5 Technology Pitfalls Law Firms Face

There’s a lot to keep track of when you are working in the legal industry. One way to make things easier is to stay current with today’s tech practices. Technology is there to help your business remain secure and efficient. On the blog today, we are going over 5 pitfalls that law firms face working with technology. Keep reading to find out how you stack up and what you can do to improve! 

5 Technology Pitfalls Law Firms Face   

 

Compliance 

The word ‘compliance’ is one that all legal professionals are familiar with and every state has its own set of rules/guidelines that law firms must uphold. Because of this, staying up-to-date on compliance regulations can be a full-time job. Today, we are focusing on legal compliance as it relates to technology.  

If you work for a law firm, you know that some firms are still tracking their client funds manually. This way of thinking all stems from the two main issues that law firms have when dealing with compliance – a lack of knowledge and resources. Things like data protection, document management, data security, and automatic backups give law firms the support they need to stay on top of things. Working with a tech provider, such as an MSP, is a simple way to handle concerns with tech-related compliance in the legal industry. 

Cybersecurity  

If you work in the legal industry, you know there are large amounts of private information processed daily. That is why it is vital to have cybersecurity measures in place for your law firm. When you’re dealing with the legal industry, you need more than just a firewall to protect your firm. Be prepared for any cybersecurity issue with cybersecurity awareness training, two-factor authentication, backup disaster & recovery, vulnerability scans, security reporting, and more.    

Tech Competence  

Every workplace gets in the habit of doing things a certain way, without reevaluating their methods. Changing internal processes is not easy. Law firms are not an exception to this rule. One of the most common things that law firms tend to avoid is upgrades to their internal processes via technology. Let’s face it; technology can be intimidating. However, replacing some of the monotonous work with the help of technology could save a law firm more time, money, and cause fewer headaches. 

Cloud Storage & Services  

Is your law firm on the Cloud? If you haven’t already, it’s time to say goodbye to those overflowing file cabinets in the office. Cloud services improve data management, collaboration, and file sharing from multiple locations and devices. It costs less and encourages teamwork and efficiency, and it’s a huge step towards moving your business into the next stage of technological evolution. Working on the Cloud is an excellent way to tackle the challenges of mobile workforces and reduce budgets.  

There are several cloud options like the Public Cloud, Dedicated Cloud, Hybrid Cloud, and the Collaboration Cloud. Each version has unique functionality, so you can select what best meets your business’s needs. 

Kicking It Old School  

Is your law firm behind the times? Technology is at the forefront of innovation, and it’s changing the way we research and conduct our business. Over the past few years, tech companies have developed tons of tools to make working in the legal industry easier and more secure. Some of these leading-edge tech products include LegalZoom, e-Discovery, Attorney IO, Westlaw Edge, and CARA. 

The EMPIST Effect       

Software provides a gateway to further business innovation. The more that you and your company do to stay on top of software news and actually embrace more software within your business, the more benefits your business will reap. Whether you explore an online ticketing system for customer support (like EMPIST’s own Deskware) or a cloud technology platform, there’s no doubt that it will show more efficient results at your business. Give your company a competitive advantage with the right scaling software. Evolve with software and grow efficiently.     

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