According to the 2015 Law Firms in Transition: An Altman Weil Flash Survey, law firms are feeling the
pressure to change elements of their
business model to stay competitive.
However, 63% of firms have not significantly changed their strategic approach.
While firms identify the need to implement modern solutions, their ability to
do so is being hindered.
Just like any business, keeping pace
with change is critical. The adoption of a
cloud-based practice management solution benefits users by giving them access to new features, functionality and
integrations, but only if they are offered
by the software provider. The reality
is most practice management tools
impede a firm’s ability to implement
change with stale functionality and limited integrations.
A solution that keeps pace with industry demands can transform a firm into a
high-performing organization while allowing for future growth. However, the
wrong practice management technology can hold a firm back and create frustrating obstacles that will ultimately
lead to negative consequences.
Look for Robust Integration
Just as technology has transformed the
world of business, it has also changed
the practice of law. Cloud-based technology is the most cost efficient method to utilize, maintain and upgrade an
end-to-end practice management solution. Law firms are no longer keeping
their information ‘siloed’ in a single
piece of software, but are leveraging integrated services to augment their current solution.
From accounting systems to document storage and email management,
all the way through to client management, a practice management solution
that offers a robust integration ecosystem allows you to implement a flexible
approach to running your practice. It
also allows you to quickly adapt to new
Mobile Accessibility is Crucial
For the average lawyer, 25% of their work
is done outside of the office, according to
the ABA’s 2015 Legal Technology Survey.
These lawyers spend time on legal-relat-ed tasks at client offices, courtrooms, airports, hotels, and at home.
The ABA’s survey also found that 79%
of lawyers surveyed use smartphones
for law-related tasks. Of those, 91% use
their mobile devices for work at home.
For most lawyers, having access to their
firm’s data on their phone is just as important as having it on their computer.
Picking a practice management solution that has a mobile app that works on
both phones and tablets is essential.
However, it’s just as important to consider how robust the mobile app is. Most
practice management apps offer very
rudimentary functionality, making it difficult to accomplish desired tasks and
fully leverage the mobility.
Look for a provider who offers both an
iOS and Android app with robust app
functionality, so you can accomplish a
majority of your tasks while on-the-go
and are able to do all you need to in order to manage your practice remotely.
Leveraging the capabilities of a full app
will transform your practice and the way
Clients Come First
Developing a more client-focused approach creates a richer experience for
current and prospective clients. Firms
that focus not only on what they are delivering, but how they deliver their services, create a competitive advantage.
The problem facing most firms is how
they can leverage technology to help
enable this approach.
Your current practice management
solution most likely offers you the ability to share information with your clients
in a secure environment. While this is a
good start, consider the power of taking
this a few steps further.
Look for a provider that enables you to
share information with clients through a
secure client portal. From documents to
tasks and calendar entries and bills, law
firms are able to empower their clients
with all the relevant information regarding their matter. In a practice management solution that offers this two-way
communication, not only can you share
information with your client, but your
client can also share information with
you, in one repository.
Transformation is difficult, but often
it’s made harder because firms choose
to hold onto ill-fitting solutions. In the
cloud-based realm, where there is no associated overhead cost to switching, it’s
time to consider a solution that can meet
your current and future needs. Firms
need to evaluate a solution beyond its
core functionality and consider the integration ecosystem offered, mobile app
functionality, and the ability to enable a
The right practice management solution can have a
transformative effect on your firm.
Here’s what to look for to make sure your current practice
management solution is not holding you back.
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