About: Sarah Minischetti
- Sarah is our Social Media Marketing Manager at Zola Media. She is in charge of managing and creating content for all of Zola’s internal social media platforms, as well as assisting with client platforms.
As a complete cloud-based solution, Zola Suite allows you to access your firm’s data from any device with internet access whether you’re in the office, courtroom or at home. Using Zola Suite’s native iOS and Android apps, you can keep track of upcoming meetings and appointments, retrieve contact information and initiate calls, add or edit tasks, and access matter-related documents all on the go. You can even track time while you’re out of the office so you don’t miss a beat.
Over the past week, we’ve spoken with dozens of firms who are reliant on server-based practice management solutions. Many are grappling with how to best navigate these uncertain times. How can they serve their clients while keeping employees safe when they are tethered to legacy systems for matter-related data? Remote work just isn’t an option.
We know this pandemic will last at least a few weeks, but it may ultimately span months. Without the option for remote work, we know firms, and clients, will suffer tremendous losses. We want to help.
This week, our team is heading to Chicago for ABA TECHSHOW. Every year, we look forward to this event: tech-loving legal professionals, interesting sessions, and countless product announcements, all make for a wonderful three days. This year is even more special, it’s Zola Suite’s fifth anniversary! That’s right, we officially unveiled Zola Suite at TECHSHOW 2015 in a slightly warmer Chicago (the event took place in April that year).
It’s official —Zola Suite has released its NetDocuments integration!
With this new partnership, users can access documents stored within NetDocuments right from Zola Suite, eliminating the need to hop between platforms. Here’s how it works…
The New Year is the perfect time to reassess how you’ve been doing and make adjustments. Have you thought about cleaning house and moving to paperless? Running a paperless office has never been easier. With the advances in legal technology, the days of large scale cabinets filled with files in disarray are gone. Now, with law practice management software like Zola Suite, you can digitalize your entire office’s case files and communications. Going paperless will save you time, money, and add appeal for potential clients.
We can all clearly picture a lawyer that has been in practice for decades. They are trapped behind a desk piled high with client files, various documents, and correspondence long needed to be sorted and filed. They complain that they can’t ever find what they are looking for in the pile of papers they have amassed. Notes about important client meetings fall by the wayside. The dreaded end of the month comes and they have to enter their billable hours they have scrawled down on a piece of paper. These kind of lawyer problems are a thing of the past with advances in legal technology.
This year’s hurricane season has been disastrous for many people and their businesses. Those that were affected by the storm, and even those that weren’t directly in the storm’s path, experienced devastating encounters that made it difficult, if not impossible, to operate under normal conditions. “In times of need, the legal community is a crucial link in providing help to secure housing, file insurance claims, replace wills and emergency directives and other urgent legal services,” said our CEO Fred Cohen. However, in many cases, the storms made it challenging for lawyers to access files and communicate with their clients during a very vulnerable time.
The idea that legal technology could be better suited for the less tech-savvy lawyer sounds counterintuitive. The truth is that Zola Suite, next generation legal practice management software, provides lawyers who are less familiar with technology with a leg up. This is due in part to the fact that law practice management solutions streamline the use of many different legal tech tools such as accounting programs, document management systems, email, and interoffice communication systems. With legal practice management software, all of these different tech tools fall into one, more manageable program.
As lawyers, we have an ethical duty to ensure privacy for client communications. Technology hasn’t changed this, but there have been recent questions as to what steps lawyers should be expected to take to protect electronic communications. To address these issues, the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility recently released Formal Opinion 477, an update to Formal Opinion 99-413, which discusses how changes in technology use coincide with Rule 1.6 concerning client confidences.
Here at Zola, we can understand why so many legal practice management programs make grand claims of being fully integrated, all-in-one solutions. Software with capabilities to meet all your law practice management needs in one user-friendly interface is appealing. The fact of the matter is that these claims are often misleading. You end up stuck with practice management software that relies on third-party applications and integrations to meet many of your key needs. The bottom line is – you can’t be an all-in-one practice management solution if you are relying on third party applications for important functions such as email, accounting, and document management.