Technology is redefining the legal field. Online research databases have replaced law books, digital contracts have replaced physical copies, and countless other advancements have transformed the legal industry. These modern solutions help make a law firm’s routine tasks easier and more efficient for everyone. Since technology isn’t going away, it’s time to make sure you are investing in the right tech solutions that fit your firm’s current needs.
Law firms who invest in new technology reap many benefits, many of which are in our white paper: How technology drives law firm modernization. Before your firm invests in new products, it’s important to understand why you should spend the money on technology, and how to start incorporating it into your firm’s practices.
Why your law firm should invest in new legal technology
Although most firms already have some sort of technology, it’s important to continually reassess your firm’s needs and goals. Whether it’s giving clients a self-service portal or having a digital workflow for streamlined processes, new legal tech products can solve many problems your firm faces. Your firm can reach more of its goals due to the benefits that this type of technology provides, including:
- Increased efficiency and productivity: Current technology can help you perform routine tasks quickly and easily. For example, you’ll complete a court document faster if you have a template to work off.
- Optimized workflow: Lawyers need to communicate quickly and easily with colleagues and with clients, and they also need to work together to complete complex legal work efficiently. Using software to help manage your legal matters can help you build step-by-step processes, create easy-to-use checklists for routine tasks, and stick to key deadlines.
- Better client service: Clients want to be involved, and it helps to have simple processes when working with them to keep them in the loop. A client portal can help here. Some solutions allow clients to send a completed form back to you at the click of a button.
The benefits of new legal technology products make the costs worth it. When lawyers are more efficient and processes are streamlined, you can focus on what truly matters: your clients. With clients at the center of your firm, it can help your organization’s reputation and quality of work.
How to start incorporating new technology in your law firm
You may feel overwhelmed when looking at legal solutions. Luckily, there are a few initial steps to take for those who want to update their legal technology. Some of the steps are:
- Assess your needs: Make sure the technology fits your firm’s situation. Ask yourself: What do you do now at your law firm, and how? What is causing unnecessary stress? What could you do differently? What is your biggest priority?
- Research legal solutions: There’s an overwhelming amount of legal technology options. Look at what technology is out there and get your network’s opinions on what they use. Talking to those who are in the know can provide better insight rather than solely getting product demos.
- Plan: Investing and installing new legal technology is a big project. You may need external help to help your firm set up, run, and maintain the new solution. Consider hiring someone who can properly implement it and teach you how to use it.
- Ensure people and processes can adapt: New technology requires administrative work to set up. Rather than only adding extra work to someone’s plate, make sure the solution has some benefit. Ensure everyone can adapt to the product by communicating what the new technology is, new processes or changes, and the benefits that come with the solution.
Taking into consideration these points will help guide you towards the right solution for you. It will also ensure the new legal technology gets implemented smoothly. Since these solutions can get expensive, you need to make sure you thoroughly prepare and execute the transition.
Technology is driving the legal industry more than ever before. By investing in newer solutions, you can be more efficient, increase your firm’s productivity, and better serve your clients. To learn about the other benefits of incorporating technology into your law firm, download our white paper: How technology drives law firm modernization.