Two Smart Places for Law Firms to Invest in Tech

June 14, 2017


Many lawyers cringe at the idea of choosing technology platforms. Believe it or not, however, you can have personalized legal services and technology that co-exist. Beyond that, your technology can help you connect with clients in a ver personalized way, network and collaborate, and stay current on industry trends all while keeping your data secure. As long as you are investing in scalable software solutions, these are dollars that will help your firm grow.

Your smaller practice competes with larger firms with bigger tech budgets. That doesn’t mean you can’t have great tech, however.  If you are wondering what legal technology platforms you should invest in, we have some answers for you.

Collaboration

Whether collaborating with clients or coworkers, a great collaboration platform can make a world of difference for your practice. With clients, a good collaboration platform allows lawyers to create a dialog that transforms them from legal paper-pushers to trusted and respected advisors. This also allows a lawyer to address a client’s needs quickly and accurately.

The ability to share your own knowledge and experience with coworkers and others in the field is important too. A good collaboration platform allows you to be accessible and reach out. Office 365 has many tools that allow for increased and secure collaboration.

Through collaboration, you can have a more efficient, effective, and relatable practice.

Security

Security is unimaginably important for a law firm. With personal details, billing information, private correspondence and the like saved to your firm’s on-site or cloud storage solution, you have a lot at stake. You are responsible for the security of all of that data. That makes you a target for hackers and cyber thugs. Unfortunately, the security risk for law firms is so high, the FBI has issued special warnings for law firms four times in the last six years.

For small firms, there are a few things you can do. Deploy a proactive monitoring software so you can be alerted when threats are present. You should also create a Security Policy which you should share with your team. This can include an IT Resilience Plan. Putting your employees through security training is another important piece of the puzzle.

Whether your firm is just starting out or you’ve been in business for 100 years, these two tech platforms are good places to start if you need a few updates. Collaboration and security will each do their part to support efficiency and growth at your firm.

 

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