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Free Research Reports for Lawyers and Others in the Legal Industry

By Neil J. Squillante | Thursday, April 30, 2015

TechnoLawyer Library houses our growing collection of free research reports in PDF format. Reports of this caliber usually cost a fortune, but TechnoLawyer members can download all of them for free. TechnoLawyer membership is also free. Below you'll find links to selected research reports and also to the TechnoLawyer Library Sweepstakes. Click any link to get started and join TechnoLawyer today.

The Egg Theory: What Clients Really Want From Their Lawyers

Why Lawyers Need Not Fear Disruption

Three Common Productivity Tasks That an iPad Performs Better Than a PC

Chill, Grill, and Bill: Summertime Gadgets for Summer-Loving Legal Professionals

TechnoLawyer Demographics 2014

LitigationWorld Quick Start Guide to Mastering Ediscovery

TL Research Buyer's Guide to Legal Billing Software

Can Microsoft Win the Legal Industry's Mobile Race?

TL Research Buyer's Guide to Outlook Add-Ons for Law Firms

TL Research Buyer's Guide to Document Management Systems for Law Firms (Second Edition)

Enter the TechnoLawyer Library Sweepstakes. There's no limit on how many times you can win.

Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Document Management | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | Practice Management/Calendars | TechnoLawyer | TechnoLawyer Library | Technology Industry/Legal Profession | TL Research

Review of Adobe Acrobat DC; Cloud Backup Blues; Typography for Lawyers; Legal Technology Enthusiasm Gap

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, August 28, 2015

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Neil Squillante, Review of Adobe Acrobat DC: Why It's Simultaneously Amazing and Annoying

Roy Greenberg, Is Your Only Backup in the Cloud?

Thomas RuBane, Typography for Lawyers

Steven Brower, The Legal Technology Enthusiasm Gap Among Young Lawyers

Don't miss this issue — or any future issues.

How to Receive TL Serendipity
Our most serendipitous offering (hence its name), TL Serendipity consists of contributions by TechnoLawyer members who have important information to share. You'll no doubt enjoy it because of its mix of interesting topics and genuinely useful knowledge, including brutally honest product reviews and informative how-tos. The TL Serendipity newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Backup/Media/Storage | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Online/Cloud | Technology Industry/Legal Profession | TL Serendipity

FRE 502(d) an Underused Safety Net Plus 41 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, August 27, 2015

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 42 articles from the past two weeks worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sample article from each section of today's issue, including our LitigationWorld Pick of the Week.

How to Use Collective Nouns Correctly

Chat Is the New Email in Ediscovery

Social Proof and Jurors

A New Type of Hotel for Lengthy Stays

Congratulations to Selina Billington and Daniel M. Braude of JD Supra on winning our LitigationWorld Pick of the Week award: FRE 502(d) An Underused Safety Net

How to Receive LitigationWorld
All practice areas evolve, but none faster than litigation. Written by successful litigators and other litigation experts, LitigationWorld provides you with practical tips related to electronic discovery, depositions, litigation strategy, litigation technology, and trial presentations. You'll also receive in-depth litigation product reviews as well as links to the most noteworthy articles in other online litigation publications so that you'll never miss anything. The LitigationWorld newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Coming Attractions | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | LitigationWorld

Make PDF Page Numbers Match Reality; Judgment Calculations; Hard Cost Recovery Tip; Custom Screens in Amicus Attorney

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, August 27, 2015

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Kathleen Cully, How to Get PDF Page Numbers to Match Reality Using Acrobat; Soda PDF

Tom Trottier, Tip: Free Software for Calculating Judgments

John Ahern, Tip: Make Clients Pay Directly for Hard Costs

Caren Schwartz, Creating Custom Screens and Reports in Amicus Attorney

Don't miss this issue — or any future issues.

How to Receive TL Answers
Do you believe in the wisdom of crowds? In TL Answers, TechnoLawyer members answer legal technology and practice management questions submitted by their peers. This newsletter's popularity stems from the relevance of the questions and answers to virtually everyone in the legal profession. The TL Answers newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Answers

Lexis for Microsoft Office 5.2: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers an software that adds legal proofreading and research tools to Microsoft Outlook and Word (see article below), case analysis software that integrates with a legal research service, and two applications that enable you to run virtual OS X and Windows machines on a Mac. Don't miss the next issue.

ADD PROOFREADING TOOLS AND MORE TO MICROSOFT OFFICE

All legal documents inevitably contain errors. As a lawyer, you're responsible for getting the law right. But you should not have to shoulder the burden of finding inconsistencies, undefined terms, and other common issues — especially because they're easy to miss. These mundane but critically important tasks are best handled by software.

Lexis for Microsoft Office 5.2 … in One Sentence

Launching this week, Lexis for Microsoft Office 5.2 brings proofreading, legal research, and drafting tools to Microsoft Word and Outlook.

The Killer Feature

The new version of Lexis for Microsoft Office includes proofreading tools for drafting and review powered by Microsystems' well-regarded EagleEye technology.

