How Form Libraries Can Make Your Small Law Firm More Effective and Efficient

//How Form Libraries Can Make Your Small Law Firm More Effective and Efficient

Whether you practice real estate law, bankruptcy law or anything in between, forms are your lifeline. Although they are critical to your work, forms can take hours to get right, and if you’re like most attorneys and paralegals, that’s time you simply don’t have.

That’s why Smokeball gives small firms the tools to build a custom form library. In fact, we’ll help you during the Smokeball onboarding process to turn all your most used documents and forms into templates. During onboarding, your Client Success Manager will help your team set up your firm’s personalized form library with the forms specific to your state, practice area and client needs. From that point on, these forms will be easy to automate with matter-specific information time and time again.

Here’s how your small law firm or solo practice can benefit from Smokeball’s form library:

Preloaded documents for recurring needs

From basic engagement letters to thousands of location-specific forms, we make it much faster for you to generate your paperwork. Even if you need a form we don’t have, it’s easy to upload your own forms to the library.

Our form suites cover a variety of practice areas. In Smokeball’s form library, you’ll find:

  • Court forms for all major Illinois counties (more states in the works!)
  • Real estate forms including title insurers’ forms and closing statements
  • Bankruptcy forms
  • Workers compensation forms
  • Personal injury forms
  • Basic wills and trusts forms
  • And much more

Self-populating templates

In Smokeball, once you have input client and matter information, your template forms populate themselves for each matter. That’s right – you don’t have to fill in the template forms by hand, because Smokeball provides full document automation.

The form library you build up over the years is one of the most important pieces of intellectual capital at your law firm. After all, forms are the very thing that allow your work to move forward. Smokeball makes it easy for you to organize your templates and automate them, removing the risk of leaving old information in your forms and saving you loads of time and energy.

Consistency across your firm

With Smokeball, it’s easy to set up forms on your firm’s letterhead, and since the whole team is working from the same form library, your documents will always be consistent. Better yet, all of your forms are stored in the cloud, so it’s easy to access and work with forms even when you’re away from the office.

Smokeball’s form library is a powerful feature that will set your firm on the path to success and efficiency. If you want to learn more about document automation or want more information about form libraries email us here.

By |October 29th, 2015|

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.