If you were looking for a place to investment your money, how do you pick a broker? Given a choice, would you pick a broker with a 100% track record in selecting winning stocks or someone with only 50%? Of course, you want the person who is going to protect your money.
The same is true for lawyers. Individuals trust lawyers with their most pressing problems. Organizations trust lawyers with bet-the-company litigation.
The impact of a lack of accuracy on the part of the lawyer is surprisingly serious and far reaching. Imagine, for example, a contract is breached in the instance of “x and y”. Think if, instead, the document says “x or y.” Great chance of breach. Real money on the table. Impacts to people’s jobs.
Ok, I’m probably preaching to the choir.
Time pressure really makes the situation worse. If a lawyer or team of lawyers had infinite time, maybe they could find every change to a document manually. However, deadlines are a matter of course. And, as Wyatt Earp said “Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything.” BTW, according to a 2010 ABA survey, document errors, including transposed figures in documents and missed deadlines, accounted for almost 12% of all malpractice suits in the US.
So the big question is …. What tools are available help lawyers be more accurate and respond timely. Litéra just happens to have a few ……
1) Change-Pro® TDC. Change-Pro® – the document comparison product of choice of nearly two-thirds of the world’s largest law firms, as well as scores of others – provides the most complete comparison possible. TDC compares not only text in Word, but Comments and embedded objects (spreadsheets, graphics, pics), as well. And you can compare PDF files, too, with the optional OCR module.
2) Change-Pro® for Excel. Lawyers don’t use spreadsheets, right? Not so fast! Spreadsheets are used everywhere from proposed settlements to real estate closings, and everywhere in between. Wouldn’t you like to know if someone replaced your incredibly complex formula with just a number?
3) Change-Pro® for PowerPoint. PowerPoint: not just for Marketing any more. Pitches and training are only two components of a surge in PowerPoint use by lawyers. Your clients are using it, too. Compare Speaker Notes, Comments, charts and graphs!
4) CitationWare®. Our one-click table of authorities application cuts precious hours off the preparation of a ToA in that crunch time right before the filling deadline.
When you need accurate AND complete AND fast …. Look to Litéra! Because just accurate is never accurate enough.
VP of Client Development