|Worried about Y2K? Do you know if your hardware and software are Y2K
compliant? Perhaps your modem is but your scanner isn't.
Attorneys seeking answers to
these and similar questions may log on to the State Bar's web site and link to a "Y2K
Resource Handbook and Planning Guide for Lawyers."
A joint project of the Florida State Bar and the University of Florida School of Law
Institute of Technology, the guide offers a variety of information about year 2000
compliance status of hardware and software commonly used in law offices.
"We were faced with a problem: Y2K compliance is a major issue for many
practitioners, but because of Gov. Wilson's veto of our funding, we didn't have the
resources to develop a product to meet that need," said Robert Hawley, chief
assistant general counsel. "The answer was to seek out a usable wheel somewhere else,
rather than reinvent one."
The resource handbook is designed to walk lawyers through their computer system so they
can see what needs to be done.
First is a step-by-step trip through the system to determine which hardware and
software lawyers have. Then, if there's a Y2K question, the handbook tells how to contact
the manufacturer or software designer to get their advice.
The handbook covers education and awareness about the Y2K problem, inventorying a
system for compliance, testing for compliance, protecting the law firm and protecting
clients. The internet site also has links with manufacturers and programs for the latest
information on Y2K compliance and advice for their products.
The California bar's web site is www.calbar.org.