The pandemic years have allowed legal technologies that may have once seemed futuristic— remote notarizations, blockchain prenups, and virtual court trials—to enter the mainstream, and law firms are chasing the windfall. 

As buzzy terms like the “metaverse” and “virtual reality goggles” tiptoe into everyday legal tech discourse, some experts wonder whether firms seeking to catch up with the technological evolution might benefit from a review of back-end processes like end-to-end workflow automation before jumping into more novel innovations.