TechnoLawyer is one badass company and as a legal professional, you should know about it. I had the fun and pleasure of working as an editor for Blawgworld for a couple of years and have high regard for the folks of TL. As for their work, not only is it one of the best resources for legal technology information, articles, white papers and product reviews but it is ALL FREE. You just have to "join" as most of their info is delivered by email or by logging into your personal portal.
They just released their VERY USEFUL Buyers Guide to Legal Billing Software. As we all know, legal billing software is a necessity for all law firms. Their Buyer's Guide compares the 22 leading products (both cloud and classic), including their cost using a benchmark TL has created called the TL Research Price. The Buyer's Guide weighs in at nearly 7,500 words with seven charts, including one that lists how each product stacks up for entering time on the go from smartphones, the iPad, etc. Pretty useful I'd say!
So the deal is that only TechnoLawyer members can download a copy of the Buyer's Guide. But don't forget, both TechnoLawyer membership and the Buyer's Guide are free. If you're not a TechnoLawyer member, use the form on this page to join today, then click Member Library in the navigation bar above. Once you join, you can also choose to receive one or more of their email newsletters, all of which are free and stocked with great information. Get on it!
While Aderant would certainly prefer that we call it by it's new name, Total Office, most of us can't help ourselves - it will always be Client Profiles. So if you're a CP user, check this out - LiteLaw! It's a very cool and useful app for iOS which plugs right into your existing CP/ATO install (in no more than 30 minutes) and provides secure, complete access to your existing cases and all their info. Developed in his spare time (wherever he finds it!) by long time CP Administrator and IT Director, Ryan Colbert, of my hometown of Orlando - this guy knows what he's doing! He's a brilliant fella and a dear friend (together we co-founded the Orlando Legal Techs Meetup group). If you don't use CP but like the look of the app, talk to Ryan, they are happy to develop for other platforms when plausible.
LiteLaw allows authorized users to access matter information from anywhere AND more than anything its' simple but integrated timekeeping feature allows attorneys to input time directly to the matter from anywhere. No excuses. Per the LiteLaw website other useful features include:
Well this law firm geek approves. And one more thing - which I rarely say - it requires no-to-low training. Seriously! Learn more and download a free trial at the LiteLaw website. Tell them Adriana sent you!
Outlook is one of my favorite applications and definitely one of my favorite things to train. As a matter of fact, I'm doing a webinar on Tuesday April 16th with Ernie the Attorney at the Paperless Chase, so if you like these tips and want to learn more you can sign up here. I'm using Outlook 2010 and 2013 between my laptops and desktops and just run my entire professional and business life from it. Here are three tips that always get a standing ovation when I speak (well, not really, but it would be cool if that did happen).
(The screenshots below are from 2013 but all these tips apply to 2003, 2007 and 2010. Just look around, the prompts or icons might be a little different)
Don’t waste precious time cutting, pasting or recreating emails. There is a handy "Resend" feature in Outlook.
Rules are great for moving emails out of your Inbox and into subfolders (plus a whole slew of other things). Start with an easy rule like moving emails from a specific sender (like LinkedIn or Facebook) to a special folder that gets your attention when you have the time. Right click on an email and look for "Rules" or "Create Rule" and let Outlooks help you create the rule.
The look and feel of Rules has changed over the versions of Microsoft Office so if you want to learn more about rules in Outlook 2003 click here, for 2007 click here, 2010 click here and for 2013 take a look here.
Check out Legal Office Guru's blog post WITH A VIDEO! on setting up rules here.
Don't forget about my webinar on Tuesday April 16! Hope to see you there. Get details and register here.
If you know me (and most of you don't but let's pretend you do) - you know that I love technology. I mean, I really REALLY love it. It's hard for me to meet a technology I don't like. I shamelessly and eagerly buy every device, gadget or app that makes sense for me to know about (and even some that don't - like the Roku 3 that's still sitting in a box here on my desk). I buy all these things and learn how to use them so I can give firsthand advice when I'm talking to lawyers about technology.
My current collection includes a new Windows 8 Acer laptop with a touchscreen (I like it so much, it's replaced my MacBook as my day to day laptop), an iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini, a Lenovo Windows 8 Pro tablet, a Windows 8 Phone (the Nokia Lumia 920, which replaced my LG Thrill Android phone as my 2nd phone) and you don't even want to know what's in my tech dopp kit.
I kept hearing and reading about the latest Android operating system and wanted to be in-the-know (particularly got lured in by the idea of Google Now). So I picked up a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 and like it very much. It's a beautiful experience as far as the OS. I like the on-screen gadgets. And trying to figuring out how a lawyer could use it as much as they can an iPad to practice law has really stimulated my geeky brain (btw, NOT EVEN close in race, the iPad eats this thing's lunch). But I'm bummed because without my personal data on it, it's not much more than an e-reader and surfing device. I've not synced it with my Google accounts - which means no email, no calendar and no contacts on it - which also means Google Now is Google Not for me. So, why have I not loaded it with any of my personal information? Because I also keep reading and hearing about the security risks associated with the devices. A report from a company named F-Secure claims that Android accounts for 79% of mobile malware. It's reportedly the most widely used (notice I didnt say "popular") OS on the global market, so it makes statistical sense that it's the most riddled with malware. A post just last week titled Many Free Android Apps Are Starting To Look A Lot LikeMalware falls just short of calling the issue a crisis.
A report from GData, a well known antivirus and security company in Europe, claims that on average, a new Android malware strain appears every twominutes. Notables from a recent Trend Micro report:
Most attorneys I know cart around plenty of confidential and priveleged information on their mobile devices. From documents to financial information to critical dates and contact info and of course, emails - it is their responsibility and ethical duty to protect that information in the absolute best way they can. With the unsurmountable and undeniable amount of data that exists on this issue, I just don't know how any attorney would want to use an Android as their main device.
My usual advice? get an iPhone. Yes, I'm a big fan of iPhones - and not just because they only account for 0.7% of all malware but more so because there are so many amazing, useful and productive products for legal professionals. But if for some reason you are not interested in using one of the most secure mobile devices on the planet, then I'd suggest taking a look at the other most secure platform - a Blackberry device. I've heard the new Blackberry is pretty cool (ha! Words I most certainly thought I would never utter after 2005). Or even take a look at a Windows 8 phone - but I'll tell you now, I don't love that OS, it's hard to use.
But what can you do if you just can't or don't want to let go of that Android?
Creating an "exclusion dictionary" in Word could prevent you from sending in a "trail brief". Thanks to The Great Ben Schorr of Roland and Schorr for helping me with this queston from a friend and prof, "My paralegal students are constantly turning in trial briefs with the heading "trail brief," and referring to statutes as "statues." I have told them that they should try to go into Word and somehow take the words "trail" and "statue" out of the dictionary, so that every time they are in a document, they would be flagged as misspelled. Typical professor that I am, I tell them they should do this, but I don't know exactly how to do it, or if it's even possible. So....Is it?"
Yes, Professor it is possible...learn and share how from Microsoft MVP's.
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