When you’re in the groove, business seems to flow smoothly. Everyone’s on the same page, people get back to you without a follow-up call, and things work how they’re supposed to. Who doesn’t love those kinds of weeks? The ones that go by without any fires cropping up. Unfortunately, there are three common problems often experienced by lawyers that are notorious for causing hiccups in workflow, curbing progress, and inducing headaches:
1. Time: the lack of it, the demand for it, and the inability to control it
Feeling like there’s not enough time is a universal issue, but lawyers feel extra pressure to manage theirs effectively. Wasted time equates to fewer billable hours, and you can’t get it back. Time’s a finite resource that must be allocated appropriately to maximize productivity. When you feel you don’t have enough time to accomplish everything on your plate, you either aren’t planning your day effectively or have too much to do. One thing’s for certain: no matter how well you manage it, time passes whether we’re ready for it or not. Legal practice management software addresses demands on your time by providing efficient and productive ways to automate many of a firm’s everyday workflows and processes.
All the features of CARET Legal, our law practice management platform, are designed to be intuitive and put the information you need at your fingertips in a way that’s intelligent and actionable. The end result? You spend less time spinning your wheels and more time on client work.
2. Relying on too many systems that don’t communicate with each other
Trust us, we know that using and keeping up with the latest legal tech (let alone introducing it to your employees) is a big job that doesn’t take priority over clients. We understand it’s one of the main reasons law firms struggle to find the time to consolidate outdated disparate tools into a single solution and onboard that solution to the team. But, it doesn’t have to be a painful process.
Investing in the move to an end-to-end legal practice management system is the most effective way to get your firm operating on a single scalable system that’s able to stand the test of time. With one platform to handle case management, client intake, accounting, billing, time-tracking, communication, and collaboration, your firm instantly becomes more secure, efficient, and productive. And if you partner with CARET Legal, you get access to an experienced team that’s there to support you before, during, and after the onboarding process.
3. Keeping up with the increasing demands of clients
Client service is your reputation, and nothing could be more important, especially when word-of-mouth marketing helps you land referrals. However, problems arise when too many calls prevent you from getting work done. You want to be responsive but need communication not to pull you away from your practice. Enter, legal practice management software equipped with a robust client portal.
Client portals provide 24/7 access to a collaborative and up-to-date workspace for your client cases. The self-service features of most client portals enable existing clients to check their case status, view outstanding invoices and submit payments, and schedule phone or in-person appointments. That means you and your team spend less time on administrative tasks and more time doing billable work.
Legal practice management software is the solution
Legal practice management software like CARET Legal is one of the most cost-effective and easiest ways for firms to immediately improve their productivity and performance. For more information on how CARET Legal can improve your firm, check out a free demo or sign up for a free trial.