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The Lawyer's Guide to a Well-Appointed iPad (Third Edition)

By Neil J. Squillante | Monday, October 3, 2016

Notwithstanding its immersive nature, ease of use, and large app library, the iPad suffers from a misperception that it's a toy not suitable for real legal work.

The Lawyer's Guide to a Well-Appointed iPad sets the record straight, and will help you better leverage your iPad. Co-authored by seven iPad experts — all lawyers — it offers a carefully curated collection of apps, accessories, and power user tips.

Don't have an iPad? Chapter 1 guides you to the best iPad model and configuration for your needs.

The ebook is in PDF format, and designed such that you can read it on your iPad without having to squint or pinch-to-zoom. It also looks great on desktop and laptop monitors.

Download your free PDF copy of this ebook now.

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Our flagship newsletter offers in-depth buyer's guides and other helpful research reports for everyone in the legal profession. Written in plain English by leading experts, these reports combine exhaustive research with sound statistical techniques to provide you with reliable analysis, data, and insights. Just as importantly, TL Research reports often include benchmarks, charts, and other visuals that bring the information to life. TechnoLawyer members regularly use TL Research reports at strategic planning meetings. TL Research is free so subscribe now.

Topics: Coming Attractions | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | TL Research

Seven Recommended Apps for Lawyers Plus 58 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Monday, April 23, 2018

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected the 59 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 Jeffrey Allen and Ashley Hallene of GPSolo eReport on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: TAPAs: Technological And Practice Advice

Goodbye OneNote 2016 Desktop, Hello OneNote for Windows 10

The Mechanical Keyboards of Yesteryear Are Back and Better Than Ever

How to "Silence" Your Noisy Mechanical Keyboard

Announcing LTRC's Women of Legal Tech 2018

Best & Worst Laptop Brands 2018

Best Note-Taking Apps for iPad and Apple Pencil in 2018

How to Receive BlawgWorld
Our newsletters provide the most comprehensive coverage of both legal technology and mainstream technology of interest to the legal profession. 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. Subscribe now for free.

Topics: BlawgWorld Newsletter | Collaboration/Knowledge Management | Coming Attractions

Reviews of Power PDF Advanced, Foxit PhantomPDF, My Law

By TechnoLawyer | Friday, April 20, 2018

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Mark R. Ensign, Review of Power PDF Advanced 2.0

Roger Jones, Review of Foxit PhantomPDF

Peter Salerno, Review of Power PDF Advanced

David Smith, Review of MyLaw

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: Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | TL Serendipity

Three Appellate Judges Offer 25 Writing Tips Plus 45 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 46 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 CaseMap in the Cloud Product That Doesn't Exist Yet

The Monkey Selfie Lawsuit Lives

The Case for In-Person Depositions

Three Ways to Make Sure Your Case Evaluations Are Useful

Congratulations to Legal Writing Prof Blog on winning our LitigationWorld Pick of the Week award: Judges Discuss Good and Bad Legal Writing

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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

Why Email Is So Stressful Plus 55 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to the 56 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 Dorie Clark of Harvard Business Review on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: Why Email Is So Stressful, Even Though It’s Not Actually That Time-Consuming

The Best Office Chair

I Might Be Alone Most of the Time, but I'm Not Lonely

Seven Ways to Improve Your Attorney Biography Page SEO

Justia Adds Lawyer Ratings and Reviews to Its Lawyer Lawyer Directory

Law Firm Marketing 101: The Basics

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

Latest Legal Spend Data by Corporations Revealed Plus Lateral Moves and Promotions (Apr 9 to Apr 15)

By TechnoLawyer | Tuesday, April 17, 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:

Clark Hill, Strasburger & Price Announce Merger

Leading Technology Transactions Partner Joins Covington

Financial Services Attorney Jennifer Connors Joins Holland & Knight in New York

Mayer Brown Continues Expansion of Global Private Credit Group With Arrival of Jaime Gatenio as Finance Partner in Chicago

Akerman Continues Chicago Expansion With IP Litigation Partners Tim Sendek, Darrick Hooker

Congratulations to David J. Parnell of Forbes on winning our BiglawWorld Pick of the Week award: Buying Legal Council's 2018 Legal Procurement Survey: Insights Into the Buying of Legal Services.

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 Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | Law Office Management | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

Why the Mac Has Become a Good Choice for Law Firms Plus 50 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Monday, April 16, 2018

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected the 51 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 Tom Lambotte of Law Practice Today on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: The Evolution of Choice: PC vs. Mac

Smarter Practice Management Software Designed to Save Time

Gmail Redesign Includes Self-Destructing Emails

Re-Live the 90s With the Windows 3.1 File Manager on Windows 10

The Best Note-Taking Apps for the iPad and Apple Pencil

Review: iPhone Field Guide by David Sparks (Lawyer Review)

The Best Car Desks for Workers on the Go

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Topics: BlawgWorld Newsletter | Coming Attractions | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Networking/Operating Systems

Spare Your Back With Paperless Exhibits at Your Next Deposition

By TechnoLawyer | Friday, April 13, 2018

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a cloud application for paperless deposition exhibits with tools for focusing the deponent's attention and monitoring their actions (see article below). In addition, you'll find links to the previous 11 TL NewsWire features, including our coverage of all-in-one practice management software with a variety of automation tools to save you time, document assembly software that resides within Microsoft Word and offers a simplified way to create templates versus traditional products, and much more. Don't miss the next issue.

