From traditional practice to digital hero
How an Austrian lawyer learned to love Philips SpeechLive
He started out with traditional dictation, working with stacks of files and cassettes – classic „old school“. Since implementing SpeechLive, the browser-based speech recognition solution from Philips at the beginning of 2022, however, attorney Matthias Kucera and his six-person law firm staff have become passionate about digital solutions; for good reasons.
The initial impetus for attorney Kucera to install SpeechLive as a digital dictation and transcription solution in his law firm came from the desire to eliminate all hardware in his office. „Keeping my IT systems constantly up to date and reinvesting every three months was simply time-consuming,“ recalls Kucera, looking back. „I wanted a cloud solution that was maintenance-free and easy to use.“ As he laughingly recounts, Kucera was considered a „dinosaur“ by his colleagues, since he enjoyed working with cassettes and stacks of files.
Since 2001, Kucera and his wife Ruth Kucera-Dörler have been running a law firm in Hard in Austria, specializing in insolvency and contract law. Innovation has been in Kucera‘s DNA ever since the firm was founded, „We were one of the first law firms in Vorarlberg without a court location,“ he says. „We were the first law firm in Hard, in the countryside, so to speak. Today, Hard has a population of nearly 14,000 as well as seven law firms.“ Vienna-born Kucera and his wife have a total of six employees and are proud of their extensive and loyal client base.