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Voice recognition software can create a tidal wave of savings for law firms

By Thomas Berman, Principal, Berman & Associates

17 May 2013

Voice recognition software (VRS) is extremely efficient and can save a tremendous amount of personnel costs, as lawyers will no longer be dependent on secretarial services to produce a document. This is, after all, just simple dictation.

For many of us who were accustomed to using products like dictaphones in the past, this is basically the same kind of thing, although instead of either yourself or your secretary having to type in the document, you are instead left, after dictation, with a draft that can then be edited without having to do the initial input in the more traditional manner.

One firm I know of has reduced its number of secretarial jobs by 30 per cent (out of a total of about 100 secretaries in the firm) by paying lawyers to learn and use VRS software. That's a tidal wave of savings for a law firm and, generally, goes straight to the bottom line.

The point, however, is not to eliminate secretarial jobs necessarily, but rather to...

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