The processes involved in legal discovery can be time-consuming and expensive for a law firm. If all parties are located in the same general area and the firm has a court reporter on staff, expenses can be controlled to a certain degree, but that is rarely the case. It is common to travel to different places to conduct interviews or participate in depositions. That includes extra time, travel expenses, renting meeting space, and the presence of a court reporter. The court reporter places people under oath and records the depositions. Some depositions can be completed in the meeting room of the firm, but more space will have to be procured if there are many witnesses involved in depositions.
Discovery requires interviews with many people, depositions with key witnesses, fact-finding, reviews of pages of documents, and research. Large law firms have paralegal professionals and support staff to accomplish those tasks, which leave lawyers free to develop a defense strategy. Small firms do not have that luxury. Preliminary interviews, research, and deciphering circumstances are essential to a case but can be a burden on some firms. Outsourcing some discovery duties to an experienced company, such as DTI Global, will save time and money by lowering overhead costs. A court reporter, support staff, and videographers can be hired on an as-needed basis. There is one invoice for services, and firms do not have to deal with hiring practices, payroll management, or the expense of benefits.
Offices and technology centers are located throughout the United States and in other countries. If a deposition has to be conducted in the next state, across the country, or overseas, the firm will only have to send one lawyer. The space, equipment, and court reporter can be scheduled locally. Additional services include reducing risks by ensuring security and protection for the firm. Legal security standards have to be met for a firm to remain in compliance. Keeping up with the latest standards can be confusing. Experts are available to assess current security procedures, make suggestions, and assist with the process of implementing improvements. Services can be provided off-site or on-site depending on the needs of the case. Location options include data, technology, and document review centers as well as multiple local offices.