of what is happening, Microsoft has taken a number of steps to, in my opinion, trick users into upgrading to Windows 10. These actions vary from installing Windows 10 upgrades files on a computer without a user's knowledge, force installing a popup that...  Read More
Feb. 19, 2016 4:05 pm
There is a nasty new ransomware infection called Locky that is running rampant currently. This malicious infection is being transmitted by Word documents attached to an email purporting to be an invoice. Check out the following articles and share them with your laweyrs and staff to advise them as to how this is being targeted and to avoid opening one of these emails. The articles include samples...  Read More
Feb. 17, 2016 12:54 pm
Memos are a necessary evil in the business and legal world, but that doesn't mean that you have to write (or endure) crappy ones. Here's a great article from Kopywrting Kourse on How to write an effective memo. Keep them short, sweet and to the point. Check it out and share it with your co-workers.  Read More
Oct. 9, 2015 3:25 pm
One of the easiest ways to start automating document creation is to use the tools already included in the programs or platform we use daily. For most of us, this will be using text expansion or text replacement[1]. With text expansion or replacement, you type a special word, series of letters or characters and it is replaced with something else, such as a name, phone number, phrase or even an...  Read More
Sep. 21, 2015 1:40 pm
Most lawyers forget that their websites are viewed by disciplinary authorities as a form of client communications. Firms that update their website or delete it for whatever reason may run afoul of ethics rules if they do not maintain a copy of it. Anna Massoglia over at Lawyerist.com has a good post on this topic Deleting Your Website Can Come Back to Bite you in the Assets . Some folks believe...  Read More
Sep. 10, 2015 10:16 am
If you have a Mac, you already have some sophisticated screen capture tools built into the OS. How-To Geek has a great "How to" tutorial on using Grab in Mac OS X for more advanced screen captures. Check it out here .  Read More
Oct. 30, 2014 9:38 am
Today's quick "How To" is useful if you are you are trying to create a whitelist in Gmail or any other time you want to insert a vertical pipe symbol "|" into a document or form. In Gmail you use the filter creation tool to whitelist a domain or domains. Rather than create multiple rules, you can add several domains all at once in one filter. However, the domains need to be separated by a pipe...  Read More
Aug. 6, 2014 10:30 am
Since late 2013 an insidious program that encrypts a users computer and then holds it for ransom unless the victim pays Hundreds of dollars by Bitcoin has been spreading throughout the globe. Cryptolocker and its variants have become the bane of computers users worlwide.Once infected, users had 72 hours to pay the ransom or the price went up; however, even paying the ransom was no guarantee of...  Read More
Jul. 12, 2014 8:23 pm
I've been absent from these pages for a while and wanted to provide a brief update to everyone. For those that are not aware of it, my last day as the Practice Management Advisor of the State Bar of Wisconsin was on May 23, 2014. I decided that this is a year for new beginnings. I had bariatric surgery in January and am now down almost 115lbs. However, when i returned to work after surgery and...  Read More
Apr. 30, 2014 9:19 am
Here is a great video and post with steps on how to protect yourself form the IE moonster affecting ALL versions of IE that has been making news this week. Steve Gibson created the inital steps but left out a few things. Terry Cole from Cole Informatics added these and created the video and post. If you're running Windows XP, you especially need to check this out. See it here .  Read More
Mar. 24, 2014 10:35 am
ABA TECHSHOW is fast approaching and in addition to all of the other sessions, there are a number of sessions for Android users. And just in time for TECHSHOW, PCmag.com has come out with their new list of the Best 100 Android Apps. There are a number on the list that can make lawyers lives easier such as Anti-virus and security apps, secure text messaging and communication apps and more. ...  Read More
Mar. 11, 2014 3:42 pm
With the continuing onslaught of data breach stories, every lawyer should be aware whether their state has such a law on the books and what it requires in the event of a breach. The National Council of State Legislatures has compiled a chart of which states and territories have such laws and links to them as well. According to the NCSL security breach website : Forty-six states, the District...  Read More
Feb. 21, 2014 11:09 am
Dropbox has a bit of a history when it comes to securing your information and who has access to it. It is definitely not the most secure file synchronization service available, but the reality is that it just works and is easy to use. Despite security concerns raised by many in the technology community, Lawyers and firms continue to use Dropbox and I don't foresee that changing anytime in the...  Read More
Nov. 26, 2013 12:37 pm
I've long been an advocate of surveying your clients on how you did when you complete their representation. My friends at AttorneyatWork recently carried an article from Josh Lenon, an attorney and Director of Communications at Clio on this very topic. Josh reinforces what most of us that advise lawyers and firms already know - most firms don't ask for client feedback on how they did. ...  Read More
Oct. 2, 2013 10:11 am
My friend Ross Kodner passed away at the much too young age of 52 on July 29, 2013. I had planned on posting a memorial to him much earlier but the Milwaukee Bar Association asked if I would pen a memorial for Ross to appear in their October 1, 2013 newsletter. I didn't think it was appropriate to post my memorial here before the MBA published so I held off until today. Ross Kodner, Wisconsin...  Read More
