It is no secret that I am a big fan of being paperless. I strongly believe that it is the most important thing that attorneys can do to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their practices.
One of the real benefits of being paperless, especially when combined with using cloud-based tools, is that it allows me to function in a method of what I call location independence.
In my mind, being location independent means that I can practice wherever I happen to be. When you have a paper file, server based software, and a desktop computer, that generally means that you can generally only effectively practice where those things are located.
For me, however, all my files are digital, my computer is a Microsoft Surface that can travel with me anywhere, my documents are on both my computer and in the cloud, and my time and billing/practice management software is cloud based. This means that as long as I have my computer I can practice law. This is true whether I am in the office, at home, or somewhere else.
In a time when were are strongly encouraged to go out less, I am happy to note that I can easily work from home with no disruption in my practice.
If you are one of those people who have to be at the office in order to get work done, think about how you change that so that, this time next your, your practice can be location independent.