In many cases in life, there needs to be a major event that spurs people into action, or towards adopting a new strategy, service or piece of technology. In the case of video meeting software, the switch that was flipped was of course the coronavirus pandemic. Now, family law attorneys across the country are conducting virtual consultations and a variety of different types of meetings, connecting with current and prospective clients, as well as team members and even opposing councils via their computers.
There are a number of benefits to virtual attorney consultations. Given the health and safety risk of the coronavirus, the core benefit is of course that a virtual meeting replaces an in-person one, and the potential risk of a face-to-face meeting with one or more individuals. Any opportunity to limit your exposure to other people is a welcome one in a world where a dangerous disease is transmitted through such exchanges.
Of course, this became a requirement as well in a majority of the country, although for different amounts of time. As states required all non-essential businesses to be close to the public and for employees to stay home, the game was changed in terms of how attorneys were allowed or would be able to conduct meetings. Beyond a standard phone call, which loses much of the personal feel of a meeting, there needed to be another strategy to put to use.
Now that virtual family law meetings have become more commonplace though, they’re likely here to stay. Once you adopt something new, you’re unlikely to discard it in the future. This is particularly the case if there are other benefits that adapters have found.
In terms of virtual attorney consultations and meetings, another key benefit is the convenience this provides the client or other meeting members. There’s no longer a need to drive or commute to a specific physical location, to look and pay for parking, to pay for gas, and on down the line. This likely also adds flexibility into scheduling, as individuals working during the day can more readily step away for a virtual meeting, you don’t need to build out around rush hour traffic, and so forth.
While the usage of virtual attorney meetings will certainly go down as health risks fade, they’re never going to go away entirely at this point. They’re too beneficial and useful in a number of different ways. Before selecting your own family law attorney, be sure to look for an experienced legal professional in your state, and to inquire about the availability of virtual meetings and other online services.