One of the problems faced by clients who retain the services of a lawyer is that they have no project management skills. Project management skills was not a requirement for lawyers in the past and because of this, many lawyers are unable to plan, organize and manage resources efficiently. Today everybody project-manages. Even if it is a small project, they are expected to plan, execute and manage resources efficiently. Every lawyer should develop project management skills and learn to work with it in their practice.
Every lawyer should be technologically competent. In today’s world technology has firmly planted itself in every aspect of our lives, and lawyers who are not able to boast of technological skills are still stuck in the past. Most lawyers have become so accustomed to the old way of doing things with paper that they find it difficult to adapt to the new technological advances. However, by not incorporating IT into their way of doing things, they will soon start losing clients.
Most lawyers always say that they are so busy that they have no time for themselves. Practicing law is a time-consuming business, but every lawyer should be able to prioritize their work and manage their time. Time management is the third vital skill that every lawyer should have. Instead of trying to do everything by themselves, lawyers should delegate work and responsibilities to other more efficient channels that will help them get the job done quickly and more efficiently.
Sandy Smith of Womble Carlyle heads a team of experienced attorneys who are committed to helping clients achieve their business goals.