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Are you Fully Paperless?

by Carolyn Elefant on May 21, 2006 · 4 comments

in Law Practice Management, Solo Practice Trends

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There’s a discussion at Evan Schaeffer’sIllinois Trial Practice Blog over the feasibility of a fully paperless office.  Evan admits, and many commenters agree, that he has some difficulty relying exclusively on electronic documents, particularly when he’s trying to get up to speed on a new, paper-laden matter.

What do you think?  Do you still print out documents to read them – or are you fully adept at absorbing material on screen?

  • http://www.traverselegal.com Enrico Schaefer

    I agree with the pervasive commentary that paperless is a myth. The point is not to go paperless. It is to go digital. We scan everything. But we still print and recycle all the time. The key is not that we don’t use paper. The key is that we have access to the entire file 24×7. The benefits include making that digital file available to our virtual workers and clients through our extranet and VPN. The most important driver is information access.

  • http://www.traverselegal.com Enrico Schaefer

    I agree with the pervasive commentary that paperless is a myth. The point is not to go paperless. It is to go digital. We scan everything. But we still print and recycle all the time. The key is not that we don’t use paper. The key is that we have access to the entire file 24×7. The benefits include making that digital file available to our virtual workers and clients through our extranet and VPN. The most important driver is information access.

  • http://www.tadthomas.com Tad Thomas

    I agree. My goal has always been to go paper”less” not totally without. For those of us who like to work out of the office having the entire file at your fingertips 24/7 is a tremendous advantage.

  • http://www.tadthomas.com Tad Thomas

    I agree. My goal has always been to go paper”less” not totally without. For those of us who like to work out of the office having the entire file at your fingertips 24/7 is a tremendous advantage.

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