Trends in the Legal Industry: Technology = Increased Opportunities
According to Nicole Black, in her article on Abovethelaw.com, “Technology has leveled the playing field [for small-firm lawyers] allowing them to find success on their own.” Of course, technology is not the only factor that comes to play – other factors which determine the success of a small law firm are location, practice areas, and earnings.
Where small law firms are concerned, the two main technological advances that increase efficiency are eDiscovery and e-filing. E-filing is now being mandated in many jurisdictions – meaning that lawyers have no choice but to digitize all of their law firm’s documents, resulting in many offices going paperless. There are certain states that have enforced additional technological requirements – Florida and North Carolina now require lawyers to obtain technology CLE credits.
Choosing technology for your law firm, and going through the process of digitization can be tiring. We all know that lawyers have incredibly busy lives, so figuring out how to incorporate all of the new technology conveniences and requirements can be complicated. Nicole Black recommends, “The 2019 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide,” written by Sharon D. Nelson, John W. Simek, and Michael C. Maschke to help with these tasks.
While the process of moving your business over to the paperless world of technology can be overwhelming, the benefits are worth it in the end, especially for a small law firm. From marketing to file sharing, the efficiency of your firm will greatly increase once the change is made.
For more on these topics, check out Nicole Black’s two articles: