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A Better Way to Create Pleadings in Microsoft Word Plus 10 Trial Presentation Tips

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, April 7, 2014

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Don't create another pleading until you read this issue of LitigationWorld. Microsoft Word trainer Deborah Savadra has written a step-by-step guide on how to create your own custom templates for pleadings. Your templates will save you time, ensure compliance with court rules, and prevent embarrassing mistakes from reusing existing documents. Once you have a library of pleadings templates, you'll want to create templates for all your litigation documents. Also, don't miss the LitigationWorld Pick of the Week for 10 trial presentation tips from professional newscasters.

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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: Automation/Document Assembly/Macros | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | LitigationWorld

Drafting Assistant - Transactional 2.0: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Thursday, April 3, 2014

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers software for drafting and proofreading transactional documents that works within Microsoft Word and WordPerfect (see article below), PDF software designed for the legal profession, a checklist creation application for your workflow processes, and a smart height adjustable desk. Don't miss the next issue.

TRANSACTIONAL DOCUMENT DRAFTING ENTERS A NEW ERA

For more than two decades, transactional document drafting has entailed a collaboration between lawyer and technology. Initially, this just meant using a word processor. But in recent years, legal proofreading software has emerged that can find inconsistencies, omissions and other errors in your documents. The next step in this evolution consists of having software help you with the substantive law in your documents.

Drafting Assistant – Transactional 2.0 … in One Sentence

Launched in March, Thomson Reuters' Drafting Assistant – Transactional 2.0 is legal proofreading software that works within Microsoft Word and WordPerfect.

The Killer Feature

Drafting Assistant – Transactional now integrates with Practical Law's Standard Documents and Clause library, if you have a Practical Law subscription. That means without leaving your document you can obtain help both drafting and proofreading your document.

Practical Law is a human-powered service that helps lawyers tap into expertise unlikely to exist within their firm. Free from the demands of working in a law firm environment, the attorney editors at Practical Law spend all their time performing research and creating continually updated checklists, model documents, clause libraries, and more for transactional practice areas.

While drafting, you click on the Practical Law icon in your word processor's ribbon. This opens up the "Viewer" in which you can search and open Practical Law's Standard Documents and Clauses. You can use Practical Law's model documents both as a base and as a benchmark for comparing your own work. And because each Standard Document includes embedded Drafting Notes, you also get clause by clause drafting guidance.

"The ability to access Practical Law from within Drafting Assistant – Transactional expedites the drafting process and mirrors the way that lawyers actually draft," General Manager of Business Law Solutions Steve Obenski told us. "You have your master document and a benchmark document side by side within your drafting screen, so you can easily crib language and compare your documents to make sure they reflect current best practices. This combination provides the only end-to-end drafting solution on the market. You get the best substance and proofreading in one place."

Other Notable Features

In addition to the Practical Law integration, Drafting Assistant – Transactional includes 300 model documents across different transactional practice areas. You can also search Westlaw or WestlawNext directly from the software via a button on the toolbar.

The heart of Drafting Assistant – Transactional remains its "Deal Proof" proofreading analyzer engine. The software reviews documents of any size for errors in definitions, cross references, inconsistencies, missing information, and more. The software then flags each potential error and enables you jump to it by creating a hyperlinked index. You can also generate a report listing all possible errors.

After more than 10 years of refining the proofreading engine to find the tiniest of errors while minimizing false positives, Thomson Reuters commissioned a study to evaluate Deal Proof. The study found that lawyers who use Drafting Assistant – Transactional reduce their review time by 60% on average and find errors that go unnoticed with other proofreading methods.

What Else Should You Know?

The new version of Drafting Assistant – Transactional works with Microsoft Word 2013 and WordPerfect X6 as well as with earlier versions (it runs on Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8). You can use the Deal Proof component online or offline. Learn more about Drafting Assistant – Transactional 2.0.

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Equipping a Midsize Law Firm; Synchronizing Email; Multiple Monitors; Date Created; Three New Questions

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, March 20, 2014

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Mark Chernoff, Equipping a Midsize Law Firm

Aaron Craft, Tip: How to Synchronize Your Email Across All Your Devices

Andrew Willinger, How to Bring Your Email Into the 21st Century

D. Paul Dalton, How Multiple Monitors Work

John Peters, Try Date Created Work for Your DIY Document Management System

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Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Automation/Document Assembly/Macros | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Document Management | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Monitors | Networking/Operating Systems | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Answers

What You Need to Know About Cloud Document Assembly Plus a Bright Future in Sales

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, March 17, 2014

Coming today to BigLaw: Certain cloud applications make sense within a large firm environment because of their effortless support for multiple users and offices. Former large firm lawyer and document assembly consultant Seth Rowland suggests you dip your firm's toe into the cloud with one of three document assembly products — ContractExpress DealBuilder, HotDocs Document Services, or XpressDox Cloud. In this issue of BigLaw, Seth compares these three products in the context of five important features. Also, don't miss the BigLaw Pick of the Week for the latest debate — whether large firms should have a professional sales team.

