Technology has come a long way, and many of its advances and conveniences have helped businesses of various sectors become more efficient and successful. If you have a small law firm, it helps to consider how you can take advantage of these new developments and apply it to your legal business.
Prevailing in a court case is not necessarily the domain of the largest law firms, and the tools now made widely available by technology can help you earn more success. The golden combination of technology and psychology is at the disposal of smaller firms today as well. The following tools/strategies should be in the arsenal of every firm, but especially by smaller ones who want to get ahead.
Stay Up to Date
If you subscribe to updates or do your research with the help of your handy dandy mobile device, whether it be a phone or tablet, this sort of technology will electronically keep you aware of any details on other cases supporting those you represent. Being in the know now establishes courtroom credibility.
Use the Tools at Your Disposal
Being the last to know (or reveal) in matters relating to discovery reveals lackluster effort. E-discovery tools are readily available and certainly a wise use of time and money.
Become the Master of the Transcript
Navigating the facts of your current (or any) case from the court reports is “old school”. You want a transcript management tool. They exist in the digital world and make your litigation world light-years easier.
Motion creation? Way easier!
When the need for a motion arises in a case, electronic tools will expedite the process. Controlling all the data relevant to your case is vital. Your victory in court just may hinge on any and every name, fact, piece of evidence, etc., that’s tied to your case. Don’t let an overlooked detail result in a litigated loss. Use e-tools.
Regardless of whether it’s trial by jury or verdict by judge, the judge is the one with the gavel. Using the tools at your fingertips can allow you to conduct all of the necessary research you need before entering the courtroom. Knowing what the presiding judge is like, what some of their previous cases have been, and what some of their likes and dislikes are can help you cater your argument to their liking. Learning this overview of the judge will reveal any nerves to avoid hitting or any courtroom etiquette he or she really favors. Don’t feel creepy because this isn’t for your entertainment. It applies to the jury too. That’s next.
Every Juror Counts
In order to be as thorough as possible before entering the courtroom or handling a case, check everyone involved in the case, including the jury. The legwork can easily be done electronically so it’s easier than ever. You don’t want to be blindsided by a juror who will not heed your argument due to a personal issue or previous experience. Considering you abide by tax laws, these background checks are totally tax deductible. It takes only minutes to complete with technology, not the days that might have been involved in the past. This is possibly the best money you’ll spend.
Courtroom Theatrics: the Modern-Day Way
Fair or not, jurors are susceptible to ruling in favor of which side presented the most compelling, even exciting, evidence. Any electronic device can aid you on the path to swaying a decision. A slide show can establish a timeline of events. Video testimony, with society’s current obsession with the camera, packs an extreme wallop for putting lawyers on a pedestal of credibility. The more technology you have at your disposal, the more likely your case will speak for itself. Visual evidence is also more likely to win over a jury – after all, seeing is believing.
It’s Not the Size of the Dog Fight
Small law firms should exploit the vast array of electronic tools from the simple to the complex, much like benefiting from a “handicap” in golf. Whatever the expense, their clout before and after a court case places less prestigious firms on a par with large ones. The small firms lack of size doesn’t have to be a handicap. You can use the technology at your disposal to get an edge on the competition and play with the big leagues.