Lawyers are notorious for living at the office. This year, the “office” means living rooms, kitchens and dining room tables. This shift has forced more legal professionals to convert to a paperless office, relying on digital productivity tools and contract management software to keep business moving and work organized.
While this may be challenging at first, once implemented, lawyers will find themselves working faster, and delivering higher-quality work. Then once they return to the office, they can look forward to a leaner, more efficient firm, which ultimately means less busy work (and a lot less time sifting through the mountains of legal documents that they have been meaning to clean off their desks for months).
We’ve listed six of the top WFH productivity tools to help keep you on track.
Communication is key for any business, especially when workers are miles away from each other and can’t stop in at each other’s desk to ask questions. Utilizing a communication tool like Slack sets your team up for success by keeping everyone accountable and able to access important updates. Slack allows you create channels for different topics, and is a great alternative to email when you need that question answered quickly.
When your organization runs on legal contracts and other types of agreements, it’s time to rethink how you prepare, sign, act on and manage them. Without easy access to the trusty copier machine, you’ll need to invest in an electronic signature solution. DocuSign will also allow you get legal documents signed more quickly.
Whether you are writing an important email or working on a companywide report, you’ll want to put your best foot forward. Grammarly helps you do just that without an editorial assistant. This free Chrome plug-in allows you to get corrections while you write directly in Gmail, Outlook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Slack, Google Documents and more. Grammarly also goes beyond grammar and spelling to style and tone to help you eliminate errors and find the perfect words to express yourself.
Have you ever scribbled down notes from an important meeting in one of your five notebooks only to never find them again? Evernote helps you take detailed, organized notes that are stored in the cloud. You can take notes anywhere, find information faster and share your ideas with anyone. Use it for meeting notes, web pages, projects, to-do lists and more.
A free online appointment scheduling software that eliminates the back-and-forth emails. Calendly integrates with your Google, Outlook, Office 365 or iCloud calendar so you’re never double booked. You can even set buffer times between meetings, prevent last-minute meetings and create secret event types.
We saved the best for last. Designed with lawyers and contract professionals in mind, authorDOCS is a Word add-in and legal document automation tool that enables users to be 51.5% more productive in the contract review process. Redline contracts in Microsoft Word with ease by harnessing the power of AI to save time, improve quality and reduce contract risks. In addition to saving time, authorDOCS also provides more consistency and accuracy in the contract review process than a human, by alerting the user when the language and legal clauses don’t match the company standard.
Finding the right remote work tools and software takes trial and error, but ultimately will give you and your colleagues more time to focus on the work that you are passionate about.
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