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Reviews of Firm Central With Deadline Assistant, Kanban Tool, Asana, Swift ToDo, HotDocs Market, PhantomPDF Business, TextMagic; iPad Pro Woes

By TechnoLawyer | Friday, April 6, 2018

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Michael Kelly, My Task Management Portfolio: Reviews of Firm Central With Deadline Assistant, Kanban Tool, Asana, Swift ToDo

Thomas F. McDow, Review of HotDocs Market With Surface Pro and iPad

Austin Wilkerson, Review of PhantomPDF Business

Jason Pink, Review of TextMagic

John Root, Problems Using an iPad Pro to Draft Legal Documents

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

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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: Automation/Document Assembly/Macros | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Collaboration/Knowledge Management | Coming Attractions | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | TL Serendipity

Decline and Fall of the Civil Jury Trial Plus 40 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 41 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.

Craig Ball's Ediscovery Crystal Ball

Litigation Budgets Should Reflect Reality

Preparing Deponents for Reptilian Questioning

Make Sure You're the Lawyer the Judge Can Trust

Congratulations to Wood R. Foster, Jr. of Wisconsin Lawyer on winning our LitigationWorld Pick of the Week award: How "Trial Lawyer" Became an Oxymoron

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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. 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

Prevent Fatigue From Sabotaging Your Work Plus 47 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to the 48 best articles, podcasts, and videos from the past week worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sampling from today's issue, including our SmallLaw Pick of the Week. SmallLaw is free so don't miss the next issue — sign up now.

Congratulations to Heather Douglas of Slaw on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

To Do List (Dilbert)

These Five Speaking Habits Make People Want to Collaborate With You

Lawyers Have an Ethical Duty to Safeguard Confidential Information in the Cloud

ABA's Lawyer Advertising Rule Revamp Aims for Right Mix

YouTube Director for Lawyers: Get an Amazing Video for Your Firm

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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. Subscribe now for free.

Topics: Coming Attractions | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | Law Office Management | SmallLaw

How Big Law Can Qualify for the New 20% Tax Rate Plus Lateral Moves and Promotions (Mar 26 to Apr 1)

By TechnoLawyer | Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Coming today to BiglawWorld: Our editorial team has assembled links to all the partner promotions and lateral moves announced by America's largest law firms during the past week in an easy-to-scan format. You'll also find must-read analysis, rankings, trends, etc. about large law firms.

We'd like to congratulate everyone who leveled up this week. Here's a sampling:

Dentons Announces New Partners

Foley & Lardner LLP and Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP Announce Combination

Highly Regarded Corporate Lawyer Claudia Poernig Joins Baker McKenzie

Bryan Washburn Joins Faegre Baker Daniels in Minneapolis

Congratulations to Lydia O'Neal of Big Law Business on winning our BiglawWorld Pick of the Week award: How Firms Could Sidestep Tax Law's Pass-Through Deduction Limits.

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BiglawWorld keeps you apprised of lateral hires, internal promotions, mergers, new offices, accolades, and other inside baseball at America's largest law firms. Because we organize this self-reported news by practice area and law firm, BiglawWorld takes just a few minutes to scan yet its comprehensiveness makes it the only source you need. Each issue of BiglawWorld also links to insightful articles, statistical reports, rankings, podcasts, and videos about large law firms. Subscribe now for free.

Topics: BiglawWorld | Coming Attractions | Law Office Management | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

The Dark Side of Cloud Computing Plus 57 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected the 58 best legal technology articles, podcasts, and videos from the past week. Below you'll find a sampling from today's issue, including our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week. BlawgWorld is free so don't miss the next issue — sign up now.

Congratulations to Sharon D. Nelson and John W. Simek of Slaw on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: The Dark Side of Cloud Computing

Add Document Assembly Tools to Microsoft Word's Ribbon

The New Clio Experience Promises Administrative Salvation

TimeSolv CEO Is on a Mission to Promote Fixed-Fee Billing

25th-Anniversary ThinkPad: Every Laptop Should Add Some Retro Appeal

Six Great iOS Apps to Track and Improve Your Sleep

Review: iPad 2018 (6th Gen) (Video)

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Topics: BlawgWorld Newsletter | Coming Attractions | Computer Accessories | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets

The Problem With All Task Management Software; Reviews of Google Home, Nuance Power PDF, Foxit PDF; Cloud App Speed Issues

By TechnoLawyer | Friday, March 30, 2018

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

David O'Connell, The Fundamental Problem With All Task Management Software and Systems

Douglas Simpson, Review: Google Home, Google Assistant, Chromecast, Spotify Premium

Steven Polinsky, Review of Nuance Power PDF Advanced

Miriam Jacobson, Review of Foxit PDF Software

Michael Schwartz, Cloud App Speed Issues

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

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Topics: Business Productivity/Word Processing | Collaboration/Knowledge Management | Coming Attractions | Entertainment/Hobbies/Recreation | Gadgets/Shredders/Office Gear | Networking/Operating Systems | TL Serendipity

Add Document Assembly Tools to Microsoft Word’s Ribbon

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, March 29, 2018

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers document assembly software that resides within Microsoft Word and offers a simplified way to create templates versus traditional products (see article below). In addition, you'll find links to the previous 11 TL NewsWire features, including our coverage of practice management software that transforms legal billing from a multi-day process into one that takes minutes, a Microsoft Outlook add-in that predicts where to file your email and even lets you know when a colleague has beat you to it and already filed the same message, and much more. Don't miss the next issue.

