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November 29, 2017
Solo lawyers and small law firms are looking for new ways to stay competitive, not only with each other but with the larger firms. Those that have not yet joined the cloud and looked into the services it has to offer are falling behind. New cloud applications are coming out at dizzying speeds, and the high cost of these new applications fall on the larger firms. Cloud solutions for small businesses are on the rise; all you have to do is find the right provider to help you keep up with the competition.
Finding the Right Provider
All providers are not created equal. Those in the legal profession are bound by certain laws and morals other companies are not bound to. Not all providers are aware of this. It is possible to find a provider that claims they can meet your needs, but in reality, they cannot fulfill your obligations. This is not necessarily a lie, but they may not understand exactly what is required in your state and your profession.
Look for a provider that not only knows exactly what you need, but one that can provide proof of other law firms they have worked with. Ideally, look for a provider that has worked with law firms of your size or larger. The provider can then explain to you what they are doing for other firms, and you can determine if there is a larger need for your business.
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Cloud Services for Small Businesses
Cloud services are more than storing your data in the cloud. You need to make sure the provider stores the data in your state. The laws of the state will determine if it is legal for other states to store the filings, billings and court records in another state. You also need to get information about extra services the provider has to offer. Here are some of the more popular services available on the cloud:
The Small Business Advantage
Large firms invest a lot of money in the cloud. Cloud solutions for small businesses are not something software developers plan for; instead, they create large applications for larger firms and try to sell parts of their bundles to the smaller firms. A good cloud provider that specializes in law firms will have a workaround for this.
The cloud provider can purchase licenses at a bulk rate for the complete versions of these big-firm applications. Then they can pass down the savings to smaller firms. This helps smaller firms to keep up with the larger firms; partnering with a cloud services provider makes it possible for even solo lawyers and the smallest law firms to offer a range of services over the Internet.
Take advantage of cloud solutions from a provider who specializes in the legal profession. Talk to them and make sure they not only meet all your needs but that they are willing to put everything in writing. As a lawyer, you are familiar with the importance of a contract, and protecting your firm is no exception. Get a free assessment today and see how TOSS can help you keep up with the competition.
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