Charlotte, NC, December 29, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- McGrath & Spielberger Partner Jason A. McGrath was recently invited by the Mecklenburg County Bar Association (Charlotte, NC) to provide fellow attorneys with a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) presentation eLawyering and the virtual practice of law. The presentation was titled “Establishing and Maintaining a Virtual Law Practice” and was accredited for 1.5 hours of total CLE credit, including .5 hours on ethics.
McGrath & Spielberger was one of the first law firms in the country to offer clients services through a multi-jurisdictional virtual law practice. Mr. McGrath finds applying his traditional law background in a virtual setting to be a value to both his firm and to his clients.
Among other points, Mr. McGrath suggested to the attendees that a virtual law practice is not a substitute for traditional legal services but, implemented and used properly, can well supplement the traditional practice of law, increase efficiency, and lower overall costs to clients. One of the key resources for information on this topic is the American Bar Association’s eLawyering Task Force, of which Mr. McGrath is an active member.
McGrath & Spielberger offers virtual law services to clients in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Clients can register on the Firm’s website (www.mcgrathspielberger.com) and can also: exchange secure messages, purchase legal advice (sold in blocks of 30 minutes) by telephone or email, and purchase legal documents.
A virtual law practice usually offers clients a more convenient option when compared to the traditional practice of law, as well as a more cost-effective option. Purchasing 30 minutes of legal advice by telephone or email and then receiving that advice is certainly more convenient than having to prepare for an in-person meeting with an attorney, travel to the meeting, attend the meeting, and then travel home from it.
Of course, not all matters and not all clients are appropriate for virtual law services, which is why Mr. McGrath emphasized to the CLE attendees that each case, each client, must continue to be evaluated individually pursuant to Rules of Professional Conduct and common sense.