Our last blog hit the alarm on the legal practice nightmares that prevent you from getting the shuteye you deserve and demonstrated how you can put those fears to bed. Unfortunately, time’s up on your snooze button, because, it turns out, personal injury lawyers worry about a lot of things. Since you’re already up in the middle of the night, use this time to check out the reasons you’re still awake and our tips for dealing with those stressors…so you can close your eyes and get back to closing cases. Here’s what’s keeping you up at night:
Your team isn’t handling things:
One of the perks of being a higher up is, in addition to having the privilege of stressing out about getting your own stuff done, you also get to wonder if your team members are taking care of their business. One of the best ways to remove this stressor from your to-do list is to track assigned tasks and individual workloads with legal case management software. The right practice management software will give you a bird’s-eye view of your firm’s productivity and a close up look at who’s doing what (…and if it’s being done efficiently)—so you don’t have to micromanage your employees now or deal with an avoidable crisis later.
You misplaced a key piece of case info:
Hide and seek is a great game to play with your kids, but it’s a terrible game to play with your client’s case information. Misplacing even one email, document, text, phone recording, or piece of visual evidence could sink your entire case and lead to other (harsher) consequences. Employing practice management software, complete with good organizational tools, will help you find a (retrievable) place for all your case data—so you’re never stuck looking for a needle in a haystack…or a paper stack.
You didn’t get back to your clients:
Busy signals are no longer a valid excuse for failing to connect with clients. We live in a world where customers can track their pizza from the shop oven to their front door—so it’s no wonder they want regular updates on more important matters like their cases (…not that pizza isn’t important). But you can’t spend all of your time updating clients…so how do you reconcile those two things? By using modern tech to your advantage! Find communication tools (e.g., text, email, client portals) that allow you to easily update your plaintiffs in a timely fashion and gives them access to those updates at their convenience.
You won’t be able to work outside the office:
Save for camping in the Sahara or going on an Arctic expedition, not being able to do work when you want to should no longer be a concern. Work today occurs wherever you are—entire practices can live inside your phone. To manage cases whether you’re on vacation or in your dentist’s chair, migrate your practice to cloud-based legal practice management software…so you can stay productive from anywhere, at anytime, and on any internet-enabled device.
You’re being infiltrated by an elite gang of international hackers:
While you’re not likely to be targeted by an “elite gang of international hackers” (whatever that is), data breach is a very real threat to your personal injury practice. One wrong click could lead to irreparable harm to your firm and reputation. In addition to developing proven security policies and educating your staff, one of the best things you can do for your firm’s security is to get rid of your local servers and move to the cloud. Cloud-based software doesn’t put all your data eggs in one server basket and provides you with 24/7 monitoring and automatic updates…forcing hackers to hack elsewhere.
You won’t be able to find a document for your morning meeting:
You’re inundated with data and your time is precious—that’s why document assembly programs and document management solutions exist. And while having a designated place for your docs and files is great, it’s meaningless if you can’t find them when you need them most. You don’t want to be unprepared for a hearing because you couldn’t find a record, or waste a day looking for a file when you could have been crafting an argument instead. Luckily, there’s an easy solution—invest in cloud-based document management software that allows you to store your files (even closed ones) in a digital format so you can search your files as easily as you search Google.
But whatever you do, stop searching for solutions to what ails you—because CloudLex offers an all-encompassing cure for your sleepless nights. Sign up for a free demo now and let our cloud-based legal platform help you tackle your days (and nights) with vigor.