From the Microsoft Word ribbon, you can use the Terms & Phrases tool to find undefined terms and inconsistent phrases in your document. The Definitions List ensures that you don't miss any defined terms or use inconsistent definitions for the same term.

Lexis for Microsoft Office also checks your document for accuracy and completeness. Regarding the former, it finds missing quotation marks and parenthesis, inconsistent numbering, and incorrect references. Regarding the latter, you can mark items as incomplete using your own custom term such as "Review." Later, you can locate all of these items for removal/replacement before you share the document.

"Effective and efficient document review is vital to the success of litigation and transactional practitioners alike," LexisNexis vice president, Lexis Advance Jeff Pfeifer tells us. "With the integration of EagleEye tools, we are giving Lexis for Microsoft Office users powerful means to automatically scan for consistency and errors, enabling them to deliver more precise, accurate, and complete agreements, briefs, pleadings and other documents."

Other Notable Features

In addition to the EagleEye integration, Lexis for Microsoft Office now integrates with document management systems through Lexis Search Advantage. From one search box, you can search Lexis Advance, your firm's documents, and/or the open web.

The integration with Lexis Advance has grown deeper too. Most notably, your Lexis Advance Work Folders now appear within Word and Outlook so that you can save, search, and download source materials without leaving these programs. Using drag and drop, you can insert quotations from cases, phrases from Matthew Bender forms, etc. into your Word documents and email messages.

The new version of Lexis for Microsoft Office also includes enhancements to the litigation tools. When creating a table of authorities with Lexis for Microsoft Office, you can now use "passim" in place of the page numbers cited. Settings enable you to adjust when it should appear. The page numbers remain intact below the surface so you can still click for a pinpoint preview of the source. Lexis for Microsoft Office supports the 20th edition of The Bluebook.

Also new, Get Cited Documents now exists in both Word and Outlook since email messages often include citations. As its name suggests, this tool retrieves from Lexis Advance source materials cited in a Word document or email message.

What Else Should You Know?

Lexis for Microsoft Office works with Windows 7, 8.1, and 10. It requires Microsoft Office 2007 or later and a Lexis Advance subscription. Learn more about Lexis for Microsoft Office 5.2.

How to Receive TL NewsWire
So many products, so little time. In each issue of TL NewsWire, you'll learn about five new products for the legal profession. Pressed for time? The newsletter's innovative articles enable lawyers and law office administrators to quickly understand the function of a product, and zero in on its most important features. The TL NewsWire newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Automation/Document Assembly/Macros | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Legal Research | TL NewsWire

Are Paralegals Necessary? Plus 40 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 41 articles from the past week worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sample article from each section of today's issue, including our SmallLaw Pick of the Week.

Why You Should Read "The Martian"

How to Hire the Best People to Grow Your Firm

Multiple Practice Areas and Your Website

How to Stay Connected With Referral Sources

Congratulations to Lee Rosen of Divorce Discourse on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: Are Paralegals Necessary?

How to Receive SmallLaw
Small law firm, big dreams. Written by successful small-firm founders, managing partners, administrators, and legal technology and practice management experts, SmallLaw provides practical advice on management, marketing, and technology issues in solo practices and small law firms. Additionally, SmallLaw features comprehensive reviews of legal products with accompanying TechnoScore ratings. SmallLaw also ensures that you won't miss anything published elsewhere by linking to helpful articles, podcasts, and videos about solo practices and small law firms. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Coming Attractions | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | Law Office Management | SmallLaw | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

Review of Lookeen Plus 78 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, August 24, 2015

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 79 articles from the past week worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sample article from each section of today's issue, including our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week.

All Mac Law Office Part 1

All Mac Law Office Part 2

Choosing a Cheap Laptop to Fit Your Needs

2015 ABA Tech Survey on iOS Usage

Congratulations to M. David Stone of PCMag.com on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Review of Lookeen (Desktop and Outlook Search)

How to Receive BlawgWorld
Our newsletters provide the most comprehensive coverage of both legal technology and mainstream technology of interest to the legal profession (e.g., monitors, smartphones, scanners, the iPad, and more). But not the only coverage. BlawgWorld enables you to stay on top of all the noteworthy legal and mainstream technology articles (and podcasts and videos) published elsewhere without having to hire a research assistant. Even when you're busy, you won't want to miss each issue's Pick of the Week. Please subscribe now.

Topics: BlawgWorld Newsletter | Coming Attractions | Document Management | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Networking/Operating Systems | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

Reviews of MacBook Air, MacLocks, Duet Display; Apple Watch v. iPhone; Dragon v. Transcription; WordPerfect Loyalty

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, August 24, 2015

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

David Beck, Review: MacBook Air, MacLocks Lock, Duet Display

Neil Squillante, Why the Apple Watch Is Not Just a Small iPhone Plus Leather Loop Review

Thomas Sennett, Dragon Versus Dictation + Transcription

Tommy Lee, The One Reason I Use WordPerfect

Don't miss this issue — or any future issues.

