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When office tech starts to show signs of aging, slowing, or becoming obsolete, law offices are often reluctant to upgrade. After all, office tech is not a cost that can be passed through to clients, and it can be rather difficult to convince yourself that spending money on tech is a good idea when the old tech is still (technically) working.
But then, sometimes, you just need an excuse. And well, if that's the case, below are five of the top excuses to upgrade.
1. New Tech to Impress
Having the latest and greatest tech will often impress potential clients. While lawyers are expected to know the law, when we can show clients that we are proficient with technology too, it tends to impress.
2. Is It on Sale?
Getting a good price on an upgrade can often make upgrading early easily justifiable. When it comes to tech around the office, if you can score a good deal, it might be hard to justify not upgrading since a good sale price can often make it a good purchase for your office's bottom line.
3. Blame It on the Dog!
Hopefully you never have to deal with a dog using a computer for a commode, but tech does get damaged or worn out or thrown off bridges or out of windows. Making matters worse, if you wait until the piece of tech you want to upgrade fails, then you may have to pay someone more in order to extract data from a failed device, or deal with a period of time where a piece of necessary tech is unavailable.
4. Faster Tech Makes More Money
If you upgrade your tech, you'll likely spend less time waiting for your tech to work, or be able to work faster thanks to the upgraded processors, peripherals, other hardware, or even just upgraded software. That means you can spend that extra time making more money.
5. Protection From Future Robot Lawyer Overlords
When the AI legal tech revolution comes, you'll probably regret not upgrading as competing against our future robot lawyer overlords will likely require using high powered AI legal software. However, in the meantime, you probably just want to consider picking up some new, or necessary, peripherals to get a head start on increasing your efficiency.
Protip: Never confuse upgrading with updating. If you don't update the software on your tech, you are failing at cybersecurity.