In these times of economic recession, many businesses are looking for ways to do more with less. The legal community is no exception.
So how can technology help?
Improve efficiency and productivity : Lawyers can automate document reviews, quickly find previous cases and search millions of records in a fraction of the time with tools like Hotdocs, Adobe Acrobat Pro, ABBYY FineReader, Nuance Power PDF and DocuSign. These tools make it possible to automate repetitive tasks, to optimize the search for documents and to facilitate the electronic signature.
Reduce costs and expenses associated with running a practice : Businesses can save thousands of dollars in paper expenses while maintaining data security through document storage systems such as Google Drive, iCloud, OneDrive, Dropbox and Box. These tools make it possible to store, share and access documents securely and remotely. By using video conferencing applications such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex and GoToMeeting, it is also possible to reduce travel costs.
Improve the organization : Task management software such as Trello, Asana, Basecamp, Smartsheet, and Monday.com allow attorneys and paralegals to track deadlines and document reviews on an easy-to-use dashboard. These tools allow you to better organize tasks, projects and deadlines for more effective management and better collaboration.
Improve cooperation between lawyers : Web-based collaboration tools such as Google Docs, Microsoft Office 365, Slack and Trello enable teams to share documents and collaborate on legal issues. These tools help streamline workflows, share real-time information, and reduce face-to-face meetings.
Improve the customer relationship : Client relationship management software such as Salesforce, Zoho CRM, HubSpot CRM and Insightly give lawyers quick access to all the information they need about their clients in one place. These tools make it possible to centralize information, monitor ongoing cases, optimize communication and generate reports.
Specifically for avocados
In addition to the above tools, there are also tools specifically designed for lawyers or the legal community such as LexisNexis, Westlaw, Clio, PracticePanther, TimeSolv, LegalZoom and DocuTAP.
LexisNexis : a legal research tool that gives lawyers access to thousands of court decisions, laws and regulations.
vest law : another legal research tool that provides access to a wide range of court cases, laws and regulations.
Clio: a law firm management software that helps manage contacts, calendars, invoices and documents.
PracticePanther: Another management software for law firms that offers features for contact, calendar, invoice and document management, as well as time tracking, invoicing and payment management.
TimeSolv: Time tracking software that allows attorneys to track time spent on each case, bill clients, and generate reports.
DocuSign : an electronic signature tool that enables lawyers to sign and request signatures on legal documents securely.
LegalZoom: an online legal aid platform that allows users to create legal documents such as contracts and wills.
DocuTAP: A law firm management system that helps manage cases, contacts, schedules, invoices, documents and communications.