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In recent years the legal workflow has grown malleable, gradually overcoming resistance from practitioners set on an hourly billing model at increasing odds with modern practices. Case management can be a particularly contentious area for billing, with clients expecting more services, faster and at a lower cost, while lawyers are faced with the reality of ensuring that an ideal outcome is met.

Aligning these two goals is the primary challenge of legal technology providers, and the latest in those pushing for better case management is Aderant. Known for its practice management software Aderant Expert, the company recently released Expert Case, an effort to help the modern law firm embrace alternative fee arrangements through four pillars: adaptability, collaboration, automation and mobility.

As of late, automation has played an increasingly important role in legal technology efforts, surfacing in everything from legal research to e-discovery. Automation technology is even being applied to risk prevention, and many companies providing automation are getting attention in legal technology by marketing their solutions as artificial intelligence.

Legaltech News caught up with Aderant product manager Michael Clavell to discuss how automation factors into modern case management. He said that there is efficiency to “immediately” be gained via “automating things like creating documents or assigning out tasks to a case,” and doing so takes “a fraction of the time” spent undertaking those tasks manually. He also noted that automation reduces risk.

“In the example of automating the document creation through document assembly, you are ensuring you are getting correct information on your pleadings, letters, contracts and other important documents each time, and they are going out in the correct format,” Clavell explained.

Aderant looks to take this philosophy of simplification a step further by using its platform to promote the lawyers, not IT, in building its automation processes. Automation, in Clavell’s view, further helps law firms capitalize on demands for alternative fee arrangements, as it allows a degree of predictability to “the amount of time needed to complete” a case, “which allows them to offer competitive pricing while maintaining their profit margins.”

Aderant isn’t the only provider automating case management tasks. Also available on the market is AbacusLaw, Actionstep, and Smokeball.

One pillar of Expert Case making waves in legal technology in particular is mobility. With the software, mobile functionality is designed into the platform, available as a native mobile application from which users access workflows worked on through different devices.

Mobile technology, Clavell said, allows lawyers “to update their clients on the status of their case while sitting in their office, access important information needed during a trial, and even allows them to be able to connect in from home when trying to catch up on their work.”

The platform, which is built on Aderant Expert Financial, centralizes financial case information, such as case filings, discovery, and relevant documents, for legal teams to work at in tandem. The software functions as an on-premise platform, but it can also be hosted through such cloud providers as Azure.

In recent years the legal workflow has grown malleable, gradually overcoming resistance from practitioners set on an hourly billing model at increasing odds with modern practices. Case management can be a particularly contentious area for billing, with clients expecting more services, faster and at a lower cost, while lawyers are faced with the reality of ensuring that an ideal outcome is met.

Aligning these two goals is the primary challenge of legal technology providers, and the latest in those pushing for better case management is Aderant. Known for its practice management software Aderant Expert, the company recently released Expert Case, an effort to help the modern law firm embrace alternative fee arrangements through four pillars: adaptability, collaboration, automation and mobility.

As of late, automation has played an increasingly important role in legal technology efforts, surfacing in everything from legal research to e-discovery. Automation technology is even being applied to risk prevention, and many companies providing automation are getting attention in legal technology by marketing their solutions as artificial intelligence.

Legaltech News caught up with Aderant product manager Michael Clavell to discuss how automation factors into modern case management. He said that there is efficiency to “immediately” be gained via “automating things like creating documents or assigning out tasks to a case,” and doing so takes “a fraction of the time” spent undertaking those tasks manually. He also noted that automation reduces risk.

“In the example of automating the document creation through document assembly, you are ensuring you are getting correct information on your pleadings, letters, contracts and other important documents each time, and they are going out in the correct format,” Clavell explained.

Aderant looks to take this philosophy of simplification a step further by using its platform to promote the lawyers, not IT, in building its automation processes. Automation, in Clavell’s view, further helps law firms capitalize on demands for alternative fee arrangements, as it allows a degree of predictability to “the amount of time needed to complete” a case, “which allows them to offer competitive pricing while maintaining their profit margins.”

Aderant isn’t the only provider automating case management tasks. Also available on the market is AbacusLaw, Actionstep, and Smokeball.

One pillar of Expert Case making waves in legal technology in particular is mobility. With the software, mobile functionality is designed into the platform, available as a native mobile application from which users access workflows worked on through different devices.

Mobile technology, Clavell said, allows lawyers “to update their clients on the status of their case while sitting in their office, access important information needed during a trial, and even allows them to be able to connect in from home when trying to catch up on their work.”

The platform, which is built on Aderant Expert Financial, centralizes financial case information, such as case filings, discovery, and relevant documents, for legal teams to work at in tandem. The software functions as an on-premise platform, but it can also be hosted through such cloud providers as Azure.