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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! 

Wendy and David Share
“We met with Vista for a strategic planning session as our firm is at the crossroads and we wanted some outside perspective to help us with our planning. Vista provided a very focused environment so that we could develop our “Painted Picture” or 5-year plan. As we were very involved in the process, the conclusions we arrived at were not surprising to us, but having a road map to help us take the next step has been very beneficial to us. We have been working on the required steps and are making progress, and we do always come back to the Painted Picture and the principles we discussed in realizing our objectives. It is very much an ongoing process, and we know Vista is there for us, if and when we need their further input and objective perspective. Vista’s knowledge of the inner working of Plaintiff Personal Injury law firms allowed them to offer their insight and perspective to our unique circumstances. The fact that we are in Canada proved to be no barrier to understanding what our firm is all about.”
- Wendy and David Share
Michael McCready
"I have been working with Tim McKey and the folks at Vista Consulting Team for many years. From attending their conferences to hiring them for a comprehensive firm review, I attribute much of the success of the firm to the techniques they share. As they have grown, the advice they provide goes to a higher level. What started with a focus on metrics and KPI's (which are still the building blocks) has risen to a focus on team building, firm culture and improved means of delivering legal services. It's been my privilege to work with them and I can't recommend them highly enough."
- Michael McCready / Managing Partner
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