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So now that you have a law firm, how do you stay organized and best accomplish your clients’ goals? How will you keep track of deadlines, check for conflicts, manage client information, track your time, bill clients, and draft documents? There are many ways to manage all of these responsibilities, including software devoted to managing some or all of these concerns in one central location.
The following are all options that manage multiple aspects of your practice
There may be other options not traditionally marketed to law firms that may also meet your needs
And still other options can manage one piece of your practice. You may need multiple pieces of software to meet all of your needs
There are also many legal research options available, some of which may be available for free at your local law library
Will you maintain paper files or attempt to maintain a paperless office?
For more on paperless offices, check out the following resources:
Advantages and Disadvantages of a Paperless Office
Will you maintain your files in the cloud or only in your office? Having a paperless office is likely a prerequisite to maintaining your files in the cloud, so many of the same pros and cons exist. But there are additional security concerns for lawyers for keeping files in the cloud. Check out the following resources for more that you should consider before storing your firm’s—and your clients’—documents online.
Legal Ethics Considerations for Lawyers Use of Cloud Computing Services
I am interviewing cloud providers. What questions should I ask?
What do I need to know about keeping my network secure?
How can I safely share files with a client over the internet?
You will need to manage the risk of operating your law firm. While Florida does not require its attorneys to maintain malpractice insurance, it is important—particularly for new lawyers—to obtain an appropriate amount of insurance in the event a mistake occurs. The following resources should help you determine whether and how much insurance to buy: