|[October 02, 2013]
LexisNexis Introduces Secure Client Portal to Small Law Market
CARY, N.C. --(Business Wire)--
LexisNexis (News - Alert)® Legal & Professional, a leading provider of content and
technology solutions, announced today the release of Time
Matters® 13, an award winning client, matter and document management
system. Among several usability and feature enhancements, the new
version of Time Matters centers on an integration with WatchDox™
technology, which provides customers - law firms and attorneys - with a
secure cloud-based, or online, Client Portal for file sharing.
WatchDox, Inc. is a Palo Alto (News - Alert)-based company that provides secure mobile
productivity and collaboration solutions to large organizations
including the Fortune 500. LexisNexis has an exclusive agreement to
provide WatchDox's technology to the legal market and is focused on
making it available to small law firms. The technology integration with
Time Matters 13 underscores the company's drive to incorporate secure
file-sharing capabilities across its portfolio of law firm practice
"The capability to share files in a modern law firm is quite simply a
requirement: clients increasingly expect counsel to be able to easily
share documents," said Susan Stobbart Shapiro, Esq., a director with Council,
Baradel, Kosmerl, & Nolan, P.A. "What sounds promising in Time
Matters 13 is the ability to share files from our existing matter
management system and also to share with the confidence those files are
Specifically with Time Matters, this latest version of the software
marks the first step to developing a more robust Time Matters Client
Portal. In the future it may include the ability to share entire matter
folders with customizable permission settings, online messaging and
collaboration tools for clients and firms, and the capability to post
invoices and collect payments.
"This technology solves an increasing concern for practicing lawyers and
law firms working with sensitive information or within the constraints
of information protected by attorney-client privilege," said Alex
Overcash, the Time Matters product manager for Law Firm Practice
Management at LexisNexis. "The dramatic proliferation of mobile devices
has raised client expectations that law firms should offer the
capability to securely share documents across any device, anywhere, and
at any time."
The benefits of the existing Time Matters Client Portal, powered by
WatchDox technology include:
Facilitates communication and collaboration on a matter by allowing
the firm to share relevant documents, photos, video and audio files
with a client, expert or other third party.
Reduces risk of unauthorized access to the shared file by giving the
firm complete control over it at all times, regardless of whether it's
accessed through a desktop, laptop or mobile device.
Gives the firm visibility into all actions taken on a shared file and
helps them demonstrate compliance with confidentiality requiremets
through an audit trail.
Is easy to set up and maintain - requires no additional hardware,
software or technical knowledge once Time Matters is installed.
According to the ABA's
2013 Law Technology Survey Report, 72 percent of respondents
expressed concern for confidentiality or security in sharing or storing
documents in the cloud. Despite these concerns, the survey also
indicated law firms were assuming considerable risk because many
attorneys are using cloud-based tools that may not have the proper
security or encryption features in place. The latest version of Time
Matters directly addresses those concerns and provides the means to
easily share files across desktop, laptop and mobile devices.
"There simply hasn't been a viable alternative until now," added
Overcash. "This is about security - providing law firms with a simple
but highly effective way to know who has access to a file, what they can
do with it, and for how long an individual may have that access to it."
With the Time Matters online file sharing Client Portal, attorneys and
legal staff have greater control over who has access to the files
they've chosen to share, and may revoke those privileges at any time.
Additional security measures for encryption, to establish time or
event-driven access expiration policies, and an audit trail of all
activities taken on a shared file are also available.
Time Matters 13, and the integration of WatchDox technology, represents
the latest step along LexisNexis' continuous effort to maintain its
aspirational commitment to the market as documented in the LexisNexis Legal
Software Bill of Rights. The LexisNexis Business of Law Software
Solutions (BLSS) group, has made an impressive number of iterative
software releases across its portfolio of products for law firm practice
management including the initial WatchDox
alliance with Firm Manager in May, three new
dashboards for PCLaw® 13 in July and the new Juris®
for Microsoft® Outlook® email add-in for Juris 2.6 in August.
The secure online file-sharing client portal comes at no additional cost
to existing Time Matters customers with annual maintenance plan
subscriptions. For additional information, including a short video
demonstration of the online file-sharing client portal and Time Matters
13, please visit www.lexisnexis.com/SecureYourFiles.
About LexisNexis Legal & Professional
Legal & Professional is a leading global provider of content and
technology solutions that enable professionals in legal, corporate, tax,
government, academic and non-profit organizations to make informed
decisions and achieve better business outcomes. As a digital pioneer,
the company was the first to bring legal and business information online
with its Lexis® and Nexis® services. Today,
LexisNexis Legal & Professional harnesses leading-edge technology and
world-class content, to help professionals work in faster, easier and
more effective ways. Through close collaboration with its customers, the
company ensures organizations can leverage its solutions to reduce risk,
improve productivity, increase profitability and grow their business.
Part of Reed Elsevier (News - Alert) Inc., LexisNexis Legal & Professional serves
customers in more than 100 countries with 10,000 employees worldwide.
LexisNexis helps professionals at law firms and legal departments of all
sizes manage the business element of their practice with innovative
software and mobile solutions for customer relationship management,
competitive intelligence gathering and assessment, time and billing
management, matter management, client analysis, legal holds and more.
WatchDox makes business more mobile and collaborative, while reducing
the risk, complexity and cost of sharing information across and beyond
the enterprise. Available as SaaS (News - Alert) or on premise, WatchDox' unique
data-centric security enables organizations to control synced and shared
files wherever they go: on any tablet, smartphone, or PC, even those
beyond the IT department's control. On mobile devices, WatchDox enables
users to edit, annotate and collaborate with their files in one
seamless, secure app. Top-10 global financial institutions, governments,
and over 100 of the Fortune 1000 depend on WatchDox to protect their
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