A paperless law office can provide a more efficient, flexible and cost-effective practice.
Lawyers chasing the goal of running a paperless office are finding that both practical and ethical concerns can cause bumps in the road.
Are there some documents that must remain in their original – i.e., paper – form? How many years must lawyers keep files before they can be destroyed? Can a law practice ever truly be without paper?
A lawyer who runs a paperless office may be required to deliver a former client’s records in paper form, the D.C. Bar has concluded in an ethics opinion.
Downsize your file cabinet, go mobile and save trees – who could argue with that?
But there are downsides to throwing out your paper files.