How firms can leverage their existing know-how and increase profits
The legal landscape is changing. Attorneys are under increasing pressure from clients to produce more for less. And if you cannot deliver with the speed and efficiency your clients expect, they may not be your clients for long.
So, what can firms do to adapt? There is one clear solution: To remain competitive and profitable, successful firms must discover new and innovative ways to streamline operations and increase productivity. And the simplest way for firms to achieve this goal is by leveraging their most valuable asset: their extensive legal knowledge and know-how.
Attorneys spend years building and honing their legal skills. While the legal know-how accrued through decades of real-world experience makes seasoned attorneys an invaluable informational resource, few firms have established an effective process for capturing and passing along the collective knowledge of their attorneys.
The brain drain conundrum
Historically, attorneys have spent a significant percentage of their time researching and drafting contracts and other types of legal documents. While more experienced attorneys often possess the knowledge needed to produce these documents relatively quickly, newer associates often struggle – spending an excessive amount of time and effort drafting documents from scratch or trying to cobble something together by copying and pasting from similar documents. Firms that operate under this arcane business model are constantly draining rather than filling up their firm’s reservoir of cumulative knowledge.
To increase efficiency and profitability, many forward-thinking law firms are taking steps to address how to leverage their attorneys’ knowledge and know-how. One of the easiest and most effective means for accomplishing this is to invest in document automation technology.
The basics and benefits of document automation
Utilizing questionnaires and cross-reference capabilities, document automation technology increases the ease and speed with which attorneys can produce even the most detailed contracts and legal documents. Additionally, robust compliance and relevancy tools can help ensure that the documents attorneys draft are accurate and complete, every time.
Using firm-created templates, attorneys can access and edit a wide range of legal documents, depending on their specific needs. And even better, they can do it in mere minutes. It’s important to note, however, that not all document automation technologies deliver the same quantity or quality of capabilities, and firms must, therefore, be prudent when selecting an automation technology in which to invest.
By harnessing the various capabilities of document automation technology, law firms can capitalize on the knowledge and know-how of their more experienced attorneys and reduce the amount of time newer attorneys spend on mundane tasks associated with document research and production. In turn, all attorneys are afforded the time and mental capacity needed to work on more complex and rewarding tasks. This ultimately provides more opportunities for a firm’s business to grow and expand – thereby improving the firm’s bottom line.