Choosing The Right Law FirmManagement Software Presented by: LexisNexis http://www.lexisnexis.com
Steps To Select Law Firm ManagementSoftwaren Before investing your ﬁrm’s money into law practice management software, it’s important to understand the process.n This includes selecting a vendor, installing the software and undergoing training and compliance.
Choosing The Features OfThe Law Practice Software n Law practice software can include a number of features, specialized to each ﬁrms’ needs. n These features can include billable time tracking, document management, as well as email integration. n Determining which features are important to your ﬁrm can make the selection process easier for all involved.
Try Before You Buyn Some vendors will send a representative to your ofﬁce for a demonstration or do a virtual presentation.n Make sure the vendor allows you to actually use the software to get a hands-on feel for its responsiveness and intuitiveness.n Test the software using speciﬁc scenarios such as client reports or viewing two attorneys’ calendars at once.
Installation And Trainingn Training is critical after the installation and testing process is complete.n Training ensures your entire ﬁrm gets the most use out of the law practice management software.n This training is essential for everyone, from attorneys, to paralegals to ofﬁce support staff.
Why Third Party Consultants? n A third party consultant provides the necessary education to give employees the conﬁdence to use the law practice management software from day one. n They will arm employees with information about the ins and outs of the software, ensuring it is used to its full potential. n These consultants can ease the transition period, eliminating a lot of downtime.
Compliancen It’s natural that some employees of the ﬁrm may resist the change to the new practice management software.n Some may try to ﬁnd ways around the new technology, but don’t allow this to happen.n Write and distribute clear policies to ensure that all tasks are completed within the new ﬁrm management system.
Ensuring Everyone Complies n Many times, the most resistant users are the more senior employees. n Because of this, it’s imperative that these employees are on board with the new system from the beginning. n Allowing these senior attorneys to resist the change sends a mixed message to other employees. n Using two different systems throughout the ﬁrm can also jeopardize paper trails and audits, causing serious problems down the road.
Choosing The Right LawFirm Management Software n Determining which law ﬁrm management software is best can be an easy process. n Ensure you’re selecting the right one by focusing on the features you need and then choosing law practice software that meets those needs. n With the right commitment from everyone in the ﬁrm, the transition can be a smooth process, helping the ﬁrm to achieve new levels of efﬁciency in no time.
About LexisNexisn LexisNexis is a leading provider of content- enabled workﬂow solutions designed speciﬁcally for professionals in the legal, risk management, corporate, government, law enforcement, accounting and academic markets.n The company can customize its products to the needs of the modern law ﬁrm and offers unique features that generic software solutions cannot.