A New York Times article, Pushing Paper Out the Door, suggests that it may be much easier to convert to a paperless home than at the office and you may be much closer to being able to do this at home than you think. No one at home sues you for malpractice if you can’t find a receipt. If you often can’t find things under the present system anyway, what’s the risk for trying something new at home?
On the office front, here’s a paper by Catherine Sanders Reach, the Director of the American Bar Association Legal Technology Resource Center, Paperless Office Hardware and Software. I don’t think this is a recent paper, but it puts forth the basics nicely.
Here’s a recent blog post, Moving Toward Paperless, from John Heckman’s Does It Compute? blog. John covers the main points and outlines the three major document management systems. I do have to note that a lot of lawyers in smaller firm settings are avoiding the DMS entirely and just using their practice management systems or Adobe Acrobat to organize their scanned images. It does depend on how many images you have and whether they need to be OCR’d or not. John also mentioned Ross Kodner. If you have time go to Ross’s website here to scroll down to download his latest set of PaperLESS(tm) materials.