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Xero: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers accounting software to which you can migrate from QuickBooks (see article below), a legal research service with a modern take on secondary authorities, an online forms library for New York practice, and software that assists with due diligence. Don't miss the next issue.

ESCAPE FROM QUICKBOOKS (IF YOU WANT)

QuickBooks remains as popular as ever among law firms. However, most law firms continue to use the desktop version according to legal technology consultant Caren Schwartz who specializes in financial software. Given the benefits of the cloud such as easier multiuser access, a shift seems likely to occur. Competing products must offer a QuickBooks migration tool if they hope to attract switchers.

Xero … in One Sentence

Xero is a cloud accounting system that integrates with more than 350 products, including legal applications such as Actionstep, Chrometa, and Clio.

The Killer Feature

Earlier this week, Xero began offering do-it-yourself QuickBooks migration. After signing up, you can import your QuickBooks data instead of starting with a blank slate. The conversion takes about three hours after which Xero notifies you by email. The migration tool supports QuickBooks Pro, Premier, Online, and Mac versions.

Other Notable Features

Xero takes advantage of running in a web browser in a number of ways. You can import bank and credit card statements, and then automatically reconcile them. Clients can pay the invoices you send with a credit card after which Xero enters the payment. You can give your accountant access, and also give limited access to colleagues. Android and iOS apps enable you to use Xero on your smartphone and iPad.

Xero includes integrated payroll with direct deposit and federal and state tax filings. Integrations with third-party products enable you to handle retirement plans, HSA and FSA distributions, and fringe benefits. Xero supports fixed salaries as well as timesheet-based compensation, including overtime. Your employees can update their address, withholdings, and more on their own. Xero also enables you to create and file 1099 forms for independent contractors.

Xero's core accounting features include purchase orders, bill entry and payment, expense reporting and reimbursement, and a general ledger. Reports include balance sheet, profit and loss, cash flow, and more.

Xero offers "bank-grade" security and encryption, as well as redundancy by storing your data in several locations. The company offers 24/7 email and telephone technical support. Xero contains contextual help within the app. You can take advantage of video tutorials and webinars for more in-depth training.

What Else Should You Know?

Xero offers Starter, Standard, and Premium plans for $9, $30, and $70 per user per month respectively. The Starter plan imposes limits on transactions and lacks support for payroll. The Standard plan provides payroll for up to 5 employees, while the Premium plan accommodates 10 employees and also handles multiple currencies. Learn more about Xero.

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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.

Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | TL NewsWire

15 Law Firm SEO Secrets Plus 44 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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

Eight Reasons Law Firms Fail

Dealing With Interruptions

How to Obtain Leads From Conferences

What to Do With Leads From Conferences

Congratulations to Lee Rosen of Divorce Discourse on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: 15 Law Firm Search Engine Optimization Secrets

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

Ranking Apple's Apple Watch Apps Plus 52 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, May 11, 2015

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 53 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 Spera Law Group Uses Document Assembly

The Best Stylus for the iPad

A Voicemail Tip for the Four Major Carriers

Tablet Market Trends and Observations

Congratulations to Susie Ochs of Macworld on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Every First-Party Apple Watch App Reviewed and Ranked

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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.

Topics: Automation/Document Assembly/Macros | BlawgWorld Newsletter | Coming Attractions | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Gadgets/Shredders/Office Gear | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets

Young Lawyers and Legal Technology; What Made WordPerfect 5.1 Great; TC Is Not Dope; List Your Law Firm System

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, May 8, 2015

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Donald Coker, The Dearth of Young Lawyers Passionate About Technology

Tom Trottier, What Made WordPerfect 5.1 (And Others From That Era) So Great

Thomas F. McDow, The Term TC Is Not Dope But My Soft Drink Is

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: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Technology Industry/Legal Profession | TL Serendipity

Three Cool New Legal Research Services Plus 42 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, May 7, 2015

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 43 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.

The Best Tablet for Litigators (Podcast)

The New Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

When Should Vendors Be Disqualified?

