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Mobile Technology Hellholes; Automatic Disaster Recovery; Reviews of Chrometa and Netmemo Plus; Seth Rowland Fan Mail

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, April 28, 2016

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Neil Squillante, Mobile Technology Hellholes

Jerry Gonzalez, Tip: Automatic Disaster Recovery System With SecondCopy And Dropbox

Frederic Wolfram, Review Of Chrometa

Steven Brower, Review Of Netmemo Plus

Jon Ladd, Praise For Seth Rowland And His Practice Management Manifesto

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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: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Backup/Media/Storage | Coming Attractions | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Serendipity

Why CosmoLex Is One to Watch; More Options for Replacing Time Matters

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, April 21, 2016

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Dana Riel, Why CosmoLex Is One To Watch

Lee D. Cumbie, Amicus Attorney As A Time Matters Replacement

Harry Salavantis, PracticeMaster As A Time Matters Replacement

William Ross, Clio As A Time Matters Replacement

Stan Johnson, Amicus Cloud As A Time Matters Replacement

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Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Coming Attractions | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Serendipity

Eight Time Matters Alternatives Plus Reflections on One Year With the Apple Watch

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, April 18, 2016

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Jim Zadeh, Why We're "Sticking" With Time Matters

Mary Bellusci, Moving From Time Matters to Needles

Colleen Heine, Six Time Matters Alternatives

Neil Squillante, Reflections on My First Year With the Apple Watch

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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: Coming Attractions | Gadgets/Shredders/Office Gear | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Serendipity

Why Susan Cartier Liebel Is Angry at Her Lawyer Plus 39 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 40 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.

Sweat the Small Stuff

What's an Initial Consultation Worth?

Five Ways Lawyers Can Boost Their Call to Action Performance

How Attorneys Can Use Remarketing to Get More Leads

Congratulations to Susan Cartier Liebel of Solo Practice University on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: Why Susan Cartier Liebel Is Angry at Her Lawyer

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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: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Coming Attractions | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | Law Office Management | Practice Management/Calendars | SmallLaw | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

Review of Smart Keyboard for 9.7-Inch iPad Pro Plus 56 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, April 4, 2016

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 57 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.

How to Stop LinkedIn's Annoying Emails

Why Clients Will Thank You for Using Practice Management Software

Verizon to Launch 5G Next Week

12 Ways the 9.7-Inch iPad Pro Is Different

Congratulations to Jason Snell of Six Colors on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Review: Smart Keyboard for 9.7-inch iPad Pro

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Topics: BlawgWorld Newsletter | Coming Attractions | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Practice Management/Calendars | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

Two Offsite Backup Plans; Why I Bought a 9.7-Inch iPad Pro; Review: AirParrot and Reflector; Cloud Practice Management

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, March 31, 2016

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Wells Anderson, Two Modern Offsite Backup Plans For A Quick Data Recovery After Disaster Strikes

Neil Squillante, Why I Bought A 9.7-Inch IPad Pro

Austin Kalmes, Tip: Use AirParrot And Reflector To Share Your IPad Screen

Caren Schwartz, "Cloud Is The Future" Not A Good Enough Reason To Jump

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Topics: Backup/Media/Storage | Coming Attractions | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Serendipity

Review of Amicus Cloud (Including Email and Dropbox Integration); Review of Zola Suite; Offsite Backup Options

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, March 25, 2016

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

David Scott Heier, Review Of Amicus Cloud (Including Email And Dropbox Integration)

Stephen Silverberg, Review Of Zola Suite (Practice Management)

Tom Trottier, Offsite Backup Options; Fireproof Safes Not Really Fireproof

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Topics: Backup/Media/Storage | Coming Attractions | Document Management | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Serendipity

Onit Enterprise Legal Management Takes a "Process" Approach to Ebilling and Matter Management

By Neil J. Squillante | Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers enterprise legal management software for corporate legal departments that goes beyond ebilling and matter management (see article below), an app for scheduling meetings (including paid consultations), case analysis software with document review capabilities, and a virtual desktop service for law firms. Don't miss the next issue.

Traditional enterprise legal management software enables corporate legal departments to manage and track the spending of legal work they outsource to law firms. This is important, but it's just one of hundreds of tasks corporate counsel need to manage.

Onit Enterprise Legal Management … in One Sentence

Onit Enterprise Legal Management is an integrated suite of ebilling and matter management apps designed to tackle the routine tasks of corporate legal departments.

The Killer Feature

There's a saying that every spreadsheet would be better expressed as a software program. Onit co-founder and CEO Eric Elfman found that lawyers in legal departments used a combination of spreadsheets and email to track processes ranging from board minutes to contract review and approval to legal matter assignments and much more.

This explains why Onit goes beyond traditional matter and spend tracking. Onit itself offers what Elfman calls a "process platform" that you can use as your primary system or as a means to augment your core software, including for the tasks noted above. Additionally, your department can create its own custom Onit Apps to fulfill specific needs.

