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Video Conferencing Is Changing the Legal Profession

Video conferencing has surged over the past four to six weeks. The enforced remote work practices that most businesses were forced to enact have likely changed the way we do business forever. The efficiency of video conferencing has become clear to many businesses that previously didn't utilize it regularly.  Many tech-savvy law firms have employed video conferencing to some degree, but it is one business sector that has more to gain than most by using technology to save time and money. Collaboration is essential in the legal profession. Whether it's communicating and preparing with clients, to working with co-workers or expert witnesses, fluid communication is necessary to be successful in every case. High-quality video displays and videoconferencing tools allow attorneys to present a professional method of collaborating and increase your billable hours by cutting down on travel time. 

The Efficiencies of Video Conferencing in the Legal Profession

Cutting down on travel time is only one of the benefits firms can chalk up to video conferencing.  
  • By using high-quality videoconferencing rather than a simple phone call, you get more "face to face" time with clients and you can build a stronger relationship.
  • Recording depositions via videoconference gives you the ability to preserve both inflection and facial expression, making the deposition for authentic.
  • Video conferencing cuts out the need for you to spend money on a professional videographer.
  • Present a more impressive "expert witness" experience if your expert has to be present via video. You can bring your high-quality digital whiteboard right into the courtroom.
  • Work with the opposing counsel in a format built for collaboration and recording of interactions. For example, an attorney working on a parenting plan can use apps like Microsoft Teams and the Sharp Digital Aquos board to document client input.
  • Remote notarization is now not only allowed but mandatory for certain professions (Real Estate is an example) in the state of Florida. Videoconferencing makes this simple.
  • Videoconferencing can help develop internal collaboration and teamwork. Large firms with offices in different cities and even different countries can use videoconferencing to bring attorneys from different offices together more regularly and more effectively.

Digital Whiteboards and Client Collaboration

The powerhouse of Microsoft Teams and a Sharp Digital whiteboard allows any participant who has the use of a touchscreen device, including a mobile phone, to interact with documents during a video conference. Microsoft Teams also allows you to store these documents in a client channel, in the cloud, so that keeping your documents organized is simplified. This means that clients do not need to travel to your place of work to participate in planning meetings. Scheduling meetings is simple, even if your participants don't have Teams. You simply go into the calendar and email an invitation. The new Windows Collaboration display by Sharp takes videoconferencing to a higher quality, simpler level. The first display of its kind built to collaborate with the windows platform, integration of your existing applications is seamless. Built with IoT sensors, the Windows collaboration display works with Microsoft Azure Digital Twins to optimize your smart meeting room collaboration.  If you’d like more information and Sharp’s Windows collaboration display and how it can improve your meetings, or to schedule a demo of the display, please reach out.