Even during a pandemic, legal proceedings are moving forward and cases are going to arbitration and to court. Many routines and processes that were done in person now need to be performed at a distance to keep everyone safe. There are several tools you can use to keep your business running efficiently.
1. Depositions by Telephone
Depositions are an important part of determining what happened in a case. It can be used as discovery in court and it is important that it is collected and recorded properly for all parties. Instead of meeting in person to take a witness’s deposition, you can use telephonic deposition Washington DC to get the statement over the phone. As long as they are done under a sworn oath and in the presence of an attorney, they are admissible in court.
2. Workplace Productivity Tools
Most legal offices already use tools to track billable hours, but there are many other productivity tools you could be taking advantage of. These can be ways for workers to collaborate and meet virtually, like video chat programs and instant messaging. There are also project management platforms that allow document sharing and have message boards.
3. Document Sharing
For some legal professionals, such as real estate, document sharing and signature collection tools are already commonly used with clients. If these services are not part of your office’s procedures, you should add them. It is more efficient than attempting to get documents to clients and getting signatures in person. This is a tool that you can use once everyone is back in the office to make this process quicker.
Doing business in these times is not easy for everyone but there are many technologies that are being adapted and developed that make your job easier. Even when you are in person again, you may decide to keep using them.