As we consider the top tools for lawyers available in 2022, Microsoft 365 always jumps out as a frontrunner. The great thing about Microsoft 365 is that it has countless features for specific industries. The key is being aware of them and understanding how to best utilize them for your firm.
As the world moves back to the office, the mix of in-person and remote workforces poses challenges, but many of these can be solved by cloud-base technologies such as Microsoft 365. Microsoft 365 is a cloud-based software suite that will assist you in seamlessly transitioning many of your business operations. to the cloud. With the known challenges law firms face, Microsoft responded by creating key features catered to the needs of the law industry. Microsoft 365 Solution for Legal has the ability to improve your firm’s productivity, communication and collaboration capabilities.
Some key benefits of integrating Microsoft 365 into your law firm:
- Easier document storage and management
- Improved workflow and functionality
- Ability to work remote as needed
- Improved client relationship management
If you are a law firm, consider using these six features to maximize the potential of Microsoft 365:
Teams is a group chat and collaboration platform.
- Declutter your email inbox: move internal discussions to Microsoft Teams to keep your email inbox reserved for critical firm and client communications.
- Create new teams in seconds.
- Start a quick conversation in one click.
2. One Note
OneNote is a tool to create, store and manage notes including case notes, legal research, and other miscellaneous information. OneNote offers the ability to maintain your own personal notebook as well as create firm-wide, team-wide or even case-specific notebooks.
Flow can automate various actions and workflows within a law firm. For example, you can use Flow when a new document is saved in a particular folder on your firm’s SharePoint site. This would then trigger an approval process that requires one or more people in the firm to approve the document.
Microsoft Forms is a platform to create simple online forms. Through Forms, law firms can obtain feedback from clients through the creation and utilization of questionnaires, intake forms, and surveys.
Groups is a basic framework of how you organize and structure Office 365 within your law firm.
- Access to Planner, Notebook and Sharepoint
- Access to email and calendar
- Ability for members of each formed group to share resources and collaborate
Manage online bookings and appointments with Bookings through Microsoft 365–very similar to softwares such as Calendly.
PK Tech has a history of working with law firms within the Greater Phoenix Area. If you are a law firm in need of managed IT services, let’s chat. If you have questions about how to best utilize Microsoft 365 within your law firm, contact our team.