The future is now?

Law Technology News predicts in the article 'The future is now?' by Michael Mills that the use of document assembly (a.k.a., document automation, document modeling, computer-aided drafting), that has so long been talked about as the future of law practice, is now actually here to stay.  "Solid stories of success abound - from law firms as well as clients."

The March 2010 "Client Advisory" from Hilde-brandt Baker Robbins and Citi Private Bank reinforces the common wisdom that clients are insisting on efficiencies and cost effectiveness in the delivery of legal services. That requires new models and the use of sophisticated technologies - and "may well force a redefinition of commodity work and underscore the importance of all firms (including high-end ones) being able to deliver more standardized work products along with their more specialized services," asserts the report."

But "Keep in mind that, despite ever-better tools, document assembly is legal work and is not easy ." As legal technologist Richard Susskind wrote, "It is entirely misconceived to think, as many lawyers do, that work on standards and systems can be delegated to junior research or support lawyers. If a legal business is going to trade on the strength of outstanding standards and systems, then it will need outstanding lawyers involved in their design and development."


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