To Scan, or Not to Scan?


In a recent Managing Partners' Roundtable, we talked about the costs of digitizing all of a firm's files. One partner suggested that failure to do so might result in malpractice allegations. This is an interesting concept; one that I don't believe has yet been examined.

Pros and Cons of Digitizing Files

The cons of digitizing are that it is expensive and time consuming. Lawyers must forsake billable time to help determine which files matter and which can be "cleansed" and tossed. Files must be taken apart to be scanned. Decisions have to be made on what hard copy to toss now, what to keep and for how much longer.

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