The world has come a long way regarding technology, whether it’s in computers, the medical field, or retail.
Technology is everywhere, and that includes the legal profession. Tech advancements are changing the legal field by making a lawyer’s job easier, but also by improving the costs, accessibility, and quality of the legal work lawyers provide at the same time.
Whether you’re using software as a personal injury lawyer or using smart contracts as a business attorney, technological advancements in the legal field are helping you do it easier and the right way. There are quite a few ways technological advancements are changing how lawyers do their jobs. Do you know what those ways are?
Streamlining the Way Lawyers Communicate
From being able to meet with clients via telecommunication systems like Zoom or Skype, to hiring services to provide legal document translations, technology has streamlined the way lawyers communicate with their clients.
Video calls are making it easier to reach and connect with clients who might not want to travel to your office, especially if it’s downtown. These calls can be a great way to hold meetings with prospective clients as well.
Translation services allow you to produce documents for clients that might not speak English as their first language. It helps to avoid miscues and misunderstandings if important papers are in the client’s first language. The opposite holds true as well. Often legal professionals need to be able to understand documents that originate in another language. You don’t want to take the chance of misunderstanding some small nuance of the wording.
It used to be that when a lawyer was preparing for a case, he would spend hours digging through case files and documents to find the evidence he needed to go to court. However, with the invention of e-Discovery automation, this job has gotten much easier.
Now, evidence can come from emails, social media, IoT devices, mobile devices, and database archives. It’s all at a lawyer’s fingertips now that everything is digital and much easier to sift through.
The software that comes with e-Discovery automation uses analytics to speed up the discovery process. For example, you can type in keywords and key phrases to pull up what you need instead of having to dig through documents for hours at a time.
Case Management Simplification
The simplification of legal case management has been needed in the legal field for quite some time. Digital case management platforms have made it simple for lawyers to automate many of the processes that used to take hours to do manually.
Processes such as organizing your contact list, scheduling appointments and court dates, managing all documents, and entering data to bill clients are all easier and right there at your fingertips, thanks to technology.
In addition to that, you can get web-based case management software, which lets you access your files remotely from your mobile phone while you’re on the go. No longer do you have to wait until you’re back in the office to take care of these little details. It’s all right there at your fingertips no matter where you are.
The Creation of Online Communities
One of the best ways technology has helped the legal field is with the creation of online communities. Social media is becoming more and more popular as a way for lawyers to communicate with one another, making it easier for them to network and collaborate.
Linkedin is a logical choice for lawyers and law students to be able to network. However, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter have their own set of benefits as well. It’s easier to get into chats, groups, forums and find articles related to the legal field.
This concludes our look into the way that technological advancements have improved and affected the legal field. From document translation software to eDiscovery automation and from case management simplification to online communities, a lot can be said for technology and how it’s helped the legal field get better, stronger, and move forward in today’s modern world.
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