Modesto Lopez has been practicing bankruptcy law in Florida for over 30 years. That’s a long legal career–especially given the focus on one practice area for all that time.
A fulfilling legal career
But, as Modesto explains, he finds bankruptcy to be a fulfilling practice area for any number of reasons: “I’m proud to say that after practicing law for more than 30 years I’ve never had a complaint filed against me. I think it’s because I really like bankruptcy law–especially since I’m able to help people who are in need and in financial distress. That’s why this area of practice gives me so much satisfaction and I think it shows. My clients know how much I enjoy representing them.”
According to Modesto, his experience sets him apart from his competitors and was incredibly beneficial during the recent economic downturn. “In my case, because I’ve been practicing bankruptcy law for more than 30 years, I have a lot of experience handling consumer bankruptcy matters for my clients,” he explains. “This level of experience proved to be very useful during the last few years as the U.S. went through an economic crisis. As a result, many lawyers started practicing bankruptcy law, but most have very little experience. So my experience lends credibility and my reputation as a bankruptcy attorney helps to set my firm apart.”
The move from premise-base software to the Cloud
Modesto had used premise-based law practice management software in his law firm for years, but his experience was less than ideal. “I had Amicus Attorney for more than 10 years and when I initially chose their software, cloud-based software wasn’t available,” he says. “But I wasn’t satisfied with Amicus since they have the worst customer service – it was a nightmare. Their software was also very expensive, especially every time you had to make an upgrade.”
So he decided it was time to move on and started to look at other law practice managment software options. He focused on cloud-based solutions in part because the local bankruptcy courts had begun to move toward electronic filing, but also because he needed flexibility.
“In bankruptcy court for the last 6 or 7 years everything is done electronically and I needed software where I could do anything from anywhere,” he explains. “I also needed software that would work on all of my computers and devices. At my home office I have a Windows PC, while the other devices I use are my Macbook Pro, iPad, and iPhone. They are obviously different operating systems but I knew that with a cloud-based system I would be able to use all those devices to access my firm’s files.”
MyCase: the right choice
After making the decision to move to the Cloud, the next step was choosing the right software for his law firm. It didn’t take Modesto long to realize that MyCase was the right choice: “I needed software that would allow me to do anything from anywhere, so when I discovered MyCase, it seemed like it would be a good fit. So, I tested it out during the trial period and before the 30 days was up, I knew it was the program I needed.”
MyCase provided everything his firm needed and best of all, it was incredibly intuitive. “I’m really satisfied. With MyCase I have all of my case-related documents with me wherever I go. I use my iPad or iPhone in court and don’t have to print out and bring the 30-page Petition with me. And, I have all of my client contact information in one place and can even make an appointments with a client no matter where I am,” he says. “And best of all, it’s so easy to use. I’ve never called MyCase for tech support because I’ve never needed to. And if I do ever need help, I don’t think I’d even need to call tech support since there are so many learning options available in the MyCase website in the Knowledge Center.”
When I asked Modesto if he had a favorite expression, he replied: “There is one phrase that is very important to me. ‘The past is history, the future is a mystery, and the present is a gift. That’s why it’s called present.’ I try to live by that. What it means is that in our minds we have to focus on what we’re doing at every moment. This is very important because the problem we all have is we’re always talking and thinking about the past and future and when we do that, it creates anxiety. Instead, it’s better for us to try to focus on the present moment.”