Information technology has become essential to contemporary law practice. Just a few years ago, simply storing files on office computers made legal work easier. Using pertinent technology is especially important for independent practitioners and small offices because it frees you from busy work and provides critical backup information.
Consider using the following technology for independent law practice that can make your business more efficient and profitable:
Use the Cloud
Sometimes attorneys have trouble believing that data stored using cloud tools can be more secure than information stored on their office computers. Consider the fact that cloud data is actually stored on servers with encryption and multiple layers of security. The American Bar Association notes that most cloud vendors provide much more data security that legal practices can on their own.
In addition to the convenience of being able to access legal files from any computer, these solutions often feature remote backup. The latter is especially important if in the event that a disaster occurs, as it ensures that you will never lose your information even if your office suffers catastrophic damage.
Add VoIP to Your Office
Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) systems combine voice and data together on a single, secure network. This technology allows your phone system to run on your own IP network or over the Internet. It also allows you and your employees to work from home while providing clients with a single telephone number to reach you no matter where you are located.
Practice Management Software
Going paperless is essential in today’s environment. If you’re planning to do so, choose software that is specifically tailored to the needs of law firms. Traditional premise-based law management software combines contacts, calendars, cases, documents, time-tracking, billing and more. Specialized programs can make quicker work of discovery and other legal preparation. Compare features when assessing packages and consider cloud-based options, as these are often more cost-effective for smaller practices.
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