Wednesday, February 12, 2020

What Makes a Successful Court Reporting Firm?

Court reporting isn’t what it once was. That much is evident from the technology alone. Once upon a time, stenographs—the keyboard-like device that court reporters use—recorded transcripts in a code similar to Morse code and weighed 50 pounds. Now, stenographs are lightweight and can be connected to a laptop so attorneys can see the transcript in real time.

In this day and age, it is expected that court reporting firms offer more than talented court reporting professionals. Attorneys turn to court reporters for just about every single one of their litigation support needs. In a sphere of business as quickly changing as law, court reporting firms are forced to think quick on their feet and adapt to the changes of attorneys and paralegals in their area.

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As one of the legal hubs of Texas, the court reporters in Houston must be especially diligent and responsive to their clients’ needs. Many firms offer all the bells and whistles. On top of great court reporters, they employ videographers and invest in great conference spaces. They utilize thebest technology offered to the word of law in order to deliver fast, effective services. In that sort of climate, how can a firm stand out?

The answer is shockingly simple but just as easily forgotten in business: customer service.

This is what puts Hanna & Hanna Reporting a step above most court reporting firms in the Houston. With nearly 30 years of experience in the Texas legal field, Hanna Reporting has mastered what it means to provide attorneys and paralegals quality service. Attorneys can count on Hanna Reporting’s dedication to their craft, but they can also count on Hanna & Hanna being there for them.

Sometimes, emergencies happen and sudden changes need to be made to one’s legal team. On short notice, many court reporting firms would turn desperate attorneys the other way. Hanna Reporting is different. In fact, these Houston court reporters offer an after-hours line specifically for last-minute booking. No matter the day of the week or time of day, attorneys can reach Hanna Reporting by emailing Clients can expect a return email or phone call shortly after.

The world of law is fast and tumultuous. In that work environment, it is comforting for attorneys to know that legal support is there any time they are needed. The staff at Hanna Reporting take the weight off their client’s shoulders at ever moment possible. No matter which stage or size of the case, Hanna’s court reporters treat their clients with the same level of dedication and respect.

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A variety of quality services is important. The use of top-tier technology is just as crucial. Without excellent customer service, however, clients don’t come back. In Houston, Hanna Reporting is a triple threat. They offer attorneys top-tier support no matter their required service, all with a smile. Clients are the reason the firm has managed to stay open for three decades, so why not show them how important they are through work?

For more information on Hanna & Hanna, call (713) 840-8484, email, or visit their offices. 

8582 Katy Freeway, Suite 105, Houston, Texas 77024

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Multifaceted Court Reporting

A person who records the events of a court room or deposition is not a new job to be filled. For centuries, there has been someone nearby during a trial with a documentation of the court proceeding in order to help the legal process flow a more smoothly. In the late 19-century, the first stenotype machine was invented, and the vision of court reporters many of us have was formed.

As technology has advanced, so has the court reporting industry. With the invention of computer-aided transcription, reporters no longer have to write up their transcripts by hand. Court reporters have also become a main resource for providing closed captions for televised court broadcasts.

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With the needs of attorneys and paralegals seemingly growing by the minute, court reporting companies need to keep up with the growing demands in order to not only be a competitive business, but a resource legal professionals will turn to again and again. These firms offer the traditional court reporting options, as well as videography, videoconferencing, trial presentation, and more.

As one of the nation’s oldest court reporting firms, Anderson Reporting knows a thing or two about the nuances and changes the court reporting industry has undergone over the past several decades. These Columbus court reporters offer a full list of litigation services in order to assure that each and every one of their clients’ needs are met.

But what exactly are these new standards of business court reporting firms are being expected to uphold? In today’s day and age, they are more important than one might think.

The staff at Anderson fulfill a wide breadth of needs. From court reporting to conference spaces to trial support, attorneys in Columbus, Ohio can turn to Anderson Reporting for each and every one of their needs. The firm was founded with client needs in mind, so Anderson Reporting is constantly adapting their services to better fit the ever-changing world of law.

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With the technology available, it is tandard to provide daily copies-- sometimes even same-day rough-drafts. Realtime reporting takes all this to the next level. Having a working transcription of the proceedings in a case the moment they happen is crucial to managing a courtroom. It allows for transcripts to be marked up and highlighted when necessary.

