Last year, the federal government made some significant changes to the 26(f) rules, requiring law firms to be much more careful about what data they can request. While previously it was possible to ask for large volumes of non-specific information, the recovery process has now been limited to the documents that are pertinent within the scope of the inquiry itself. For this to be accomplished, firms need a way to streamline and improve upon their processes. Enter litigation support services. With proper lit support, law firms can be more surgical about what data they require and how that data is delivered. Here are just a few of the ways in which litigation support can help with a 26(f) conference.

Developing a Document Production Plan

A document production plan defines the scope of discovery and determines the applicable source materials. A litigation support partner can narrow down which files are necessary for your case. They can also identify where these files can be found, be they archives, data servers, email servers, and other client machines.

Determining the Best Document Delivery System

Litigation support services can determine the document delivery system that works best for all parties, taking into account their unique infrastructures and the amount of data that needs to be transferred. This is of critical importance to boutique legal firms that may not necessarily have the IT resources that a larger firm does. In addition, a litigation support service can also find the method of document delivery that is most secure for all parties involved, helping to keep critical data safe.

Acquiring Documents Without Impacting Business

Rule 26 is designed to facilitate the discovery process without unnecessary business impact or disruption. A support service will be able to identify the methods by which relevant documents can be easily identified and acquired, smoothing the file transition so that it has a minimal business impact.

Identifying Meta Data That Could Be Relevant

Advanced document systems are able to identify the meta data that could be relevant, thereby creating a filter that drives the most important data to the top. This highly relevant data can then be reviewed by human eyes. By involving artificial intelligence and filtering processes, support services are able to reduce the amount of time partners and legal professionals need to spend manually combing through data. This also ensures that information that could be relevant isn’t missed. Litigation support can vastly reduce the amount of billable hours that need to be spent throughout the process of document discovery. Litigation support services are able to quickly identify relevant documents and to provide them in the way that is most easily and accurately processed.  For the best in litigation support — or to find out more about its benefits — reach out to experts at Platinum IDS.

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