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How Technology Is Making Law Firms More Efficient in 2020

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The growing prevalence of legal tech products has given many law firms a reason to up their technology game. Despite the challenges of the global pandemic, firms are utilizing technology platforms now more than ever to organize objectives, execute goals, and boost efficiency. Firms are also leaning on innovative software of the legal tech boom in order to streamline communication and workflows, as well as maximize their growth potential.

It’s no secret that law firms rely on their technology infrastructure day-in-and-day-out to execute virtually all legal transactions. Between accurately maintaining documents, comparing and reviewing documents, and simplifying communication and collaboration, nothing would be done as quickly without the virtual assistance of technology.

At the forefront of many successful law firms is a cutting-edge technology infrastructure. Technology is undoubtably a lifeline for lawyers and law firms and continues to drive the efficiency and productivity at law firms all over the world. Increasing advantageous technology is key to expediting legal work and alleviating attorneys from clerical burdens. Platforms like Microsoft Outlook, Webex, and case management software are all familiar giants that nearly all attorneys utilize; however, there are several other lesser-known alternatives out there that many firms are leaning on in 2020.

As many firms and attorneys continue to work remotely with no end in sight, many firms are scrambling to meet the technical demands of 2020. Although no one holds a crystal ball for the legal tech industry, increasing success and efficiency of new products will undoubtably continue to drive the gap between firms who embrace this legal tech boom and those who remain stagnant. Technology is changing the game and industry trends suggest it would be wise to embrace the technology of 2020 that many firms are reaping the benefits of to manage their caseload and drive their profit margins — or you could risk being left behind.

Navigating the convoluted legal tech landscape can be daunting. The industry continues to evolve at the whim of technology, synonymously saturating the market with run-of-the-mill legal applications. Because most lawyers aren’t educated in useful technology strategy in law school (and few attorneys are naturally tech-savvy), finding the right resources and keeping up with the latest tech trends can feel impossible. Lawyers need to do their due diligence to arm themselves with the best technology to address the real needs of the future like data security, and how to effectively and efficiently run law practices. It is vital that firms choose the right solutions from the slew of those available so they can start making legal tech work for instead of against them. Firms and attorneys at odds with technology risk being left in the past.

Technology will become increasingly indispensable to law firms and attorneys. More firms are increasing efficiency and spearheading growth by reexamining their technology strategies to embrace the innovations 2020 has to offer. The stakes are high, and you don’t want your firm to be last in this race: now is the time to invest in new technology for your firm.

Tara Pimentel is a rising 2L at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, MA. Checkout her full bio and feel free to reach out on LinkedIn.

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