E-Signatures Help Lawyers Promote Better Work-Life Balance

Mary Ellen Power, April 9, 2015
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Many courts have been working to implement electronic records management processes in an effort to reduce the costs and complexity that come with paper documents. This movement has a huge impact on lawyers, but some legal experts may want to stick with the work methods that they know rather than deal with the change. As such, there are many lawyers who have had an opportunity to switch over to electronic signature software and similar tools that promote digital records management, but haven't for one reason or another.

In many cases, the problem that people have with e-signature technology is a matter of perception. They are worried about how the change will impact them, whether the solutions really will hold up in court - even though they have in many cases over more than a decade - and if the technology will be reliable when they need it. These concerns have been overcome through years of maturation in the e-signature sector, and it is time for lawyers to get on board. The result is a situation in which electronic signatures can promote more efficient operations. One major advantage of this functionality is the ability to improve your work-life balance.

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Using e-signatures to improve work-life balance
Let's face it, legal professionals don't exactly have an easy time getting out of the office. They often need to file briefs on extremely rigid schedules so they can get them packaged and mailed/faxed to courts while post and court offices are open. This leaves many lawyers working late so they can be sure to have documents ready within normal work hours the next day, only to recycle the process. E-signature technologies open the door to electronic brief filing, meaning you can send a brief in during normal work hours or at two in the morning if you need to. Suddenly, you have the freedom to leave the office a little early to be with your kids and work later in the evening to file your brief, all without sacrificing timeliness.

Creating a flexible operational environment
The example of filing briefs is just one area where lawyers can improve flexibility through e-signature technology. The solution can make it easier to document billable hours, engage with clients, sign a variety of contract types without in-person meetings and work from diverse device types. The resulting operational environment is much more flexible and adaptable than what most lawyers are used to, giving them the freedom to fine tune the way they work to better balance their work-life priorities.