The proliferation of smartphones and tablets in the workplace has dramatically changed how business is conducted, and the legal profession is no exception. Nearly everyone has a mobile device, but how many of us use these devices to their full potential? Think about how you are using your smartphone in your daily affairs. Can that same technology do even more to help you give your clients the best possible representation?
Offhand, I can name six ways your smart device can make your law practice more efficient..........
6. Case management. Being able to track and schedule tasks, billable hours, expenses and travel time, as well as keep notes and case documents readily available and organized, is crucial. Goodcase’s CaseManager app can help you accomplish this. Its calendar function allows you to keep track of daily, weekly and monthly tasks associated with a given case, and gives you “day at a glance” scheduling capability. This is particularly helpful for those with a heavy caseload but a small or nonexistent support staff. The only real drawback is that it does not currently support file sharing. Other apps for case management include Lawyers Case Diary, TimeMaster and LegalPlex.
Most practice management software programs now offer cloud access and iPhone and Android apps for use on the go as well.
If you are already doing these things, you’re ahead of the curve. If not, it’s time to think about ways to make your smart device work as hard for you as you do for your clients.
Melanie Atkinson is a client communication specialist at the Edmonton, Alberta, personal injury law firm of Cummings Andrews Mackay, LLP. She has a passion for technology and how it pertains to all aspects of the legal industry.
By Melanie Atkinson