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While you may not be up to speed with using automated legal documents in your practice, there’s a good chance that you have a deal of experience with meal planning. After all, meal planning can often be the saviour to help us get through a busy week with our families.
What does meal planning have to do with using automated legal documents in your practice? A lot. Let’s take a look.
One – You can prepare in advance. The key advantage of meal planning is able to prepare in advance. You have dedicated time in your busy schedule to purposely think about what you will create for your family’s meals this week and create a comprehensive list of everything that you’ll need. Once you’ve shopped, you’ve then put aside time to create your meals without the distractions of daily family life.
The key advantage of using automated documents in your practice is able to prepare in advance. You need to dedicate time in your busy schedule to purposely think about the legal solution you’d like to create and what automated document you need as part of that. You’ll then need to put aside time to prepare the drafting of the document that you’d like to use and automate it, without the distractions of daily practice work.
Two – Planning saves time and money. Meal planning keeps you focused on your end goal and what you need to achieve it. When meal planning, you’re in the zone, and you don’t waste time on anything that doesn’t add to the value of the meals. With a comprehensive list of what you need, you’re also less likely to spend money on other food or treats that will likely go to waste.
Using automated documents keeps you focused on your end goal and what you need to achieve it. Because you have thought about your legal solution (and the automated document) ahead of time when you create it, you don’t have to think too deeply about what you need to do whenever you have a new client matter. It has all been planned out for you. You and your team save time and money by working through the legal solution that you’ve already created and not wasting time (which also means money for your practice) by doing tasks that do not add value to the result.
Three – You can plan your solution for a larger audience. By meal planning, you create not just the end meals, but also the method for creating those meals. You now know that you can increase the amount of food you start with to create more meals. And by having more meals available in your fridge, freezer and neighbour’s freezer, your family, their friends and your neighbour’s family have the ability to help themselves at any time.
By using automated documents, you significantly reduce the amount of your time being directly used in a matter. You can, therefore, spend more time with more clients. And with a legal solution available, your team can work with clients just as you would yourself.
Four – You can extend your resources. A hidden secret in meal planning is to create a couple of base recipes and then change portions of them into different meals. For example, a bolognese as a base can be used to create spaghetti bolognese, a pie, a meaty pasta bake, etc. That way you’re able to buy the ingredients for the base recipe in bulk and use up all of the base when creating meals.
Do you know what? You could do the same with automated documents. If you have the basics for a good agreement, try using it to create a few different automated documents that are a bit more specific. For example, your services agreement can be turned into a services agreement for businesses in different industries, add particular clauses for that industry. You can invest your resources into creating a great base document that can be easily tailored.
Five – You can offer a range of options to tailor a solution that suits your audience. By meal planning, you can add or take away parts to create a meal that suits each member of your family. You can prepare the meat, vegetables and pasta for a meal separately and serve any combination your family would like. Take the meat off one plate and offer a double serving on another. Easy.
With automated documents, you can plan to offer a solution at different tiers for different clients at different price levels. You can create a stand-alone product that the client can purchase and use without human input. You can also use the same automated document and bundle it with your legal advice to create a solution for clients who need more guidance.
Six – You can make minor changes to add a personal touch, without needing to remake the solution from scratch. Tonight, you offer spaghetti bolognese. But your young children have decided that they don’t like spaghetti bolognese tonight, because they liked it last week. In a few minutes, you can create spaghetti bolognese, spaghetti on toast, spaghetti in a toasted sandwich and all either with or without garlic bread.
You can do the same with quality automated documents. You can download them in Word and make any changes that you need to for a particular client. Not a problem.
Seven – You can use feedback to better understand the needs and wants of your audience and improve your solution. By meal planning, you have time to relax at mealtime and watch your family’s reaction to the meals offered. Does your teenager’s current dislike for mushrooms seem to become a long term thing? Use that feedback in your next meal planning session.
By using automated legal documents, you’ll have more time to look at how your legal solution worked and what needs to be changed for next time. Use that feedback to refine your solutions over time.
Get Ready to Start Using Automated Documents in Your Practice
Changing the way that you provide your services is hard. But continuing to do everything manually, with the time and cost pressures, is harder.
Spend the next ten minutes thinking about a legal solution that you’d like to start working on. Think about what that solution looks like and what automated document you need as part of that.
Then schedule a couple of hours each week into your calendar to work on creating your legal solutions. Try scheduling some of the time outside your traditional business hours so you cannot be distracted by your usual practice work.
We offer a range of automated legal documents that you can use in your practice now. We also have a community group for legal professionals who are looking to connect, collaborate, explore and share ideas to be innovative in legal practice. Join the Support Legal community.