Are you a virtual lawyer? Do you have visions of being a virtual law firm?
The term “Virtual Law Office”, VLO, or Virtual Lawyer can mean many different things. The term “virtual” conjures up many different images, none of which probably make you think of a law office. Amazon.com was a virtual business pioneer. As an online bookstore, it delivered and brokered bookstore services without a physical retail store presence; efficiently connecting buyers and sellers without the overhead of a brick-and-mortar location. People are now even using a virtual currency – Bitcoin.
As far as providing a definition, there are long and short definitions of virtual. Check out Richard Granat’s Slideshare on the topic. For the sake of thinking about starting your own virtual law firm and how Curo Legal can assist you, here are a few things that may come to mind:
- A law firm without a physical office – no bricks and mortar
- A law firm that uses a cloud based practice management tool
- Renting and sharing physical office space and receptionist with other professionals
Whatever your vision may be, setting up a “virtual law practice” requires knowledge about the technology available and ethical standards with which you need to comply. As the winner of Clioday, Curo Legal will assist you with the following to build your vision of a virtual law firm:
- Set up the architecture for your virtual law firm: We will conduct sessions (virtually) to find out:
- How mobile do you want be?
- Do you want client portals for document collaboration?
- Are you brick and mortar looking to add a virtual component?
- Identify your workflow – how things get done. We will work with you to step back and look at your practice from a 30,000-foot view. We will look at ways you can be more productive and efficient by re-evaluating your internal processes. Are you using Clio in all of its glory?
- Development of policies and procedures for your virtual law firm. Best practices for day-to-day operations and implementation of technology into your workflow. In the end, we will find the right platform to fit your needs by providing our recommendations on technology platforms for your virtual law firm, including, but not limited to:
- File storage solutions
- Client portals
- Maintaining and securing client data