The Legal Assistant
Cloud and On-Site based legal practice management software.
A modular design on top of a generic engine provides specific functionality for distinct practice areas of law such as Personal Injury and Real Estate.
Our client started with a custom database system specifically developed to aid the firm with its day-to-day routines involved in running a busy law firm. Numerous issues were raised, foremost the backend database had reached its “end of life” period with no further support from the original development company. Secondly, the system was no longer compatible with newer versions of the MS Windows operating system which meant the firm was locked into aging hardware and software.
It was clear from the beginning that a full rewrite of the software was necessary, updating the current system was out of the question. The client also wanted to take the system from their in-house solution to a marketable product they could sell to other firms as there was a clear market for such a product.
We proposed to rewrite the system from scratch, maintaining the workflows present in the legacy system and also the key features that made the original product such a powerful tool for their firm. It was clear we were going to convert the system from a desktop application restricted to Microsoft Windows, to an online web application opening up the software to multiple devices, regardless of the operating system, including mobile devices.
Our developers faced significant development challenges along the way. Users were accustomed to writing documents within Microsoft Word and this posed a significant challenge for a web application to give the same seamless functionality. However, we were able to fulfill this requirement giving the users full integration with MS Word from directly within the browser-based application. There has been no other legal product on the market that offers the same functionality.
Other key features were an absolute requirement such as :
Our team not only provided the same database management modules but many enhancements have since been made to the product which now also provides functions such as:
In addition to the development of the software, our team designed the public-facing website and any landing pages, and additionally advised and executed content strategy for marketing through the public-facing website.
Such a significant project requires many third-party services to operate together seamlessly so our team managed every aspect utilizing services such as:
A product such as this is an ongoing development since it can forever evolve as there is an endless list of potential new features that can be introduced, either with new modules catering for specific areas of law, or modifications and new features as user’s requirements also evolve. For example a recent feature we introduced to aid with the increase in employees working from home as a result of Covid 19 was integration with Zoom Meetings.
This enabled the firm’s Attorneys to meet online with other staff members and involved parties of a case without having to leave their home to attend the office in person.
Other recent integrations have been with cloud storage providers as many law firms have taken to maintaining their documents online with services such as Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, and Microsoft One Drive.