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Best Mobile Applications to Improve Legal Team’s Productivity

Legal services (include dedicated law firms and in-house legal teams) in the global context have evolved so much during the recent years. This is one industry having experienced a high-level of digital penetration to build a competitive edge during the pandemic. Reinforcing the engagement of the target audience, social media had played an engaging role in rejuvenating the virtual roles of the lawyers. Fine tuning of services had been a close mandate while creation of personalized feeds had dominated sharing of confidential information within the legal market. Professionals operating in the legal market, especially in the US, acclaimed that the industry was heavily competitive and had sustained through digital information sharing post the outbreak of the pandemic.

 Impact of digitization in the legal industry: Quick facts

Long since the legal industry had experienced a paradigm shift towards the process of digital communication. Smart phones penetrated the US market to create live contents in engaging the audience right from the last decade. Therefore, legal experts interviewed by the media acknowledged, impact of technology had pervaded the courtrooms in the recent past.

Tablets had replaced so called ‘black briefcases’ while legal professionals have conducted online inquiries in certain cases of litigation. Digitally-sound content solutions have dominated legal performance in the US economy while effective software based product solutions have driven the cycle of effective communication to win legal cases. McKinsey, a global consulting firm headquartered in the US, had acknowledged that technology intervention have automated about 23% of the manual processes involved with litigation. In fact, manual processes like ‘contract review’ have been thoroughly replaced through technology in the US.

Most interestingly, the use of social media channels had helped lawyers to gain confidence through sharing of relevant information.

How have virtual law offices been driven across the globe?

Outbreak of the pandemic had defined a virtual existence for the global population.

As a result, virtual offices were created successfully during the pandemic. Such virtual office infrastructures were driven through online communication tools. This has enabled the lawyers to be effortlessly connected to the target audience while documentation was facilitated online. Simultaneously, interactive and engaging contents were in demand and legal professionals by the beginning of the year 2021, were already looking for user-friendly mobile applications to drive revenue maximization.

What were the technology barriers faced by the legal industry in the US prior to the outbreak of the pandemic?

Media reports coupled with published research data reveal that legal professionals in the US resist technology for not being quite tech-savvy.

Skills gaps were pertinent in the legal market of US and perception of increasing skill gaps created barriers for using technology to advantage. At the same time, certain common perceptions of technology had kept the legal professionals away from deploying technology to maximize productivity. Most importantly, technology was perceived to be costly by many of the legal professionals in the US.

How do technology wizards look at managing gaps in the US legal segment? 

Technology wizards state that,a wrong choice of technology applications can ruin a legal career! Therefore, real-time applications are suggested for the legal professionals aiming to increase the number of clients being served. Therefore, while choosing a suitable mobile application what are the product aspects to be considered by the legal professionals? The first and foremost is the price indicator, while technology professionals focus on user-friendly mobile applications.

A thumb rule pointer for choosing mobile applications include:

  • Clean user interface to build absolute connectivity
  • Low priced mobile applications
  • Applications providing a wide range of customer support benefits
  • Applications that can meet specific criteria for business related documentation in the legal aspect
  • Mobile applications that can be made available within a wide variety of technology interfaces to support a large audience

What are some of the best communication applications available for legal professionals?

Ring Central

Masking of caller line identification can be a major advantage with the lawyers. Ring Central is an excellent mobile application that can provide data privacy to a maximum. Another major advantage is a complete automation of work processes that the software application can provide. Integration with a large number of related products can improve user experience till a large extent. It can be used by proprietorship law firms’ right on the growth stage.

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NetDocuments

How would you rate a mobile app and legal tech solution that is used by over 130k+ professionals? Very high, right.

NetDocuments is a powerful Cloud document management and content management system platform for legal professionals. This document processing system (DMS) enables lawyers to communicate with clients and advisors on various facets of the cases by streamlining content work flow and document review processes.  The automated workflows reduces risk a better legal service for your clients. Popular product features covers:

  • Document processing
  • Email management
  • Optical Character Recognition (OCR)
  • File sync
  • Legal task management
  • Security and compliance, and much more.

Check-in features provide additional data security as no other team member can edit user document. The mobile application is suitable for matured law firms having a moderate team size.

Time Miner

Time Miner is a billing platform for legal professionals. Its features align with latest fintech solutions, but for legal teams specifically. It makes time management and legal attorney billing so much simple and easy to work with. Its dashboard tracks all kinds of billable activity, including calls, texts and emails, and creates time entries. An automated time-keeping software manager widely used by the lawyers to facilitate time management, Time Miner also allows continuous testing for data analysis, UI/UX reviews and automation. Deep Dive is part of Time Miner’s growing suite to organize business activities to help through automated revenue management with data sorting.

Toggl

Toggle is a mobile application well in demand by boutique legal firms in the US for team reporting. Conceptually, based on absolute data management, Toggl can help the audience with ‘intelligent automation’. Tracking time spent on each functional event such as an application relates to recording of services rendered.

TimeCamp

TimeCamp is another mobile application helping a lawyer to support time-sheet generation automatically.It is a computer-based time tracking software for project management, accounting, customer service, and communications.

Such mobile applications can help the supervisors in managing a team of dedicated legal professionals rendering their services on an end to end project management.

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Conclusion

Mobile applications have come up as useful tools for the lawyers operating in the US. Helping the lawyers to operate within a virtual ecosystem, such software applications have continuously supported the users through optimizing business outcomes in a competitive environment.

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