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Using Automation Technology 
In The Legal Industry
Contents 
Slides 3 – 4: Context Slides 5 – 7: How Can This Be? Slides 8 – 10: What Are Law Firms To Do Slides 11 – 14: Wha...
Context - Cost 
The legal industry is worth $300 billion a year Documents are the most expensive outputs produced Legal do...
There are conflicting perspectives of the value of legal documentation between lawyers and clients. This has enormous rami...
How Can This Be? 
The Internet Nearly any document is available either as a form that can be used or as an example that ca...
How Can This Be? 
Mass Production Robert Shapiro convinced everyone connected to a TV cable that the documents needed for ...
How Can This Be? 
The legal industry lags nearly all others in the adoption of productivity tools for the delivery of its ...
What Are Law Firms To Do? 
The Consumer Always Wins 
Always, as in 100% of the time. Sometimes it takes a while, but in th...
What Are Law Firms To Do? 
It’s past time for anything but action. If not, this will result in a need for a sudden career ...
What Are Law Firms To Do? 
The Optimal Choice Encompass all the changes necessary to be truly competitive in a vigorously ...
What Error Rate Is Acceptable? 
Without a systematic approach to creating and proofing processes, error rates can reach de...
What Error Rate Is Acceptable? 
Example 1 A boutique firm spent $600,000 drafting an SEC filing, only to receive final doc...
What Error Rate Is Acceptable? 
Example 2 A study supported by the National Institutes of Health and published in the Jour...
What Error Rate Is Acceptable? 
Example 3 A study by Lifetime Reliability Solutions reports that in a semi-structured envi...
How To Eliminate Errors? 
Use technology to reduce errors to near-zero, to eliminate the need for manual “proofing,” where...
What Are The Costs Of Doing Nothing? 
Example One [Source: Law Technology News] Roberta Gelb 20 secretaries in a mid-size ...
What Are The Costs Of Doing Nothing? 
Example Two [Source: Output Links] Kevin Craine Document creation eats up 60% of an ...
What Are The Costs Of Doing Nothing? 
Example Three TheFormTool, LLC We’ve just completed a survey of our customers. Accor...
Potential Savings With Repetitive Documents 
Our customers report that 56% of the documents they create each month are rep...
Why Not? 
“If you look at the model of today’s law firm, there is very little incentive for people that are aging out of t...
What To Do? 
Look around. Is your delivery system and processes more or less efficient than the Post Office’s? If it’s not...
Find Out More 
Download For Free: 
Get A Lifetime License: 
Follow Us: 
www.theformtool.com | 866 311 6000 | info@theformt...
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Using Automation Technology In The Legal Industry

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How to improve productivity in the legal industry. TheFormTool allows you to quickly create intelligent forms and documents; wills, divorces, leases, contracts, plus much more. Check out this presentation on the state of productivity in the legal industry - and how TheFormTool can help improve it.

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Using Automation Technology In The Legal Industry

