Most technology is the same—it’s designed to make your life easier and make your day more efficient. Whether you’re dealing with household chores or planning a vacation, technology can completely erase items from your to-do list and make your remaining tasks effortless. And law firm technology is no different.
If you’re reading this, you’ve at least discovered the internet (so that’s a start); but you’re not done yet—legal tech is advancing at a furious rate and if you’re still using outdated measures to run your Personal Injury practice (e.g., Bankers Boxes, desk calendars, spreadsheets, antiquated case management systems), you risk falling behind other law firms and putting your practice (and your clients) at a serious disadvantage.
That’s why we’ve created a legal technology checklist—cross these 4 items off your to-do list and you’ll keep pace with your legal industry peers, improve client service, and remove needless tasks from your day quicker than you can make your bed.
1) Be a good host: We’ve previously detailed how important a good website is to your firm’s success, as it’s often the first impression potential clients get of your firm. But, like dating, a successful website isn’t just about how you look and what you say, it’s also about how you act, i.e., your site needs to be reliable, fast, and secure. A reputable web-hosting service can help you safely build and maintain your site through top-notch tech support and state-of-the-art security features—so you don’t have to spend time dealing with downtime.
2) Ditch the paper: The present is paperless—soon the only place you’ll be able to find copiers and fax machines is in a museum. By making the switch to cloud technology, you can free yourself of bulky equipment and free up some time in the process. Cloud computing eliminates the need for physical storage—so you no longer waste days schlepping heavy Bankers Boxes around the halls or racing back to the office on a Sunday night to grab a record; instead you can find your docs from anywhere as easily as you can search Google…saving lots of time, energy, and office space in the process.
3) Beef up your security: One way to put more on your plate (and not in a good way) is to skimp on security. A data breach can happen in the blink of an eye, but it can take forever to clean up the mess afterwards—that’s why it’s important to place security at the top of any law firm technology checklist (bolded and underlined). Modern law firms run their practice using cloud-based tech and a wide range of proven security measures (e.g., access control, data encryption)—allowing them to spend less time losing data and more time winning cases.
4) Personalize your law firm technology: You can customize your running clothes, your running shoes, your running route, and this run-on sentence—shouldn’t you be able to customize how you’re running your Personal Injury law firm? Well, with CloudLex you can. CloudLex is the only legal platform that caters to your unique set of rules, challenges, and idiosyncrasies. Unlike generic legal software that can only provide piecemeal help, CloudLex’s cloud-based platform is tailored to guide your PI firm from intake through closure (and beyond). CloudLex helps you keep an eye on data unique to your matters (e.g. specific info for automobile accidents, slip and fall cases, medical malpractice) and our organizational tools allow you to track vital info like deadlines, logistics, and fees so you can focus on working (instead of trying to make your software work for you).
In the meantime, focus on crossing a bunch of items off your checklist by signing up for a free demo of our next-gen cloud platform. Our innovative suite of apps lets you leave your fossil law firm technology in the past (where it belongs) and rockets you toward a future filled with efficiency.