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eDiscovery Point Wants to Put Lawyers Back in Charge of Their Cases

By Neil J. Squillante | Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers cloud ediscovery software designed with the help of litigators that includes free processing (see article below), a practice management app with integrated online payments, a project management app with automated workflows, and an over-the-top television service for news junkies. Don't miss the next issue.

The rise of ediscovery added an additional layer of complexity for lawyers and their teams. Faced with abstruse technology and pricing, some lawyers ignored ediscovery altogether, missing out on all the juicy evidence in email and social media. Fortunately, technology marches on, and what used to be complex and time consuming becomes simple enough for litigation support, paralegals and lawyers to handle themselves.

eDiscovery Point … in One Sentence

Launching this week, Thomson Reuters eDiscovery Point is a cloud ediscovery processing, review, and production platform with a focus on speed and user experience.

The Killer Feature

With eDiscovery Point, you pay per gigabyte only for the smaller data set you choose to move to review after processing and filtering. This means that your unlimited access to eDiscovery Point's processing and pre-review tools don't cost anything to use.

After creating a new case, you can upload up to 10 GB of collected data via your web browser or FTP. Alternatively, you can ship the data to Thomson Reuters on physical media (similar to Westlaw's reference attorneys, eDiscovery Point has a support team available 24/7).

eDiscovery Point automates processing tasks such as de-NISTing, de-duplication, metadata extraction, virus detection, and conversion and indexing of scanned documents. The processing engine starts returning documents within minutes so you can start working on them as well as your case strategy.

eDiscovery Point offers do-it-yourself Data Assessment tools to help you find potentially relevant documents and email for review. You can run searches and filter documents by custodian, file type, date range, and email fields such as TO, CC, and BCC. You can also view data by source path or PST structure. For large data sets, you can use eDiscovery Point's five-step predictive coding wizard to save time eliminating non-responsive data.

Other Notable Features

When you complete the pre-review process, you assign culled documents to your review team. The review workflow displays the document you're viewing on the left, information about the document above, and Document Coding options on the right. There's also a search bar that uses the same syntax as Westlaw to reduce your learning curve so you can quickly find what you need.

You can mark documents as responsive and privileged, assign issue tags, add notes, highlight key passages, zoom in and out, and apply Bates stamps. You can redact text with precision by selecting it with your mouse. For large areas, you can redact by drawing a box.

Assisted by an advisory board of litigation support professionals and litigators, the development team focused on making the tool easy to use. "We wanted to give control back to lawyers and their teams," says James Jarvis, Vice President of Product Management and Partnerships for Thomson Reuters Legal Managed Services. For jobs too large for your team, Legal Managed Services (formerly Pangea3) can do the work for you as well as provide a document review team.

What Else Should You Know?

eDiscovery Point works in all major web browsers on Macs and Windows PCs. You can login using the same OnePass password you use for Westlaw and other Thomson Reuters services. The company guarantees 99.99% availability, and stores your data in the United States. You can enable two-factor authentication for additional security. Learn more about eDiscovery Point.

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Being Paperless in Trial Plus 49 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, January 21, 2016

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 50 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.

Take a Pass on the Passive Voice

The End of Lawyers? Not So Fast

Chief Justice Roberts' 2015 Year-End Report

Ex-TV Newswoman Tells Plaintiffs' Tales

Congratulations to Ernie Svenson of Paperless Chase on winning our LitigationWorld Pick of the Week award: Being Paperless in Trial

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TL NewsWire Top 10 and 25 Products of 2015 Awards

By Neil J. Squillante | Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Below you'll find the TL NewsWire Top 10 and Top 25 Products of 2015 Awards — chosen by TL NewsWire subscribers.

When TL NewsWire subscribers read about a product of interest this year and clicked for more details, they passively casted a vote. Passive voting is the most meaningful type of voting for awards. The winners below genuinely attracted the most interest.

As you read about the winning products, you'll notice many that help lawyers create, annotate, and manage documents. Other hot product areas include email, law firm finances, litigation, and PDF. Finally, most of the products offer one or more key integrations, which enables law firms to combine previously siloed products into a cohesive system.

TL NewsWire is free — sign up now so you can choose next year's winners.