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Large and midsize law firms have achieved unprecedented success yet they still have tremendous growth potential. Written by insiders, corporate counsel, and other industry experts, BigLaw unearths best practices in leadership, marketing, strategy, and technology, and features detailed product reviews with accompanying TechnoScore ratings. BigLaw also ensures that you won't miss anything published elsewhere by linking to insightful articles (and podcasts and videos) about large and midsize law firms, as well as notable press releases issued by the world's largest law firms. The BigLaw newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

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Switching From Verizon to Ting; Review of TheFormTool; Tips for Document Names and Upgrading to HotDocs 11

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, February 21, 2014

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Kurt Walberg, Why I Left Verizon for Ting

Michael Horten, Review: TheFormTool for Lengthy Litigation Documents

Roger Boyell, The Case for Dates in Document Names

Thomas F. McDow, Tip: Upgrading to HotDocs 11 From Earlier Versions

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

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Reviews of Roomba 880, ActiveWords, Parallels Access, Canon ScanFront

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, February 21, 2014

Today's issue of Fat Friday contains these articles:

Neil Squillante, Review: Roomba 880 (Robot Vacuum)

Steven Schwaber, Review: ActiveWords

Robin Meadow, Review: Parallels Access (Update); Thank You Edward Zohn

Philip Franckel, Review: Canon ScanFront for Scanning Small Documents

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

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Improve Your Word-Flow: Three Microsoft Word Features Worth Mastering Plus Email Signature Tips

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, February 20, 2014

Coming today to SmallLaw: The aspect of law practice that generates the most revenue for most law firms is also its least glamorous — document drafting. In this issue of SmallLaw, law firm technology consultant Ben Schorr explains how three Microsoft Word technologies — AutoCorrect, Building Blocks, and Templates — can make document creation more efficient. As always, Ben provides step-by-step instructions. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week for tips on creating an email signature that will help rather than hurt you.

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Small firm, big dreams. Written by practicing lawyers who manage successful small firms and legal technology and practice management experts who have achieved rock star status, SmallLaw provides practical advice on management, marketing, and technology issues in small law firms, as well as comprehensive legal product reviews with accompanying TechnoScore ratings. SmallLaw also ensures that you won't miss anything published elsewhere by linking to helpful articles (and podcasts and videos) about solo practices and small law firms. The SmallLaw newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

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iPad Email Tips; XpressDox Examples; Reviews of Scrivener, OmniOutliner; A WordPerfect Valentine

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, February 14, 2014

Today's issue of Fat Friday contains these articles:

Neil Squillante, Thinking Different About Composing Email on Your iPad

Kent Davis, Examples of XpressDox in Action in Law Firms

David Roper, Review: Scrivener and OmniOutliner

Andrew J. Zuckerman, This Article on Word Explains Why I Use WordPerfect

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Pathagoras 2014: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Thursday, February 13, 2014

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers document assembly software with new organizational tools (see article below), an Outlook add-on for sending secure email messages and attachments, automated time-tracking software, and a new mind-mapping app. Don't miss the next issue.

ALL YOUR DOCUMENT TEMPLATES AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

Document automation is like electricity. Once you try it, you perceive it as a necessity. There's no going back. And like electricity, you keep finding more and more uses for it. At some point, you realize that you use document assembly software to create virtually every document, which means you need a superior organizational system for the components of these documents.

Pathagoras 2014 … in One Sentence

Launched this week, Pathagoras 2014 is document automation software that works within Microsoft Word.

The Killer Feature

Pathagoras has always provided organizational tools for fast access to source documents and other text. For example, Libraries contain document templates, clauses, and other building blocks. DropDown Lists enable you to insert frequently-used text snippets into documents, ranging from signature blocks to multi-page contracts.

The new version of Pathagoras has two new organizational features — Collections and Environments.

Collections adds to the functionality of DropDown Lists. You can now create four sets of DropDown Lists, each set displaying the content of up to 10 folders of source text. This makes document creation more manageable. For example, you might organize your Collection by practice area, type of document, user, etc. You can switch from one Collection to another while working on the same document.

With Environments, you can connect Libraries and Collections. Thus, if you switch from your Estate Planning Library to your Litigation Library, your corresponding Litigation Collection will become active and visible for faster access.

"Never before has a document automation program offered such immediate and elegant access to text," Pathagoras President and Developer Roy Lasris told us. "Our new Collections and Document Assembly Environments tools will put every document, every clause, and every form over an extremely broad range of disciplines within two clicks of the operator's mouse. We're proud to offer these new features."

Other Notable Features

With Pathagoras, you can create the building blocks for your future documents by "disassembling" a finished document. This is what you place into a Library. Pathagoras offers a variety of disassembly tools.

The new version continues its tradition of not requiring knowledge of a programming language. Instead, you use a plain text syntax within a Microsoft Word document. For example, brackets within a document template indicate variable information (e.g., [Client Name]) as well as optional clauses.

Pathagoras creates its interviews and data collection forms on-the-fly from the on-screen text. It stores collected data in Pathagoras' Instant Database, enabling you to reuse it in future documents. If Pathagoras discovers a new variable in a document, it automatically and instantly adds it to the client's record.

What Else Should You Know?

Pathagoras 2014 costs $379 for first license and then $250 for each additional license (volume discounts exist). Alternatively, you can pay a $25 per month subscription fee (discounts for longer term commitments exist). Either way, Pathagoras includes email and telephone support, on-demand instructional videos, and a user guide both on the web and in PDF format. Learn more about Pathagoras 2014.

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Boost Your iPhone Productivity Plus 66 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, January 20, 2014

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 67 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.

Technology Resolutions for Lawyers

The Saga of WordPerfect Viewer for the iPad

Writing on the iPad (Podcast)

The Road to Geekdom

Congratulations to Mike Vardy of Productivityist on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Apps That Will Boost Your iPhone Productivity

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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.

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