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Privacy of an Always On Smartwatch Display; What I Use and Why; MetaJure + DocuSign; Reviews of Mobile Scanner Apps; Immigration Pro

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, May 18, 2017

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Neil Squillante, The Privacy Implications of an Always On Smartwatch Display

David O'Connell, What I Use and Why: Windows 10, Office 365, Galaxy Note 4, and More

Leslie Meagley, MetaJure's New Integration With DocuSign

Sheila Blackford, Review of Scannable (Mobile Scanning App)

Phyllis Dubrow, Review of Scanner Pro (Mobile Scanner App)

Bobby Abrams, Tip: Immigration Pro for Client Intake

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Topics: Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Copiers/Scanners/Printers | Document Management | Gadgets/Shredders/Office Gear | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Networking/Operating Systems | Online/Cloud | Practice Management/Calendars | Privacy/Security | TL Serendipity

Zaliet Considers Building Your Law Firm Website the First Step, Not the Last

By TechnoLawyer | Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a law firm website design service that includes a library of legal content to save you time (see article below). In addition, you'll find links to the previous 11 TL NewsWire features, including our coverage of personal injury practice management software with specialized tools for tracking settlements, liens, medical records, and marketing, a Microsoft Word add-in that automates document creation and ensures their consistency with firm-wide rules, and much more. Don't miss the next issue.

If your law firm has an aging website or no website at all, you have an advantage. You can leapfrog the competition with a new mobile-friendly website built from the ground up to rank well in Google and integrate with social media networks. But what about all the content a website needs nowadays to rank well? Most web designers won't help you with this.

Zaliet … in One Sentence

Zaliet is a website creation and hosting service for law firms that also provides content creation and other marketing services.

The Killer Feature

Zaliet's Basic plan starts you off with up to five web pages, while the Premium and Platinum plans increase it to 15 and 50 respectively. You can write all the content for these pages (and add more pages) if you have the time and inclination. Alternatively, you can get a running start by using Zaliet's Content Library.

Included in the Premium and Platinum plans, Zaliet's Content Library contains professionally written copy for more than 35 practice areas and legal topics that you can use and edit at no additional charge. Practice areas include bankruptcy, criminal, employment, family, immigration, civil litigation, and sports. Topics range from contesting a will to powers of attorney.

The Platinum plan also includes three pages of customized content written exclusively for your firm by The Legal Writers Bureau, a group of former editors of publications such as The National Law Journal. The Legal Writers Bureau can create additional custom content if needed at a special rate for Zaliet customers.

"Your website is your opportunity to tell potential clients who you are, what you do, and why they should choose you over a competitor," says Zaliet CEO Rachel-Leanne Williams. "Good content is an integral part of successful law firm websites."

Other Notable Features

Working with Zaliet begins with a Design Brief, an interactive web questionnaire that you fill out with the help of a Zaliet Website Coach. The Design Brief asks you to upload your logo and photos, choose one of Zaliet's website design styles, create your sitemap, and add material from the Content Library. If needed, Zaliet can help you register a domain name, create a logo, take professional headshots, etc.

Most law firms complete the Design Brief in 2-3 days after which Zaliet creates your website and stages it privately for you to review before going live. Depending on the size of your site, the entire process takes 1-2 weeks. "I can't thank Zaliet enough for all the compliments I receive about the website," says Kate Ashmor, Principal of Ashmor Legal.

All three plans enable you to add features such as a contact form and a live Google Maps image of your office location. The Premium and Platinum plans offer advanced features such as blogs, email newsletters, Google Analytics integration, site translation, and more. Zaliet integrates with LawConnect for a client portal, and RapidPay for client credit card payments.

What Else Should You Know?

If your firm uses LEAP practice management software, you're in luck because LEAP users get the Premium plan for free or the Platinum plan for $115 per month (LawConnect is also included). If your firm doesn't use LEAP, the Basic, Premium, and Platinum plans cost $75, $150, and $265 per month respectively. Learn more about Zaliet.

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Topics: Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | Practice Management/Calendars | TL NewsWire

Why Personal Injury Software Is the New Punk Rock in Practice Management

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, May 11, 2017

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Personal injury law firms have unique needs, and a growing number of software developers have taken notice. In this issue of LitigationWorld, Chris Freiberg documents the explosion of case management software for personal injury and mass tort firms. Chris focuses on four products — SmartAdvocate, CASEpeer, Litify, and Filevine — along with insights from the CEOs behind each. Find out why personal injury software is the new punk rock in practice management. Also, don't miss the LitigationWorld Pick of the Week for a poignant reminder about the importance of the judge in your cases.

