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Old tricks for new lawyers (access required)

There seems to be a tendency to think new is always better, particularly for young lawyers. Especially when it comes to new technology. We want to do nearly everything electronically and integrate the newest technology into our practice. New technology has many things to offer attorneys — better turn around times, cost-efficiency, environmental friendliness and improved collaboration, to name a few. But new is not always better. And new cannot always completely replace the old. There are many benefits to old practices that we often overlook. Take handwritten thank you or congratulations notes or holiday cards, for example. While email is certainly faster (both in terms of transmission time and the sender’s time investment) and less expensive, it is also more easily overlooked and more quickly deleted. These days, a handwritten note stands out.