Legal IT Services

In The World Of Law, Time Stops For No One


As attorneys, you’re committed to providing your clients with the best legal advice and service possible. In order to do so, you recognize that in the world of law, time stops for no one. Court dates are appointed, not chosen. Contracts have deadlines. Client meetings are a must. Any downtime in your technology can be a huge threat to your firms. As a lawyer you have a finite amount of time to build your case, gather materials, research, etc. Should a data breach or IT downtime strike your firm during your last few days before court, it could be detrimental to the outcome of a case.

The Legal Technology Survey Report results show lawyers are moving to the cloud, up 40% from last year. Close to 90% of all documents produced in law firms are now ‘born digitally’ as well. With technology on the rise, law firms can be more productive and achieve faster results, but there are also potential pitfalls when client data is digital. Like any other business, law firms are vulnerable to security threats, human error deletions, and natural disasters that could take systems off-line and/or wipe out your valuable client data. In addition to these potential threats, there’s the “human factor” where Larry the lawyer accidentally opens that seemingly innocent email attachment inflicting the latest malware.

Best Practices for Legal Services IT


In an article by Attorney at Law Magazine, the cost of network downtime was calculated for a firm operating on billable hours. For example, if a firm with 25 employees who bill at $200 per hour each lose one hour of uptime per month, that’s $60,000 a year on lost opportunity. Here are some tips to help your firm avoid costly downtime:

  • Outsource your firm’s IT needs to an expert who has experience in the legal industry, they’ll understand the importance of billable hours.
  • Don’t sacrifice quality to save money when purchasing hardware.
    It will benefit you to have strong technology in the long-run.
  • Perform timely hardware and software updates, maintenance and backups.
  • Establish, review and maintain system security of all practice technology.

Any firm that has not recently re-assessed its backup and disaster recovery
procedures should, therefore, do so in order to conform to these industry-standard best practices.

Many law firms are turning to cybersecurity insurance to cover the costs to rebuild, restore, or regain lost income. However, while your insurance provider may write you a check for the cost of a lost data—it won’t be able to compensate you for the sheer aggravation of potentially having to spend days re-building your practice’s entire technology environment from scratch. Most importantly, this type of coverage can’t shield you from damaged or lost client relationships.

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