For many legal businesses, automation may feel like a harder-said-than-done proposition. However, a substantial number of repetitive, rule-based activities are ideal for automatization which allows attorneys to focus on client facing work and other strategic tasks that generate revenue.

The advantages of automatizing legal practice are clear – allowing attorneys to perform the tasks they were trained to do offering a better client experience and reducing the chance of human error. What may not be as evident is the cost savings that are achievable.

In an age where overheads for staffing and other costs are always a challenge Automating one process could mean avoiding the need to add legal team members. This can aid a small or solo company remain competitive with the same budget as bigger competitors.

One of the best examples is document automation. Rather than spending hours in meetings and e-mailing documents back and back, legal teams can create and store templates for regular documents such as NDAs, employment documents or privacy compliance documentation. Once a template has been made, coworkers can self-serve to create the document without the need for a legal team. This translates into faster turnaround times for clients and less rework on part of legal teams.

Automating a workflow can provide all legal professionals with the tools they require to succeed and improve their efficiency. If you’re unsure of where to begin, you can keep each day’s log for the week. This will help you identify tasks that can be automated. From there, research technology tools that can ease the workload of these tasks and implement them slowly, so as not to disrupt your day-to-day work.