If you are like most law firms, you have a room dedicated to boxes and boxes of case files and in many instances, off-site document storage, where recurring monthly fees cut into your firm’s profits. These files are the backbone of your law firm’s intelligence and livelihood. So, why are you leaving a critical aspect of your businesses at risk and reducing your profits? 

Below are three reasons why you should make your law firm’s case files electric—and ditch the law firm file room and off-site storage.

 

  1. Your client’s information is not secure. 

Access to sensitive legal documents and client information is difficult to manage with confidence when working with paper files. With compliance standards evolving at a rapid pace for all industries, including law firms, ensuring access to documents and files is secure and tracked is escalating in importance for your business and your clients. When case files are only manually maintained—and shipped off-site for storage—confidentiality can never truly be guaranteed.

 

  1. Paper files are not backed up for disaster recovery.

When disaster strikes your business (or your off-site document storage facility) without warning, you will not have time to rescue those boxes of paper files from fire, flood, tornado or even a leaky roof or burst water pipe. Duplicate copies in multiple file cabinets simply will not protect you from losing business critical data. Paper files put your law firm at risk of being unarmed with client files, evidence and data needed to win your case.

 

  1. Information is not accessible outside of your office.

Your legal case is moving at the speed of modern, mobile business and you must ensure that you are armed with evidence in your law office, at your client’s office or—most importantly—in the courtroom at all times. Paper files are not accessible anywhere other than in the legal file room. Digital files can be accessed and managed from anywhere, at anytime, securely.

 

  1. Off-site storage fees & real estate for filing cabinets is eroding your profits.

Last, but not least, you are operating a business for profit. Recurring monthly fees for off-site storage add up quickly, as does the cost per square foot on the lease for your law office. Digitizing files is less expensive and will help boost your bottom line for the long-term.

 

Many cost-effective document management software tools exist today that allow you to scan old case files, store, retrieve, manage and share those documents electronically, from anywhere at anytime. This allows you to secure your law firm’s client data, ensure case files are backed up for disaster recovery and you have the information available to win your case—anytime, anywhere.

 

Don’t wait! Learn about electronic document management of case files, ditch your legal file room AND off-site document storage.

 

Jason Stringer, Account Sales Representative, IT Services

Jason champions productivity and efficiency through integrating hardware and software solutions into workflows helping customers solve business challenges. Studying Business Administration, Jason attended Calhoun Community College. He is based out of the Huntsville, Alabama office.

 

 

Booths are being planned, collateral developed and promotional items ordered. Tradeshow season is upon us and many vendors are brainstorming strategies to capture the attention of event attendees, get recognition and drive engagement with their brand. As flash drives, ink pens and Frisbees are flying around the tradeshow floor, it can be difficult to stand out with promotional items. The bigger the tradeshow, the more difficult this can be for exhibitors.

 

One strategy to earn visibility and brand impressions is to root your brand into the tradeshow or event fundamentals by requesting sponsorship of key promotional items that will be attached to every event attendee.

 

Below are two key items to consider sponsoring:

 

  1. Tote Bags

Lots of exhibitors typically leads to lots of materials to tote around the showroom floor. Most events provide an event-sponsored tote bag for the convenience of attendees to collect collateral, promotional items and other information. It’s common to see these bags being carried at events and then being used to carry materials back home. Bag options range from various plastics to various cloth materials to meet every budget and allow for many printing options, including full color graphics.

  1. Lanyards

Admission to networking, nametags and tickets are frequently displayed via lanyards that hang from the neck of every tradeshow attendee. These items typically have fabric that can be imprinted with a logo as well as a plastic vessel to hold nametags, that can also be imprinted.

 

Those are two ways to attach your brand to tradeshow attendees to ensure you are getting the most brand impression for your sponsorship dollars. Let us help you select promotional items and other needs to support your brand’s tradeshow presence.

 

Scott McCormick, Printing Division Sales Manager

Scott manages the print sales team and provides valuable service to our clients requiring outsourced printing and promotional items. He joined RJ Young in 2012 and has been in the industry for 16 yrs. Scott is originally from Fairview, TN and works out of our Nashville, TN office. In his spare time, he volunteers for multiple charitable organizations in the Nashville area.

 

 

“Only 16 percent of organizations use a document management system for tax work.”— Business Finance

 

Alarming statistic considering the amount of important and sensitive information required for tax returns. Despite the three extra days this year to gather your paperwork, the countdown is on to Tax Day (April 18). Document management systems are key to productivity and efficiency, which is especially needed during the crunch-time of tax season.

 

3 Ways to Simplify Tax Time with Document Management

 

  1. Digital Documents

Don’t lose key documentation for deductions, scan paper documents and receipts to turn tax files into digital documents. Lost documents and receipts are costing you money. Organize documents and reduce clutter. Shed in an organized digital filing system to reduce losing critical information.

 

  1. Document Retrieval

Create a digital filing system for easy access. Find, share & edit tax documents using keyword searches/search by keywords, file type, etc.

