For some time, it has been clear that law firms using digital client files as their primary client files (aka the "paperless" office) was becoming the industry standard and, with a few exceptions, law firms that were not on the path to make this switch needed to be.

In this month's Lawyer's USA, my column is Why You Need to Switch to Digital Client Files Now. I hope you will find it interesting and persuasive. After re-reading it, if I had "do-overs," I'd probably remove the word "stubborn" from the second sentence. Lawyers are so busy that I know this transformation is tough, particularly for smaller firms with no full-time IT staff. Cash flow is tough for many law firms as well. But this evolution really is necessary, as i hope you will agree after reading the column.