Work smarter, not harder, with VitalLaw for corporate counsel

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Wolters Kluwer, long recognized as a leader in legal research, recently changed the game by announcing that its award-winning Cheetah research platform has been renamed VitalLaw. VitalLaw is an innovative approach to legal research that creates streamlined workflows that help lawyers gain expertise and practice law better. Unlike most search platforms, however, this isn’t all about litigation.

VitalLaw for Corporate Counsel is a comprehensive workflow solution that provides corporate consulting professionals with the content and tools they need to make effective business decisions. Designed specifically for and endorsed by corporate advisory users, VitalLaw for Corporate Counsel reflects the unique needs of corporate users and incorporates workflow decisions that reflect their day-to-day work processes.

From practical content to intelligent workflow tools, VitalLaw for Corporate Counsel is the ideal solution for developing business expertise and increasing efficiency.

Finally, a tool designed for internal research needs

Most legal research solutions are aimed at law firms, which must serve as experts for in-house legal advisers. This means focusing on treaties and other information that support in-depth dives into separate legal topics.

The research needs of in-house legal advisers tend to be more practical. This practicality is one of the main distinguishing factors in terms of the organization of VitalLaw for Corporate Counsel. It’s designed with feedback from real corporate legal advisers to quickly give you the know-how you need to master the tasks essential to the survival of your business.

VitalLaw for Corporate Counsel is all about finding the answer you need, and finding it fast.

Because every corporate legal advisor has very different needs when it comes to the specific information they need to do their job, VitalLaw for Corporate Counsel covers 35 different topics.

The connection to VitalLaw for Corporate Counsel filters the larger universe of VitalLaw content that is less directly relevant to the practice of the company. Instead, you are taken straight to business topics, such as contracts and forms, real estate and construction, trade and advertising, mergers and acquisitions, and more.

Many corporate counsel today try to keep as much of the work in-house as possible. They are the experts in their particular fields and they want to keep developing their skills and abilities continuously. To help you, VitalLaw for Corporate Counsel focuses on 13 main topics.

Your home screen can be customized to suit your particular area of ​​practice. So if you are a labor and employment lawyer and don’t need to check out real estate or securities law resources, you can customize your landing page to show only documents relevant to labor and employment law.

Within each topic there is a coherent organizational structure made up of treaties and explanations, laws and regulations, news and current affairs, then tools for daily practice (more on these in a bit. ). The idea is to have everything you need on hand during a busy day, so you don’t have to try to relearn a topic every time you log in.

Topics are fully searchable, and search results are quick response summaries that give you direct access to the information you need. You can also filter your search results to get the answer you need even faster.

For the specific topics that interest you the most, you can subscribe to receive daily email updates. Each story includes links to information from the main source and is fully searchable in text. In addition, there is a searchable archive of information from the past five years, with documents that can be printed, downloaded, highlighted and annotated.

Contractual resources

VitalLaw for Corporate Counsel also serves as a source of contract automation. In partnership with an external supplier, VitalLaw offers a comprehensive repository of clauses and agreements that is a valuable resource for standard contractual language.

From there, you can focus on particular contract types, specific clause language, applicable law in particular states, and more. The results can be tailored to the type of client you are working with using convenient scroll bars. Whether you are new to corporate practice or dealing with an agreement or an area with which you are less familiar, VitalLaw’s language repository makes contract preparation more efficient and accurate.

As part of a particular agreement, you can determine whether your chosen contract language is market standard or not. The scroll bars indicate whether a given clause is, for example, used by 65% ​​of other users in a similar position in the company. They can also tell you if a specific language is neutral or more favorable to your business.

All of this allows you to create agreements very quickly, even if you have never dealt with a particular type of contract before.

Smart tools for better business practices

VitalLaw for Corporate Counsel is more than just a research platform – it’s a way to revolutionize your workflows, make better decisions, and take control of your day-to-day tasks.

As a corporate lawyer, you are likely to be asked many questions that are outside of your area of ​​expertise. You might be a pro at contracts or corporate transactions, but what if someone asks you what constitutes a “PII” in California, Massachusetts, and Washington? You are unlikely to know this answer by heart, but with VitalLaw, you can find it in seconds.

The most important tools can be found directly on your home page.

The first is Smart ChartSmart Charts, which are essentially surveys in 50 states created by expert attorneys at VitalLaw. Choose the legal topic – for example, data breach notification – and the jurisdictions you need, and with one click, review and compare short legal summaries for each state (then log in to view the laws they contain). same).

SmartCharts are just one of the helpful resources you’ll find on your Handy Content dashboard, which you can access directly from your VitalLaw home page. In addition to SmartCharts, this dashboard contains SmartTasks, Guides, Forms, Calculators, Decision Trees, Answer Books, and Checklists.

Checklists, in particular, are a popular feature of VitalLaw for Corporate Counsel. These checklists guide you through tasks or projects, reminding you of what is required for each task and what needs to be reviewed each time you undertake it. If there’s a checklist that you use all the time, you can pin it as a favorite.

Perhaps the brightest, however, are VitalLaw for Corporate Counsel’s SmartTasks. These are interactive, step-by-step guides for tasks that would often be sent to outside lawyers due to a lack of internal knowledge. Suppose, for example, that an issue arises regarding employee discipline for the use of social media. What are the main considerations and what can a company policy contain? SmartTasks has all the answers, provided step by step.

With SmartTasks at your disposal, you have a powerful tool to keep more work in-house, thus reducing your external lawyer expenses.

Finally, you have access to primary case law when needed. Since corporate counsel typically don’t have much time to delve into case law and research, VitalLaw for Corporate Counsel includes a robust search feature that helps you navigate to the law that gives you the answer. that you need as quickly as possible.

Whether you are looking for a legal question or dealing with a low-key task in a specific area, VitalLaw for Corporate Counsel has the answers and the tools to meet your needs.

Time is money in corporate law. VitalLaw helps you create the workflows and expertise you need to keep more work in-house and manage it more efficiently.

Maria D. Ervin