Today I received an interesting case study on Ben Ballard’s law firm– an internet-based firm.

The Ballard Law Office is a San Francisco-based business litigation firm founded by Benjamin Ballard, a seasoned attorney who has practiced law since 1980.

Ballard’s areas of practice include commercial law and litigation, tort litigation, appeals, business counseling, and trust and probate disputes and litigation. He represents a variety of corporate, small business, and individual clients.

His firm is Internet-based, which means he spends most of his time at his office in downtown Tiburon, CA. GotVMail’s Virtual Phone System enables Ballard’s firm to work virtually, saving the cost of gas, and the 90-minute round trip commute into San Francisco.

“Even if my firm was in one location I would still use GotVMail because the alternative was to spend $5,000 on a Centrex system with annual tech, software and hardware updates. I wanted ‘dial-by-name-directory’ functionality that GotVMail provides at a small fraction of that cost because it amortizes the cost of a much larger centralized server over many users,” Ballard says.

Ballard uses remote meeting and desktop sharing services when meeting with clients who don’t require a face-to-face meeting.

“I have my name on the door in a San Francisco office and meet clients and conduct depostions there, but it seems I only have to go into town once per month, if that. The rest is done via email or the Internet,” Ballard says. “So little of legal commerce is done face-to-face or with paper these days, you should be geared up for an e-office, and if you can do that, it doesn’t matter where you do it.”

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3 Responses to “A virtual business case study”

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  2. Paunchiness says:

    I think its interesting to work remotely using the internet. But don’t you think you still need to set up live meetings with people to get new business. I think that some face time is still important.

  3. Ron Pane says:

    Ron Pane…

    It’s refreshing to finally find relevant home based business information with all of the “fluff” and hype floating around on the web. Thanks!…

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