By: Lucas Peterson, Paralegal and Chief Strategy Officer of Expedite
There’s no question: A paralegal’s role is stressful and allows no margin for error. Fortunately, modern advances in technology can help streamline antiquated processes, thereby saving significant time, money, and precious time on an incredibly backlogged court docket. In August of 2019, I stumbled across the mobile app, Expedite, completely by chance. This game-changing technology blew me away, and I knew I had to share my experience with my colleagues.
As a Paralegal with over eight years of experience in immigration law, criminal defense, and civil litigation, I have learned that efficient time management is a key component to being that “five-star” Paralegal. At any moment, we can be working on multiple things with pressing deadlines and they are ALL a priority to every client. Thus, I am constantly looking for any way to streamline processes to save time.
Finding a court reporter for a last-minute request is almost impossible. Finding a court reporter for a scheduled hearing or deposition can take hours, sometimes even days. It requires multiple phone calls, emails, voice messages, along with consistent tracking and follow-up. There had to be a better way!
That's when I discovered Expedite, an on-demand mobile app platform, available in Apple and Android, that instantly connects paralegals with court reporters through GPS-smartphone technology. They also have an accompanying web-based platform at www.expedite.legal so anyone, anywhere, anytime can access the service from any device.
Expedite offers the most competent court reporters available in their respective markets. They do this by capitalizing on the latest available mobile technologies, properly vetting their members, incorporating a reciprocal five-star rating system, providing pop-up notifications, utilizing instant communication features, and monitoring transactions within the app.
Expedite’s mission is to eliminate inefficiencies in the legal industry, and the goal is to increase productivity and profitability for everyone. Expedite is disrupting the legal industry much like Uber disrupted the transportation industry, by offering a real-time solution through an on-demand platform.
Need a court reporter for a deposition next Tuesday? Easy. Open the app, and within a couple of clicks, your request is sent out to dozens of available court reporters in your requested area!
What if your case settles the day before your scheduled service? Easy. Open the app and cancel the job. A notice will then be sent to you, as well as the court reporter, documenting that the service has been cancelled. And as long as it’s within two hours before the start of any service, there are no cancellation fees.
Simple, easy, fast, and incredibly efficient.
And because Expedite’s founder and CEO is a court reporter with 21 years’ experience in the legal industry as a court reporting firm owner, all the nuances that go along with the acquisition and scheduling process have been automated.
Expedite recently announced a partnership with Clio – the world’s leader in cloud-based case management software. Now Clio users can schedule court reporters for depositions and hearings within Clio. The software will also automatically schedule any service within Clio’s calendar without any additional entry, which makes using Expedite with Clio seamless!
The long and short of it is this: Expedite was designed for those progressive business professionals who know how to capitalize on technology to work smarter rather than harder. Download and sign up today and harness the power of NOW! Your gift to yourself in 2020.