To say that Lawyerist has feelings about legal technology would be a dramatic understatement. We have all of the feelings about solo and small law firm technology. This isn’t the time nor the place to inundate you with all of those musings. But suffice it to say that we believe successful law firms use future-oriented legal tech and are near the front edge of technology adoption and innovation.
When we talk about legal technology at Lawyerist, we always talk about it in the context of how it can make your life—and your clients’ lives—better. We think you should have some goals for your law firm’s technology infrastructure. We think you should:
- Take advantage of technology when it can help you fulfill operational needs, streamline systems, meet goals, and improve client service.
- Be technologically competent in general.
- Be (well and frequently) trained in your technology systems.
- Run a paperless law firm. (You scan and digitally file all paperwork, shred what you don’t need, and keep anything you do need.)
- Run a mobile firm. Use mobile technology to work productively and securely from outside the “office,” whatever you conceive that to be.
- Conduct data security threat assessments. Have an up-to-date threat model and a written security policy.
- Have technology systems that reflect your firm’s security needs and those of your clients.
Reaching those legal technology goals may seem daunting at first. But fear not: you don’t need to accomplish all of them today. They are aspirational, and as you go about designing and improving your law firm technology systems and tools, keep them in mind.
In this “Legal Technology” hub, we’ll talk in detail about our technology buying guide for small and solo lawyers, including our thoughts on hardware, accessories, software, and backup, security, and encryption technologies.
We’ll explore online legal research tools, PDF manipulation, and technology training tips.
And we’ll go deep into technology innovation, change management, and law practice management software.
Along the way, we hope you’ll develop a curiosity for technology and tools and an understanding that the pace of change in technology has unlocked an entire world to small and solo firms that can make you super-hero like in your clients’ eyes.
How is this for incendiary? You should download our “Basic Tech Competence Checklist.” If you can’t check the box on fully 90% of it, you have lots of work to do in the legal tech department. You’re not irredeemable, of course, but you’re behind the curve. We can help you with that. Just read on.