Congratulations to all the winners! Without further ado …

WINNERS OF THE TL NEWSWIRE TOP 10 PRODUCTS OF 2015 AWARD

Congratulations to the 10 hottest products of 2015 ranked in order by most clicks!

1. Matter Center for Office 365

Microsoft first previewed Matter Center at the ILTA Conference in August 2014. When Matter Center launched in September 2015 and we reported on it, TL NewsWire subscribers went bananas, vaulting it to a first place finish. Matter Center underscores the enduring popularity of both Microsoft Office and document management in the legal industry.

2. American Legal Style for PerfectIt 3

Fittingly in the year that gave us Ex Machina, American Legal Style for PerfectIt 3 proofreads your Word documents for incorrect citations and other style problems. It's like having Bryan Garner in your computer. Indeed, Garner's "The Red Book" is among the references American Legal Style for PerfectIt 3 can check your documents against.

3. Synergy Tools 1.0

Perhaps no legal software entrepreneur understands the pain of small law firms like Legal Matters Software founder John Ryan. Pretty much a gift to small firms given its $59.95 price, Synergy Tools 1.0 addresses nine pain points encountered daily by legal professionals who live in Windows Explorer.

4. Spark

It takes courage to build an iPhone email app given Apple's not-too-shabby Mail app. However, Readdle's Spark addresses Mail's biggest shortcoming — attachment handling. Spark enables you to attach documents from Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, iCloud Drive, and other cloud services the way your brain works — while writing your message.

5. LiquidText

LiquidText challenges you to use an iPad to annotate documents with interactions that don't exist on a PC but which hail from the world of pen and paper. Unlike Microsoft Word, Acrobat, etc., LiquidText gives your comments just as much of the spotlight as the document on which you're commenting. Apple named LiquidText the Most Innovative iPad App of 2015.

6. Capture.it Time Capture

Passive time capture apps like Capture.it capture the imagination of lawyers because let's face it — tracking your time stinks. Capture.it takes automatic time-tracking to new heights by periodically prompting you to assign captured time to matters, eliminating the need to open Capture.it for a dedicated billing session at the last minute each month.

7. Smokeball

Smokeball burst on the scene this year with a document-centric approach to practice management. Integrations with Word and Outlook and a document assembly engine keep all communications with clients and work product centrally organized. Smokeball also handles the yeoman's chores of practice management such as contacts and calendars.

8. LegalWorks

Uptime Legal merits a tip of our hat as the only company in 2015 that won two TL NewsWire Top Products awards. First up, LegalWorks is a cloud document management system. At many firms, Outlook is the hub through which documents usually arrive and leave. LegalWorks' Outlook integration enables you to save and retrieve documents from within Outlook.

9. iPad Pro

The long rumored iPad Pro arrived along with a first-party keyboard case and digital pencil. Like virtually all Apple products, the iPad Pro resulted in fierce online debates and vitriole among geeks. Meanwhile, lawyers and others who have long craved an iPad with a display the size of a sheet of paper are buying them like hotcakes.

10. LegalNature Pro

Launched in 2011 to offer complex legal documents to people whom LegalZoom doesn't serve, LegalNature found that it had many lawyers among its customers. Enter LegalNature Pro, which enables lawyers to automate their own documents while continuing to use LegalNature's forms.

WINNERS OF THE TL NEWSWIRE TOP 25 PRODUCTS OF 2015 AWARD

Congratulations to the next 15 hottest products of 2015 ranked in order by most clicks!

11. Dragon Professional Individual 14

After fits and starts over the past few years, Nuance has integrated its iconic Dragon Professional desktop software with your iPhone via Dragon Anywhere. Start dictating in your office and continue in your car. Dragon Professional also offers a new help system driven by — what else? — voice commands.

12. Pathagoras On Cloud

Research and development is a way of life at ISPV, which ships a new version of its Microsoft Word add-in Pathagoras every year. In 2015, the company launched Pathagoras On Cloud, which brings the Pathagoras' document assembly tools to a web word processor. This enables you to create documents on any device as there's no need for Microsoft Word.

13. TrustBooks

Trust accounting can seem like more trouble than it's worth — until a client fails to pay a large bill. Unlike other products, TrustBooks focuses exclusively on trust accounts. It offers three-way reconciliation, warns you about low balances, and generates statements for your clients.

