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Why should you use calendaring software to meet court deadlines? One word: malpractice.
Here are a couple more: insurance rates. Here's a whole phrase: peace of mind. However you want to say it, it should go without saying.
A calendaring system can save your professional life. Here are more reasons to use calendaring software for court deadlines:
If you have a paper calendar, good; software is better; cloud-based is best. Court-rules calendaring makes the electronic calendars uber-best.
"This calendar feature automatically applies the court rules and statutory deadlines of specific jurisdictions to the due dates of a particular matter at the start of a case," writes Nicole Black for the ABA Journal. "No need to manually enter deadlines: Rules-based calendaring systems do this for you."
Black says all calendaring software will soon be cloud-based, so it's time to get up there. She says "even the most traditional software providers" are moving their products to the cloud.
Cloud-based systems offer certain benefits over ground-bound networks. When courts change rules, for example, cloud servers follow so users don't have to download them.
Missing court deadlines is among the top reasons for malpractice claims. That is reason enough to improve a calendaring system.
But if you are not ready to buy more software, make sure to use what you have -- just better. One stand-alone calendar, for example, is better than three that are not synced.
Of course, every lawyer should have a back-up system. Paper calendars still work, but cloud-based calendars do that, too.