The growing trend for work flexibility has taken over the country and there’s little doubt that this trend will continue in the future. According to the 2020 statistics, remote workers earn salaries higher than $100,000/year, 2.2x more frequently than on-site workers. Although the legal industry has been relatively slow to participate in this trend of working remotely, everything has changed in the last couple of months due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, which began in China late last year and has spread to more than 135 countries.
Fortunately, today’s evolving technology makes it simple for legal professionals to work remotely, stay productive, and even build a solid path toward a lucrative career. To get you started, here are five tools that will help you achieve these goals.
Zoom is a remote conferencing service that provides a reliable and secure cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, collaboration, chat, and webinars across various mobile devices, desktops, and room systems. Zoom Rooms is a software-based conference room solution used in conference, board, and training rooms, as well as executive offices and even classrooms.
If you need full access to your work computer, you shout get prepared in advance by downloading TeamViewer. TeamViewer is a software application for remote control, desktop sharing, online meetings, web conferencing and file transfer between computers. TeamViewer enables you to have access to computers or mobile devices located anywhere in the world. and use them as if you were there.
AppearMe is a real-time and on-demand web and mobile application that enables thousands of legal professionals and law firms to submit and accept appearance requests, deposition requests, and various freelance tasks, as well as book interpreters and court reporters within 60 seconds nationwide. It is a legal startup that provides a case referral service that allows you to refer entire cases to your fellow attorneys free of charge.
Slack is designed as an online collaboration hub that can replace email to help a team work together seamlessly. By using Slack, you can collaborate with your team online as efficiently as they do face-to-face. Slack enables team members to send messages and share files on various channels. You can create channels for teams, projects, office locations, etc.
Clio is a cloud-based legal practice management software that allows attorneys and legal firms to handle important deadlines, manage cases and documents as well as billing and trust accounting. For example, Clio Certified Consultant can digitize existing documents for you, Clio Manage offers unlimited document storage. You can you Clio Grow, to handle your contact organization, custom intake forms, and e-signatures.
Krisp is an Al-powered noise cancellation technology that allows you to speak or listen without noise during your remote meetings, conference calls, live streams, etc. How does the technology work? Krisp adds an additional layer between your physical microphone/speaker and conferencing apps, which doesn’t let any noise pass through. Krisp supports various devices(such as microphones, headsets, speakers) and over 600 apps.
Since the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve, the US Supreme Court is closed to the public(from 4:30 p.m. on March 12, 2020, until further notice), and many other courts are setting partial closures or remote operations such as teleconference or videoconference hearings. Here attorneys and law firms can find the latest updates and local announcements of courts’ responses to Coronavirus.
We encourage you to choose secure tools for remote working, maintain social distancing, and stay healthy!