As the legal landscape becomes more competitive, lawyers are increasingly seeking new ways to increase efficiency and make the most of their time. After all, time is money, especially when you bill by the hour. Fortunately, 21st technologies provide attorneys with a host of options designed to streamline law firm processes, saving both time and money.
One of the most cost effective ways to achieve these goals is to selectively use legal software in your law firm to reduce paper, redundancies, and inefficiencies. That’s why the latest American Bar Association Legal Technology Survey Report shows an increase in the use of legal software by law firms of all sizes. Astute lawyers are realizing that investing in the right tools and software can make all the difference and allow their firms to stand out from the competition.
For example, did you know that lawyers are using legal case management software in their practices more than ever? Small firm lawyers lead the way with 37% reporting that their firms used law practice management software, with solo lawyers close behind at 30%.
Lawyers are also increasingly using legal software to increase collaboration, both internally and with clients. For starters, more attorneys than ever are using law firm software for document management and collaboration. 53% report using software to collaborate with clients, while 46% use document management software in their law firms.
Collaborating with legal clients using software is also on the rise. Nearly 1/4 of all lawyers use online portals with clients. Using the portals, the attorneys are able to share documents with their clients (31%), communicate in a secure environment (24%), share invoices and accept online payments via credit card or ACH payments(18%), and share case status updates (17%) and upcoming court dates (14%). One of the top 5 client portal solutions used by firms of all sizes? MyCase.
Cloud computing use by lawyers is increasing as well, with 40% of small firms using it, followed by 37% of solo attorneys. The top tasks accomplished by lawyers using cloud computing software included time and billing, centralized case management, document management, and contact management. And, according to the survey results for firms of all sizes, MyCase was in the top 10 of all cloud software used by their firms, with the number of lawyers using MyCase quadrupling between 2014 and 2015.
For more interesting statistics on how lawyers are using software to increase efficiency their law firms and improve client service, make sure to check out the infographic below for lots of interesting and intriguing statistics on how the practice of law in the 21st century is changing.
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