With no definitive end in sight to the global health crisis, it has become increasingly difficult to track the far-reaching implications of the pandemic. To better understand the changes happening in the legal industry, MyCase recently launched a nationwide survey exploring the state of law offices, current workload, and predictions for the future. The results show that law firms are more positive about their financial outlook than in previous months, and they are adopting technology more readily than before. 

Financial Outlook

Sentiment around financial futures in the legal community has shifted to a more positive outlook than in prior stages of the pandemic. Though financial stability remains a top concern among legal professionals of all practice areas, 52% of survey respondents are more optimistic about the future of their firm than they were 30 days ago. 

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Technology Adoption

When asked their opinion on increased technology adoption in law firms and courts, overwhelmingly, respondents indicated that the change was a positive one, with 52% strongly agreeing that technology adoption in law firms is a good thing, and 54% strongly agreeing that the same is true of courts.

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Along those same lines, respondents believe that firms who fail to implement or utilize cloud technology are more susceptible to financial hardship in the second half of 2020, with 70% agreeing that cloud technology is paramount to financial stability.

Law firms without cloud-based technology risk financial hardships in the second half of 2020

Software Needs 

90% of firms surveyed mentioned that cloud-based technology enables their firm to work remotely at this time. This is indicative of more attorneys recognizing the advantages technology brings to managing the operations of a firm as the health crisis continues to evolve.

To adapt your firm to the challenges created by COVID-19, consider adopting MyCase, a cloud-based practice management software built to help law firms centralize and access case details no matter where they are.

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Last updated September 10th, 2020