Redefining the Lifecycle of a Legal Document
Technology has truly transformed an industry once known for its reluctance to embrace change. In recent years especially, technological advancements have impacted the legal industry, not by altering the nature of the work, but merely by making it easier to get the job done. What used to take teams of knowledge workers a whole lot of time to accomplish can now be finished in less time by one expert equipped with the right tools.
The Yellow Legal Pad Days
In the yellow legal pad days of yore, lawyers would pick or draft their best clauses, stitch them together, then hand their drafts over to document experts to prepare for collaboration. A single document would pass through countless hands before it ever reached a client or the courts. Of the many who remember these manual processes of the past, I’d wager there are less than a few who regret the way technology has changed (i.e., improved) the way we work today.
Speed V. Quality
A lifecycle is not something you would ordinarily consider better for being shorter, but when we’re talking about documents, it’s certainly true. Over the past 20 years, automation has improved the speed at which we can execute each step, from the start of a fresh draft to the finalized distributable product. But have we sacrificed quality for speed? Due to the nature of the technology we have adopted, we are experiencing an unforeseen side-effect that has forced lawyers into an unfamiliar workflow focused more on deleting the unwanted than creating something perfect.
The Natural Document Lifecycle
Fortunately, current technology is facilitating a return to that natural document lifecycle. Without sacrificing quality, new tools are making a way for lawyers to create their best first draft in half the time. They are simplifying the way lawyers share their drafts with others for review, and providing them with the clarity they need to understand and improve. These tools are helping lawyers finalize securely with confidence on any advice anywhere.
Want to Learn More?
Join Litéra Account Executive Matt Bennett and VP of R&D Simon Dandy as they explore how technology is redefining the document lifecycle during the upcoming NetDocuments Executive Summit, ndElevate 2017. The summit will be held May 22-24 at the Stein Eriksen Lodge in Park City, Utah. The session is scheduled for May 24th at 3:00 PM Mountain Time.