Cloud computing offers many benefits for law firms, legal departments and professional services firms, especially those that operate internationally.

According to the Cloud Industry Forum’s 2015 survey, cloud adoption was often halted, with concerns about security, privacy and lack of control. However, people have found that using the cloud doesn’t pose a security threat. In fact, it provides a more secure and centralised means of storing data rather than servers held in the offices.

More and more law firms are changing the way they work and process their tasks. Small lawyer firms lead the way in cloud computing use, according to a 2017 report carried out by The American Bar Association. The survey results show that 56% of lawyers from firms of two to nine attorneys used cloud computing.

 

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What is the Cloud?

Cloud Computing is simply providing computing services over the internet. Application hosting is done remotely, so there is no need for a server to be installed in the office.

Cloud computing for law firms, is simply outsourcing the hosting of your accounts, case files and practice management software, along with the other key integrated third-party software products, such as Microsoft Office and Exchange.

Driven by the need for client collaboration and access to data, when on the move, law firms have started to look into the benefits of the cloud.

Check out our blog Why Your Business Should Use The Cloud (And Are You Ready?) for looking at the benefits of adopting the cloud for law firms.

 

From the survey (mentioned above), when law firms were asked why they chose cloud computing, the main benefits were:

  • Easy browser access from anywhere (73%),
  • 24/7 availability (64%),
  • Low cost of entry and predictable monthly expense (48%),
  • Robust data backup and recovery (45%),
  • Quick to get up and running (39%),
  • Eliminates IT and software management requirements (30%),
  • Better security than can be provided in-office (25%).

Generally speaking, a law firm will commit to software based on its ability to carry out the following:

  • Word Processing
  • Data Storage
  • Accounting
  • Document Management
  • Payment Processing
  • Note-Taking

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Why Should Law Firms Use Grow in Cloud?

  • A single secure place to manage, store and access all your case files, documents, client data and more.
  • Support and management of all the office applications you need to run your law firm.
  • Private access to confidential documents and data from anywhere, at any time, on any device.
  • Simple to use platform for all users, on their desktop/laptop/tablet and/or smart phone.
  • No need to manage upgrades and licensing for the software. We take care of that.
  • Managing and uploading documents is simple.
  • Share your calendar or view others’ calendars.
  • Free client site to allow for appointment bookings and document sharing.
  • Easy to send and receive appointment bookings form any device.
  • Backup & Disaster Recovery done off site-so no need to be done manually by the law firms.
  • Send and manage invoices and payments to and from your clients, from any device, anywhere and at any time.
  • Keep notes about clients to track discussions and messages sent (Action History).
  • Compile a customised report to track the business side of things for your law firm.

Grow in Cloud Features:

Business Overview-Dashboard

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Customised Free Client Site

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  Example Services For Clients To Book Online

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Appointment Scheduling With Client

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View/Manage Staff Calendar

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Generate/Manage Client Invoices

(Emailed to client and/or Printed off for paper reference)

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Online Payment Option For Clients

(On Any Device With Internet Access)

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Relevant Posts:

How Grow in Cloud’s Legal Services Software Can Help Your Clients and Your Attorneys

Why Your Business Should Use The Cloud (And Are You Ready?)

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Benefits Of Hiring Virtual Assistants Using The Cloud

Automate Your Business With Cloud Based Appointment Scheduling

How To Avoid Late Payments For Invoices

Online invoicing – Is it really a cost effective move?

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