It stands to reason that the digital age we are all now living in will have far-reaching consequences for many aspects of the way we lead our lives and that also means traditional services such as law are also being impacted.
There are numerous aspects of the legal profession that are being transformed by modern technology and it is interesting to compare the old with the new ways of law to appreciate the respective differences.
Here are some of the key points that highlight the contrast between traditional law practice and its virtual equivalent.
Information and support when you need it
We all tend to lead very busy lives these days and that means it can be very time-consuming and inconvenient to have to make an appointment to go and see your lawyer in order to talk through a point or get an update.
A virtual law practice allows its clients the opportunity to check out progress via an online portal and to do so at any time of the day or night, meaning you get a chance to get the information and answers you are seeking from the comfort of your own home.
The cost of legal services can be a source of concern to many of us and it is only natural to start worrying about how much your legal bill will be when you factor in the amount of time spent face to face with your lawyer and the cost of sending out correspondence to you.
Therefore, it is worth pointing out that a virtual law practice is likely to be very competitive with its pricing in comparison to a traditional law firm.
Using cloud-based software and saving on storage and staffing all mean that lower overheads can be passed on to you in the form of reduced fees for the same level of legal professional services.
More time for you
Virtual law firms have the tools at their disposal to be more efficient and complete tasks in a less time-consuming way.
The fact that their desks are not buried in paperwork and files to review means that there should be more time to be able to focus on developing a relationship with you if they are spending less time on administrative tasks that can be automated.
It is also highly relevant to point out that you can still enjoy that face-to-face contact when you need or want it with the help of the likes of Skype, saving money and time over the traditional alternative of driving to your lawyer’s office.
Finally, it is worth highlighting another key difference between the way traditional law practices work and the virtual alternative.
Using a cloud-based management software system enables easier collaboration between colleagues who can offer input and reach a decision quicker than if a file was being passed between desks in a traditional setting.
As you can see, there are definite advantages when you see how the digital age has had an impact on the legal profession. Food for thought if you have a legal problem that needs professional guidance to resolve and you are looking for the most cost-effective and efficient way of getting a result.