14. Lexis for Microsoft Office 5.2

The only product to win two consecutive years, Lexis for Microsoft Office added proofreading tools in 2015. You can find undefined terms and inconsistent phrases. Also new, integration with Lexis Advance brings your research into Microsoft Word for instant access while you're writing.

15. Summation 6

Many litigators don't always have matters in the discovery phase. Summation 6 enables you to use the software as needed rather than commit to a traditional license. It also offers one-stop-shopping as it handles case analysis and transcript management in addition to document review and production.

16. EstateExec

No one likes to plan for their death. EstateExec makes estate planning an easier sell for lawyers as it enables your clients to manage and designate all their assets using their web browser. If you don't like serving as an executor or trustee, EstateExec may help persuade someone else to take on that role.

17. FactBox

Small law firms in particular have embraced web apps for billing, practice management, and more. It stands to reason that these law firms will continue this migration. FactBox brings case analysis to your web browser with all data stored in U.S.-based datacenters.

18. Xero

Hoping to capture QuickBooks users who want a cloud accounting system, Xero rolled out QuickBooks migration this year. The process takes about three hours after which you and others can manage your firm's accounting from anywhere.

19. Worldox GX4

This release of the popular document management system focuses on saving you time through automation. For example, Follow Me Favorites shortens the process of creating a document profile to just naming the document — the same amount of effort as Windows Explorer.

20. SWING Porter for Outlook

Many lawyers view Outlook as a silo as it keeps a matter's email apart from all the other documents. SWING Porter for Outlook exports email in PDF format using your firm's naming convention. You can manually export email or use a timed schedule to automate the process.

21. Uptime Practice

The second winner from Uptime Legal, Uptime Practice enables law firms to move to the cloud without giving up their robust desktop apps such as Amicus Attorney, Needles, PCLaw, PracticeMaster, ProLaw, Tabs3, Time Matters, and WorldDox.

22. Inbox by Gmail

Google reinvented email with Gmail so who better to reinvent it again? Inbox by Gmail surfaces information from email messages so you don't need to open them. A built-in task manager and integrations with Google Keep and Google Now seek to provide missing links for email productivity.

23. Adobe Acrobat DC

After years of not getting the Internet, Adobe leapt ahead with Acrobat DC. The PDF documents you open on your desktop become available on your smartphone and tablet (and vice versa) instantly without the need to move the documents anywhere. The recent integration with Dropbox added more icing to this tempting cake.

24. Soda PDF 7

Soda PDF poses a greater threat to Nitro Pro than to Acrobat as both products compete for price-sensitive law firms that find Acrobat too expensive (especially with Adobe now pushing subscriptions). On this front, Soda PDF costs less than Nitro Pro while providing the features lawyers need such as Bates stamping, PDF-to-Word conversion, integration with scanners, built-in OCR, and more.

25. Amicus Premium 2015

You can set your clock by the annual releases of popular practice management system Amicus Premium. This year brought the Amicus Client Portal for secure communications and file sharing with clients. Unlike standalone portals, the Amicus Client Portal prompts you to bill the time you spend communicating with your clients.

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Review of American Legal Style for Perfectit Plus 38 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, December 10, 2015

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 39 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.

Cheat Sheet for Amended FRCP Now in Effect

30 Words to Test Your Pronunciation Skills

Serving the Needs of 97% of Litigation

OMG, My Text Messages Could Be Discoverable?

Congratulations to Megan E. Boyd of Lady (Legal) Writer on winning our LitigationWorld Pick of the Week award: Review of American Legal Style for PerfectIt

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AccessData Summation 6.0: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Thursday, December 3, 2015

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers software for all phases of the post-collection discovery process that you can use on demand only when needed (see article below), a Mac practice management app with cloud syncing, an app for using two web pages side by side on an iPad, and a cloud practice management app that offers analytics your business. Don't miss the next issue.

SERVING THE NEEDS OF 97% OF LITIGATION MATTERS

The faster lawyers can start reviewing their clients' potential evidence the better. Nowadays, this means streamlining the collection and processing of electronically stored information (ESI), and seamlessly moving it into a document review platform. This workflow should be accessible to cases of all sizes, not just mega cases. The new version of a popular product addresses this need.

