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The Cloud is Your Protector During Hurricane Season

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.

When devastating events occur, there is always a lesson to be learned. In this case, it’s important to prepare and plan for potential disaster threats that can appear at a moment’s notice. About 40% of businesses don’t reopen after a disaster due to unpreparedness. Creating a business continuity plan with steps to recover after a disaster will help your firm bounce back and have a functioning workplace to come back to.

There has never been a better reason to move over to the cloud. The cloud allows you to store and access your critical information on a network of servers hosted on the Internet rather than a local server. In times of disaster, the cloud will deliver a quicker recovery of important information. Using a cloud-based practice management application like Zola Suite will allow you to run all aspects of your firm from any location at any time, even when the weather is not on your side. Moving to a paperless office will save you time, money, and provide peace of mind for your clients. Your firm is worth protecting so it’s time to make that next step and go paperless.

The benefits of moving to the cloud:

  1. Accessibility: Through the cloud, you can access your firm’s files from any location, at any time, using any device, even if you can’t return to your office.
  2. No office storage needed: You no longer have to store physical paper files or make room for servers, creating less clutter in your office. In case of an accident, you won’t have to worry that your physical files will be lost or damaged or your servers will be destroyed, because everything is accessible online.
  3. Cost-effective: Unlimited data storage in the cloud not only saves money previously spent on servers and back-up, but in many cases, also eliminates the need for IT support.
  4. Data security and recovery: If you rely on your personal computer for storage of all of your legal documents, damage to your computer can be detrimental. With the cloud, you will have peace of mind knowing that all of your information is safely stored and if one server goes down, there are connecting servers that will maintain hosting for easy recovery.

Zola Suite has everything you need to manage your practice in one secure platform. Your firm can easily store documents, take your practice on the go using our native mobile apps, and communicate and collaborate with legal staff and clients to discuss the next steps towards recovery. Schedule a free demo today.

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