To help things move along as quickly as possible, these documents should be sent over email in a PDF. This not only increases speed of delivery, but helps keep these firms green. Comprehensive word indexing, exhibits scanning, and online scheduling are also a must for many.

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Videos of depositions and court proceedings have become increasingly important over the years. Many attorneys use these videos to better prepare their witnesses. Some use them to judge the actions of opposing counsel and study their next move. Recordings of depositions can prove to be excellent resources for building a strong case.

The Houston court reporters at Hanna & Hanna boast their certified court reporting staff and video specialists alike. Their specialists are certified through the NCRA, a national organization that assures legal videography quality, as expertise in videography can be more difficult to achieve than one might think.

These videographers are to assure the room is properly lighted in order to best see everyone on camera. The equipment must be working properly and taped in a place where audio feedback will not interfere with the sound. Often, by the next day, files of the proceedings are expected to be delivered in whatever format necessary. Hanna & Hanna's professionals also provide synchronized text and video, which is great for recall.

An attorney or paralegal could easily spend hours looking for each individual resource from individual firms that specialize in these areas and more. But upon seeing the rise in litigation needs, many court reporting firms decided it was in their best interest to bring clients each and every one of these resources.

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These two firms are very different, yet very similar all at once. Why? Because client needs are a top priority. They may not offer the exact same services, but clients visiting these cities can always expect quality customer service. It is how they've become giants of the legal industry in their respective cities. 

For more information on Anderson Reporting, call (614) 326-0177, email, or visit their offices.

1421 West Third Avenue, Columbus, OH 43212

For more information on Hanna & Hanna Reporting, call (713) 840-8484 or visit their offices.

8582 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77024

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

An Attorney's Passion for Elder Care

In West Palm Beach, Florida, there is an ever-growing population of elders. Seniors move to the area to escape the cold of their home states in the winter and often end up staying. As more and more baby-boomers reach retirement age, questions pop up. What will happen to their estate? For families of the aging population, they begin to wonder about dividing assets and potentially moving their loved ones to elder homes. In a time of their lives when they are supposed to relax, life is no less stressful for the elder community.

To properly deal with these daunting tasks, one needs a lawyer who specializes in elder care law. In West Palm Beach, Mark Shalloway is the face of elder law—and rightfully so.

Mark Shalloway, owner of Shalloway & Shalloway for 30 years, has more than just the credentials to be an elder law attorney. He was one of the first elder law attorneys certified by the National Elder Law Foundation, but Shalloway didn’t stop after achieving the title. He truly wants to make an impact on elder law and the elderly community. That is why he became a member of a number of boards and committee.

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State-wide, Shalloway served as founding chairperson of the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Elder Law Committee. He is a member of the state and Treasure Coast chapters of the Florida State Guardianships Association and the Palm Beach County Partnership for Aging. He even served as President of the Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and presently serves as Chairman of the Florida Bar Elder Law Section Medicaid Committee. He also provides technical assistance to the Florida Legislature on Elder Legislation.

Nationally, he served as President of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). He served as chair of the NAELA Advanced Educational Institute in Colorado, and received the Outstanding Achievement award for his work with the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys. He works tirelessly to be the representation seniors need.

Mark Shalloway is more than just a faceless lawyer. His involvement with elder rights and elder care speaks for itself, but past that, he has taken it upon himself to educate his community on elder law and all topics surrounding it. He chairs the Board of Alzheimer’s Community Care’s educational conference. He lectured for Stetson College of Law on Special Needs Trusts, and in Las Vegas at the National Absolute Conference on Special Needs Trust. He works as adjunct faculty at Palm Beach Community College, where he lectures on Estates and Administration.

Education on financial readiness and estate planning is so important to Shalloway, in fact, that he hosts free seminars in Palm Beach County twice a month on the topic. Anyone can come to these seminars, though it is suggested you reserve a seat. Visit the firm’s website to find out when Mark Shalloway’s next seminar is.

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All of this plays a part in what granted Shalloway an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell, but it’s more than that. Mark Shalloway is not a man who is in the industry for the money. Mark Shalloway is a man who truly cares about his clients, and wants to make life for the aging community and their family as easy as possible. His work puts clients at ease during a time of difficult decisions.

