Published: Feb 03, 2023
As we reviewed earlier, many attorneys are behind technologically and reticent to adopt new tech tools, despite (1) ABA recommendations to stay abreast of relevant technology, (2) sophisticated clients who expect tech proficiency in their attorneys, and (3) competitors like alternative legal service providers (ALSPs) using technology to provide legal support work at lower costs. The bottom line is that law firms and lawyers need to keep current with technology because being deficient means losing business—or going out of business.
Of course, attorneys’ deficiency in tech competence is overlooking the obvious—that they can be more efficient and do their work with greater accuracy by using technology. A 2020 survey revealed that 84% of law firms felt the use of legal technology resulted in increased efficiency, and firms can be more collaborative and data-driven with the use of available technology.[i] Time spent completing manual processes is wasted when, alternatively, advancements in legal technology create solutions that improve every day.[ii]
What Attorneys and Firms Should Do
To stay viable and create a “future-ready firm that attracts top talent,” law firms and lawyers need to embrace innovation, build technology-enabled workplaces, and invest in user-friendly digital tools.[iii] Further, they need to make sure they are proficient with at least the following:
Clearly there are a lot of technological products and services available to lawyers and law firms, and it is incumbent on them to find and utilize the best ones to maximize their efficiency and provide the best available services to clients.
[i] AbacusNext. (n.d.). How to close your law firm’s technology skills gap. https://www.amicusattorney.com/shrink-your-technology-skills-gap/
[ii] Thomson Reuters. (2022, November 18). 3 red flags signaling the need for legal technology. https://legal.thomsonreuters.com/blog/3-red-flags-signaling-the-need-for-legal-technology/
[iii] AbacusNext. How to close your law firm’s technology skills gap,
[iv] Black, N. (2021, August 24). Track your firm’s litigation deadlines with rules-based calendaring software. ABA Journal. https://www.abajournal.com/columns/article/track-your-firms-litigation-deadlines-with-rules-based-calendaring-software
[vi] Smokeball. (n.d.). Legal Workflow Automation: An Ultimate Guide for Law Offices. https://www.smokeball.com/blog/legal-workflow-automation-an-ultimate-guide-for-law-offices/
[vii] eLawTalk. (n.d.). 10 Solid Dictation Tools and Software Options for Attorneys. https://elawtalk.com/dictation-tools/
[ix] Dimka, D. (2023, January 23). Best Legal Document Management Software for 2023. LexWorkplace. https://lexworkplace.com/best-legal-document-management-software/
[x] Black, N. (2022, June 28). Easy e-filing: Services designed to help attorneys file documents accurately and correctly. American Bar Association. https://www.americanbar.org/groups/journal/articles/2022/easy-e-filing-services-designed-to-help-attorneys-file-document/
[xi] Pikulski, R., Onyiri, P., and Ouyang, L. (2022, May 6). ANALYSIS: Lawyers’ Top Legal Tech Tools—And Biggest Blind Spots. Bloomberg Law. https://news.bloomberglaw.com/bloomberg-law-analysis/analysis-lawyers-top-legal-tech-tools-and-biggest-blind-spots
[xii] Miranda, D., Haskings, J., and Main, K. (2022, December 22). The Best Legal Billing Software of 2023. Forbes. https://www.forbes.com/advisor/business/software/best-legal-billing-software/
[xiv] Pikulski, R., Onyiri, P., and Ouyang, L. ANALYSIS: Lawyers’ Top Legal Tech Tools—And Biggest Blind Spots.
[xv] Thomson Reuters. (2022, August 10). Legal self-help: Self-service for clients. https://legal.thomsonreuters.com/blog/legal-self-help-self-service-for-clients/
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