Tablets continue to find new ways to make themselves useful, and that innovation has extended into the courtroom. Many lawyers now realize the efficiency and simplicity that can come from integrating tablet technology into their everyday activities.
For lawyers with heavy workloads, tablet computers can make their jobs more portable thanks to their around-the-clock connection with the office, which in turn reduces response times. Tablet devices are even slimming down the gear lawyers must bring into the courtroom.
Clients see the benefits, as well. Tablets encourage an unprecedented synergy between lawyers and their clientele, specifically in the form of increased interaction and the ability to make devices and other digital property easily accessible by either party. Some lawyers have effectively replaced their standard legal pads with tablet computers and, given the positive results, this trend is expected to continue.
An Entire Courtroom Case in a One-Pound Device
Perhaps the most dramatic display of the tablet’s value to lawyers comes in the courtroom. By wielding an iPad or other tablet device during a trial, they have immediate access to hundreds of pictures, videos and other relevant documents. This enhances organization and reduces the clutter that can bog down a trial, thus expediting the lawyer’s work.
In practice, civil lawyers seem to be poised to enjoy the greatest gain. Tablet computers allow them to work from home or other remote locations, even to the point of becoming “virtual lawyers.”
And even as lawyers transition away from physical offices, they are able to improve communication with their clients through tablet technology, which also helps lower the cost of those interactions.
Ultimately, this technology can bolster the legal services a single lawyer provides to his or her clients.
Understanding the Value of Tablet Technology
While lawyers may be the latest group of professionals to understand how tablets can truly revolutionize their operations, they won’t be the last. However, this transition is a powerful reminder of the ways in which tablet devices can transform practices — even those that have traditionally resisted change.
This trend marks a welcome change for consumers, many of whom are willing to pay more for the elevated quality of experience they receive when working with virtual lawyers and other lawyers who embrace tablet devices.
All that remains to be seen is just how quickly tablets will become adopted on a widespread level in the legal field. In the meantime, marketers should remain aware that some of the biggest innovations enabled by tablets may not yet be discovered.
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