Monday, November 14, 2011

Expert Witness Tracking

Legal extranet systems are a great way to track expert witness information. This includes the experts presentations, papers, resume, billing rates, availability and areas of expertise. One can also track prior experiences with the experts. It's also important to be sure and provide different tracking areas for different practice groups, the needs and types of people are quite different.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Using extranets for complex case management reporting needs

Although many think of extranets now of being SharePoint like systems which do not have the capability of tracking very complex litigation information, that is not the case.

We have many systems in place for our clients where we track information in multiple hierarchical levels. One example is that of a multiple plaintiff case where plaintiffs many have multiple surgeries, or they may have a long work history or a long history of using a certain product or a long medical chronology.

In all situations like this, we start with a single case, attached one or many plaintiffs to a case, and then track a myriad of data points -- many with rows and rows of date-based chronological data -- and then also provide the ability to report on all this data in a variety of ways.

Once you take all this -- and then factor in that we could have hundreds or thousands of like cases -- it becomes a complex tracking system very quickly. It is a far cry indeed from some of the "single screen" extranets we can all sign up for and use at no cost.

Those certainly have their target market and appeal - after all who does not like a useful, free application -- but it should not be confused with the functionality and utility of a complex case management application.

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Meet Me Halfway

Here is a link to my article on categorizing corporate financial spend while continuing to also be compliant with company-wide cost reporting systems.

It was published in the October 2011 copy of Law Technology News.