Time is an attorney’s most valuable form of currency; though it can certainly be wasted, it cannot be exchanged or returned, and must thus be leveraged wisely. Luckily, there is no shortage of technological tools available to legal professionals determined to make the most of their time. Among the most valuable are your firm’s legal calendar and docketing software. Though your software has the theoretical capacity to be both a powerful and effective time management tool, this potential can only be reached through its inclusion of certain key features. In short: your software should do the worrying for you, making sure you are planned-for and notified of all upcoming deadlines. Failure to do so could be disastrous, and the outlined features are key in minimizing this possibility.
Chances are, similar cases follow generally similar patterns of deadlines. Certain documents are due at certain time intervals, and various moving parts must be managed at any given time. Your legal calendar and docketing software can do no better than to offer automatic workflow generation features based on the type of case taken on by your firm. Once a new matter is entered, your software should allow you to apply a workflow to the case. By doing so, you will have populated your calendar – and those of any relevant members of your team – with all of the relevant deadlines, meetings, and events for that particular case. This eliminates the likelihood that any steps will be skipped or any important due dates overlooked, setting you up for success in your case with one click.
When it comes to ensuring that all of your firm’s ducks are in a row, your calendar is king. A practice management solution that fails to integrate with your favorite calendaring platform ultimately forces you to keep the same information in two different places, effectively doing more harm than good.
Deadlines are no good if you can’t remember to meet them. Luckily, the burden of memorizing even the most crucial of deadlines can easily be lifted off the members of your firm by any legal calendar and docketing software worth its salt. However, due to the busy and on-the-go nature of an attorney’s daily life, your software must offer equally versatile reminder options. Look for classic email reminders, of course, but also take advantage of solutions offering text message reminders. These reminders should be available to go out not only to the members of your firm but to clients, as well. This ascertains that every accounted-for event on your calendar is appropriately acknowledged, and its associated responsibilities fulfilled.
Your firm’s productivity hinges on your ability to meet deadlines. Luckily, the days of written reminders are long gone, and an array of solutions exists dedicated to ensuring attorneys are on top of their obligations. Your legal calendar and docketing software is the keeper of these solutions, and it should effectively harness them into an intuitive and effective means by which to stay on top of your responsibilities.
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