 

  1. Security

Sensitive tax documents are secure. Electronic storage system always keeps documents backed up in the event of a disaster. Electronic storage systems help protect sensitive data and keep confidential financial documents, confidential.

 

Don’t waste valuable time and money searching for misplaced or lost tax documents. Transition paper documents into electronic information. Using a document management system not only simplifies tax time, but also helps to stay organized, increases productivity and efficiency and keeps important documents secure for every aspect of your office.

 

Mark Turner, Director of Software Services

Mark Turner brings a wealth of experience in document software systems to his position as Director of Software sales for RJ Young. Mark helps clients be more successful in their businesses through document management, workflow automation and software systems to streamline the transfer of document information.

 

 

A multifunctional pocket tool, or survival knife as it’s commonly called, is critical for those navigating the great outdoors. It’s a compact, sturdy tool that allows you to cut items, fish for food and even start a fire. It is small but mighty.

Producing paper files, making copies, Bates stamping, scanning case files into electronic document management and case management systems, these are all functions of your copying and printing devices that are critical to productivity—or survival—in your law office. Like a nature survivalist, you only have so much space and capacity for technology in your office and in your budget. You need to select a multifunctional and robust copier or printer to power your business.

 Five tips to ensure you are selecting the best multifunctional copier or printer for your firm: 

  1. Speed of Output

Selecting a multifunctional copying and printing device that can keep pace printing quality documents with the high volume output of your firm is important. High-speed printing, of various paper sizes, is imperative for printing and copying large case files and timely legal documents to meet deadlines. Review options with your provider carefully. We typically recommend a copier/multifunctional printer to output at least 80-pages per minute for a law firm. 

  1. Scanning Capacity & Speed

Case files and legal documents, including evidence files, are sometimes large, and your time is valuable. Ensure the capacity of the scanning functionality is robust enough to handle large scanning jobs for legal files, while not compromising the print speed. Additionally, with appropriate software functionality, you can reduce steps and streamline the process of scanning paper files to document management systems. 

  1. Document Management Software Interface

The ability to convert case files to electronic files and send to electronic document management systems is key to ensuring your law firm has access to critical client information and that case files are secured and backed up. Options exist for all law firm sizes and budgets to implement electronic document management systems connected to their multifunctional copier and printer. 

  1. Compliance Standards

Compliance regulations are rapidly evolving, making it critical that your copiers and printers are helping you meet requirements versus becoming a liability due to the sensitive information passing through them each day. On-device output management software can help reduce risks of abandoned document information. Additionally, ensuring your device hard drive is secure or erased is critical. This is important for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance when handling medical information, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) compliance for residential real estate transactions and the list goes on and on… 

  1. Reduce Costs of Document Storage

Case files take up a lot of space, often requiring off-site storage, which comes with hefty monthly fees. Many law firms simply lose track of how much they are spending on off-site document storage. With multifunctional copiers and printing devices capable of scanning and sending sizable files to document management systems, you can say good-bye to off-site storage facilities and the associated costs—adding profit to the bottom line of your law firm. 

Don’t let your law firm get lost in a jungle of paper. Select a robust—and mighty—multifunctional copier and printer to serve as a secure and efficient hub of your document workflow system. Contact an expert to help explore options that are best tailored to your law firm.

Jason Stringer, Sales Representative, IT Services

Jason champions productivity and efficiency through integrating hardware and software solutions into workflows helping customers solve business challenges. Studying Business Administration, Jason attended Calhoun Community College. He is based out of the Huntsville, Alabama office. 

What is phishing?

Phishing is a common type of email scam designed to trick you into disclosing your personal or financial information for the purpose of financial fraud or identity theft.

Most recently numerous organizations have been victimized by a form of business email compromise. The individual in your organization who typically handles tax information (W2s) for your employees will receive an email from a cyber criminal impersonating the CEO or other executive level employee. The email appears to be from the CEO, and states the following1:

 


Subject: SALARY REVIEW

Hello

Kindly send me the 2015 W-2 (PDF) of our company staff for a quick review

Thanks


 

Numerous employees have followed instruction and replied by sending PDF containing sensitive employee information, including names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers. Thinking information was being sent to the company CEO, it was instead sent to the cyber criminal for identity theft. Even if employee information is not listed on your corporate website, cyber criminals are finding information from social media platforms—such as LinkedIn—to spoof email addresses.

Educate your employees against the dangers of phishing emails and cyber crimes because once your information has been compromised, it’s virtually impossible to retrieve.

 

 

1 Source: Scott Augenbaum, Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Email Notification 3/10/16

 

James Walker, Regional Director of Managed IT Services

James oversees the Chattanooga, Nashville and Huntsville markets of our managed IT Services department. In his role he manages service delivery and support of engineers in all regions, does security and compliance auditing, and works with businesses in network design, implementation and troubleshooting. He has been in the technology industry for over 24 years. James is originally from Boston, MA and works out of our Chattanooga office. He joined RJ Young in January 2013 through the acquisition of his previous company, Preferred Computers, Inc.