A contract or any document that is finalized and signed is legally binding on the parties involved. But preparing a contract isn’t a one man job and it shouldn’t be. When you need inputs from multiple teams/co-authors, there is bound to be a lot of hands on the document. Entries, revisions, refinements, approvals, rejections, suggestions …are all inevitable. But why is it important to know who made what change? Isn’t it enough to have a terrific looking, signed and attested finalized copy without having to get into who said what? Let’s see.
“There are two things wrong with almost all legal writing. One is its style. The other is its content” said Fred Rodell, the ‘bad boy of American legal academia’. But that was in the 1980s.
Legal Writing has come a long way since then. It has overcome many challenges in style and content, movements have been put in place for clearer ‘legalese’ and now the legal world has embraced some excellent technology to further enhance its document creation and management process. Document Co-Authoring is a definite need in creating legal documents, and legal firms have experienced and qualified personnel to take care of this critical process. But there are still some challenges and pitfalls when it comes to co-authoring legal documents.
Let’s have a look at some of them and learn the solution to each.
Nothing is cooler than classic, vintage, antique and nostalgic these days. Whether it’s your classic car, vintage Levi jeans or an antique chandelier hanging in your dining room, it represents your knowledge of quality items and your appreciation for the well-built. Unless of course, that “antique” is being used to help run and manage processes within your business. There is a reason rotary phones and typewriters aren’t on your desk anymore, and it’s not because they simply don’t work, it’s because they have been left behind by superior technologies that increase efficiency and improve bottom lines.
Are too many authors spoiling your document creation?
Today’s globalized work environment means that employees could be part of the same team, but working in different countries and time zones. Collaborative working is the only way to get things done – from designing a webpage, producing a TV show or authoring a business document. Document co-authoring is an efficient and productive way to get a proposal or white paper published, using the collective wisdom of your team. But too many authors can also cause things to go awry…that is, if you are not using the right kind of software or platform.
You have seen the obvious benefits of Document Co-Authoring. You have experienced the increase in productivity and quality that collaboration can bring to your documents and proposals. But what’s all this about a database being critical for Document Co-Authoring? Why can’t we just manage with the good old file systems that are tried and tested?
Imagine yourself in a couple of years, advising your kids, friends or colleagues when they are about to select their preferred word processor for collaboration purposes. You remember back in the old days when we used word processors like Word Perfect, Word and Google Docs . We didn’t realize it then – the real problem that hindered us from solving the challenge of collaboration.
Sure, your company does not need one more software to help you manage your work. You are already neck-deep in licenses, maintenance agreements, and customizations, and you certainly do not want to add to your workload. As for document collaboration, you already have MS Word…what else would you or your team need?