Law office donates unneeded supplies after going paperless

Imagine being a business with 1,000 empty three ring binders that are no longer needed, and hoping the local school system and an area non-profit can use them. This is a problem than a law office is having after getting rid of all their paper files.

A recent article from Environment Expert profiled McDivitt Law Firm in Colorado and its almost two-year process to become a paperless operation.

"[This is] a big accomplishment for any organization, but one particularly onerous for law firms that house thousands of confidential legal documents," the article reads. "Each document requires particular care and attention to ensure everything is properly logged and maintained throughout the transition to a paperless office."

The firm started scanning papers into an online document management system in June of 2011. So far they have cleaned out over a thousand three-inch binders containing roughly 456,000 sheets of paper.

Executives decided that a paperless office was needed when a growing need to increase efficiency as a staff had grown 40 percent over the last year across all three locations. Moving to a centralized locations for document storage, is saving time, money and office space to house the growing headcount.

Now the company has donated the empty binders to the Colorado Springs school district, Habitat for Humanity and the non-profit organization TESSA. The law firm has made a charitable donation that was born out of a standard business need to become more efficient and scalable.


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