Big firm e-Discovery and a small firm price. No monthly fee. No per case fees. And no document loading fees.
Handling e-discovery affordably and efficiently, even up to 20gb-30gb database sizes, is even more critical for the small or solo firm. With MasterFile’s point-and-click loading and quick processing, you have the e-Discovery tools to “do it yourself” at your fingertips – slashing review and giving you immediate visibility to case facts for analysis.
Article after article insists that e-Discovery cases are complex, with complicated litigation support software and processes, massive amounts of data, and challenging questions of law, myriad custodians and bizarre deadlines. And these few seem to get almost all e-Discovery “air-time”.
We disagree. Most e-Discovery cases are relatively simple, contain under 5gb of data, have less than 5 custodians and essentially involve two steps:
- Collect and load data from the custodians, and
- Review for responsiveness and privilege
Let’s look at several basic assumptions about small cases.
First, the evidence is normally live data in native format – handed to the lawyer on CDs or DVDs, or on a thumb or external hard drive.
Second, the file types are typically those created by common programs used for email (Outlook, Lotus Notes, Thunderbird, etc.) , word processing (Word, WP) and other office functions (PDF, JPG, TIF, etc.).
And third, small cases demand applications that can easily be installed on one computer for processing and review.
These are just normal features of MasterFile and the file types it loads and handles on a routine basis. A few clicks loads electronic files in batch for review. Then, besides managing production as needed, you can switch easily into the next phase of litigation — case analysis — where other document review tools leave off. Here, you can perform a deeper analysis of documents, facts and witnesses beyond rote issue tagging while you set out and substantiate your argument in MasterFile itself. Sometimes, simplicity is simply enough.
Let’s now look at how you manage the five phases of any litigation from loading to production in MasterFile.