Jul. 24, 2013 8:00 pm
When it comes to capturing screenshots, the one tool that myself and most other Practice Mangement Advisors and legal technologists use is Snagit from Techsmith Corporation ( the folks who also bring us Camtasia Studio screen recording software). This is screen capture on steroids and there is an amazing deal on Amazon for a Snagit 11 download for $19.99 here . No idea how long this is...  Read More
Jun. 12, 2013 10:30 am
Great post over at TECHSPOT Computer Tips & Tricks Everyone Should Know including some even I didn't know about. There is something here for everyone including file management, keyboard shortcuts, "god mode" in Windows, etc.. There are also a number of useful keyboard shortcuts that many power users will know but a lot of folks won't in this day and age of the mouse. Many of these are tricks...  Read More
May 30, 2013 6:54 pm
With the focus on security for online applications and data, Evernote has made a positive addition by adding Two Factor Authentication for Premium accounts. Two Factor Authenctication (also known as 2FA or TFA) requires two things from a user to access their account: Something you know (your password) and something you have (like a changing code or security dongle). Evernote announced this and...  Read More
Apr. 13, 2013 1:13 pm
There were three technologies in the Exhibit hall at ABA TECHSHOW 2013 that brought me a WOW moment when I learned about them. These three technologies have the potential to be game changers for lawyers. Learn why I think a video conferencing and screen sharing service, technology from HP and a MS Word add-in are potentially game changing technology for lawyers after the break. The technology...  Read More
Apr. 10, 2013 10:23 am
Some folks are just not taking to Microsoft's new Windows 8 interface. In fact, many folks hate it and pine for Windows 7. Last week at ABA TECHSHOW 2013, several attendees during my sessions on Windows 8 asked if they could downgrade a Windows 8 computer to Windows 7. While the short answer is yes, you can generally downgrade to Windows 8, there are a number of caveats that go along with that....  Read More
Feb. 15, 2013 12:24 pm
Dragon NaturallySpeaking (DNS) version 12 is a terrific program, but trying to remember all of the commands can be a challenge. Nuance, the maker of DNS has compiled this handy two page Command Cheat Sheet that you can download for free here . And if you are curious about the state of speech recognition on your Windows, Mac and smart devices (think iPhone and Android), don't miss my ABA...  Read More
Feb. 8, 2013 4:48 pm
Windows 8 represents a radical departure from any operating system you have used previously, with the exception of Windows Phone 7 or 8. The Start button is no more, there is a new Start Screen with a totally new look than the traditional desktop in Windows 7. Even shutting down the system is done in a totally different way. In my video on YouTube I discuss some of the significant changes in...  Read More
Jan. 2, 2013 6:45 pm
Computerworld has published a "Power through schedules with 21 Google Calendar tricks" article. If you use Google Calendar, either the free consumer version or the paid Google Apps for Business version, it's worth taking a look at this list. Tips include the simple like use keyboard shortcuts to specific recommendations from Google Labs. Find some excerpts after the break: 1. Use keyboard...  Read More
Dec. 10, 2012 10:54 am
Great article from my friend Dan Pinnington at LawPRO in Toronto on How to untag yourself on Facebook (and why you might want to) . This is definitely something that all Facebook users need to understand and know how to do. As Dan says in his article: Even well-meaning friends might tag you in unflattering photos or mention you in comments you’d rather not see shared with a large audience....  Read More
Dec. 4, 2012 12:09 pm
Sometimes you need to scan more documents than the he feed tray on your ScanSnap will hold. In these instances, wouldn't it be nice to set the ScanSnap so it rather than completing the scan when the paper tray was empty, you could insert more pages and scan into the same file? The good news is that you can do this: the Fujitsu Community website has step-by-step instructions on how to do this....  Read More
Oct. 8, 2012 2:31 pm
"Gizmos, Gadgets and Widgets" is one of my favorite presentations, especially when I get a chance to present it with a great friend and speaker like Bryan Sims at the 2012 Illinois Solo & Small Firm Conference in September 2012. In this fast-paced conference favorite, Bryan and I share a look at the lighter side of technology, tips and gadgets for your law office and your life. I'ts a fast and...  Read More
Oct. 2, 2012 9:29 pm
Great post on lifehacker Get a Cheaper iPhone 5 Charger by Skipping the 30-Pin Adapter about saving yourself some cash by just saying no to the latest expensive Apple adapter. It seems that buried on the Apple website is a USB to Lightning cable - no 30 pin conversion required. Oh, the humanity! Actually, this is a great post that shows that you can fail to seer the forest for the trees: It's...  Read More
Jun. 27, 2012 11:45 am
If you've ever wished that you could be better at searching the Internet using Google, now may be the time to get your wish. Google is offering a free online course Power Searching with Google …a short course on becoming a great internet searcher starting July 10, 2012. According to tech site engadget , the course consists of six online classes of 50 min. each over a two week period to...  Read More
 
 
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