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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: Coming Attractions | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | LitigationWorld | Practice Management/Calendars

CASEpeer Promises a Hassle-Free Out-of-the Box Experience for Personal Injury Firms

By TechnoLawyer | Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers personal injury practice management software with specialized tools for tracking settlements, liens, medical records, marketing, and much more (see article below). In addition, you'll find links to the previous 11 TL NewsWire features, including our coverage of a Microsoft Word add-in that automates document creation and ensures their consistency with firm-wide rules, a redesigned international arbitration research service with tools such as Visual Connectors for Boolean searches, and much more. Don't miss the next issue.

Personal injury practice differs significantly from other types of litigation. Contingency fee arrangements require careful intake screening and monitoring of settlement offers. In between, you need to keep cases moving along, and manage everything from insurance policies to medical records while not missing any deadlines. This calls for specialized software.

CASEpeer … in One Sentence

CASEpeer is cloud practice management software for personal injury law firms.

The Killer Feature

"Without a doubt, CASEpeer is the most intuitive solution for plaintiff's law firms," says CEO Darren Fancher. "From lead tracking to powerful settlement tools, CASEpeer makes attorneys and staff more efficient and effective."

My demo begins with a look at these settlement tools. Essentially your firm's financial pipeline, the Settlement Management dashboard lists all Demands and Offers across all open cases. You can also view settled cases by Checks In, Pending (waiting for check), and Issues (potential collection problem). The top of the dashboard lists totals for each category and your firm's cut. Search for a specific case or client, or filter by attorney to see your cases or those of a colleague.

The firm-wide Overviews dashboard enables you to compare the performance of your team and identify bottlenecks. At the other extreme, a settlement dashboard exists for each client with the details of each demand and offer, and a running total of settlements, liens, costs, and the client's net. This is where you change the status of a demand, and enter information about attorney, health provider, and other liens.

Other Notable Features

Settlement information is just one of many data types CASEpeer stores for each client. Others include defendants, other parties, expert witnesses, photos, discovery, timeline, and much more. Each file's Home Tab contains the most salient information such as the client's photo, case age, statute of limitations, health providers, health bills, police report, lost wages, etc.

The Home Tab also lists Case Tasks and Case Notes. Case Tasks typically reside within a CASEplan, a custom workflow that automatically assigns tasks to a person when a trigger occurs (e.g., send a letter of representation to health providers after intake). You can manually create Case Notes but many are automatically generated (e.g., when you mark a demand accepted), creating an audit trail of all case activity.

CASEpeer prevents mishaps and offers deep analytics. The main dashboard lists the cases with an approaching statute of limitations, inactive cases and their "last touched" date, open tasks, unread messages, etc. The Intake report enables you to compare the value of each of your marketing channels (Internet, radio, referrals, etc.) thanks to the settlement data in CASEpeer. Every contact in CASEpeer exists as its own independent record, which enables you to identify connections. For example, you can view all cases related to an adjustor, doctor, etc.

"CASEpeer has transformed the way my firm operates," says Samuel Mirejovsky, co-founder of Bergener Mirejovsky, APC. "It is a powerful and intuitive tool for any personal injury practice. CASEpeer encourages collaboration, oversight, and accountability. Its robust features have without a doubt increased our efficiency. With CASEpeer we can plan for the future with ease."

What Else Should You Know?

CASEpeer also offers document management, email capture, expense tracking, eFax integration, and the ability to send, receive, and store text messages. The monthly subscription price ranges from $55 to $85 per user depending on the size of your firm. This includes data migration, online training, and technical support. Learn more about CASEpeer.

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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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Review of Logitech MK550 Wave; Switching From Amicus Attorney to Needles; Dragon Professional Tips

By TechnoLawyer | Friday, April 28, 2017

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Maxine Aaronson, Review of Logitech MK550 Wave Keyboard and Mouse

Mary Bellusci, Switching From Amicus Attorney to Needles

Steven Polinsky, Review of Dragon Professional for Transcription of Recordings

Christian Onsager, Tip: Using Dragon With a Cheap Headset

Leon Dicker, Always Proofread and Other Dragon Professional Tips

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Topics: Coming Attractions | Computer Accessories | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | Gadgets/Shredders/Office Gear | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Serendipity

Review of Unicomp Model M; Review of DAS Model S Ultimate; Review of Dragon Dictate Professional Individual 15; Inside PracticeMaster and Tabs3

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, April 27, 2017

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Pat Calta, Review of Unicomp Model M Keyboard

Joe Koplin, Review of DAS Model S Ultimate (Blank Keys)

Randolf Krbechek, Review of Dragon Dictate Professional Individual 15

Donald Coker, Inside PracticeMaster and Tabs3

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Topics: Coming Attractions | Computer Accessories | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Serendipity

Why We Use Time Matters; Why We Use Amicus Attorney; Reviews of RingCentral, MyFax

