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Drupal for Law Firms Big and Small

Posted by: Tim Thurn on May 23, 2017 9:44:57 AM in Design Services


Over the years, it’s been fascinating to watch as various industries discover the power of Drupal. It’s not that Drupal-designed websites only work for certain kinds of organizations and not for others. Far from it, in fact. Drupal’s flexibility and customization opportunities make it a great option for any industry.

At Duo, we’ve recently seen piqued interest in Drupal from law firms — both large and small. We’ve worked with law firms for more than 15 years, but it seems there is an increased awareness about Drupal and a desire to leverage all that Drupal 8 has to offer.
Front of an old greek or roman style law building.jpegWe’ve worked with firms with hundreds of lawyers and firms with as few as three lawyers. The size doesn’t matter.We work with you to make Drupal work for you.

With that in mind, here are three highlights of upgrades we’ve recently completed for two different clients. Some of these are specific for law firms, but others could be duplicated for any industry.



  1. PROPOSAL AND PROFILE GENERATOR

    As you can imagine, law firms create proposals and share attorney profiles with potential clients quite frequently. And that takes time, particularly when your firm has approximately 500 attorneys. Well, we found a way to drastically save time and improve the process.

    For one of our larger clients, we developed a way for their internal staff and administrators to take website data and quickly generate proposals and profile documents. By using a pre-designed template, the employee can take the HTML content from a webpage, run it through the generator we provided and receive a branded, formatted Microsoft Word document.

    Let’s look at an example. Say I wanted to generate an energy proposal for a business in New York. I could grab the content from the website’s energy industry page, the energy litigation service page and the bios of the 12 attorneys who specialize in energy litigation in the area. That content could quickly be plugged into the generator and I would have a proposal ready to send off to the business. This will be an enormous time saver for the client.

  2. INTEGRATION WITH HUMAN RESOURCES SYSTEM

    At Duo, we’ve seen this problem come up for dozens of businesses. An employee leaves the company, but somehow their profile page doesn’t get removed from the website until months later. Or vice versa, a company brings in a new employee, but there’s no presence of that person on the company website. This is a challenge law firms frequently face, so the question is, what’s the solution.

    We think we found one.

    We were able to integrate a client’s website directly with its human relations (HR) system. The firm’s HR team is already making these updates in their system, so why should someone else have to recreate the wheel? This way, when a new hire is added into the HR system, they’re added onto the website as well.

    An additional perk of this arrangement is that the website can dynamically pull in an attorney’s hourly rate and insert it into the proposal document mentioned above.

  3. TARGETED CONTENT IN A DIFFERENT LANGUAGE

    We recently had a client who continues to see its Spanish-speaking audience grow. With that in mind, we structured the site and back-end content management system to operate essentially as a Spanish microsite. This allows them to be more specific with their Spanish content. It also makes it easy to add the Spanish versions of content, or translate existing English versions of the content. We also added a number of translation modules throughout the site. These changes make it possible to continue to expand their Spanish website a lot faster and more efficiently. The result is more of a fully-immersive Spanish site, as opposed to a site that has only occasional sections translated. This also helps from a Spanish SEO perspective.

    In Duo's 15-plus years of working with law firms, we’ve seen trends come and go, but overall, there are a number of components that all law firms will have on their website — things like a lawyer directory or spotlights on practices and practice groups. That is why we developed DuoLaw, a fully customizable Drupal 8 installation exclusively for law firms. The site can then be fully customized for the firm’s specific needs.

    If you work at a law firm that is considering a website overhaul, or if you’re interested in learning more about DuoLaw, please don’t hesitate to connect with us. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.
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