To say that technology has moved at a snail’s pace in the legal field is to state the obvious. The legal sector is perhaps the only sector of the U.S. economy that is as slow to adapt to change as healthcare. The good news is that things are changing. Modern legal software is one of a small handful of things motivating the industry to change.
Legal case management software in 2019 looks a lot different from the software produced in the late 1990s and early 2000s, software that a lot of legal firms are still using today. Modern software is all about efficiency, security, and production. At its core is collaboration.
A case management software solution like NuLaw is comprised of a number of different modules all brought together in a single cloud-based platform. As such, it integrates nearly every function of the modern law office. What holds all these modules together? Collaboration.
Collaboration for Better Communications
Prior to the internet age attorneys and staff members communicated over the phone and in person. That was fine under normal circumstances, but limits on communication could create problems outside of the office. Things improved with the advent of e-mail. However, even e-mail is outdated today.
Modern case management software with integrated communication tools make it possible for law firm staff to all communicate in the same collaborative space rather than talking back and forth via e-mail and text messages. Think of it in terms of an open chat space where staff can come and go as needed. It is a better way to communicate inside the office and out.
Collaboration for Document Management
Document management has been a challenging task for law firms throughout most of history. But thanks to cloud-based case management software, document management no longer has to be so difficult. The cloud makes everything so much easier by providing a central location for documents.
NuLaw’s document library is a great example. The library is where attorneys store document templates, research documents, case law articles, etc. All the information in the library is freely accessible by the entire office at any time. Attorneys do not even have to be in the office to access the library. Because it is hosted in the cloud, documents can be retrieved from anywhere an attorney has an internet connection. Those same documents can be easily passed electronically between attorneys.
Collaboration for Managing Workflow
How is workflow managed in a law firm that does not utilize a cloud-based platform? It is a cooperative effort between attorneys, paralegals, and secretaries. Each person in the workflow chain has specific responsibilities. Moreover, they are all dependent on each other to keep up.
In a collaborative environment where everything is done in the cloud, workflow is made more efficient through automation. For example, a paralegal finishing up on some assigned research updates her work tasks within the project management module. Those updates automatically get carried across to other modules as needed. Everyone involved in that particular case is kept in the loop at all times.
This sort of collaboration makes it possible to shepherd cases through every step of the process without leaving anyone behind. Every member of the team works together in the same collaborative space from case acquisition through conclusion.
Collaboration is the glue that holds modern legal case management software together. When every member of a law firm participates in the collaborative effort, the firm becomes stronger as a whole. Case management is more efficient, communication is more productive, data is more accurate, and clients are more satisfied.