“Very professional office! Everyone is extremely knowledgeable and friendly,” one client says. “I knew exactly what paperwork I had to bring in and they explained everything and all my options. My case manager guided me through the applications. My husband was approved for Alzheimer’s care and Medicaid very quickly. I could not have navigated through the applications and mountains of paperwork and records required without the staff at Shalloway & Shalloway. Thank you!”

For more information on Shalloway & Shalloway, call (561) 686-6200, fill out this contact form, or visit their website.

1400 Centrepark Blvd, Suite #600, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Attorney Profile: Mark Shalloway

Your spouse is showing signs of early dementia. You can still take care of them just fine, but you know there will be problems in the future. You don’t want to think about that future, but arrangements need to be made in order to take your spouse’s own wishes into consideration before it’s too late. You need to find someone who can help you with will planning, financial planning, guardianship, and a vast assortment of other document work—and it’s positively daunting.

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This is an experience millions of Americans go through every single year—from taking care of the life and assets of a spouse, a parent, or a sibling. It is difficult to organize and properly handle these things on one’s own, but getting the necessary help from a qualified attorney can be just as difficult. In such a trying time, it is crucial to not only have an attorney that can deliver the desired results, but understands what their client is going through and will do everything in their power to ensure their client is happy.

In West Palm Beach, Florida, those in need of this sort of service know the only attorney to turn to is Mark Shalloway at Shalloway & Shalloway, P.A. The firm co-founder and President has been working to ensure the elder, special needs, and veteran communities of South Florida receive the proper treatment and respect they deserve since 1989. For those looking for help with their elder loved one, Mark Shalloway is among not only one of the best in the state, but the nation. Shalloway is a member of the first class of 135 certified elder law attorneys.

Mark Shalloway and his staff

Mark Shalloway is more than just a lawyer trying to make ends meet—it is clear from his actions that he truly cares about the elder community. Shalloway makes an effort to be an active voice of elders—from serving as founding chairman of the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Elder Law Committee, to acting as President of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA).

“Mark Shalloway is a special attorney,” Brandon Bell, an expert from O’Fallon, Illinois says. He is absolutely dedicated to not only his work, but the people he works for.” 

Clients rave time and time again about how Mark Shalloway and his brilliant staff of elder law attorneys have made monumental, positive influences on the lives of their loved ones, and their own lives. From giving clients “great peace of mind” to turning a situation from “desperate to hopeful,” Shalloway and his staff impress. They are knowledgeable, friendly, helpful, and dedicated. It doesn’t matter whether or not a client needs massive help with a Medicaid problem, or simply to have their will finalized—the staff at Shalloway & Shalloway treat each client with the same level of respect and dignity. No case is too big or small.

For more information about Shalloway & Shalloway, call (561) 686-6200, fill out their contact form, or visit their office.

1400 Centrepark Blvd, Suite #600, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Court Reporting in Houston

Houston is a legal hub in the state of Texas. As the largest city in Texas and the fourth largest city in the entire United States, Houston is a home to sports, art, music, food, family, and everything in between. Workers in their variety of jobs all deserve the same rights. Crime needs to be held accounted for. Families need to be protected. It’s no wonder the city’s legal industry is booming.

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For the hundreds of law firms clients have to choose from, attorneys have just as many court reporting firms to leaf through. It is important attorneys find a firm that can provide their clients all the resources they need. Does an attorney need just a court reporter, or another litigation service along with it? Do they need a last-minute service? How about a same-day draft? Not all court reporting firms can do this.

The certified court reporters and video specialists at Hanna & Hanna can. For over 25 years, Hanna Reporting has maintained a legacy of timely, effective, and accurate court reporting. No matter the requested service, the technology utilized is always top-of-the-line, because these Houston court reporters knows just how much of a difference technology can make in someone’s case. The needs of their clients are more important than ease of work, and Hanna’s staff will work night and day to ensure their clients are content.

“Hanna Reporting really takes their clients into consideration before anything else,” expert Brandon Bell of O’Fallon,Illinois says. “It’s how their business has managed to thrive over the years—above all else, the staff at Hanna & Hanna are there to serve.”

That desire to serve is what inspired Hanna & Hanna to offer clients same-day rough drafts upon request. It’s why they offer after-hours availability—by emailing, clients will promptly receive a phone call or email in response. It’s why, on top of court reporting, they offer legal video specialists, realtime streaming, and worldwide coverage. They will do what they can to ensure their clients get the results they require.

