Do any of these sound familiar?
- your office’s e-mail server is AOL
- you use folders within Microsoft Word as your case/document management system
- you print out hard copies of “important” e-mails & documents
- your “tech consultant” is someone a friend recommended
- you haven’t learned much about tech because it’s not “lawyering” and keeps you from focusing on helping clients to solve their problems
If your answer is “yes, Mike, at least one of those sounds familiar,” I’m not here to say that you’ve violated the rules. I am, however, here to say that I have a story for you to read.
The story is a cautionary tale entitled How Technology Illiteracy Can Cost Solos Big Money. It’s by Carolyn Elefant and appears on the Above The Law blog.
Don’t have a lot of time? Ok. At least check out the part where Carolyn writes “I want to commend every solo and small firm lawyer to read this train wreck of a decision closely to learn how not to run a law office.” The decision was issued last month by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. If you don’t have time to read the decision, Carolyn’s blog summarizes it nicely.
Take the time to read the blog and the decision. The money (and law license) that you save might be yours.