By TechnoLawyer | Friday, April 14, 2017

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Wayne Pierce, Why We Use Time Matters for Practice Management

Mara Ballard, Why We Use Amicus Attorney for Practice Management

Joe Koplin, Review: RingCentral

John Courtade, Review: MyFax

Joshua Gordon, Review: RingCentral

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Topics: Coming Attractions | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Serendipity

LEAP Brings Document Automation and Forms to Practice Management Software

By TechnoLawyer | Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers cloud practice management software with a growing library of forms and templates, and built-in document assembly and e-filing (see article below). In addition, you'll find links to the previous 11 TL NewsWire features, including our coverage of an Outlook add-in that addresses attachment headaches and reduces the risk of career-threatening errors, a due diligence and business intelligence research service with a new approach to presenting data from public filings, and much more. Don't miss the next issue.

Once a luxury, document automation has become essential in law firms. Consumers of legal services want to pay for your expertise, not for you to noodle around in Microsoft Word formatting a scanned form and manually entering data.

LEAP … in One Sentence

LEAP is a cloud practice management system with built-in document assembly and a growing library of forms and document templates.

The Killer Feature

The creators of LEAP identified an unmet need in the legal industry several years ago. Law firms store client and matter information in a practice management system, but cannot use this data to create documents without a significant investment in document assembly software. And even after such an investment, law firms still need to download forms from various courts and agencies, and buy templates from various providers.

LEAP provides all three of these components in one product — practice management, forms and templates ("forms"), and document assembly. LEAP currently contains more than 2,000 forms in more than a dozen practice areas ranging from bankruptcy to estate planning to family to real estate. "Since the start of 2017, LEAP Content has added over 600 new forms across the various states and areas of law," says Kelly Clifford, President of Content. The LEAP Forms Blog, to which you can subscribe, keeps you apprised of new additions by practice area and by jurisdiction.

In addition, LEAP recently unveiled built-in e-filing. You enter your court login credentials, choose the case file, and select the documents you want to e-file. LEAP currently supports e-filing in bankruptcy courts, USCIS (immigration), and New York and New Jersey state courts.

Other Notable Features

You can search LEAP for a form or browse by jurisdiction and practice area. Forms run in Microsoft Word, both the Windows and Online versions. Fields within forms auto-populate with data from LEAP. The form wizard identifies missing data. Once you add missing data to a case file, you can rerun the form with one click.

Customize LEAP's forms and create your own document templates using more than 25,000 fields. LEAP stores your custom templates so that you need not reinvent the wheel in the future. Without any programming, your templates can include questionnaires, calculations, Ask/Result (multiple-choice answers), and If/Then/Else statements (e.g., if a female, use female pronouns throughout the document). LEAP's content team can assist you in creating your first five templates at no charge.

You can save completed documents in Word or PDF format. If you're creating several documents, LEAP can combine them into a single PDF file. LEAP saves all versions of the documents you generate in the corresponding matter. The History of Changes provides an audit trail, while the Compare tool generates a redline of two versions.

LEAP automatically captures the time you spend creating a document for billing purposes. As we've reported previously, LEAP includes billing, document management, and practice management in addition to the document automation tools discussed above. LEAP also includes a modern, mobile-friendly website and blog for your firm.

What Else Should You Know?

LEAP runs in a dedicated native app for Windows, iOS, and Android, as well as in a web browser. The monthly subscription includes technical support and software updates. Learn more about LEAP.

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 | Practice Management/Calendars | TL NewsWire

Micro-Symposium on ABA TECHSHOW 2017

By TechnoLawyer | Monday, March 27, 2017

Coming today to SmallLaw: ABA TECHSHOW 2017 took place from March 15-18. We asked conference Chair Adriana Linares as well as 18 exhibitors to share their product discoveries, tips, and other observations from the perspective of small law firms. The result is our largest ever micro-symposium with everything from brand new 1.0 products to insights on new legal technology trends. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week to learn why why SEO requires a long-term commitment.

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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.

Topics: Business Productivity/Word Processing | CLE/News/References | Coming Attractions | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | Practice Management/Calendars | SmallLaw

Calendar Strategies; 7 Steps to a New Phone System; TextMap v. TranscriptPad; NitroPDF v. PDF XChange Editor; Much More

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, March 9, 2017

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Neil Squillante, How Many Calendars Does a Lawyer Need?

Paul Pinkerton, Shopping for a New Phone System? Use This Seven Step Checklist

Ken Laska, Review: TextMap v. TranscriptPad

Donald Lowrey, Review of Dragon Legal Individual 15

Ruth Curcuru, Review: NitroPDF v. PDF XChange Editor (Acrobat Replacements)

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 | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Serendipity
 
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