Paper is similar to junk food, a car, or television – bad for us and/or the environment, but most of us use it regardless. Sure, we can recycle paper, but this in itself is a source of pollution, and somehow most used paper still ends up in landfills.
Paper can be costly, inefficient, and vulnerable to damage, loss, and theft. These weaknesses are of particular interest to law firms, judging by what seems to be a continuously accelerating movement towards the paperless law office.
Making the shift requires major organizational changes, and the investment of time, money, and resources. The benefits of going completely digital include:
Savings on storage and shipping.
Efficient, cost-effective document management.
Instant document retrieval from anywhere.
A completely paperless law office is, in reality, something mythical. Commenting and tracking changes in an electronic document is simple enough; however, most attorneys would agree that taking a pen to a printout of a lengthy legal document is a healthier, more effective means of reviewing by themselves. The traditional understandably trumps technology when reviewing documents on one’s own, but when doing so with clients and/or fellow attorneys (especially when they’re situated in different places, an online real-time collaboration tool offers far more convenience and efficiency.
While the electronic signature is simpler, quicker, and more secure than the traditional handwritten signature, changing the way people are accustomed to doing their business always takes longer than we expect. In this respect, the time for change is now: clients and attorneys are seeing the benefits of the simple secure electronic signature; those benefits are multiplied when they complete a top-quality web-based client engagement solution.
Although law firms are unlikely to ditch paper anytime soon, they can cut back on its usage (and disposal) quickly and easily. Much like cutting back on junk food, walking or cycling to the office, or leaving the boob tube off, these forward-thinking, eco-friendlier law offices will see an improvement in their (financial) health as they shed excess costs.
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