Episode 009: Is the Paperless Law Firm a Dream?
Is it possible to run a law firm without paper?
Here at Law Firm Next, we believe that it is. Not only do we believe it’s possible but we also believe that going paperless is the best option for law firms.
Traditionally, law firms have always used a lot of paper. That translates to spending a lot of money on paper, ink, other supplies, and printers. You’ll also have the added stress of having to figure out where you’ll store all that paper. You may need a bunch of paper files, more furniture to store all of the paper, larger offices, or maybe even an extra storage space for everything.
All in all, paper just creates more problems for law firms. It creates finance and space challenges. The idea that law firms have to be swimming in paper this way is a myth and we’re busting it today.
In this episode, we’re going to share what kind of paper you really need, the tools you need to make a paperless office happen, and tips to make the transition as successful as possible. Tune in to learn it all!
- How to be intentional about how and when you use paper in your law firm.
- Where to start when going paperless.
- Tools you need to go paperless.
- Practice management systems that have document storage built in.
- How to actually make this transition.
- How to save the information on the paper you get rid of.
- Why you need to do training with your whole team when you go paperless.
- What the “cold turkey” method is and why you should do it.
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1. Find the paper you can’t live without, write it down, and share it with your team so that everyone knows what paper you are keeping.
2. Work with your team to decide where to put the information that used to be on physical paper (a scan, in your practice management, etc.)
3. Stop printing – not for the environment but for better access.