Legal Matter Management for the Government and Public Sector By Matt Ryan, Legal Files Software Senior Consultant Managing what matters in public sector legal departments Every legal professional faces the pressure of having to do more with less, but nowhere is this more apparent than in the public sector or government legal departments.
Steps for Successful Implementation to Improve Project Management By Matt Ryan, Legal Files Software Senior Consultant The first step is realizing the need for matter management Public sector legal departments are bustling with activity, but attorneys and office staff are often faced with limited resources to meet a growing and wide variety of
Comparison Shopping to Find the Best Matter Management It can be difficult to find the best matter management People have many choices with everything in life, including legal matter management software. When it comes time to select a software for your legal department, it can be overwhelming to sort through all of the
Matter Management Software for Investigations Subject matter experts handle large amounts of information Through investigations, accident reconstructions and forensic engineering, subject matter experts provide insight into issues such as property damage and medical malpractice. Although these experts are not always attorneys, the information they manage can have a bearing on important legal issues that
The Utility Player of Matter Management Software Looking for the utility player Anyone who is a fan of sports has heard of a utility player–a person who can play multiple positions. This jack of all trades is coveted in sports for his versatility. When a legal department is seeking a new matter management
Matter Management Software for HR HR needs in legal departments The goal of human resources (HR) is to manage employees effectively, maximizing employee satisfaction and job performance to benefit both individual employees and the organization as a whole. To be effective in this goal, every organization, including legal departments and government agencies, need
New Matter Management Features Driven by Client Feedback The client knows best The best products are ones that are influenced by client feedback. After all, who knows how to improve a product better than the clients who use it every day? In the case of matter management software, clients know what they need
Do-It-Yourself Versus Specific Legal Matter Management Exploring options for legal matter management Legal departments tend to fall into two general categories when it comes to selecting a legal matter management software. The first group utilizes a do-it-yourself approach. This group might ask its IT department to create an expensive, custom-built solution or it
Defining a Successful Matter Management Software Implementation Change is never easy, but Legal Files Software eases the transition Two things are true about change. The first is that change is never easy, and the second is that change is certain in life and the practice of law. Over time, legal departments and law
The Basics as the Foundation for Best Matter Management Building a solid foundation for best matter management In some ways, learning to use a matter management system is a lot like learning to play a musical instrument. This might seem like a strange statement, but it’s true. Mastering the basics of both activities
Asking for Help with Legal Matter Management Everyone needs a little help sometimes Most people and legal departments experience some hiccups or growing pains when they switch to a new type of technology. Implementing legal matter management is no different. There’s always somewhat of a learning curve and an adjustment period. However,
The Legal Matter Management Enterprise Solution All organizations have specific and general needs that vary by department In a sense, organizations are living things. They’re always growing, evolving and bustling with activity. Each department within an organization shares some features with other departments, but also has its own distinct needs. For legal organizations,
Legal Matter Management and Data Mining Making the most of your data Legal departments work with mountains of documents and data every day. All of this information contains vital insights about a legal department and how it functions. However, it can be difficult to extract this data without the right tools.
Saving Time on Reporting with Matter Management Legal departments need to save time wherever they can A modern legal department is a busy place where attorneys and staff work on multiple and sometimes competing priorities. To stay on top of tasks, legal departments need to implement the right tools. Every department has its
Matter Management for a Clutter-Free Desk Many legal departments are overwhelmed by too much paper Although workplaces are seeing a push to go paperless, many legal departments find themselves buried under mountains of paper. All of this paperwork can turn desks from productive work stations into disorganized piles of clutter. This type of
Implementing Matter Management Software It’s important to select the right software Although legal departments share some similarities, each one is unique. Each department has its own needs, processes and procedures that are important to keep in mind when selecting matter management software. Although a one-size-fits-all solution might seem more cost-effective, it actually ends
Matter Management as a “Wait-Loss” Program Effective time management is critical in the legal profession Attorneys, paralegals and staff in legal departments have no problem staying busy with so many different requests for legal services. However, keeping legal departments organized and efficient can sometimes be a challenge. One of the biggest problems for
Defining Roles for Workflow in Matter Management Organization and well-defined roles are key in a legal department Legal departments are always bustling with activity. Requests for legal services stream in every day, requiring attorneys and paralegals to perform research and produce work product. The cycle is never-ending, which is great for job security.
Legal Matter Management as a Collaboration Tool Collaboration increases efficiency in a legal department Everyone knows that offices are more efficient and organized when employees and other relevant parties are communicating and working together. This is especially true in legal departments where there are multiple matters, projects, and priorities that need to be
Cutting Costs with Legal Matter Management Legal departments around the country are looking for ways to cut costs As the legal profession grows more competitive, legal departments are feeling the pressure to do more with less. Some offices are reducing spending or head count, while others are targeting “soft cost savings” like focusing
Legal Files Software as a Law Office Management Tool It can be difficult to keep a busy law office organized Attorneys, paralegals, and support staff must complete a number of tasks in a law office each day. Some are primarily legal in nature, while others are more administrative. There is also a great
Legal Matter Management with Document Assembly Document assembly can save time and increase productivity Creating documents is a part of daily life in a law office. Attorneys, paralegals, and legal secretaries spend a sizeable amount of time writing briefs, letters, memos, and pleadings – but there are so many other tasks that
The Best Matter Management Software for Government Agencies Legal departments of government agencies need the right software to manage workflow It’s a fact that the legal department of a government agency is a busy place. Since these legal departments essentially serve as the law firm for their state, city, or municipality, the matters
The Death of the Billable Hour and the Need for Better Legal Matter Management Law firms are moving away from the traditional billable hour We’re living in a growing and changing world. Innovations in technology have not only changed the way we communicate, but also the way we work on a daily basis.
Legal Matter Management Data Conversion Done Right Don’t let a fear of data conversion keep you from migrating to a new system The thought of moving your data from one system to another can be overwhelming. What will the data conversion process look like? How long will it take? What if some of