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Corporate Law Entity Management

How to Manage Legal Entities for Corporate Law

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Managing legal entities for corporate law can be extremely challenging. From small minute book collections to firms with tens of thousands, the pain points can be extremely similar. Storing physical minute books in a library, stacks or storage room is common amongst all law firms.

Most corporate law lawyers and law clerks know about the risks of storing physical minute books, which are not securely backed up. A fire, sprinkler or leak can mean the end of even well-maintained minute book and corporate record collection. To recreate a lost or damaged minute book can require upwards of 10 hours of billable time, that can be over $5000 for just one minute book. Now multiply that by the size of your minute book and corporate record collection. Storing just 100 books? Even that is $500,000 in billable time just to recreate the minute books. For major regional or national firms with thousands or tens of thousands of minute books, damage to a collection can cost a firm millions of dollars.

So, how does a corporate law firm manage minute books?

1. So, where to begin?

If you're a corporate lawyer, you're no stranger to minute books. In fact, many corporate lawyers build their entire practices and books of business around the minute books they manage for clients. Imagine your entire book of business going up in flames! That's not a good thought.

The first step to protecting your minute book and corporate record collection is to ensure everything is digitized, centralized and backed up.

2. How to digitize a minute book?

Digitizing one minute book is easy, digitizing 100 is nearly impossible. If you're managing a small collection of minute books, like one to ten, digitizing them yourselves should not be particularly difficult. A desktop scanner like the ScanSnap ix1500 is a perfect companion for digitizing a few minute books. scansnap scanner for minute books

When you scan your minute book collection with the ScanSnap ix1500 make sure to enable OCR or "Optical Character Recognition" to ensure the pages you scan can be searched by your computer.

A really good rule of thumb is to ensure no paper document gets filed and no paper document gets sent out until it has been scanned, digitized and gone through a process of OCR. This will ensure you always have a proper backup of your corporate records.

If you have a minute book collection of more than 10 books, you might want to consider hiring a service to scan and digitize your entire minute book collection.

The benefits of a scanning service are plenty, but they include the following:

How to organize digital minute books

The key to a well-maintained corporate record and minute book collection is ensuring the PDFs of the scanned data is properly organized. It's best to use an entity management system that is designed specifically for minute books. If you don't have a platform specifically designed for minute books, your next best alternative is to use a secure cloud-based file storage solution (For more details on how to determine whether a cloud based storage solution is secure make sure you conduct a cloud security audit). It is important to note that just because you are storing files in the cloud it does not mean your files are being backed up. Cloud storage is not the same as having a proper cloud backup.

Here are the benefits of generic cloud document storage:

Now, while these are certainly great to have compared to the alternative of only keeping physical minute books or corporate records, a proper cloud entity management solution will have a number of critical additional features including:

No matter which solution you choose, once you're in the cloud you're ahead of the game and closer to ensuring you have a proper entity management solution and backup.

So if you've taken the steps to consolidate and centralize your minute book collection into one system, you're on the right track.

list of centralized minute books

3. Making use of cloud entity management

You've gone through all the hard work of scanning, digitizing and uploading your minute book collection, now what do you do?

One of the biggest things your clients will appreciate is the ability for them to view their minute book data and documents whenever they need. That's right, no more calling you for the articles of incorporation or the latest version of the share register and ledger. Next time there's a transaction, no need to courier or scan and email a massive PDF document and at each year end sending the accountant the minute book should be as easy as a few clicks.

entity management database with corporate data

What's next?

So, how do you best manage legal entities for corporate law? It all starts by making sure your collection is digitized and centralized on a secure online platform, preferably one designed with minute books and corporate records in mind. Make sure all your legal entities are available in one centralized place, digitize all minute book data to ensure it is backed up and never lost and use a tool to help make sharing with clients, accountants and other counsel much easier. Use legal entity management software that works for you. Use these steps and you will find it much easier to manage your corporate law practice.

Of course, if you need any assistance scanning, digitizing or getting your minute books onto a secure legal entity management cloud we are always happy to help and provide advice, just get in touch!

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