5 Benefits for Virtual Law Practice

  1. Increased flexibility of when or where attorney works
  2. Greater efficiency leading to reduced costs to client
  3. Allows for documents to be transferred between attorney and client faster
  4. Clients may be more open talking to an attorney from the comfort of their home, rather than in an office setting
  5. Clients with medical conditions can be better served than requiring them to come to an office

5 Negative Aspects of a Virtual Law Practice
  1. The possibliliy of data or other information being compromised (hackers, theft of laptop, etc.)
  2. Some clients may not be comfortable with only conducting business through the internet (prefer to meet face to face with attorney)
  3. The possibility that a few bad actors in the area of Virtual Law practice could stigmatize the field
  4. Increased reliance on technology which sometimes fails
  5. Some attorney prefer to work with hard copies of documents rather than looking at digital images

Definitions:

From Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_law_firm
A virtual law firm is a group of lawyers with diverse expertise that are banded together through technological means to provide a suite of services to its clients.

From an article by Joe Kashi entitled "Building a Virtual Law Firm: Changing Opportunities"
http://apps.americanbar.org/lpm/lpt/articles/ftr01042.html

  1. Has a stable core group of attorneys;
  2. Has established collaborative relationships with other, specialized law firms that possess expertise that’s occasionally needed;
  3. Is glued together with appropriate computer and telecommunications technology; and,
  4. Expands and reduces personnel as needed.

From an article by Jay Fleischman entitled "Death of the Virtual Law Firm"
http://www.legalpracticepro.com/death-to-virtual-law-firm/

Virtual does not mean “a law firm operated online.” It means, strictly speaking, “kind of , sort of a law firm.” And though the techno-geeks among us are happy to call it a “virtual law firm,” let’s think about what clients hear when those words are uttered. They hear that their lawyer is operating something less than a real law firm.