There are many technology tools on the market designed for a variety of purposes, but if you have not already invested your time into the following four technology tools you may want to give them a closer look.
- Martindale.com a long time legal directory staple is still going strong, albeit now mostly in an electronic environment. Best known as a great resource for finding attorneys and law firms, online features also include legal job postings and communities and groups for sharing best practices and discussing legal issues with other attorneys. According to the American Bar Association, there are 1.2 million practicing attorneys in the U.S., yet a keyword search of attorney or lawyer on LinkedIn yields only 82,513 profiles. Perhaps Martindale.com is the better source for finding an attorney and definitely a resource in which attorneys should be listed.
- LinkedIn, the best known professional social media site is still going strong and growing, with over 277,000,000 registered members. It may not be the best platform to find or connect with other attorneys, but it is a great place to connect with current and potential clients because, unlike Martindale.com, it is not limited to just attorney profiles. It’s also an excellent resource for tapping into discussions via its industry specific groups and for getting the pulse on what is happening worldwide via its many thought-provoking posts.
- QR Codes (aka Quick Response Codes) are tiny 2-D bar codes that can be scanned with a smart phone and can then direct users to a company website, mobile business card, online profile, biographical information and more. The codes can be placed on paper business cards, law firm brochures and other collateral materials that legal professionals can hand out at networking events. Free QR Code Generator websites are plentiful. Here is a list results for them on Google.
- Cloud Computing adoption is on the rise in law firms according to a recent LexisNexis survey. The legal industry has been slower to adopt this technology likely due to perceived security issues surrounding the confidential nature of legal documents. But as those and other concerns get ironed out, third party hosting of a firm’s documents will become more appealing and is likely to be less costly than current day in-house document storage methods.