Attorneys and legal practices that choose to specialize in plaintiff lawsuits do so knowing that many of these cases will be complicated as well as difficult to argue in court, especially when going up against major corporations and businesses. There’s no denying the fact that successful plaintiff attorneys often have their work cut out for them. There’s also no denying the fact that successful plaintiff attorneys are some of the best lawyers in the business for that very same reason.
We considered these facts when designing Case Pacer, a revolutionary case management software for plaintiff practices. We realized how intricate plaintiff cases could be and wanted to simplify as many processes as we could, enabling plaintiff attorneys like yourself to spend less time in front of a computer and more time with their clients. We wanted to help your practice file documentation as quickly as possible, giving you a shorter settlement date. Essentially, we designed Case Pacer for you.
As an owner of a successful law firm, you likely understand the importance of legal case management software and how it can save your attorneys and paralegals a great deal of time. What you may not understand, however, is how useful AI-driven case management software specifically is for successfully completing cases with more speed and efficiency than you may have thought possible.
AI stands for artificial intelligence, of course, but we’re not talking AI robots or anything quite that fancy. In regards to legal software, artificial intelligence-driven case management software essentially means that the software can automate minor tasks such as document creation by itself as well as assist users by understanding what tasks need to be completed and when.
A Google search for web-based case management software shows that there are a lot of options available, each designed to help lawyers manage their practices more efficiently. At a glance, a lot of these products may look very similar, and many of them might be. Some might look like “one-size-fits-all” software. However, the best case management software is not one-size-fits-all. The best software is designed for your specific area of practice: personal injury.
So what separates personal injury case management software from general case management software?
In a previous post, we discussed what a tickler system is, and how attorneys have been relying on ticklers to be more efficient for over a century. It’s a simple system that worked well long before the computer age, and has been adopted by case management software with great success. This simple system yields many benefits for your firm. Here are the top ten reasons your firm should invest in a tickler system.
Due to the requirements of the job, lawyers spend a lot of time away from their offices. Client meetings, research, court appearances, and more mean that a great deal of your time is spent working on the go. And doing that work efficiently requires far more information and documentation than you can comfortably or safely carry with you. And retrieving what you need from the office via phone, email, or fax just slows you down.
In a previous post, we discussed the advantages cloud-based case management software has over server-based case management software. One advantage is accessibility: Instead of having to rely on remote-access software, you can get your data anywhere, anytime, and on any device. That mobility must come with a cost, right? Surely your firm puts data security at risk with cloud-based software, right? We looked into the question. Our conclusion? To paraphrase Obi Wan Kenobi, “Use the Cloud, Luke.”
What’s the state of your firm? Are you happy with your caseload? Are your clients satisfied? Or are you looking for a way to better manage your firm’s cases while increasing your caseload and client satisfaction?
If you answered “yes” to that last question, then it’s likely that your firm would benefit from web-based case management software. (Check out our post on how case management software can improve your firm’s bottom line.)
Is the filing system in your law office a “tickler” system, or do you use tickler system software? If so, you can attest to how well it organizes tasks for attorneys and their support staff. If not, you may want to consider the advantages of adopting this system. And if you’re shopping for web based case management software, ticklers should definitely be on your list of needs.
What is a Tickler File?
As all things tech continue trending toward the cloud, you may be considering whether it’s time to switch from server-based to cloud-based case management software. By maintaining all of your firm’s data on your own servers, your server-based software gives you peace of mind, but what else is it offering? And what’s it costing you? Would you be better off using cloud-based software and accessing your data via the web? Before making a decision, let’s consider what you can expect from each type of software when it comes to functionality, accessibility, and cost.
If you’re unsure about the value of investing in web based case management software, perhaps you haven’t considered all the ways that investment can pay off.
Blue Hill Research investigated the value of case management software among law firms of fifty or fewer attorneys and published its findings in April 2015. The report, Building a Business Case for Law Practice Management, discusses several ways that case management software can reduce costs. And the evidence is compelling.