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What is Legal Technology?
Legal technology is the use of tools & software to enable legal teams to improve their processes and service delivery. The aim of legal technology is to drive efficiency, minimize repetitive and manual processes, and reduce the cost of delivering legal services. This frees legal teams to focus on the high value tasks where they can uniquely add value as experts.
Confronted with an increasingly digitizing business world, law firms and legal departments around the world are facing pressures to innovate and transform. Seen as the driver of legal industry, legal technology looks to disrupt the traditionally conservative legal market.
However, especially for many in-house legal departments, budget is a significant concern, particularly when it comes to procuring legal technology. This is because legal teams traditionally have little to no technology budget, stunting any exploration in legal technology adoption. Learn more around the tips for getting legal technology budget and building a legal technology business case.
The Legal Technology Ecosystem
There exists many different types of legal technology. Some of the common areas include:
1. Practice Management Systems (PMS)
Practice Managements Systems are software that manage the running of law firm practices, including the tracking of important deadlines, managing cases and documents, billing clients, and accepting payments.
2. Matter Management Systems (MMS)
Matter Management Systems are software that help legal departments manage their matters. One of the biggest attractions of MMS is the data they provide on the operations of a legal function.
3. Document Management Systems (DMS)
Document Management Systems are software that help store, file, and search for documents electronically. DMS will typically also connect with email inboxes (email management) to automatically file documents and conversations attached under the relevant folder.
4. Workflow Automation / Expert Systems
Expert systems, or more recently referred to as legal workflow automation software, are no-code platforms that empower non-IT users to build their own decision and workflow automation tools without coding. These tools typically provide the ability to intake information, apply if-then logic, and produce outputs such as documents.
5. Document Automation / Document Assembly
Legal document automation software help create documents by applying if-then logic onto a document template to create a first draft or final copy version of the document. Document automation is expected to have the ability to insert captured content into the document, manage conditional clauses, and adjust for grammar, pronouns and plurality.
Legal Automation as a Key Pillar of Legal Transformation
Legal automation as opposed to other forms of legal technology, has the most direct and explicit benefit to the business because it improves the way the business engages and receives legal services. Its benefit is most visible to the business and therefore, will pave the road for further budget for other legal technology investments. Whilst other legal technology may help lawyers organize and manage their work, legal automation uniquely shifts the type of work of legal departments to enable them to truly do more with less, whilst also creating visible and direct improvements to the delivery of legal services to their business clients.
Some benefits of legal automation include:
• Giving time back to legal teams – refocus the legal team on high impact tasks by creating automation and self-service journeys for the low complexity tasks.
• Faster turnaround for business clients – remove bottlenecks to progress deals faster by improving accessibility to services through self-service whilst shortening the queue for high importance legal requests.
• Higher compliance – improve accuracy and adoption of proper practices and processes.
• Standardization – create operational excellence and consistency of service delivery.
• Data capture – gain access and report on data that isn’t captured in existing manual methods of working, such as email and phone calls.
Checkbox as a Legal Automation Platform
The Checkbox legal automation platform empowers teams to build legal document & workflow automation tools using drag-and-drop. Trusted by the best brands globally across legal teams of all sizes, Checkbox has been a critical piece in their legal transformation journey, providing not only the best in breed automation technology but the expertise to ensure success.
Checkbox is known for being the easiest to use, yet powerful legal automation platform available. Combined with our deep expertise in legal automation and transformation, we are excited to demonstrate to you why the best continuously choose Checkbox and why they always succeed with us.
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