The COVID pandemic has shown how remote engagement with clients and paperless transactions are safer. Pre-pandemic, online services companies were pushing for these processes for clients all over the world. How effective this push was is open to argument, but the pandemic emerged and effectively rendered these transactions the current preferences and saner alternatives.
The best argument for doing business online and without paper is this: these probably go towards helping save resources, cleaning up the environment, conserve energy, lower carbon footprints and ultimately help save the planet that we know. These, being cheaper and virtually limitless, will also help everyone do business online. In a world that is overloaded with billions of people, online resources seem to have come at the right time. The pandemic only highlighted the fact.
For lawyers and their legal marketing, there is now a wider gap between those who prefer more traditional means of marketing their legal services and those who have gone online and found it to be the best way to market their services.
For traditionalists, the legal world and the justice system still rely on a lot of paper, and a lot of referrals still go through non-internet legal networks. If, however, they still are in business, their practices are probably on the verge of folding up if they have not, at the very least, invested in some essential internet resources. For instance, since physical meet-ups are harder to set up and consume more time, they might open a Zoom account for online meetings.
Lawyers, of course often think of themselves as being more open to changes. Many have aggressively gone online. This will not mean that they have the best kinds of resources on the world wide web – and they might wonder, at times, whether the move online was a good decision. This often means that they are still tied down by traditional means of rendering services to clients and do not actually understand or know how online transactions work.
At LegalMatch, keeping the leads coming for its attorney members is a must, especially now that many of them fear a downturn. Where this might be seen as simply a means of surviving the pandemic, the LegalMatch vision has always been to help lawyers shift their focus to online legal marketing.
Aside from its robust attorney-client matching (ACM) service, LegalMatch easily supports the shift from the physical desk to the virtual office. In this sense, it is the future for any practicing lawyer. With the pandemic, many LegalMatch attorney members are discovering new aspects of the platform that eliminates most if not all physical transactions.
To make the most out of the Attorney Member Program on the LegalMatch platform, lawyers need to reset and refocus. They need to commit to remote engagement as the primary process in a law practice, from intakes and even to litigation. Furthermore, they need to learn how to use remote transactions that do away with paper documents and bills.
LegalMatch studies remote engagement to make it the most effective business experience for its attorney members. A steady stream of facts and figures in the use of the platform as well as the intake process and client engagement of program members were analyzed. These were used to create the following tips to enhance the practice of law through remote means:
Physical location is no longer a problem with the internet. Even when clients are far away from your office, reaching out and following up with computer gadgets (PCs, laptops, smartphones, tablets) is getting easier every day. More and more people are getting used to working remotely online.
Download the LegalMatch Attorney Mobile App (iOS or Android) so you can read and reply to new cases anytime from anywhere. This eliminates the need for running a large office as well, and expands your means to communicate faster with anyone.
Get into action with the current engagement trend by setting the pace with remote consultations. The tech is only going to get better in time and clients always consider whether attorneys are up to date in this regard. Following is a short list of tools and apps you can use for remote video meetings and/or teleconferencing:
Many clients might use credit cards, and offering online payment solutions makes engagement easier and more efficient. If you use a credit card or online banking, the current Automated Clearing House (ACH) process for online payment apps is now safer and more secure. Here are some of the best apps to use here:
You will need to have online list tools, filing/storage platforms, scanning apps, file-syncing, document delivery processes, and e-signature tools to make it all work. Here are samples of the most useful tools for these needs so you can get organized in the online paperless world:
Here is the limitless space for online transactions and storing files. With the cloud, there is no need to have those bulky cabinets in an office. The cloud enables you to share documents securely as well as interact with clients and team members right on the electronic document page without meeting in-person.
Trust your LegalMatch Key Account Manager to provide you with the best list of services, tools, or platforms for online services that are geared for your legal practice.
With all your internet and digital resources, you can make better use of your time. Delegation is easier through file sharing and email attachments. You can therefore make the most out of the extra time to improve your practice in terms of core tasks in lawyering and courthouse processes.
The choice to go totally or partially remote and paperless is yours to make. All the resources are there for you to access with little to zero trouble. For LegalMatch Member Attorneys, you can always discuss these options with your Key Account Manager.