It goes without saying, but technology has drastically changed the world of business, regardless of industry, market, and niche. It's no surprise that technological innovation has found it's way into the law field over the past few years. Law firms, both big and small, have started to realize that incorporating technology into their daily practices improves efficiency in many ways. While some are reluctant, most firms are finding that advances in technology are creating a streamlined office culture when applied in the right areas, leading to a blend of technology paired with tried and true methods.
With recent reports regarding clients’ refusal to pay for outsourcing and work completed by junior associates, many firms are turning to technology to help bridge the gap left by these client mandates. This pressure has resulted in positive changes in many law firms.
There are plenty of fantastic tools that can help your firm become a major player in the industry while satisfying client demands. There are tools for automating billing and accounting, improving customer relationships, and streamlining inter-office communication. When used effectively, these tools can help you save time and money.
However, not all tools are the right tools for your firm. How do you know which are the right ones? By going through and analyzing your firm from the ground up. Ask yourself how technology might be able to make specific parts of your company more efficient and which parts are fine the way they are.
There is no doubt that the legal climate is changing. While some firms are reluctant to face these facts, others are accepting this news with open arms. Change is good. You can make these change even better by staying ahead of them. Just pay attention to trends and constantly anticipate what your firm can do to improve.
There are many tools in the technology tool bag. Finding the right tools is essential to making your firm more cost-effective and, ultimately, more efficient.
Jeff Hughes, J.D.