How to Customize Microsoft Teams for a Law Firm
According to a recent study by Clio, the average lawyer billed just 2.5 hours of an 8-hour day. Low billable hours are normally a sign to increase lead generation or to improve firm efficiency. Not surprisingly, the same study found that tech-centric law firms collected nearly 40% more revenue per lawyer compared to firms not using these technologies.
There are several ways that a law firm can increase their firm’s efficiency. One way is to customize Microsoft Teams to streamline communication and collaboration. Microsoft Teams is a communication and collaboration platform that can be a valuable resource for law firms looking to streamline their workflows and improve collaboration.
Here are a few options:
Create channels for each case type: Since there are limitations to the number of channels you can have per team (250 channels), we recommend that you organize your Teams channels by types of cases or teams (i.e. Immigration, Personal Injury, General, etc).
Use tags to stay organized: Tags are like a distribution list for chats. It makes it easy to reach a group of people without having to type each individual name. This can be useful for law firms, as it allows you to quickly update any team members working on a particular case. For example, a paralegal could open a new chat and type “Weston Merger Team”. This would then populate all team members associated with this matter into the chat.
Use custom video backgrounds: Microsoft Teams allows you to customize your background during video calls, which can be a fun way to personalize your workspace and make your meetings more engaging. It is also a great way to ensure consistent branding and clean backgrounds for external meetings.
Integrate with other tools and systems: Microsoft Teams integrates with a wide range of tools and systems, including most CRMs, project management tools, and more. This can be useful for law firms, as it allows you to connect to the tools and systems you use most frequently and work more efficiently.
Overall, there are many ways that a law firm can customize Microsoft Teams to better meet their needs and workflows. By taking advantage of these customization options, you can create a more personalized and efficient workspace that helps you better serve your clients.