AccessData Summation 6.0 … in One Sentence

Launched recently, AccessData Summation 6.0 is a browser-based document review platform powered by the same technology as the company's highly regarded Forensic Toolkit (FTK).

The Killer Feature

Summation's new "multi-tenant" technology means your team can access Summation on demand from a service provider as needed. The enhanced administrative tools enables users to manage their own accounts in a secure environment, including setup, usage details, data uploading, processing, and production.

Speaking of getting a new case started, Summation's new LawDrop works like Dropbox, enabling you to upload data by dragging and dropping it. Once loaded, anyone on your team with the appropriate privileges can access it from anywhere.

"Enabling 24/7 on-demand access to Summation addresses a critical need for our customers," VP of Product Management Nadine Weiskopf tells us. "Today's solutions tend to focus on the largest 3 percent of cases. Summation meets the needs of the remaining 97 percent. Law firms need a more affordable way to do this discovery, and hosting providers need a reliable platform to provide it on, that is affordable yet still provides the functionality their clients demand."

Other Notable Features

Often cited by courts, FTK is a leading tool for collecting and processing ESI in a forensically sound manner. The new version of Summation shares the same database as FTK. This eliminates the need to move data when the investigatory phase ends and document review begins. Fewer "data hops" reduce the risk of error during review and spoliation in the chain of custody. The shared audit log enables Summation users to monitor activity in FTK and vice versa. (FTK is sold separately and not required to use Summation.)

AccessData bills Summation as the only web-based platform that combines all post-collection phases of the ediscovery process — including import of native and image files, early case assessment, case analysis, and transcript management and annotations — into a single, integrated solution.

The document review portion has a number of new capabilities. The Browser Briefcase enables you to view multiple documents simultaneously rather than one at a time like many competing products. You can also split and merge documents. New column options provide additional information about each document such as encryption, modifications, OCR, embedded notes, hidden content, track changes, last printed date, and time spent on revisions.

What Else Should You Know?

Other new features include additional language capabilities for the built-in OCR software, faster generation of reports, and improved notes within the Case Organizer. Learn more about AccessData Summation 6.0.

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How to Create a PDF Ebrief Plus 44 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, December 3, 2015

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 45 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.

Six Virtues of Litigation Finance

The No-Monkey Rule

Tips for a Good Telephonic Deposition

Pixar and Storytelling in the Courtroom

Congratulations to Ernie Svenson of PaperlessChase.com on winning our LitigationWorld Pick of the Week award: How to Create a PDF Ebrief

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How a Law Firm Uses iPads for Settlement Demands Plus 25 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, November 19, 2015

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 26 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.

Process Serving via Facebook

Social Media's Impact on Litigation

Using Quick View Plus to View Outlook PST

A Primer on Using Electronic Redaction

Congratulations to Nicole Black of Above the Law on winning our LitigationWorld Pick of the Week award: How a Law Firm Uses iPads for Settlement Demands

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A PowerPoint Checklist for Trial Presentations Plus 33 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, November 12, 2015

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 34 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.

Is It Caselaw or Case Law?

Learning to Write by Sedulous Aping

New Research About Female Jurors

Lessons Learned From Rick Friedman

Congratulations to Ken Lopez of The Litigation Consulting Report on winning our LitigationWorld Pick of the Week award: A PowerPoint Checklist for Trial Presentations

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Off-Label Uses of Hotdocs and NetDocuments Plus Free Email Newsletter Templates

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, November 12, 2015

Coming today to SmallLaw: Law firms use HotDocs to create documents and NetDocuments to manage documents. But did you know that you could use HotDocs to figure out complex financial formulas and generate an amortization table report? Or that you can use NetDocuments to manage discovery documents? In this issue of SmallLaw, lawyer and legal technology consultant Seth Rowland explores "off-label" uses of these popular productivity tools. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week for sources with free email newsletter templates.

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Move Aside Google, Here Comes Harvard Plus 32 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, November 5, 2015

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 33 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.

Is Your Pronunciation on Point?

Management of a Plaintiff Tort Practice

How to Get Through a Civil Trial Part 2

Are Lawyers Better Than Techs at Collection?

Congratulations to Erik Eckholm of The New York Times on winning our LitigationWorld Pick of the Week award: Move Aside Google, Here Comes Harvard

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