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Law firms, from solos to big law, can usually benefit from using the latest, most advanced technologies available. At least, that's the promise of new tech.
However, when it comes to new tech for practicing lawyers, not everything will add value or create a worthwhile benefit. In fact, if a firm has a solid system in place, there could be virtually no reason to make any changes at all. Growth can be overrated, especially when you're happy with the status quo and making good money.
But, if you are considering outfitting your practice with the latest and best tech available, below, you'll find a few tips on how to start your search.
While copying other law firms may not sound appealing, the logic is almost too simple to fail: If it worked for them, why wouldn't it work for you? To help you get a better idea of what tech is being used, you can review the Law Firm Innovation Index.
People are using technology in so many new ways. As such, when considering what to tech to buy for your practice, consider what tech your clients, and especially your potential clients, are using.
Want to get something done faster while working on a computer? Get a bigger screen, and while you're at, why not get two or three big screens? While all the tablets and smartphones out there may make being mobile much easier, when it comes to getting work done, nothing beats a few 20+ widescreen monitors, a high quality keyboard and mouse, and a powerful desktop computer.
If you're not waiting for a special sale, getting in on the open-box and refurbished deals offered by reputable retailers and manufacturers is a great way to save a whole lot of money, while still getting reasonably recent tech.
If you're not utilizing the cloud, you're years behind technologically. Cloud computing is almost a requirement at this point if you want to remain competitive on the technology front. But, if you're new to the cloud, you should be cautious and do your research as there are a few holes in cloud cybersecurity that could be costly.