"Traditional process management initiatives take between nine to 12 months to implement," adds Elfman. "By contrast, Onit Apps are configured and implemented in weeks so you can reap the financial and operational savings faster."

Other Notable Features

Onit features a configurable Dashboard comprised of widgets such as Pending, Disputed, and Overdue Invoices, Inactive Matters, Pending Vendor Evaluations, etc. Your view depends on your role in the department.

You create a new matter by entering the name, type, and lawyer managing the matter. You can add metadata such as whether it involves litigation and is a major matter. Selecting the type of matter (e.g., bankruptcy, investigation, real estate, etc.) can automatically add resources such as a paralegal, outside counsel, and vendors. You can upload documents, and set a budget or alternative fee arrangement.

Onit offers an ebilling workflow that adjusts to whatever business rules you have in place. You can create different workflows for special matters such as those involving more than $1M in fees. The workflows you create can proceed in a linear or parallel flow.

Law firms use Onit's BillingPoint service to submit invoices in a LEDES format. The use of a separate Onit App ensures that law firms cannot gain access to your data. Once ebills are submitted, Onit can format them so to look like a traditional invoice. Onit automatically alerts you if an invoice violates a preset requirement. In addition, you can reject invoices, add comments, adjust line items, etc.

Onit includes all the reports you would expect as well as the ability to export the data in Excel format. For richer reports with bubble charts and other data visualizations, Onit integrates with Tableau.

What Else Should You Know?

Onit runs in all web browsers. It also integrates with Outlook via an add-in. When you receive an email alert such as for a new matter, contract or legal service request, you can securely log into Onit from inside the email message to view the details. Learn more about Onit Enterprise Legal Management.

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Has Practice Management Software Stalled? Plus 63 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, March 21, 2016

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 64 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.

Practice Management Software for a Mobile World

Breaking: New 4-Inch iPhone SE Launches

Breaking: New 9.7-Inch iPad Pro Launches

The Epic Story of Dropbox's Exodus From the Amazon Cloud Empire

Congratulations to Seth G. Rowland of Basha Blog on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Has Practice Management Software Stalled?

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LexRex Rethinks Practice Management Software for a Mobile World

By Neil J. Squillante | Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a cloud practice management system designed to work just as well on your smartphone as on your Mac or PC (see article below), a chat service you can add to your website to transform visitors into leads, and two practice management systems that announced new features today at ABA TECHSHOW. Don't miss the next issue.

If you build a cloud practice management system today, you have the advantage of knowing that virtually all lawyers have an iPhone or Android phone and expect your product to work on it. Many lawyers also have an iPad with similar expectations.

LexRex … in One Sentence

Launching today, Cerno Technologies' LexRex is a cloud practice management system built for use on both desktop computers and touchscreen mobile devices.

The Killer Feature

LexRex uses the same vertical scrolling design for both the desktop browser app and the Android and iPhone apps. According to VP Business Development Ray Priddle, this simplifies navigation, reduces the number of different screens, and enables you to find what you need faster.

The smartphone app offers the same functionality as the desktop app plus several device-specific features. For example, the app can automatically prompt you after a call to assign a case and post a time entry. Additionally, you can upload any document on your phone to a case.

"LexRex has been designed to work just as well on a smartphone as on a desktop," says Priddle. "The increasing use of touch screens means that applications need to be designed with touch as a key input and navigation method. Also, with the significant amount of business undertaken on smartphones it's important to fully use the technology lawyers always have with them."

Other Notable Features

LexRex groups together under Custom Settings everything you need to get off the ground such as adding users with default billing rates. Most notably, Case Categories enables you create a custom template for each of your core practice areas to standardize your workflows, prevent errors, and improve case outcomes. For example, a case category for medical malpractice cases can require incident dates during intake.

The heart of LexRex is the Case Summary, which lists all associated activity such as calls, meetings, court dates, documents, email, tasks, notes, expenses, time entries, invoices, etc. You can connect anything in LexRex to a case. LexRex's Dashboard gives you a head's up about your day and looming deadlines across all cases.

LexRex lavishes a lot of attention on your calendar, email, telephone calls, and tasks given their importance. Calls have their own time entry slip and are grouped together for reference. Tasks enable you to add multiple time entries as you work towards completion.

LexRex connects directly to Exchange, Google, IMAP, Office 365, etc. for your email and calendar. You can save email messages to cases. When you compose an email in LexRex, it automatically captures the time and files the message in the corresponding case. Likewise, LexRex can automatically bill meetings on your calendar.

The Billing system enables you to create invoices and send them to clients via email (PDF), mail, or their client portal (see below). When creating a bill, you can make adjustments such as overriding the billing rate for any line item, adding a late payment penalty, etc.

What Else Should You Know?
LexRex's secure client portal enables clients to pay bills with a credit card, access documents that you make available, upload documents that you request, and add notes. LexRex costs $35 per user per month when paid annually ($42 when paid monthly). Learn more about LexRex.

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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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