For more information about Hanna Reporting, call (713) 840-8484, email, or visit their offices:

8582 Katy Freeway, Suite 105
Houston, Texas 77024

Cleveland Legal Professionals

What is the city of Cleveland, Ohio known for? Valerie Bertinelli’s show, “Hot in Cleveland?” Perhaps the Rock’n’Roll Hall of fame? West Side Market? There are a number of attractions that garner the attention of visitors, but the city of Cleveland is known for more than its tourist traps.

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With such a wide array of food, entertainment, and a substantially sized population, Cleveland’s legal industry is nothing to sneeze at. Lake Erie makes Cleveland a prime place for Maritime Law. The wide array of businesses makes Corporate Law a crucial field. On U.S.A News Rankings, Betsy Rader Law LLC, an Employment Law firm, is one of the most highly rated law firms. No matter the area of practice, in a city like Cleveland, each one is vastly important.

“Cleveland is an interesting area,” Gary Jouver of Montville, Connecticut says. “It’s a smaller city, but has a big city feel. People don’t consider just how many opportunities there are for professionals from all walks of life.”

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This makes for a vast number of legal professionals—attorneys, paralegals, expert witnesses, you name it— that work in Cleveland. But just because there is a high demand, doesn’t mean each is of the same caliber of quality. Hiring a lawyer that can fulfill every one of a client’s needs is vastly important, and hiring a talented court reporter is of the same importance to an attorney. A good court reporter can make or break a case. This is why attorneys are picky when scheduling a court reporting service.

In Cleveland, there is one court reporting firm whose name is universally recognized as one of the best not only in the area, but the state. When attorneys need Cleveland court reporters they know they can trust, they contact Cady Reporting. With decades of experience under the belts of these court reporters, attorneys can be confident that, no matter what litigation service they require, their service will be completed with the utmost care.

When the outcome of someone’s case is on the line, there is nothing wrong with being picky about representation. In Cleveland, there is no shortage of excellent legal professionals. Potential clients just have to weed through the good to find the great, like the firms listed above.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Bienenstock Nationwide Court Reporting & Video

Since 1995, Bienenstock Court Reporting & Video has been a leader in quality court reporting and litigation support services. With offices located throughout the heel of Michigan’s thumb, their location presence serves the entire state of Michigan with convenience. These experienced and professional Michigan court reporters are there to assist you with the initial opening to the final closing of your case. Their number one goal is to work hard in order to make your life easier by ensuring full litigation support that is prompt, professional, and problem-free.

Michigan Court Reporters

All of Bienenstock’s court reporters have passed the rigorous testing to ensure that they are a state certified court reporter (CSR), and many have gone on to earn their National certifications of Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) as well as Registered Merit Reporter (RMR). These certifications guarantee a typing speed of 200 words per minute with an overall accuracy rate of 95%.

Bienenstock’s court reporters are available for 24/7 online scheduling and will always send a confirmation email right after scheduling has been confirmed. Approximately 24 hours before the trial is to begin, the court reporter assigned to your case will follow up with a confirmation call so that they can accommodate any last-minute arrangements.

When it comes to transcripts, these court reporters in Grand Rapids, Michigan have can have realtime transcripts available at any time. Fully processed transcripts will take a bit longer, but will always be available in any format with an on-time delivery guarantee.

Experienced Full Litigation Support 

Bienenstock’s litigation support specialists are first in providing comprehensive pre-trial support and trial presentation services. Their litigation support team will set up a database and document imaging services to create an easily searchable index, and provide the latest litigation support software.

Their trial technologists have hundreds of hours of courtroom experience and have won many cases with their persuasive multimedia presentations. These presentations include entire presentation overviews, exhibit linking, and on-site technical specialists to handle electronic equipment. In addition to presentations, Bienenstock’s support team is practiced in streaming Internet depositions to specific locations. Now attorney’s can be present and converse with their team in real time while being hundreds of miles away.

Multiple Michigan Locations

Bienenstock Court Reporting & Video court reporting firms has multiple locations that offer pre-equipped Videoconferencing. These locations are in Ann Arbor, Bingham Farms, Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw, Michigan. The remaining locations are in Flint, Jackson, Lansing, and Mt. Clemens, Michigan and include everything else to ensure a professional working environment.