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Automated Calendaring and Risk Management Now you might think what would the relation be between automated calendaring software and risk management, and why should an article on a law related website preach about the use of software? That’s what we are going to show. A look at the ABA’s “Profile of Legal Malpractice Claims” will show that calendar related errors form more than 30% of all legal malpractice claims, and calendar related errors are the major cause for firms facing malpractice action ensuing from paralegal mistakes. Small firms with 5 or less number of attorneys,

not require small firms to buy, install, upgrade, and

typically firms which depend heavily on experienced

deal with new software and accompanying glitches.

paralegals and legal staff constitute more than 70% of

This also opens up the access of calendaring platforms

victims suffering from calendar error and consequent

to lawyers and paralegals on the move and data can be

malpractice actions. That’s the case for learning the use

accessed from anywhere.

of calendar software and being meticulous on issues related to calendaring. Calendaring mistakes are costly.

With the development of Smartphones, and mobile based delivery of services lagging behind in the

New software in the market that follows rule

adoption of automated calendaring solutions is a

based calendaring technologies include offers from

mistake that can lead to heavy losses.

CompuLaw, Westlaw Legal Calendaring Outlook Integration Software, AbacusLaw, and Amicus from

Some areas where paralegals and attorneys can more

Capterra. There are also other good and cheaper

efficiently deploy calendaring practices include:

alternatives in the market, but the software mentioned here are widely used. Another very trusted resource is

Establishing rules-based and widely accessible

the Legal Technology Resource Center of the American

lawyers’ calendars and centralized calendaring to

Bar Association. The use of calendaring software

ensure quick response and disaster recovery

greatly reduces the risks of missing deadlines and

consequent malpractice actions.

Ensuring that in-house calendaring practices adhere to and accommodate malpractice mandates of insurance companies

Despite the information technology boom with

Integration of work-calendars with desktop cal-

teenagers excelling in computer technologies, and

endars firm-wide thus maximizing exposure and

applications competing with each other to become


more and more user-friendly, it remains a surprise

that according to the International Legal Technology Association’s survey, most small law firms did not use

Integration with software already used by the firm including Outlook

software related to automated calendaring and close to

Creating a portal based calendaring system that can be accessed from anywhere

20% relies solely on manual tracking of deadlines and dates with Microsoft Outlook.

Automated calendar technology plays a significant role in risk management and reducing risks of malpractice

Rules-based computerized calendaring are now pretty

accusations. It is something that cannot be ignored by

affordable, and there are also online services that

today’s paralegal.

provide a SAS or “software as service” model that do


Automated Calendaring and Risk Management