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There is more pressure on us than ever before to provide legal services faster and for a more affordable price. We are surrounded by quasi “business experts” who promise the world to our potential clients but don’t deliver quality. And some potential clients are so concerned about the cost of legal services that they are willing to take business advice from strangers on social media.
Lawyering is tough.
To enable you to provide your legal services faster and for a more affordable price, you need to use automated legal documents to significantly reduce the time you would otherwise have spent drafting documents for your client. Doing so will streamline the amount of time you need to spend with your client obtaining information for the document, but it won’t affect the quality of the time you spend with your client overall.
Producing Quality Documents to Use as Part of Your Legal Services at an Affordable Price is Possible
I’m sure you’ve heard some version of the saying before. You can choose any two, but you can’t have all three. If you’d like good quality work produced quickly, it will not be cheap. If you’d like something quickly and for a low price, it will not be of good quality. If you’d like good quality work at a low price, it will take time.
You need to spend time creating a quality precedent document that can be automated. You can then use that automated document to produce quality documents quickly at an affordable price for your clients.
Use Your Time Wisely
Think about who you’d like to create a quality precedent document that can be automated. This person needs to make decisions about tone, style, branding and essentially how the document will work with other documents in your range. There’s a good chance that this person will be you.
You’ll need to think about your target client and the solution that you’d like to offer them. How does it work? How is your automated document part of that? You need to make sure the legal solution works.
Think about the drafting of your precedent document. It needs to be well structured, comprehensive and practical. A heavy document with a lot of legalese might be fun for lawyers to try to read, but it’s useless for a client who is not able to read past the first page. Include everything that needs to be in there, in a way that your client will be able to use it. Don’t include anything that doesn’t need to be there.
You’ll then need to prepare your document for automation. You’ll need to create optional clauses and decide when they are needed. Also, think about how you’d like to customise your document using automation features.
Organise to have your precedent document automated. If you are up to speed with using automation software already, this should be a straightforward process. Otherwise, you may wish to outsource this part.
Lastly, you’ll need to incorporate your automated legal document into your legal service. Use it all the time and use the time you save to review how your legal services are working and what more you can do to improve them.
Do What You Need to Do Now
Do what you need to do to find the time to create your quality precedent document that can be automated and commit to it. Schedule a regular appointment with yourself in your calendar, so you cannot overlook it.
Now spend the next eight minutes wisely. Choose one legal service that your practice offers and select the precedent document that you’d like to work on next. Have a look through the drafting and add comments on all of the clauses that need work. You’ll be able to pick up again quickly in your first scheduled appointment with yourself.
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