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Law Office Management Assistance Service - Program Description

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Mission
Services
History
Goals
About Your PMAs
Questions on Law Office Management?


MISSION
Recognizing that many practicing lawyers lack fundamental training in business and practice management principles, the Law Office Management Assistance Service (LOMAS), through an experienced staff of practice management advisors, provides advice, assistance and support to members of The Florida Bar through a variety of services. Focused on management principles such as trust accounting rules, docket control, prevention of client conflicts, and the integration of new technology into the law practice, LOMAS strives to help attorneys avoid malpractice claims and grievances through the application of sound business processes, best practices, and exists to provide Florida attorneys with this type of assistance.



SERVICES
LOMAS promotes effective management techniques for both lawyer and support staff in a manner flexible enough to respond to the immediate demands of today's ever-changing law office environment. Information is shared through telephone and email conversations, on demand, on-line CLE seminars focusing on law office management, requested items from our collection of Law Office Management reference materials, publication of news articles, and low-cost office consultations. LOMAS has an active role in The Florida Bar's grievance process, helping attorneys experiencing law office management problems. Telephone and email queries are free. Video consultations are fee-based and provide a detailed analysis of firm management policy, procedures and issues.

HISTORY
Established in 1979, LOMAS is the longest continuously-running state-bar sponsored program in the United States, and has served as the model for similar law office management assistance programs throughout North America. Stemming from a special committee appointed to design an innovative program to provide law office management education to Florida lawyers, The Florida Bar’s LOMAS program has grown to assist thousands of attorneys and legal staff members each year. Fielding thousands or emails and telephone calls annually, its services have expanded to include technology assistance, marketing, video CLE production, and a variety of other projects, each designed to serve Bar members and their support staff.

GOALS
LOMAS has several goals supporting the principal objective of educating attorneys and improving their law office management function: 
•To investigate, accumulate, and evaluate law office management information and technologies. 
•To publish and distribute, information and techniques relating to law office management. 
•To increase awareness of professional liability and risk management procedures. 
•To anticipate trends and problems in law office management and to advise The Florida Bar regarding them.



ABOUT YOUR PMAs

Judith Equels LOMAS Director

Judith Equels
LOMAS Director
Practice Management Advisor Jerry Sullenberger

Jerry Sullenberger
Practice Management Advisor


QUESTIONS ON LAW OFFICE MANAGEMENT?
The Florida Bar's Law Office Management Assistance Service can offer assistance to attorneys in many subject areas. The following list is intended only to illustrate general categories of information we work with and supply help on. Each request for information from a Bar member is researched and responded to individually.

Accounting
Advertising
Billing
Budgets
Calendaring and Docket Control
Capitalization
Case Management
Clerks
Client Relations
Closing Files
Closing Practices
Collections
Compensation Systems
Conflicts of Interest
Consultants
Cost Control
Costs Advanced
Dissolutions
Document Assembly
Drugs in the Workplace
Electronic Mail
Employee Agreements
Employee Benefits
Entity Types
Fax
Fees & Fee Agreements
File Management
Financial Analysis
Forms, Administrative and Office
General Office Management
Governance
Growth
Hardware
Insurance
Job Descriptions
Job Sharing
Legal Administrators
Legal Assistants
Legal Research
Liability
Libraries
Litigation Support
Marketing
Office Design
Office Equipment
Outsourcing
Overhead
Overtime
Paralegals
Part-time Employment
Partnership Criteria
Partnership Relations
Performance Evaluation Systems
Personnel Policies
Planning
Profitability
Record Keeping and Retention
Records Information Management (RIM)
Recruiting
Relocation
Research
Retirement
Risk Management
Salaries
Scanning
Security
Small Firms
Social Media
Software
Solo Practitioners
Space Planning
Support Staff
Taxes
Technology
Telephones
Temporaries
Time-Keeping
Time Management
Training Systems
Trust Accounts
Value Billing
Virtual law Offices
Websites

[Revised: 01-04-2013]