The Unique Challenges Posed to In-House Legal Teams

This article draws from Athennian’s webinar, “How In-House Legal Teams Can Improve Efficiency Company-Wide.” You can access the video recording and supplemental materials here.

According to Gartner research, 68% of legal and compliance leaders struggle to manage their current workload. In addition, when comparing an in-house team to a large law firm, the challenges stretch even further. 

By nature, in-house teams don’t have as many resources, support staff, organization, and processes available as their counterparts. Often they’re dealing with a high volume of data and information that is dispersed throughout the company, further complicating their daily operations. 

Many in-house teams face challenges such as:

  • A lack of visibility across teams
  • Poor document management.
  • Limited trust in data 
  • Siloed information

In fundamental terms, all of these problems can be solved by creating a living single source of truth with universal internal access. This allows for inter-departmental visibility, at-your-fingertips accessible data, and a database that stores information as it changes, ensuring that every team member has the most up-to-date documents at all times. 

Leveraging a cloud-based software solution is the simplest and most modern way to evade these challenges. With modern entity management software, you can:

  • Streamline task management, such as corporate transactions & annual report filings. Automatically track annual maintenance, set due dates and email reminders, update data in bulk to retain consistency, and create shareable templates for entities.
  • Improve cross-departmental collaboration. Customize specific team/user access capabilities to documents, virtual minute books, eSignature, and more. Set team-wide compliance or assignment reminders.
  • Easily produce, sign, and archive consistent legal documents and forms. A scalable and modern solution offers a template library with automatic updates based on jurisdiction, eSignature integrations with email alerts and notifications, direct access to eFilings with the appropriate governing body, and more.
  • Create an auditable system that can be accessed at any time. Technology solutions like Athennian’s keep you prepared for internal, external, or third-party audits. Your system keeps track of its history for change management purposes and easily identifies problematic or weak areas for improvement.

Improving Operational Efficiency for In-House Teams

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