No career requires as much meticulous note-taking and documentation as that of lawyers. Between depositions, courtroom notes, and client discussions, a lot is riding on your ability to organize information properly.
When they were first released, speech recognition programs seemed like the perfect solution, but didn’t quite deliver. Most programs were one-size-fits-all solutions that weren’t equipped to handle the specialized language of the legal profession.
Programs that did offer legal add-ons often cost law firms upwards of six figures per year. Expensive subscriptions, clunky software, and mounting document management costs. There just wasn’t a reliable speech recognition program that law firms could count on.
All that has changed over the last few years.
Dragon voice recognition has always been the most recognizable and reliable program on the market and it’s only gotten better with age. Now, beyond Dragon NaturallySpeaking being the gold standard in voice recognition software, it also offer full-fledged integration for lawyers.
The Power of A Dragon
While not designed specifically for law firms initially, NaturallySpeaking now has a full suite of legal dictation options that make everything from transcription to document creation a breeze.
This legal version of Dragon NaturallySpeaking is chock full of great features:
- A preconfigured dictionary with over 30,000 industry-specific terms. There’s no longer the need to spell out “Amicus curiae” and other uncommon words and phrases, which significantly reduces transcription costs.
- Automatic legal citations.
- The ability to quickly search for information on the Web or on your own computer. Simply say:
- “Search the web for airports near Chicago”
- “Search for an email on the Hamilton divorce”
- Manage emails with your voice by asking Dragon to start your email program. Then dictate, approve, and send your email without ever touching the keyboard.
Need to sit down with a client and a partner at your firm? Just tell Dragon to schedule a meeting with an individual or group. Need to put together a contract? Phrases like “header” and “John Doe” can be programmed to insert graphics or blocks of text, such as your firm’s letterhead or your signature block. NaturallySpeaking is responsive, customizable, and tailored to the legal profession.
Mobile Speech Recognition
Dragon NaturallySpeaking boasts full compatibility with bluetooth devices and will work on any computer. If you need to work while on a flight or from home, Dragon has you covered..
Do you remember the first time you tried to use dictation software and had to go back through the document to fix all the mistakes? Today, Dragon, boasts a 99% accuracy rate with the capacity to understand and transcribe up to 160 words per minute. For a point of reference, the average typing speed is 40 words per minute.
This means your documents are created, transcribed, filed, and sent more quickly and with greater efficiency. It’s a great solution all around, but a must-have for lawyers. Your documents are usually based on conversations, and when they are forced to stop and start based on keystrokes, everyone loses.
Ready To Unleash a Dragon In Your Firm?
Dragon Software is perfect for dictating emails, notes, memos, interviews, and more. It cuts down transcription turnaround, speeds up document creation, and can even aid in data entry for time and billing purposes.
Technology is rapidly changing our industry, and more firms are looking for comprehensive IT solutions to maximize their efficiency and help them remain competitive in a tough field. Voice recognition with Dragon NaturallySpeaking is the next, best innovation to hit the legal profession. Don’t miss out.
Vertex is the premiere IT support company for law firms in Toronto and the surrounding area. We provide managed IT services and solutions for firms just like yours. Whether it’s speech recognition upgrades, network security, a cloud migration, or anything else technology related, contact us today.