Lawyers and staff are often frustrated by workflow bottlenecks inside their law firms, and they often reach for an expensive solution such as an entirely new calendaring system, document management system, or equipment upgrade. Nine times out of ten, implementing a simple office-wide procedure can eliminate bottlenecks and help workflow recuperate. Today, we’ll discuss the value of implementing naming conventions.
Small law firms can often be caught between a rock and a hard place when it comes to technology. Technology issues common to small firms can include both software and hardware. For example, the firm may not be large enough to warrant a brand new, expensive document management or case management software solution, but the old filing system on a shared drive just isn’t cutting it anymore.
Do you feel that your email inbox dominates a large portion of your workday? If so, you feel like most lawyers and law firm staff, receiving over 100 emails each day. Utilizing Microsoft Outlook tools and tricks can help you organize your inbox so that you and your staff can focus on what is really important to your law practice.
In this day and age, it has become virtually impossible to keep our personal and professional lives organized without our electronic calendars and to-do lists to remind us where to be, what to do, and who to see. The economic downturn forced many law firms to scale down, while asking each staff member to take on an increased workload. Using our calendars, reminders, and tasks more efficiently means that we can relax a little knowing that nothing will be missed.
If you work in a small to medium-sized law firm, you may not have case management software. Even if your firm does have a client or case management database, it is likely not being utilized to its full potential.