Technology trends for lawyers

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The most fashionable equipment for lawyers this year won't be that degree from Harvard, but smartwatches,  according to The Digital Edge podcast. Finally, a reason for lawyers to spend a little money on themselves! The reason for this move toward wearables has to do with the incredible mobility that lawyers need. Because clients tend to call at odd times, lawyers can avoid being disrupted in court or in their car by having much of their communication be handled by phone. Techniques like this, alongside cloud communication software, can greatly decrease the amount of organizing in a lawyer's life and increase the amount of time spent actually working on cases or dealing with clients.

Laws in the cloud
Many lawyers have been embracing cloud communication software for the same reason that they are buying smartwatches, reported Financial Post. Cybersecurity can be a complex and confusing issue for lawyers to deal with on top of all of the court cases and other analysis they have to conduct in the average day, but cloud hosts invest in cybersecurity on behalf of their clients, so lawyers fare much better when outsourcing their data filing to hosts who understand how to keep it secure.

As law firms deal with larger clients and more data, they can have trouble finding ways to easily scale up in terms of IT infrastructure. With cloud communication software it is much easier to get files to each other easily, and this can be part of a suite of options that allow for a much-expanded storage space with nearly infinite scalability. It is unlikely that local law firms will have the same data storage needs as multimillion dollar corporations, so no matter how large they grow, they will always comfortably fit within the framework of their public cloud provider.

Briefly grabbing legal briefs
Cloud communication software, mobile watches and cloud infrastructure are things that technology has to offer lawyers this year. Fundamentally, these three technologies are about mobility and ease-of-access improvements for getting files and other information a lawyer might need immediately. Lugging around briefcases and running back to the office for files before meeting with a client should be a thing of the past. The only downside to this new, highly-mobile arrangement is the lack of billable hours spent driving from and to the office to switch out legal briefs.

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