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By Jeffrey Wolff
One thing that keeps surprising me is the still widespread idea that eDiscovery technology is exclusively available for enterprises and the bigger firms. Although most people agree with the fact that SaaS makes eDiscovery technology more widely available, a lot of solo litigators and small firm lawyers I speak with are skeptical of using eDiscovery tools in their practices.
Smaller firm lawyers consider the costs of eDiscovery technology to be higher than they can afford or their clients want to pay. But the concept that eDiscovery is a luxury accessible only to big law firms that have the resources to invest in considerable infrastructure is obsolete.
Pay what and when you need it
All firms need to get on board with eDiscovery to help their clients’ cases and significantly lower litigation costs: no firm – not even a small firm – can get around the need for eDiscovery.
The size of a firm does not matter. All clients deal primarily with electronic documents. Each of them send out thousands of emails and store digital documents in different file formats on multiple computer locations and smartphones. The few paper documents that we still use are scanned to store electronically. Printing for the purpose of review is inefficient and the metadata that comes along with a digital file is lost for the discovery (not to mention that it’s bad for the environment).
For law firms of every size and even for solo practitioners handling dozens of smaller cases, having the right technology in place is important for their success. Many eDiscovery platforms are available on demand, without the need for capital investment. Users literally pay for what and when they need it.
Supporting law firms of any size
Every lawyer needs a cost and time effective way to review, sort, cull, and search to find the relevant data in their clients’ cases, including family law, criminal, and civil litigation. Time is money and properly employed technology saves time. So once more, especially for the smaller firms: ZYLAB ONE eDiscovery as a Service supports the entire eDiscovery workflow of clients from law firms of any size.
With ZyLAB you can upload data yourself and almost immediately start reviewing with your team. You do not need a third party to process the data, nor do you have to make large investments in on-premises hardware and software, which gives you a huge competitive advantage and your client the fast and cost effective service they expect.
So solo litigators and small firm lawyers, take another look at eDiscovery now. You no longer need to be averse to taking on big cases or processing large volumes of data. eDiscovery costs have reduced significantly, and the benefits and ease of use have improved dramatically. Use eDiscovery technology to give your firm a competitive advantage, get back to practicing law, and in the meantime provide better legal service to your clients.
If you want to know how, spend 30 minutes watching this recorded webinar where I show you how ZyLAB ONE eDiscovery offers law firms of any size the most comprehensive solution to support the entire eDiscovery workflow of their clients.