How to Receive TL Serendipity
Our most serendipitous offering (hence its name), TL Serendipity consists of contributions by TechnoLawyer members who have important information to share. You'll no doubt enjoy it because of its mix of interesting topics and genuinely useful knowledge, including brutally honest product reviews and informative how-tos. The TL Serendipity newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Computer Accessories | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | Entertainment/Hobbies/Recreation | Gadgets/Shredders/Office Gear | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | TL Serendipity

Reviews of PCLaw, Time Matters, Surface Pen; Time Card; TOA and TOC in WordPerfect; PDF Page Number Matching

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, August 20, 2015

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

David Hudgens, Review: PCLaw and Time Matters Separate and Together

Thomas Sennett, Review: Surface Pro 3 With Surface Pen for Note-Taking

Virginia McMichael, Review: Time Card for Android

Karl M. Rowe, How to Create Table of Authorities and Contents in WordPerfect

Don't miss this issue — or any future issues.

How to Receive TL Answers
Do you believe in the wisdom of crowds? In TL Answers, TechnoLawyer members answer legal technology and practice management questions submitted by their peers. This newsletter's popularity stems from the relevance of the questions and answers to virtually everyone in the legal profession. The TL Answers newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Answers

Transform Your Legal Writing With One Simple Habit Plus Litigation Product Recommendations

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, August 20, 2015

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Admiral William H. McRaven's famous commencement speech encouraged graduates to perform small tasks every day to create a positive feedback loop that would enable them to make an impact. In this issue of LitigationWorld, lawyer and legal writing coach Kiko Korn takes a page from the Admiral's playbook to encourage you to incorporate legal writing best practices to your repetoire one by one. She starts you off with three that you can use right away. Also, don't miss the LitigationWorld Pick of the Week for technology recommendations from a small-firm litigator.

How to Receive LitigationWorld
All practice areas evolve, but none faster than litigation. Written by successful litigators and other litigation experts, LitigationWorld provides you with practical tips related to electronic discovery, depositions, litigation strategy, litigation technology, and trial presentations. LitigationWorld also features in-depth litigation product reviews with accompanying TechnoScore ratings, as well as links to the most noteworthy litigation articles in other publications so that you'll never miss anything. The LitigationWorld newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Coming Attractions | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | LitigationWorld

Dragon Professional Individual 14: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Thursday, August 20, 2015

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers speech recognition software for Windows PCs with hands-free editing and formatting (see article below), speech recognition software for iOS and Android, speech recognition software for Macs, and an iPad app for remotely accessing and controlling Macs and PCs. Don't miss the next issue.

HANDS-FREE WRITING, EDITING, AND FORMATTING

The allure of speech recognition software lies in its ability to cut out the middle man — your keyboard and mouse or a transcriptionist. This means the software must go beyond text entry into the realm of editing and formatting.

Dragon Professional Individual 14 … in One Sentence

Announced this week and launching soon, Nuance's Dragon Professional Individual 14 (Windows) is speech recognition software with automation tools.

The Killer Feature

Dragon Professional Individual enables you to exercise a lot of control over your documents. However, consulting a user guide or even a cheat sheet takes you away from your work. The new version addresses this by enabling you to access all possible voice commands by saying "What Can I Say."

This displays a menu of options that you use your voice to choose — select navigation commands, correction commands, formatting commands, punctuation commands, or the help system. When you make a choice, you drill down to a submenu with the commands written in such as way that you can insert the proper word when you speak (e.g., for the "Go Up N Lines" command, you would insert a number in place of N).

Other Notable Features

Dragon Professional Individual enables you to create custom commands for your workflow. These can include multiple steps. For example, you can email a document to a group of colleagues and also print a copy for yourself with one voice command. Also on the customization front, you can create custom word lists for legal terms, party names, etc. so that Dragon Professional Individual will understand you and use the correct spelling and capitalization. You can import and export custom commands and custom words.

Also new, you can feed audio recordings of other people such as a speech, podcast, or broadcast to Dragon Professional Individual to generate a written transcript. The software needs only a 90-second sample of the speaker's voice, and will not confuse that person's voice with yours.

Dragon Professional Individual integrates with Dragon Anywhere, Nuance's new mobile app. This means your documents sync so that you can start dictating on your PC and continue with your iPhone or Android smartphone. Your custom commands, shortcuts, and vocabularies exist in both products without having to set them up twice.

What Else Should You Know?

Dragon Professional Individual works on Windows 7, 8.1, and 10. It costs $300. Users of Dragon Professional and Dragon Premium can upgrade for $150 and $200 respectively. Learn more about Dragon Professional Individual 14.

How to Receive TL NewsWire
So many products, so little time. In each issue of TL NewsWire, you'll learn about five new products for the legal profession. Pressed for time? The newsletter's innovative articles enable lawyers and law office administrators to quickly understand the function of a product, and zero in on its most important features. The TL NewsWire newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

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