In this day and age, working without technology is nearly impossible. Firms that continue to reject technology often find themselves far behind their competitors. There is really no reason to reject technology anyway. It can be incredibly helpful in the legal field, as well as in other industries. Technology can make your job easier by automating certain tasks and giving you more time to focus on tasks that can’t be automated.

The question is, how do you choose the best legal tech for your firm? Every firm is different and needs its own tailored solutions. With the abundance of legal tech tools on the market, settling on one or two might seem like an impossible task. To take some pressure off, we have come up with a list of criteria you should consider when picking your tech tools.

Features of the software

Naturally, one of the first things you want to look at is the features a chosen software offers. There are different complementary programs that can be combined. Loio, for example, is a Microsoft Office Word add-in that helps you proofread and edit legal documents. It highlights any possible mistakes and inconsistencies, as well as things to double-check, thus saving you hours of proofreading.

The aforementioned tool can be combined with some project management software for lawyers. Some programs can handle billing your clients, making appointments and inputting them in the calendar, setting up reminders, and keeping track of all tasks on the to-do list. Your project management tool can also serve as a document repository that allows you to access legal documents from any place in the world using different devices.

Ease of use

We’re talking about tools you’ll be using on a daily basis; at the very least, they must be comfortable to use! A big part of this is your willingness to learn your way around this new tool. Before you implement it in your daily life, you have to figure out how it can benefit you. Software is not here to make work harder. On the contrary, it should make your life easier.

This has a lot to do with your unique demands. Buying software with lots of fancy features when you really just need a few basic features is completely pointless. You’ll end up making your life harder.

Your business objectives

At the end of the day, it’s all about your unique business objectives. What are you trying to achieve with the use of this software? What are your goals and objectives for the next month, year, or 5 years? Does the tool you’ve chosen support these objectives, or could it potentially hold you back in a year or so?

It goes without saying that the tools you use should align with your strategy. Technology is there to support the trajectory you’ve chosen and not dictate its own rules. Ultimately, it should help you achieve your KPIs in a quantifiable way.

Does it benefit the client?

Many law firms forget that their main job is to serve the client. Thus, it doesn’t hurt to ask if the tech tools you’ve chosen directly benefit the client. For instance, will this tool make communication between you and the client easier? Will this tool simplify the billing process for the client? Will it create price certainty or make legal help more available?

Of course, your clients will be happy to find out that they are getting better legal help from you when you’re using helpful tech tools. Whatever it takes to get there, right?

And other things…

That’s not all! There are so many other things to pay attention to. Price is also a deciding factor for many law firms, especially in the beginning. The way your employees will respond to the new technology also plays a huge role in its implementation. Plus, you probably have some basic needs you need to be covered, and you should consider how new software assists with your needs.

Despite all the difficulties you might encounter, try to remain client-centric. If the tool is benefiting the client, be sure you’ve made the right choice!