Traditional document assembly software outputs a Microsoft Word document. But you don't work within Word. Instead, you must either master the intricacies of the document assembly software or hire a consultant. A new alternative seeks to flatten the learning curve.

Word DA … in One Sentence

Infoware's Word DA adds document assembly tools to Microsoft Word, and optionally integrates with sibling add-in Word LX Professional or Word LX Enterprise for enhanced functionality.

The Killer Feature

Word DA resides in the Microsoft Word Ribbon. The clauses you regularly use when drafting reside in Microsoft Word documents. These "Templates" as they're called use Word's styles to categorize the clauses. A template can also consist of an entire document such as a trust, will, etc. that doesn't require the use of different components each time.

You create data fields (a.k.a. variables) within clauses and document templates by placing square brackets around placeholder text. Word DA replaces these data fields with the information you provide during the drafting process. For example, the data field "[Client Last Name]" would be replaced by your client's last name everywhere it appears. You need only enter the last name once when prompted.

You assemble documents from stored clauses using Word DA's Clause Tool. This three-pane window lists available clauses on the left, a preview on the bottom, and the clauses you've selected on the right. After adding clauses, you can change their order and preview the document you're about to create. When you're all set, one click combines the selected clauses into a Word document.

"Our Word DA document assembly tools provide firms with an easier way to build and manage their content while designing templates that incorporate logic and intelligence to quickly automate document creation," says Michael Barrons, Infoware's Vice President Marketing & Operations. "Our tools live within Microsoft Word, providing a simple and extremely cost-effective solution that saves legal professionals time and improves document quality and accuracy."

Other Notable Features

Many small and midsize law firms use both Word DA and Word LX Professional. The latter, which we covered previously in TL NewsWire, features a number of tools to ensure document consistency across your firm. These tools reside on the Ribbon alongside Word DA.

One such tool — Prompt — enhances the functionality of the data fields in Word DA templates by storing the information you enter. This enables you to make a change (e.g., correct a misspelling) and update that field throughout the document. The Prompt tool lists all data fields in a panel, making it faster to enter and update the fields than using Word DA alone.

Word LX's Template Designer enables you to create Word DA templates with your firm's logo and address, preferred margins, typeface styles, etc. Word LX also makes it easier to access frequently-used templates. You can even add dedicated template icons to the Ribbon. After using Word DA to create a document, Word LX can make quick work of many formatting tasks, including consistent paragraph numbering and styles, adding a DocID, and generating a table of contents.

What Else Should You Know?

Word DA costs $150 per user per year standalone (less if bundled with Word LX). Infoware helps you get up and running, including training for those at your firm who will maintain templates and create new ones. Learn more about Word DA.

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 | Coming Attractions | TL NewsWire

Is Litigation the Same as It Ever Was or a Brave New World?

By TechnoLawyer | Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Coming today to LitigationWorld: How has litigation changed during your career? Is it the same as it ever was except that software makes it faster to perform certain tasks? Or have developments such as ediscovery or external societal forces fundamentally changed the nature of litigation? The answer likely differs among litigators and across practice areas. In this issue of LitigationWorld, former litigator and TechnoLawyer publisher Neil J. Squillante cites possible trends in each component of litigation, and then asks for your input. Also, don't miss the LitigationWorld Pick of the Week for a lost appeal thanks to a spam filter.

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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

Don't Fear the Rainmaker Plus Lateral Moves and Promotions (Mar 19 to Mar 25)

By TechnoLawyer | Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Coming today to BiglawWorld: Our editorial team has assembled links to all the partner promotions and lateral moves announced by America's largest law firms during the past week in an easy-to-scan format. You'll also find must-read analysis, rankings, trends, etc. about large law firms.

We'd like to congratulate everyone who leveled up this week. Here's a sampling:

Dentons Boekel Promotes Two Lawyers to Managing Counsel

Former SEC Director of Investment Management and Former Deputy Chief Counsel Join Stradley Ronon

Real Estate Attorney Mark Block Returns to MMM as Partner

Barnes & Thornburg Adds Two Labor & Employment Partners

Congratulations to Jordan Furlong of The Law21 Blog on winning our BiglawWorld Pick of the Week award: Don’t Fear the Rainmaker.

How to Receive BiglawWorld
BiglawWorld keeps you apprised of lateral hires, internal promotions, mergers, new offices, accolades, and other inside baseball at America's largest law firms. Because we organize this self-reported news by practice area and law firm, BiglawWorld takes just a few minutes to scan yet its comprehensiveness makes it the only source you need. Each issue of BiglawWorld also links to insightful articles, statistical reports, rankings, podcasts, and videos about large law firms. Subscribe now for free.

Topics: BiglawWorld | Coming Attractions | Law Office Management | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

Working Long Hours v. Workaholism Plus 48 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to the 49 best articles, podcasts, and videos from the past week worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sampling from today's issue, including our SmallLaw Pick of the Week. SmallLaw is free so don't miss the next issue — sign up now.

Congratulations to Lieke ten Brummelhuis and Nancy P. Rothbard of Harvard Business Review on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: How Being a Workaholic Differs From Working Long Hours and Why That Matters for Your Health

Which Solo and Small Legal Practice Areas Will Go the Way of the Dry-Cleaning Industry?

Our Messy Path to Outsourcing Our Bookkeeping

Five Website Tips for Lawyers

End Every Law Firm Webinar With These Three Questions

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Topics: Coming Attractions | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | Law Office Management | SmallLaw
 
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