The keys to running a successful virtual law office include engaging the help of others, staying connected to technology and software and relationship building, Toronto business lawyer Dorothy Brophy says in Law Times. Read Law Times
“Just because you can go online and register a deed doesn’t mean that you should be doing real estate on your own,” Brophy, a corporate commercial lawyer who’s a sole practitioner, says in the article. “The trick is to have not just a virtual law office but a virtual law firm at your disposal and you can do that by engaging the help of other trusted practitioners to provide advice in their specialty.”
Brophy sees the business of law from two perspectives, the article explains: as a sole practitioner who left the Bay Street world behind to build her own business and as a corporate lawyer who helps other legal professionals with their businesses.
Brophy emphasizes the importance of subscribing to digital and online sources that provide up-to-date precedents and publications, the article notes, along with learning to use programs that allow the one-time input of client information as a basis for incorporating and organizing companies using proprietary management software.
"Software of this kind allows you to do the mundane tasks quickly and efficiently so that you can spend more time advising the client and structuring their business,” Brophy says in Law Times.