Lawyers’ Technological Incompetency Costing Clients

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May 312013

Are clients paying excessive legal fees because lawyers lack essential computer skills? A study conducted by D. Casey Flaherty, a corporate counsel at Kia Motors America, answers the question in the affirmative, reports the ABA Journal. To determine computer skills of associates at law firms, Flaherty created a test consisting of mock assignments assessing technical ability using four common office programs: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Acrobat. Done correctly – i.e., utilizing some basic, built-in functions of those programs – each assignment should take less than 20 minutes. On the other hand, done incorrectly, the assignment takes more than five hours to complete.

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U.S. Legal System Ranked as Most Expensive in the World

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May 302013

A recent study conducted by NERA Economic Consulting provides that the American legal system is the world’s most costly! The study compared litigation costs between the U.S., Canada, and Europe, looking at liability costs as a percentage of a country’s gross domestic product (GDP).  While countries such as the Netherlands, Belgium, and Portugal had costs around 0.4 percent of GDP, the U.S. costs were noticeably higher – 1.7 percent. In addition, legal liability costs in the U.S. were found to be about 50 percent higher than costs in the U.K.

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