Judges Versus Jurors as Fact Finders

Responding to "It Never Happened Before"

Congratulations to Greg Lambert of 3 Geeks and a Law Blog on winning our LitigationWorld Pick of the Week award: Three Cool New Legal Research Services

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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

Reviews of PracticeMaster and Tabs3, Cleanup Duplicate Contacts; Windows Desktop Search; Acrobat and Outlook Integration

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, May 7, 2015

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Ken Laska, Review: PracticeMaster and Tabs3

Brian Peterson, Windows Desktop Search Tips

Colleen Heine, Review: Cleanup Duplicate Contacts

Scott Collins, Acrobat and Outlook No Longer Integrate

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

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Do you believe in the wisdom of crowds? In TL Answers, TechnoLawyer members answer legal technology and practice management questions submitted by their peers. This newsletter's popularity stems from the relevance of the questions and answers to virtually everyone in the legal profession. The TL Answers newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Coming Attractions | Document Management | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Networking/Operating Systems | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Answers

Everlaw: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Thursday, May 7, 2015

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a cloud application for reviewing and producing discovery documents (see article below), practice management software with integrated document assembly, a time-tracking app for the Apple Watch and iPhone, and a metadata removal utility. Don't miss the next issue.

EDISCOVERY SIMPLIFIED

"Email is just a fad. Facebook, despite its 40% operating margin, is doomed. I can get everything I need from a well-coached party in a deposition." This is what litigators who fear technology say to themselves. On the other hand, smart litigators like you realize that the most fruitful discovery resides in email, social media, text messages, voicemail, etc.

Everlaw … in One Sentence

Everlaw is cloud discovery review software with tools that automate the process of finding relevant documents.

The Killer Feature

Before Google, you learned how to create complex Boolean search queries. Nowadays, you expect Google-like parsing of your intent.

Everlaw eliminates the need to memorize Boolean syntax. Instead, its Blink-Speed Search technology enables you to visually build searches by dragging the available operators into your query. Everlaw offers Boolean operators such as AND and OR. It also offers document operators such as Bates numbers, and code operators such as legal issues and witness names.

Other Notable Features

Everlaw offers a customizable dashboard through which you can assess the status of the various cases you manage. Reports help you stay on deadline and within budget. For example, Everlaw predicts when your team will complete document review based on the pace to date and the number and type of documents. You can also track the accuracy and speed of your team. This enables you to correct errors on-the-fly, and provide feedback for increased consistency.

If you find yourself confronting a large document set, Everlaw's Prediction Engine can guide you to relevant documents based on the documents you already reviewed. The more documents you review, the more accurate Everlaw becomes. You can further refine the results by limiting them to specific legal issues.

When you run a search, Everlaw's Context Panel lists related documents, including duplicates. Accordingly, you can batch code a group of documents instead of just one at a time. The Context Panel groups email messages and attachments by thread to further streamline your review.

Everlaw's Native Viewer eliminates the need to convert documents into PDF or TIFF format. Instead, you can view them as they would look in the original software. When preparing for a deposition, settlement conference, or trial, the StoryBuilder feature enables you to collect the documents you want to use.

What Else Should You Know?

Everlaw works in all major web browsers. You can export production sets in popular load file formats. You pay a monthly fee for the amount of storage you use. This single fee includes setup, unlimited cases and users, printing and exporting, and training. Everlaw doesn't require a contract beyond one month at a time. Learn more about Everlaw.

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: Litigation/Discovery/Trials | TL NewsWire

Take Advantage of Missteps and Misfortune Plus 40 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, May 5, 2015

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

Law Firm Phone Answering Gone Badly Awry

10 Common Mistakes in Trust Fund Accounting

The 7 Most Expensive Legal Search Terms

How to Use Infographics to Attract Links

Congratulations to Theda C. Snyder of Attorney at Work on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: How to Take Advantage of Missteps and Misfortune

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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: Coming Attractions | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | Law Office Management | SmallLaw

60 iOS Apps in 60 Minutes Plus 74 More Must-Reads (Double Issue)

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 75 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.

Comparison of Practice Management Apps

What Lawyers Need to Know About Acrobat DC

iPhone JD Reviews Apple Watch

Why Women Lawyers Will Love Apple Watch

Tips from ABA TECHSHOW

Congratulations to Jeff Richardson of iPhone J.D. on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: 60 iOS Apps in 60 Minutes (2015 Edition)

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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.

Topics: BlawgWorld Newsletter | CLE/News/References | Coming Attractions | Gadgets/Shredders/Office Gear | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Practice Management/Calendars

Revisionist Legal Technology History; Review of Sony Digital Paper Model DPTS; Young Lawyers and Technology

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, May 4, 2015

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Steven Schwaber, The Elephant in the Legal Technology History Room

Scott Bassett, Review: Sony Digital Paper Model DPTS

Emmett Raitt, Why Young Lawyers Lack an Interest in Technology

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: Coming Attractions | Desktop PCs/Servers | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Technology Industry/Legal Profession | TL Serendipity
 
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