Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Master Case Calendaring

Keeping track of a calendar amongst many law firms and a client can be very diffuclt and time consuming Who has the latest version of a calendar, how can I get it, how can I update it. When are the upcoming trials that I need to plan for. These are all important and difficult issues for one to tackle.

Why not post a calendar on a secure internet site that a set of authorized clients can view, update and download at their convenience. Seems too simple and so easy to do that everyone must already doing that, correct? Well, sadly, that is not the case. Often times this is because law firms and clients can not figure out how to connect to each other's calendar system (like Outlook) across organizations.

Legal extranets solve this issue. Anyone connected to the internet can access a calendar as long as they are authorized to enter the legal extranet. Once connected, they can view the calendar and update it with appropriate events and information (meeting dates, times, locations, attendees, etc...). So, with this simple tool, everyone on the team is acutely aware of the litigation support calendar and events and confusion about dates and times becomes a thing of the best.

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Saturday, June 02, 2007

Reducing Law Firm Storage Requirements With Legal Extranets

With the proliferation of civil litigation in the country, and the increase in e-discover of litigation related documents, file storage size requirements for law firms are skyrocketing. Law firms are looking into SAN's and other methods of storing data in the most cost effective manner possible.

But, another cost containment strategy can be to outsource the storage of this data by placing it on a legal extranet. After all, the government does not build highways, bridges and tunnels to handle peak traffic loads (those of us who live in New York City certainly understand that) so why should law firms do so with data. A firm can store litigation specific data on an external source, without purchasing costly hardware and incurring only the subscription costs associated with the use of a legal extranet system, to keep the costs of storing the data to a minimum.