3 Tech Tools Every Small Law Firm Needs

//3 Tech Tools Every Small Law Firm Needs

Digital technology is a sign of the times. While it’s always intimidating for established businesses to adopt new digital practices, here’s the truth: once you go digital, you never go back. Good tech tools are created with you, the user, in mind. They help streamline your daily workflow, and they make monotonous, tedious tasks automated and easy to complete! With the right digital integration, your small law firm can be freed from certain aspects of account management, billing and business operations. Sound intriguing? We thought so, too. Take a look at these three tech tools that every small law firm needs to make life a whole lot easier and a good bit happier:

1. Time Tracking
Every client service-focused business has to find a way to figure out how much time their staff spends on any given project. This helps maintain efficient workflows and ensure profitability. While it’s hard to keep track of tasks like email and document management, there are digital tools that can help. Ask your staff to try CosmoLex, ClioToggl, Tick or Exaktime to get the ball rolling. One might suit your needs more closely than another, so be sure to check out the pros and cons of each before committing.

2. Billing and Finance
For small to medium-sized law firms, managing finances can be a huge hassle. Instead of wasting time with calculators, pencil and paper, let Freshbooks do the work for you! It sends automatic invoices to clients, provides expense reports at the touch of a button and helps you keep a handle on how much every facet of your firm is costing you. Use it to keep billing on a regular cycle and take the tedium out of financial management.

3. Client Communications and Document Management
It goes without saying that we think Smokeball is an excellent solution for document management. But did you know that in addition to Microsoft Word integration for preloaded and easy-to-access templates, it provides cloud capabilities so your team can work anytime, anywhere? Simply put, Smokeball is a communications, filing and productivity tool all in one. If you some help getting organized and keeping track of every file and every matter, take a look at Smokeball’s features, and reach out to the Smokeball Product Consultants at 1.855.668.3206 for a product demo before it’s too late.

Tech tools make every day easier and more productive! What are you doing to get on board?

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By |August 28th, 2014|

About the Author:

For years, Josh has helped lawyers become more organized, productive, and profitable. A trained litigator, Josh came to Smokeball from a large east-coast law firm where his practice focused on franchise, insurance, marine, and general litigation. His work with Smokeball, and his continued passion for what he does each day, is driven by a desire to help lawyers and their staff do better in every way. Knowing well the stress and strain put on today’s legal professional, he regularly focuses on improving work and life in the law. He has traveled the country working with and learning from lawyers and their staff. Josh speaks regularly to bar associations about successful law firm practices and other legal topics. Recent notable engagements have been with the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Missouri Bar’s Solo and Small Firm Conference. In addition to his work at Smokeball, Josh serves on the Writing Resource Center staff at The John Marshall Law School. Besides legal technology, his research interests include judicial decision-making, jury decision-making and psychology, and legal writing. He has written and overseen research exploring causal effects of sex/gender on federal appellate court decision-making, and assisted with research for a forthcoming textbook on judicial decision-making. Additionally, Josh sits on the Board of Directors of Chicago-based Community Activism Law Alliance and on the Board of Directors of Chicago Fringe Opera Company. Josh holds his J.D., cum laude, from Washington University in St. Louis, where he served as a Senior Editor of the Wash. U. Law Review, held the prestigious Thompson Coburn Research Fellowship, served as Research Assistant to then-Vice-Dean (now Chancellor) Andrew D. Martin, and clerked at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and a B.M. in Music Performance with Honors Scholar distinction from the University of Connecticut, making him a Huskies basketball fan through and through. Follow Josh’s activity on LinkedIn, and keep up with new articles on the Smokeball Blog.