Benefits of Improving Document Collaboration and Using Document Collaboration Tools

AuthorDennis Kennedy - Tom Mighell
Benefits of Improving
Document Collaboration
and Using Document
Collaboration Tools
The legal document, in its many forms, is the primary tangible
“deliverable” of a lawyer’s services. From the opinion letter to
the appellate brief, from the summary judgment motion to the
memorandum, from the contract to the revocable trust, the
legal profession produces documents—so many, in fact, that
a special size of paper was named for them: legal size. As law-
yers moved from quill and ink to typewriter to word processor,
however, the basic structure and content of legal documents
evolved slowly and changed little.
Paper documents are solid. Lawyers often feel more com-
fortable with something they can hold in their hands. They
can control the document and point to its original. They can
mark on documents, edit them, and put proofreading marks on
them. They can sign them with fancy pens, stamp them with
notary seals, and make endless paper copies of them to place
in manila file folders or stack in large piles on their desks.
The world of the comfortable and familiar has changed a
lot since the turn of the century. Most documents today are
born in electronic form, and some suggest that more than
90 percent of the documents created today will never be
printed. Litigators facing an increase in electronic discovery
requests now must determine what is and is not a document.
The days of placing a draft on the partner’s chair or mail-
ing out paper drafts to clients are all but over. We now send

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