Technology at the service of law

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Pierre-Olivier Lapointe

By supporting the actors of the Quebec legal system for 50 years, Groupe Lafortune has always been ahead of the needs of this environment. Within this small family business, the meticulous preparation of legal documents was carried out successively on typewriters, large presses, first computers. Then, in the year 2000, Pierre-Olivier Lapointe, third generation at the head of the company, created the first electronic versions of the appeal files filed in court, which have since become as essential as software (Docurium) and applications (Todoc, eTribunal) which he subsequently also designed with his team.

While virtuality is becoming more and more essential in legal companies, the Lafortune Technologies wing of the group, founded in 2012, now supports law firms and legal institutions, large and small, in their digital projects.

“We facilitate the integration of new technologies so that companies are more efficient and competitive, but also to facilitate the daily lives of work teams and customers alike,” explains Pierre-Olivier Lapointe. This can be the choice and implementation of new software, as well as larger-scale operations requiring the analysis of all the digital needs of a company, in order to find the best tools and best practices. We create value, in a way. »

The DNA of law, plus innovation

Digitization of courts, computerization and optimization of processes, comparative analysis of technological products, research on techno-legal issues and legislation, paperless offices, change management in agile mode; the files on which Lafortune Technologies intervenes are very diverse.

Me Monique Stam

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Me Monique Stam

To carry them out successfully, a multidisciplinary team made up of experts in law, project management and change management is required. Pierre-Olivier Lapointe can also count on two pioneering lawyers in the field of technology in Quebec: Me Véronique Abad and Me Monique Stam. As he says himself, “They were pioneers in the transition from paper to digital in the legal sector, and they have become references in terms of new technologies applied in this environment. »

Who are they exactly? Me Monique Stam replies to the joke that she owes everything to her parents working in IT. “I have always been drawn to technology and have sought from the beginning of my practice to do things more efficiently,” she says. Even if it means setting up and distributing a bookmark to his colleagues in 1999 on which all the online resources of the time were listed!

As for Me Véronique Abad, it was her studies in Internet law and media law, as well as daily contact thereafter with IT specialists for nine years in a company that convinced her to train in agility. and in QNA.

Me Véronique Abad

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Me Véronique Abad

“I find it very refreshing to evolve in this specialty, because we see the projects evolve quickly, without having to wait three years before something changes. It is structuring and rewarding for us as well as for our customers,” she confides.

As passionate about technology as they are, the two business analysts still remain lawyers attached to legal issues.

“The law is our DNA,” says Me Abad. So it is reflected in everything we do. For example, we are very concerned about the confidentiality and protection of personal or sensitive data, and attentive to the ethical aspects of each project. »

Digital shift, human approach

Each file managed by Lafortune Technologies is different, as are the companies they concern. But the way to apprehend them is the same.

“We approach them in a simple, accessible way, close to people and their realities. We take the time with them, offering them an attentive ear, explaining to them why and how to act. For a while, we are almost part of the organizations, in order to define precisely with them the objectives which are not always clear at the base, but which they appropriate gradually, so that they are autonomous once the project is completed,” explains Stam.

Lafortune Group

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Lafortune Group

Concretely, whether it’s implementing an electronic signature, automating a process, securing communications or simpler data management, Lafortune Technologies is there for you. All these changes, often postponed for lack of time and knowledge, are taking place step by step, in symbiosis with the members of each company.

For example, Justice Pro Bono, an organization that does not have a lot of resources, wanted to be more efficient when people approached them for services.

“After analysis, we implemented an online form system for them and tested it internally and externally to ensure that it met their needs. And we got great results! says Me Véronique Abad.

Finally, by guiding and equipping legal professionals in the digital shift they must make to be competitive, Groupe Lafortune is pursuing the mission that Henri Adrien Lafortune set himself 50 years ago.

“And with the commoditization of artificial intelligence, cloud computing and massive data management, legal firms will be able to count on us for many years to come,” promises Pierre-Olivier Lapointe, who already foresees what the right tomorrow. Like what, precursors one day, precursors always!

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