As technology evolves, competition between product manufacturers yields a steady stream of new solutions. Benefiting from these are today’s legal professionals, who have more video conferencing capabilities than ever before at their disposal. Of course, law firms still rely on “traditional” video conferencing, which allows participants to attend from an already established conferencing facility. But now, in addition to traditional video conferencing, law firms can also take advantage of remote, computer-based video conferencing.
The quality of remote video conferencing technology has come a long way in a short time. In fact, it is fast becoming a viable tool for law firms of all sizes to conduct depositions, witness preparation, meetings, consulting and more.
Remote video conferencing delivers powerful benefits:
- Cost-Conscious Depositions – Computer-based video conferencing offers a simple solution to deposing witnesses in other locations while eliminating staff time, labor and costs associated with traveling.
- Convenience – Remote video depositions are also more convenient, since participants are not required to leave their home or office.
- Rapport-Building Attorney/Client Meetings – Remote video conferencing can be a very effective means to maintain client relationships when it is not possible to meet in person. For one interesting perspective, read this blog post by attorney Jack Hauser of law firm Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, P.C.
All of these benefits can be used by law firms to convey efficiency and responsiveness when handling clients’ legal matters.
How Remote Video Conferencing Works
- PC, Mac, or mobile device
- Internet access
- Web-based third party software
Remote video conferencing is very easy to set up and use. Law firms are quickly and efficiently able to arrange these events by reaching out to their local Court Reporting Vendor, who then performs all the necessary steps.
Video conferencing can be performed on both high-end installations that cost tens of thousands of dollars to low-cost computer based solutions. As Steven Levy, a legal project management expert and founder of consulting firm Lexician, noted in a Legal Talk Network interview, high-end video conferencing capabilities are desirable for certain situations such as high-profile negotiations, but computer-based solutions offer a viable option for general depositions and many other situations.
If you have questions about when and how to leverage remote video conferencing in your firm, we can help. Merrill LAD offers full service video conferencing capabilities, an extensive network of video conference rooms. Please feel free to contact us at www.deposition.com or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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