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Using automation technology to manage workflow lifecycles has long been proven to be both effective and profitable in a number of fields—the practice of law is no exception. A vast amount of valuable time is dedicated to the client intake process and streamlining this process via automation results in reducing wasted time and duplicative efforts, improving the service experience for both lawyers and clients. For small firms and solo practitioners, an automated client intake process…
Hourly billing, contingency fees, and retainer fees are the most common methods used by lawyers and law firms when it comes to client billing. However, attorneys are increasingly transitioning to a “flat fee” billing structure in lieu of the traditional hourly rate. Flat fee rates, or “fixed fees,” are agreed upon and usually fully paid upfront before an attorney begins work on a client’s legal matter. Fixed fees are much more client-friendly than traditional billable…
When you need to draft a new contract or legal document, do you open up a template and then manually update all the merge fields with client information? And when you need to collaborate on that document with clients and/or counter parties, are you still emailing it back and forth? If this sounds like how you work, then it’s likely that your document creation and collaboration process is hurting your firm. Discover the four ways…
Benefits of a Client Intake Process The client intake process is not only a critical step towards creating a successful attorney-client relationship, but it is also extremely useful for spotting any potential red flags or quickly fleshing out matters you would prefer not to handle.   Having a standardized client intake process eliminates friction when you’re onboarding new clients and saves massive amounts of upfront time in your process so you can get clients into and…
In these unprecedented times, a “meeting” with prospective clients has taken on many different forms.  Whether I meet with clients virtually via a Zoom or WebEx video conference, a traditional teleconference, or a socially distanced in-person meeting wearing a protective face covering, I rely on my intake form now more than ever to make sure that I capture all of the details needed to recommend and commence work on clients’ estate planning documents.  To make…
Update to “Why Embrace Document Automation?” December 20, 2017 It seems hard to believe that we wrote this original blog post nearly three years ago. Time flies. Yet even something done three weeks ago seems like three years ago, maybe more. Time really flies right now. It’s easy to feel like things are out of your control, especially when so many things truly are currently. Believe it or not, document automation can actually help you take…
Anyone can buy legal technology, but getting lawyers to actually use that technology is where the real challenge lies.  If you can’t get the lawyers at your firm or in your legal department to use the legal technology you bought, you will sooner or later stop buying legal technology.  Probably sooner rather than later, and you’ll never get yourself out of the archaic grind of doing all your work manually. Fortunately, we recently read some…
We recently came across an article published a few years back on the software review site Capterra: “15 Things You Could Be Doing Instead of Legal Paperwork,” by Halden Ingwersen.  The article is a hilariously irreverent look at how “Being a lawyer is ridiculously time-consuming.”  Unlike many articles and reports on legal technology that try to focus around a mythical 40-hour week for lawyers (we’re looking at you, Clio), Halden shows…
“The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Create It.” – Abraham Lincoln (or maybe Peter Drucker?) Another week, another study of legal departments – this time the Accenture 2019 Legal Risk Study.  Titled: “Future Law . . . Balancing More with Less,” the study – just like the Deloitte study we covered in our last blog post – focuses on the pressures put upon General Counsel to do more with…
We’ve been getting more and more inquiries from corporate legal departments lately.  It seems that they are starting to get the message that there’s a better way to practice law than to just keep reinventing wheels over and over again. That’s a good thing for them – and everyone – because it appears that there’s still some work to be done here on making corporate legal departments work better.  A recent study by Deloitte “…