Thursday, August 02, 2012

A Paperless Office

I am a big champion of the concept of a paperless office - a world where the is no necessity to use paper and pen every time something needs to be recorded on a file.

Over the past few years I have been using a laptop to attempt to work without paper when I am out and about at the Magistrates Court and Crown Court. A Court environment is easy to cope with a computer and the majority of the Courts that I visit are equipped with wifi networks. Working on a paperless basis has always been a problem when it comes to working in other environments such as Police Stations or Prisons.

A major problem with working in a paperless way is getting people to sign documents that have only just been generated, such as statements, proofs, and most importantly legal aid applications.

Prisons and Police Stations are now becoming more tolerant of computers and over the next few weeks I am going to attempt to work without paper when I am out and about. I have acquired an iPad and have managed to work out how to get a Client to use the touch screen interface of the iPad to sign a document with an image of their usual signature.

I am hoping that my life can be simplified without the need to constantly record information in paper.

The only downside to my paperless working concept is that for audit purposes all the computer records that I generate have to be printed off and kept on a file!

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I, too, am championing the idea of a paperless office. I've equipped my office with an iPad for meetings and such (I have the same signature dreams as you) and I've also created a rather nice filing system on my computer for PDF files which will certainly ease the burden of trying to locate a particular file!

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There needs to be an opt in law, where you must be emailed or Txt'd documents, receipts.
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I also rarely use paper. But for written agreements paper is still needed. An important document needs physical presence.

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I have been trying to get our law firm to go paperless for years but I meet constant resistance.

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Change is one of the most difficult things to experience in any office. Hope you managed it without too many problems!

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Paperless offices have to be the way forward, especially with the advent of cloud storage such as Dropbox and collaborating on Google Docs. Let us hope!

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Has anyone actually achieved a paperless office yet. It's a non starter at our place.

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This would be a dream for me, I am swimming in paper.

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We have actually achieved this - largely. I would say that we have cut paper usage by 75% - mainly due to emailing of invoices, etc

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We should avoid wasting paper but an important document needs physical presence.

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I too agree with Jennifer. We do need to retain some paper documents and not to rely too heavily on technology.

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digital retention can fail. Paper is reliable.

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