As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge in some parts of the country, you’re no doubt facing uncertainty regarding how and when to reopen your law firm. You’re also likely wondering about the future of your law firm and its book of business.
One way to abate those concerns is to prioritize preparing your firm for whatever may come.
Future Proof Your Firm
Prior to COVID-19, you may have thought that this type of disaster was unlikely to happen to your law firm. But now that we’re in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic, are you really willing to take that chance again?
After all, the course of the pandemic is unclear for now, and other disasters, such as fires, are not as rare as you might think. Case in point: a fire that broke out a few years ago in a high rise building in downtown Buffalo, New York.
Have a Disaster Plan
The fire originated on the 15th floor, which was the location of a law office. According to news reports about the fire, confidential client files were strewn onto the street below as a result of the fire itself and the firefighters’ efforts to put out the fire:
“According to the Buffalo fire commissioner, a slew of legal files, some of which may contain private information, are flying around the streets of Buffalo after a fire broke out on the 15th floor of Main Place Tower in Buffalo … The documents are all old case files from closed cases, but could contain sensitive information many customers of (the law firm) might not want prying eyes to see.”
Had the firm move to a paperless practice prior to the fire, the fire would have damaged equipment and office supplies, but client confidentiality would not have been compromised and the firm would never have lost access to the case files that were destroyed.
Create a Business Continuity Plan
The aftermath of this fire is a great example of one of the most useful benefits of business continuity planning: it allows your firm to quickly and easily get up and running, regardless of the type of unexpected disruption you might encounter.
To safeguard your firm from disruption and ensure the continuity of your business, no matter the circumstances, consider adopting MyCase, a cloud based practice management software built to help law firms centralize case details in the cloud.