Office Automation Using Artificial Intelligence In The Legal Workflow

Herman Smith

5 minutes
Artificial intelligence revolutionizes legal practice

Aug 18, 2022 (CAPE TOWN, South Africa) — Artificial intelligence is becoming more commonplace in everyday life. There are exciting applications for AI in the field of law.

How could we tell if artificial intelligence has arrived? Most people cannot recognize examples of AI and do not understand how it can be used in law.

AI in the everyday

Sophisticated technologies like digital personal assistants, robot vacuums, adaptive cruise control, and lane assist in cars are becoming more and more commonplace. This is known as the Internet of Things (IoT). Is IoT an example of artificial intelligence or is it just a whole lot of computers like the ones we already have?

We need to know what artificial intelligence is and what it does to know how we can contextualize it and appreciate how we might be able to use it personally.

There is an important distinction. Smart devices can use AI for small convenient tasks, but powerful AI applications can do far more than was previously possible.

Artificial intelligence in smart devices

When smartphones were first able to notify their user of upcoming appointments, that was revolutionary. Before that, people had to make notes of their upcoming appointments to be certain that they were not missing out.

Today, a smartphone not only knows when your next appointment is, but it notifies you and can even inform you of the traffic conditions on the way.

AI simplifies everyday tasks

AI is how face-unlock on your phone works, even if you are not wearing your glasses today. It is how your smart speaker can pick your voice out from among all the other noises in your home. And it is how your car outperforms even your best parallel parking attempts. AI in smart devices makes everyday tasks easier.

The difference between AI in everyday life and AI in the legal workspace is in the application and impact of the technology. AI can unlock the ability to recognize things that were previously buried under heaps of data.

When searching for online information in the past, you had to read through the first page of search results before making your next move.

Today, search bars autocomplete your question before you have even finished typing. Similarly, AI can anticipate your legal needs and concentrate search results on answering your questions.

How to choose an AI tool

There are many options for AI in the legal field, with many major providers offering advanced solutions. It is important to find an AI option that can offer decision-making, action suggestions, and helpful judgment.

Typically, these kinds of applications can help you to exceed your current potential and rise above your opponents.

Examples of legal AI are:

  • Tools for document analysis that can process both legalese and natural language to help you write and work comfortably

  • Research tools to analyze the behaviors and decisions of other attorneys and judges so that you can adapt your strategy

  • Intelligence that uses historical data and relationships to alert you to opportunities or flaws in your work

Why does this matter

Human time is valuable. AI can help attorneys to become even better by handling tasks that they would not have the time to do by themselves.

Results of using AI include increased speed, efficiency, and higher quality output.

The smart thermostat in your home not only lowers your energy bill but also makes the temperature more comfortable. In the same way, working faster and more efficiently might allow you the freedom you need to do more of what you love.

The Doccly Lender approach

As it becomes more common, attorneys who value their time must recognize the benefits of AI and use it where they can. Click here to read about Fisherbroyles, a virtual law firm maximizing the benefits of AI.

The virtual law firm is not a myth, it is a reality. If you would like to learn more about how Doccly Lender can help your firm to virtualize, get in touch!