Solo and Small Practice Trends in the Legal Industry: Another Bite from the Apple
If there’s any one thing that is common in the legal industry, it’s an aversion to risk. You just don’t take chances with your livelihood or that of your clients, and that means adhering to legal procedure to the letter and following precedent instead of attempting to argue positions that have a low chance of succeeding.
Yet as much as attorneys can be characterized as being risk-averse in many areas, there’s one particular realm of the practice of law that solo and small practice firms are more than willing to embrace. Solutions that involve the use of new technologies, or existing ones that have yet to be applied in a legal setting, are becoming increasingly popular.
There’s a number of reasons for this transition. Many are obvious, while others still are more subtle. Overall, however, smaller-scale firms have found that using these new technological approaches can give them a competitive edge in an industry that’s already adversarial by design. Here’s how, and why, these professionals have chased the forbidden fruit.
Hardware, Software, Everywhere
Technology and the practice of law have always gone hand-in-hand. From court reporters using stenotype machines to lawyers teleconferencing in for depositions from across the state or even across the country, legal professionals are adept at using technology to their advantage. If a device like an iPad or MacBook can provide benefits to practicing lawyers, especially those on the go, you’ll bet that it’s going to be used to its full ability.
It’s not just devices that provide mobile connectivity that is high on the list of most-wanted technology, though. Software plays a strong role, especially software-as-a-service, or SaaS, technologies. Law firm management software like Clio provides higher levels of efficiency, for example, while team-based project management SaaS offerings like PBworks make it easy for far-flung teams of professionals to keep in touch while working on multiple projects or cases.
Even tools that weren’t specifically designed for the legal profession are now beneficial as well. Social platforms like Facebook and Twitter, more associated with younger generations, help smaller firms build authority and positive reputations for themselves. These easy to use and intuitive tools allow small practices or solo practitioners to share valuable content and answer questions, growing their brand organically in ways that would be impossible without the aid of this technology.
Smart Support Services Follow the Trend
The rest of the legal services community has certainly taken notice of the way smaller firms are embracing new technologies and adapting them to their specific needs. With such a high demand for cost-efficient, time-saving, and innovative ways to practice law, it was inevitable that support service companies would see the writing on the wall.
That’s why Rapid Legal prides itself on providing attorney services online. An early pioneer of technologies that allowed for electronic court document filing and national service of process. From its humble beginnings to today, Rapid Legal now provides its document processing services to more than 2100 legal professionals across 1600 law firms. Processing more than 80,000 orders a year for its partnered law firms, Rapid Legal has the expertise and the technology your small-scale firm needs to succeed.