Everywhere you look are signs that the legal sector is in flux. The same technology the rest of the world was made comfortable with a decade ago is now forcing law firms to change the way they do things. You could make the case that the legal sector is being dragged into the future whether it wants to be or not.
Our question for you is this: is your law firm being left behind? Are you so married to the old ways that the future has already passed you by? If so, you have two choices. You can continue moving down the road at a snail’s pace while the future continues to accelerate until it is out of sight. Or, you can put the pedal to the metal and catch up.
Here at NuLaw, we believe the future is now. We have positioned ourselves and our case management application to help drive the legal profession toward whatever tomorrow holds. We do not want you to be left behind, so we put together a list of three signs that suggest your firm might already be in that position.
1. You Can’t or Don’t Foresee the Future
Eastman Kodak was the photography king of the world from the late 1950s into the mid-1980s. The Kodak of 2019 is but a shell of its former self. What happened? Company management failed to see the future of photography when digital imaging began to show itself in the late 1980s. And because they failed to see the future, they also failed to prepare for it. They were left behind by competitors who fully embraced digital photography.
If your law firm is not looking toward what the future might hold, you cannot possibly prepare for it either. By the time you finally catch up with the future, your competitors will already be years ahead.
2. You’re Not Looking for Real Solutions
Solving problems is part and parcel with running any kind of business. In the legal profession, there are problems that affect everything from filing documents to maintaining ABA compliant billing. How is your law firm addressing those problems?
Looking for workarounds to keep things going without really solving the underlying problem will not help your law firm transition into the future. You need real solutions that solve real problems once and for all. Getting back to our previous analogy, you are never going to catch up on the road to tomorrow if you simply pull the spark plug on a blown gasket. You have to fix the engine to restore maximum power.
3. Your Technology is Outdated
The most telling sign that your law firm has been left behind is found in your technology. So, how old is your legal case management software? Does your law firm use separate applications for case management, billing and accounting, HR, and calendaring?
Half-a-dozen legacy software packages may have been the only way to do things 20 years ago. That is no longer the case. You have options today. Moreover, your best option is a cloud-based case management application that combines all of your other legacy packages in a single app.
Keep in mind that technology is the single biggest driving force in the modern world. It affects everything we do. If your technology is outdated, your law firm cannot possibly keep up.
Practicing law in the internet age is not what it used to be 50 years ago. The future is here, and law firms unwilling to adapt to it will be left behind. We don’t want that for you. That’s why we created NuLaw.