Top Columbus Area Attorneys Discuss The Impact Technology In 2020

Over the past few months, the United States has learned to adapt to a whole new way of living due to the effects of the virus. While social distancing, people have not only learned to spend more time at home, but also how to work from home. Although many years ago, working from home seemed unimaginable for certain careers, professionals have now realized that it is quite possible. In fact, many professionals plan to continue working from home, even when their state reopens.

We spoke with notable attorneys in their respective towns and gathered critical feedback from them and how technology has impacted their practices and what impact they have experienced as a result.

Geoff Kunkler, of Carlile Patchen & Murphy LLP,  a Columbus based, a provider of legal excellence to businesses, families, and individuals, shared how technology has impacted their practice: ”It’s helped in many ways and there’s also at least one big hindrance to it. In terms of ways it’s helped, even with practicing safe social distancing for three and a half months, my office was closed to clients. They could not come see me even if they wanted to. So we relied on the Microsoft team’s platform to be able to take our video conferences in between remote work at home. I can do everything I could do in the office in terms of preparing an estate plan, will, or trust.”

Dmitriy Borshchak, of The Law Office of Dmitriy Borshchak, a Columbus based family law firm, shared: “So we started doing status conferences, pretrial hearings and any issue that would arise in even final hearings and dissolutions on Zoom. This has been tremendous for lawyers and clients for multiple reasons. Number one, for clients, it saves them thousands of dollars because they don’t have to see an attorney. You know, get out of the office, and get in the car, drive downtown, pay for parking, walk to the courthouse and then wait at the courthouse to get their cases heard. Generally, that’s how it used to be, but not right now.”

David Banas, of Hickman & Lowder Co., LPA  a Cleveland based multi location firm, said: “I think with what’s been going on in the last 90-100 days or so, we all had to dive into technology that maybe we were reluctant to get into. Our lockdown period really forced us to develop some habits, even reluctantly, that we’re going to carry on in the future.”

Charles McClenaghan, of Charles H. McClenaghan, LLC a Columbus based attorney said: “We’ve been using Zoom and there’s been a lot of efficiency to it. Zoom allows you to face to face complete meetings very quickly. So, what may have taken 30 minutes or more previously, now, frankly, could take five or ten. So I like that aspect.”

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Denise Mirman, of Friedman & Mirman Co. LPA, a Columbus based family law firm, shared: “A lot of our clients are also using technology like Zoom in their businesses. Some of our clients were not as computer proficient and they didn’t like it nearly as much. But our clients are using it. So it’s good practice for when they have to sign on for a hearing.”

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