  1. 1. Using Automation Technology In The Legal Industry
  2. 2. Contents Slides 3 – 4: Context Slides 5 – 7: How Can This Be? Slides 8 – 10: What Are Law Firms To Do Slides 11 – 14: What Error Rate Is Acceptable? Slide 15: How To Eliminate Errors? Slides 16 – 18: What Are The Costs Of Doing Nothing? Slide 19: Potential Savings With Repetitive Documents Slide 20: Why Not? Slide 21: What To Do? Slide 22: Find Out More
  3. 3. Context - Cost The legal industry is worth $300 billion a year Documents are the most expensive outputs produced Legal documentation costs clients $75 billion a year
  4. 4. There are conflicting perspectives of the value of legal documentation between lawyers and clients. This has enormous ramifications in an increasingly competitive environment. Context – Lawyers Vs Clients Lawyers often think of documentation as a profit center. The modern client expects that the “paperwork” is, or should be, free or very close to it.
  5. 5. How Can This Be? The Internet Nearly any document is available either as a form that can be used or as an example that can be copied: •Forms •Contracts •Leases •Filing papers
  6. 6. How Can This Be? Mass Production Robert Shapiro convinced everyone connected to a TV cable that the documents needed for a divorce, will, or corporate formation can be adequately built by machine and purchased for pocket change.
  7. 7. How Can This Be? The legal industry lags nearly all others in the adoption of productivity tools for the delivery of its product to the consumer. According to the International Legal Technology Association’s 2013 Technology Survey, 62% of even the largest firms use no document automation tools for either internal or client-facing documents. That percentage only grows as the size of the firm shrinks.
  8. 8. What Are Law Firms To Do? The Consumer Always Wins Always, as in 100% of the time. Sometimes it takes a while, but in the end only consumers set market expectations and realities. Practitioners will continue to earn a declining living in a decaying economic environment until retirement.
  9. 9. What Are Law Firms To Do? It’s past time for anything but action. If not, this will result in a need for a sudden career shift at a time dictated by the market; it will be sudden and as big a shock when it occurs as it has already been to thousands of law school graduates suddenly unable to find any position that matches their educations. It’s Too Late To Prepare For Change
  10. 10. What Are Law Firms To Do? The Optimal Choice Encompass all the changes necessary to be truly competitive in a vigorously competitive marketplace. This includes the adoption of major items such as: •Customer-centric pricing and branding •Niche specialization •Convenience •Relationships and value •Grabbing the low-hanging fruit — such as reducing document creation costs to as close to market expectations as possible.
  11. 11. What Error Rate Is Acceptable? Without a systematic approach to creating and proofing processes, error rates can reach devastating levels ranging up to 60% or more.
  12. 12. What Error Rate Is Acceptable? Example 1 A boutique firm spent $600,000 drafting an SEC filing, only to receive final documents naming a different company. This is the “cut, paste and sue me” product delivery process.
  13. 13. What Error Rate Is Acceptable? Example 2 A study supported by the National Institutes of Health and published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine in January 2009 reports that doctors’ use of cut and paste represents a “high risk” to patients, leading to mistakes in patient care in 24% of the cases studied. Would you use a doctor with a 24% error rate? Would you use an attorney with that level of mistakes?
  14. 14. What Error Rate Is Acceptable? Example 3 A study by Lifetime Reliability Solutions reports that in a semi-structured environment tasked with “complicated non-routine work,” we can expect human error rates of about 10%. Add a little stress, say the foreclosure deadline is just hours away or the clients have just walked through the door, and the error rate jumps to 25%. In an unstructured environment – phones ringing, paralegal talking, lawyer multitasking between matters – the error rate can approach 60% or more!
  15. 15. How To Eliminate Errors? Use technology to reduce errors to near-zero, to eliminate the need for manual “proofing,” where the most expensive labor in the firm wastes bodacious amounts of time on “Easter egg” hunts through documents trying to find the individual variables that might be incorrect. A theory: the more intelligent the proofer, the worse the job. Think about it.
  16. 16. What Are The Costs Of Doing Nothing? Example One [Source: Law Technology News] Roberta Gelb 20 secretaries in a mid-size firm ignored document automation proven to reduce creation of a specific frequently-used document from 65 minutes to five; the loss of that one hour on one document, multiplied across all the instances of use in a year cost the firm $800,000 in lost time.
  17. 17. What Are The Costs Of Doing Nothing? Example Two [Source: Output Links] Kevin Craine Document creation eats up 60% of an office’s time and 45% of its labor costs. Given that a law firm’s labor is its largest expense by far, the investment in documents takes on huge new meaning.
  18. 18. What Are The Costs Of Doing Nothing? Example Three TheFormTool, LLC We’ve just completed a survey of our customers. According to respondents, 56% of the documents created by U. S. lawyers are repetitive forms rather than completely original material.
  19. 19. Potential Savings With Repetitive Documents Our customers report that 56% of the documents they create each month are repetitive, where much of the text remains constant between uses but where each use needs to be customized based on specific circumstances. Putting these figures together, more than 25% of the average law firm’s total labor expense is invested in the creation of repetitive documents. In TheFormTool’s survey, our customers described saving an average of 71% of the time that would have otherwise been devoted to the creation of their repetitive documents. An impressive 22% reported saving more than 80% of their time.
  20. 20. Why Not? “If you look at the model of today’s law firm, there is very little incentive for people that are aging out of the law firm to be investing in new technology.” Gelb Many of those managing firms are hoping to retire before the need for change becomes fatal. This leaves a firm’s next generation holding an empty bag for their years’ invested.
  21. 21. What To Do? Look around. Is your delivery system and processes more or less efficient than the Post Office’s? If it’s not up to what it needs to be to prosper, use document assembly and automation technology to help create and shape your share of this $75 billion product to meet clients’ expectations. In the process, you can: •Eliminate errors •Speed processes by 70% or more •Reduce stress •Shave total expenses by 13% or more •Become more competitive But do it right now. Today.
  22. 22. Find Out More Download For Free: Get A Lifetime License: Follow Us: www.theformtool.com | 866 311 6000 | info@theformtool.com 222 N. Capitol Way, Suite 108, Olympia, WA 98051
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