Thank you for visiting the Family Law Lawyer Tech & Practice blog. My name is John Harding. I am a family law lawyer practicing in Northern California. Long ago I realized that I could practice law more effectively and more efficiently (i.e., better and easier) by availing myself of the technological tools that are out there. I also learned that a successful law practice requires successful marketing. Hardware and software working together make me a better lawyer, and make my life easier. Marketing helps to bring in the business necessary for professional survival. By this blog I hope to share the tips, tricks, and technology that I have learned about so that others may benefit!
Friday, June 29, 2012
Skype in the Law Office
That got me thinking about communications within our law office. Rather than pick up the phone and intercom my colleagues I usually walk to that person's office for a fact to face. My colleagues, on the other hand, are apparently not as motivated to look at me. They either yell across the hall or call me.
We have now installed Skype on everyone's computer, and we have installed high-def webcams at everyone's desk. Right now it is as much a novelty as anything else, but it is also impressive technology. Picture quality is great, sound is great, convenience is great. Plus, it is fun to click a button and have a video call with a colleague.
There is more. I have Skype installed on my iPad, and I can now engage in video chats with my colleagues wherever I am. A wi-fi connection is not required. The regular data connection also works great. Finally, I have installed a webcam on my home office computer so that when I am working from home, face time is possible with everyone at the office.
Skype also allows for text messaging. It is the complete office intercom system. As our clients catch on to the technology I can also see having video conferences with them. Further, as a family law firm we can use our system to educate our clients about Skype for virtual visitation, which is becoming more and more popular.
Of course cost is always an issue. The high-def web cams? Less than $75 each. Skype? Free! A minor investment for impressive technology and functionality.
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