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TOP 7 MISTAKES LAW FIRMS MAKE DURING INTAKE  #6: BELIEF THAT IT IS ALL UNDER CONTROL 

September 08, 2017
TOP 7 MISTAKES LAW FIRMS MAKE DURING INTAKE  #6: BELIEF THAT IT IS ALL UNDER CONTROL  - blog post image

The good news about intake is that if you fix it today, you will see benefits tomorrow. The bad news about intake is that you can't ever let your guard down. It is not one of those things that you can get right and forget about it. You have to constantly be monitoring it, making sure systems and processes are maintaining integrity and making sure that you are up to date with the latest trends in the business.

We have looked at the intake departments of small firms and large firms—firms that are processing thousands of leads per month, and firms that are handling a few dozen per month. It is the same for all of these firms: You have to audit your intake department on a regular basis to make sure that everything is continuing to flow smoothly.

At Vista, we can audit your intake department remotely or come on-site for an intake audit. We often run into firms that tell us, "We have been doing intake for years and we have it under control." We offer them what we offer every Vista client, "If you are not 100% satisfied with the value we add to your firm from the audit, we will refund your money." We have done this for dozens of law firms and have not had one ask for a refund. The point is that every firm can improve its intake systems and processes and can always get better. Complacency in intake has cost firms a lot of money.

Part of not getting complacent is staying on top of the latest technology. Each year we see changes in the industry. Information and data that is available for call tracking and call monitoring gets better each year. Clients who are comfortable with signing contracts electronically goes up each year. If you are not researching these changes, or in touch with someone who is, you can get left behind.

Bottom line...if you don’t think you have anything you need to improve with your intake processes...I am telling you that you do. Don't get complacent! 

Kenny Harrell
“The Joye Law Firm would whole-heartedly recommend Vista Consulting’s services. It’s been nearly two years since Vista did the initial needs assessment at our firm, followed by several weeks of ‘boots on the ground’ work. With the benefit of hindsight, I can easily say that improvements we’ve made as the result of their services have easily more than paid for the costs of the same (and that was probably true a few months in.) This is true based on improvements in our case management efficiency and especially in regard to better intake procedures. Our average new cases per month have increased 50%, and this is due in large part on our doing a better job of following up on potential new clients.”
- Kenny Harrell / Managing Partner
Bill Berg
“… They have also worked with us in ways to improve how many new cases we sign-up – they constantly are coaching us in ways we can do things better in that regard. In our weekly meetings we go over our new case sign-ups, our demand times and various other statistics and topics. They hold us accountable to ourselves… I could go on & on – our accounting department was also restructured based much on their recommendations. And, Vista also researched and found a new CPA firm for me which actually keeps up on telling me what needs to be done instead of just keeping things as the status quo.”
- Bill Berg
Jerry Parker
"Vista has been a consultant to our firm for almost 2 years. One of the best business decisions I made was to retain Vista. They know plaintiff personal injury firms A-Z. And that's how they analyze your firm, its efficiencies (or lack thereof or worse), office design/flow, reception procedures, telephone procedures, equipment of all types, etc. If you think your office is running at the top of its game and you don't need them, you're probably wrong. I can't imagine Vista not being able to improve even the best run firms. The payback from what they do is likely to be realized within the 1st 3-6 months."
- Jerry Parker