Paralegals provide an invaluable service to their attorney and every attorney depends on a good paralegal for his or her success. Don’t be the paralegal that crumbles and fails due to lack of knowledge of the most productive resources available to perform your job. Learn successful secrets of the trade to help your attorney win every case he or she takes to trial or settles.
A good paralegal loves their job and the firm where they work. A surefire way to keep that continuity flowing is to improve your skills thereby enhancing your boss's skill set and image. Gathering information, evidence, and documentation in any lawsuit is a crucial step in delivering a compelling case for your attorney to try or settle. Law firm economics dictates that it's more feasible to settle a case at mediation than to take it all the way to trial. Here are 3 tech skills and tools that will help you move toward that goal with every case you handle:
- Embrace the Cloud. Collect evidence and share data efficiently in order to save time, expense and build a credible and solid claim. Cloud services such as FTP and Dropbox are essential tools to learn. They can manage all types of files for you, whether paper, image or video, making them available to you or your attorney at a moment's notice. They are also accessible from any tablet or computer with internet access and are ideal for communicating visually the facts of your liability and damages of your case to your experts.
- Use File Converters and Thumb Drives. These are handy tools that will both become your next best friends in litigation. With file converters and thumb drives you can access pics, video and other information from your clients' cellphones and computers and download them as readable files for use as evidence.
- Skype is Powerful and User-Friendly. Skype can be implemented to interview witnesses or pertinent people to the client or case. Utilizing Skype with a screen capture program will allow to record and store the footage which may be used later in a mediation or settlement conference.
Knowledge is power. Having the skills to outsmart the other side at mediation is influential and demands attention. Show your boss that you have the right techniques as a skillful paralegal and your success will surmount.