Over the past two years, legal technology has entered the mainstream of law practice.
Virtual conferencing, remote work and cloud computing have become as common as manila folders and paper clips. E-signature software has replaced Bic pens. File sharing has changed the nature of collaboration.
“Technological breakthroughs are changing the way we practice law,” says tech writer Jacob Maslow for LegalScoops. “Every law firm can become more efficient, profitable, and client-centered, even if it just starts by using the essential tools before graduating to the more sophisticated ones.”
Read 7 Technological Breakthroughs That Might Change the Way We Practice Law In 2022 • LegalScoops here.
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Top Tech Breakthroughs in the Legal Space
Here are seven of the defining tech trends of the moment, according to Jacob Maslow and LegalScoops (all quotes are from Maslow and his article):
- Virtual conferencing. “According to the 2020 Legal Trends report, 37 percent percent of legal clients don’t mind a virtual legal meeting for a first meeting or consultation.”
- Legal research tools. “The face of legal research is changing through artificial intelligence (AI) implementation. ROSS Intelligence uses IBM Watson to do legal research automatically. This is conducted faster than current legal search engines are doing. AI is also used to create and review contracts a real-time-saver for lawyers.”
- Secure file sharing. “Working remotely required more sophisticated and secure sharing solutions for communicating with clients, sharing case-related documents among colleagues, and getting signatures.”
- Litigation software. “Software that can run all the possible scenarios of a car accident, crime scene, and ballistics calculations can help legal teams save time and money. In addition, these simulations and computer-generated evidence can replace expert witnesses, helping determine cases faster.”
- Electronic Signatures. “[N]ot legally binding in all situations (in some states, a will must still have a wet signature), but they make the completion of some documents fast and effortless. They save money and leave a smaller margin for human error.”
- More efficient discovery. “eDiscovery makes it easier for a law firm to put the data together and share it. In addition, discovery software automates the process by filtering information while automatically scanning for viruses.”
- Firm management. “[L]egal tools offer automated features for tracking legal time and expenses, with automatic billing features. Every legal office can run more effectively if it takes advantage of the latest document automation tools. These streamline the process of preparing motions or writing letters, helping sync all the available information, and they store everything securely.
Source: 7 Technological Breakthroughs That Might Change the Way We Practice Law In 2022 • LegalScoops
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