Adherence to deadlines is a crucial factor in a law firm’s success or failure; missed deadlines are the most common reason cited for malpractice claims against attorneys. Numerous law firms have staff members dedicated to manually entering court rule-based deadlines. However, this leaves law firms susceptible to both human error and costliness. Practice management software can mitigate many of the pain points experienced by legal professionals in calendaring court deadlines. In order to effectively carry out this process, an array of steps must be taken.
Identifying Pain Points
First off, determine the extent to which your firm has had trouble adhering to court rules in the past. Is it…
- A new firm seeking to nip the threat of missed deadlines in the bud?
- A problem that has occurred once in the past, and which you’d never like to see in your firm again?
- An issue that has recurred in the past, placing your firm (or any number of its associates) at serious professional risk?
Regardless of which of these descriptions best fits your firm’s particular situation, calendaring court deadlines is an extremely important responsibility for your firm.
Automate Your Court Rules by Calendaring Court Deadlines
The most effective way to ensure your firm is meeting your state’s court rules, in terms of both costliness and time, is to look to a solution that automates this process. Take care to look for a practice management software that integrates with platforms such as LawToolBox, which identify and account for the court rules under which your firm’s deadlines must operate and creates calendar events accordingly.
By going through, and not around, your practice management software in calendaring court deadlines, you enable your firm to utilize an array of effective resources to ensure deadlines are met. If your practice management software offers automatic workflow generation, you are poised for an incredibly intuitive calendaring experience. Your software should allow you to create workflows, or chains of deadlines and events, that are assigned to particular types of cases. For instance, a family attorney could have a divorce workflow, a custody workflow, and countless more. Once a new matter is created, you can choose the workflow to apply. If you used your software’s integration to determine your court rules, deadlines will automatically populate onto your calendar in accordance with these rules. Minimize the threat of missed deadlines – and the resulting malpractice suit – with literally one click.
Calendaring court deadlines is a potentially career-altering responsibility for attorneys everywhere. Luckily, an array of tools exist to make your firm’s adherence to court deadlines as easy and seamless as possible. By opting to harness your practice management software in your measures to calendar court deadlines, you will open the door to various other automation possibilities, making your firm more efficient and productive than ever.
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