In these trying times, when law firms are being forced to readjust to at-home work, keeping on top of your caseload may seem impossible. Below are some resources you can leverage to keep your business moving.
Social distancing requirements have greatly hindered the communication and collaboration necessary for law firms to thrive. However, technology has evolved significantly in the last decade, and communicating while working remotely has become the easiest it has ever been with the use of video conferencing. Platforms like Zoom and WebEx allow attorneys to meet with co-workers and clients, attend trials, hearings, meetings, depositions, and examinations-under-oath all virtually. Many platforms have free accounts with robust features.
ADVICE FROM THE GEORGIA BAR ASSOCIATION
The Georgia Bar has compiled a list of resources to help Georgia firms to continue operating during the COVID-19 crisis, found here:
Among the resources are financial sources for small businesses, as well as the Ready.gov Pandemic Plan, which outlines health tips and links to coronavirus informational pages from FEMA, the CDC, and the EPA, as well as the government’s website for federal response, which is updated as new legislation is passed.
The Bar also includes a list of legal websites that specialize in such services as billing management, advice, educational materials, the use of VPNs for remote accessing to your work computer from anywhere, legal bulletins, talent networks, file sharing, tech support, and more. The comprehensive list is compiled by Robert Ambrogi, an attorney and legal writer. Robert lays out each resource in short, concise paragraphs and includes information on any deals and special offers for each site.
Some of the particularly noteworthy resources include:
- The Senate, which is a free online platform that allows lawyers and other legal professionals to collaborate on the legal implications of issues, such as coronavirus.
- Time Miner, which tracks time spent emailing and calling in order to recover billable time.
- PandaDoc, which is a document-sharing and e-signature platform that is offering a free subscription plan for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis.
The list is certainly worth a look.
Here at EGCR, we are striving to give you and your firm resources to keep your caseload from backing up during COVID-19. We offer online depositions via video conference as an alternative to in-person depositions and will take care of all of the setup for you. Additionally, we are offering free training to anyone interested in trying out this method: click here to sign up.
For more information on our remote legal services, please email [email protected] or call 404-389-1155.