September 1, 2022

The Role of Technology in the Legal Industry

The Role of Technology in the Legal Industry

Technology is slowly redefining the legal field. The role of technology in the legal industry has been growing and has allowed the normal routines of legal professionals to become increasingly easier and more efficient. Technology will never go away and is ever changing so it is important to understand the role of technology in the legal industry before investing in it.

Tekscape is a managed service provider that supports the legal industry with cloud technology, managed security, and strategies that drive firm efficiency. Our team of experts can help integrate any solution to improve billing efficiency, save time, streamline costs, and save money. When looking for a managed service provider to implement your law firm’s technology, consider using Tekscape as we have been supporting the legal industry since 2007.

Benefits of law firms using technology

Increased efficiency and productivity: Modern technology can help law firms perform their usual tasks more quickly and easily.

Workflow is optimized: The ability to easily communicate with colleagues and clients is especially important within small and large firms. Technology allows the usage of software to help manage legal matters, build processes, and assists in helping attorneys meet their deadlines.

Technology improves customer service for legal clients: This is a prime objective of legal professionals who want to invest in legal technology. Using technology can communicate better, have more transparency, and offer more services.

Reasons why technology can sometimes be a challenge for the legal industry

Lack of knowledge on legal technology: Many legal professionals are still hesitant to use technology. This hesitancy leads to unwillingness to learn why the technology is important.

The cost of legal technology –Everyone knows that the use of technology can come with a hefty price tag. The cost might be intimidating to smaller firms or lawyers that are just starting out, but Tekscape can help you formulate a plan that is both helpful and cost effective.

Organizational issues: Though technology has done an excellent job of transforming the legal industry, there may still be individuals that are unwilling to use it. This leads to hesitancy in investing in such technologies because some legal professionals believe it is not a proven business model.

How you start the process of incorporating innovative technology into your law firm

Picking the technology for your law firm can be an overwhelming process at first. First you want to assess your needs and the firm’s needs. Ask yourself these questions: what is causing unnecessary stress at your law firm? How can you handle process differently? What is the biggest priority when implementing this new technology?

You should also plan the process of what will happen when you pick the new technology for your firm. Make sure it is within your budget and that you have the staff that can properly implement it. This can be a managed service provider or internal IT staff.

You will also need to make sure your firm staff will be able to adapt to the new technology. Ensure everyone can acclimate to it by open communication and training. Be sure to emphasize the benefits that come with these new technology solutions. There will be new processes and many changes, but these can be easy to adapt to with the proper training.

What is legal technology?

Legal technology or legal tech refers to newer technologies that improve and enhance the way law firms provide services to clients. There are several types of technology that can be used to benefit productivity, efficiency, and compliance. This week we are going to go over some of the legal technology that we offer and what role it plays in the legal industry.

Cloud service adoption for the legal industry

When law firms adopt cloud service, it can transform the way employees work. It allows them to work more flexibly which has been incredibly useful during the pandemic. Cloud service also allows employees to access data and network in real time. When data is stored within the cloud, it eliminates the need to store the mountains of paperwork, documents, and materials that law firms often generate. If your law firm adopts a cloud platform such as Microsoft Azure, automation technology can be used to handle harder tasks such as data collection, report generation, contract review, and more. All of these things can increase efficiency and lower business overhead.

Legal technology can secure data

Securing data is one of the most important things a law firm has to worry about. All data that a law firm has must be stored securely. Security breaches and ransomware attacks are one of the biggest cyber threats to the legal industry. Implementing an encryption process ensures that no one can access this data without a password. Even though encryption is usually very effective, there should be several backup copies of that data stored within the cloud. This backup is especially effective in the event of a disaster such as a major cyber-attack or large-scale hurricane. Learn more about our disaster recovery as a service or DRaaS here.

Legal technology can improve the accessibility to justice

The increased usage of video conferencing since the start of the pandemic has improved access to those who have traditionally struggled to access legal service. Clients who have mobility issues or clients who are preoccupied with family or elder care responsibilities may benefit from the ability to meet their lawyer remotely on a video conference.

About Tekscape

Tekscape has been a nationally recognized managed IT services company since 2007. We are headquartered in New York City and currently operate via two physical locations in the United States. Tekscape services include managed IT, managed security services, cloud computing, network, advisory services, compliance, and collaboration.

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