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ABA Buyer’s Guide

Believe it or not I actually started writing this blog before it was mentioned in class. Crazy.

 

Take for example a single-attorney firm that employs two secretaries. The firm is thriving financially to the point that another attorney has almost become necessary. An issue that the firm has discussed on multiple occasions is the lack of technology use in the practice.   The firm still uses pen and paper to calculate billable hours. Additionally, the firm still only accepts cash or checks, not debit or credit cards. The attorney needs to get the billing process up to date with current technology to make his/her life easier.

 

According to the ABA’s website, for modern law firms, effective and efficient use of technology can be the difference between thriving and struggling. Nowhere is that more apparent than in a firm’s approach to time and billing. Technology can help a firm: fully capture all hours worked on a given matter or client, bill clients promptly and accurately, collect payments reliably, and identify and address insufficiencies in the firm’s business practices. ABA Law and Technology Resource website.

 

After wondering where this attorney should start to look for some well technology used in law practices to do the billing I started to look around. It all started with a simple Google search of “Legal Technology.” One of the first links to pop up was the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center. I clicked on it, and one link on the page was the ABA Buyer’s Guide. This guide directory lists all different technologies available to law practices in alphabetical order. I scrolled through and found just what I was looking for.

 

The first was “Accounting/Finance.” Under this tab, there were eight different kinds of billing software that the attorney could do research on.   The website provides a brief description of the product. The website also contains a link to the different types of billing software.

 

The next topic the attorney was considering was the use of debit and credit cards.   One of the subtopics on the directory was “Credit Card Processing.” This link provides only one item for credit card processing, but it provides the same descriptions and information of products as listed above for the accounting and finance sections.

 

This ABA Buyer’s Guide seems to be very helpful to small firms. It allows them to research different legal technology products and make educated business decisions on which product works for the small practice.   Plus, the ABA is very credible for obvious reasons. Additionally, this could help an attorney keep up to date with the times, but at the same time keep in compliance with the firm’s ethical obligations.

-Andrew Grillo