Remote Depositions and Consultations: Why Every Attorney Should Be Using Them

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In the uncertain world we live in, even legal work has turned remote. Many legal events– be it a court date or a deposition– require legal teams that would be too dangerous to meet in at this time. Though it may not be something anyone would like to do, it is a crucial step that all professionals must take in order to keep themselves, their clients, and their families safe during a global pandemic.

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In the year 2020, we have a variety of great technology that keeps us connected to our jobs without having to leave the safety of our homes. This allows attorneys and other legal professionals to continue the course of law without having to gather in large groups. Across the country, court reporting companies are stepping up to offer remote deposition services– an extension of legal video services that so many already offered.

Remote depositions have similarities with videoconferencing services. Videoconferences save attorneys the struggle from expensive, time consuming travel that often comes with legal services. For example, Anderson Reporting of Columbus, Ohio allows Columbus (and other nearby) attorneys to connect with teams from the comfort of their office. A video conference at Anderson’s office grants clients the comfort of knowing they have high-speed WiFi, top-tier technology, multi-site coordination, and other office services. For Ohio attorneys, meeting with a legal team has never been easier.

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When government restrictions began popping up, Anderson Reporting decided to focus more on remote depositions.

“…We understand that many attorneys, paralegals, and their clients may not want to leave their homes to avoid possible infection,” President Gayle Anderson says. “Our staff at Anderson Reporting is proud of offer remote deposition services. Our utilized technology allows to continue the progress of your case from the comfort of your own home.

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In the surface, remote depositions aren’t too different from videoconferencing services. The major change between the two is the fact that it is entirely online. When a client books a remote deposition service through Anderson Reporting, they can expect crisp audio and visuals, video and text options, and Anderson’s top-tier court reporting professionals all from the comfort of their home. The staff works closely with their clients to ensure that the videoconferencing service runs smoothly for all participants of the remote deposition.

For attorneys, these remote services are a life-saver. Without them, their cases would come to a screeching halt– something the world of law can’t afford. Those who hire the services of attorneys need results for their legal needs, which is especially crucial when one’s finances and/or livelihood is at stake. Remote depositions allow attorneys to keep their work moving.

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But legal needs aren’t stopping simply because of a virus. People everywhere still need legal services, some even more than before. As a result, many attorneys offer remote consultations to get their clients in the figurative door.

“Now more than ever, it is important to have your legal and financial obligations secure and under control,” West Palm Beach elder law attorney, Mark Shalloway, says.

Fields such as elder law are more important than one may consider during these times. Though topics such as asset protection, living trust, and last will and testament are scary ones, they are important during a global pandemic. In a place where over 20 percent of the population is comprised of elders, these areas of practice are particularly important. It is crucial that elder law attorneys still be able to provide their services to the elder community and their families.

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Remote consultations help lift the uncertainty from clients’ shoulders. Many firms, such as Shalloway & Shalloway, for example, allow new clients to connect with the attorneys at this elder law firm via phone or video call. These remote depositions allow clients the satisfaction of getting the information they need for an attorney they can trust, all from the comfort of their home/

These remote services give clients something that is increasingly hard to come by these days: peace of mind. Clients can get the legal support they need without having to worry about risk of infection. Attorneys, court reporters, and other legal professionals can provide their expertise without having to worry about their families’, or their own, welfare.

Even past the virus, this resource is great for those whose disabilities make it difficult to go to a physical office location. Once the world returns to some semblance of normal, remote resources will likely continue to be a valuable resource for those who need them.

How Law Firms are Using Social Media to Reach Their Clients

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Nowadays, there are few people who don’t have at least one social media account. From Facebook, to Twitter, to Reddit, to Tumblr, it almost seems like we can’t avoid it—and many of us don’t. The little computers in our pockets keep us updated on our friends, family, favorite celebrities, local events of interest, and so much more.

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In this day and age, the biggest mistake a law firm can make is veering away from the bandwagon and not establishing an online presence. Instead of picking up the phone and calling the business to learn more about their services, many opt to a quick Google search. If a firm doesn’t at the very least have a well-designed, easy to use website, potential clients turn the other way. It doesn’t matter how brilliant the staff is or how long the firm has been open. Clients don’t want to search for proof of excellence, they want it evident.

West Palm Beach elder law attorney, Mark Shalloway, not only understands this concept, but fully embraces it. With just a few clicks of a button, potential clients can find information on Shalloway and reviews of his firm, Shalloway & Shalloway. His easy to access website presents clients with information on the firm, its staff, its reputation, and any updates involving the area of practice that is elder law. The website presents information in a concise manner that is incredibly valuable to the busy professional of the 21-century.

But hosting a great website is only half the battle. It is essential that firms push their names into the public. Many turn to radio or television commercials, and that is just fine, but there is a great alternative that saves time, money, and is used by billions of people every day—social media.

The staff at Shalloway & Shalloway run a successful Facebook page. With a large number of followers, the firm’s attorneys can easily connect to potential clients. Running a social media account allows them to share updates as they come. When the firm moved locations about a year ago, they were able to keep clients posted on the process, the location, and anything else involving the move b ecause of their Facebook page.

Having one (or multiple) social media accounts allows the faceless attorneys of a firm to become humanized.

“There is intimidation and fear with booking with lawyer,” Mark Shalloway says. “If referred by someone else, that is a helpful resource, but if they need an elder law attorney, there is a lot of worry and fear.”

A vast majority of people have skewed images of lawyers, but having a presence on social media has allowed the staff at Shalloway & Shalloway paint themselves in the light they want to be painted, thus fostering better client relationships.

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Social media is not only great for public image, but for generating business. When you follow a page, its posts appear on your timeline, keeping the company in your radar. By having a readily used social media, clients will remember the firm, and come back to whenever the need arises. With their Facebook page alone, Shalloway & Shalloway has seen an increase in business, and other firms should certainly take heed.

For more information on the firm, visit their website, their Facebook page, or their offices.

1400 Centrepark Blvd, Suite #600, West Palm Beach, FL 33401