Taking a deposition requires intense focus. Paper exhibits can break your flow. You literally need to get everyone on the same page, and there's no way to control what the witness sees. Plus hauling all that paper can make you feel more like a courier than a lawyer. One company aims to make these problems a thing of the past.

AgileLaw Electronic Exhibits … in One Sentence

AgileLaw Electronic Exhibits (AgileLaw) is a cloud application for paperless depositions that replaces printed exhibits with laptops and tablets.

The Killer Feature

With AgileLaw, everyone at the deposition uses either a laptop, iPad, or Android tablet to view exhibits. Queue an exhibit and reveal it to the court reporter, opposing counsel, and the deponent. For multipage exhibits, navigate to the specific page you want to ask questions about, and click Show Witness This Page. The witness then sees the page you want to discuss. You can even avoid paging through long documents by setting up jump points. To view actions being performed by the witness such as page changes, annotations, and magnification, click the View Witness Screen button. At any point, click Clear Witness Screen to prevent the witness from seeing anything.

"When I was practicing law many years ago, preparing for and conducting depositions was such a hassle," says AgileLaw co-founder Cyclone Covey. "We built AgileLaw E-Exhibits so that attorneys could ditch the bankers boxes and instead show up with a laptop or tablet. And we designed the product to mimic the workflow of paper-based depositions, so it can be adopted quickly and easily, with no training required."

Other Notable Features

Bob Meynardie, partner at Meynardie & Nanney, recently used AgileLaw for the first time. "I had to travel so carrying a tablet instead of bankers boxes was a godsend," he says. "I was also able to present a document that I had not initially planned on using, which I would not have been able to do without AgileLaw. I am a definite convert."

Meynardie is referring to AgileLaw's import tools, which support drag and drop as well as Box, Dropbox, Clio, and Relativity. After importing documents, you create a deposition, add the documents you plan to use to that deposition, and arrange the documents in your preferred order. You can rename documents, categorize them with labels, and add annotations that only you will see.

You can use the Mock Deposition tool for a dry run to increase your comfort level. If, like Meynardie, you need to use an unplanned exhibit during the deposition, you can add it on the fly using the import tools discussed above or have your paralegal handle it remotely without taking a break.

Prior to the deposition, all participants receive a secure PIN that gives them access to AgileLaw. During the deposition, AgileLaw can apply exhibit stamps to the documents you reveal using any alphanumeric system. At the end of the deposition, sharing the exhibits with participants requires just one click after which they receive an email message with a secure download link that requires the PIN.

AgileLaw offers four reports (called Filters) that enable you to see all documents revealed, marked as exhibits, annotated by the witness, and annotated by you.

What Else Should You Know?

AgileLaw is subscription-based with the monthly price ranging from $100 to $500 per month depending on your needs for storage and other features. All plans allow for unlimited users, cases, depositions, and participants. Learn more about AgileLaw Electronic Exhibits.

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Topics: Coming Attractions | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | TL NewsWire

Smarter Practice Management Software Designed to Save Time

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, April 12, 2018

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers all-in-one practice management software with a variety of automation tools to save you time (see article below). In addition, you'll find links to the previous 11 TL NewsWire features, including our coverage of document assembly software that resides within Microsoft Word and offers a simplified way to create templates versus traditional products, practice management software that transforms legal billing from a multi-day process into one that takes minutes, and much more. Don't miss the next issue.

There's a growing divide in the practice management world between products that include everything a law firm needs and those that expect you to add functionality through an ever-increasing array of third-party integrations. One thing's for sure — the latter approach costs more and imposes a complexity tax.

Perfect Practice … in One Sentence

Perfect Practice is all-in-one practice management software with an emphasis on automation and customization that includes case management, billing, accounting, document assembly, internal messaging, shared calendars, and more.

The Killer Feature

All practice management products contain innumerable fields for storing information. In Perfect Practice, you can make most fields a Smart Field, which acts as a trigger for nearly any function you want to automate.

For example, you can configure a Smart Field to retrieve and auto-populate data when you select a client name, generate a form requiring additional information, perform a series of calculations when you enter a property value, etc.

"We implemented a Smart Field to automate tasks that our Intake Team had to run on every new file that we received," says Nicole O'Brien, Director of IT Client Services at Woods Oviatt Gilman. "This allows our users to just click one button and take 15 minutes worth of tasks down to less than one minute."

Smart Fields work via SQL queries. Depending on your firm's needs, you can configure Smart Fields using preset functions that don't require any knowledge of SQL, create your own customized queries if you have SQL expertise, or take advantage of optional consulting services from Perfect Practice.

"The power of Smart Fields is limited only by one's imagination," says Perfect Practice Chairman Monty Helin. "Unlimited Smart Fields can be added in 30 seconds or less."

Smart Fields become even more powerful when combined with DocuTrac, the document assembly component of Perfect Practice that works with Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, and PDF forms. DocuTrac templates consist of questionnaires that generate a document after you enter the required information. Any field in these questionnaires can be a Smart Field to save time and reduce errors.

Other Notable Features

Perfect Practice greets you with a customizable dashboard that shows you whatever you want — your unbilled time, tasks, meetings, etc. Collapse dashboard panels, add, remove, or rearrange them, and drill down to more granular views.

In keeping with its focus on automation and customization, Perfect Practice makes extensive use of Checklists to automate workflows and assign the next task in line to the right person. Each Case has its own dashboard with a tickler so that you can review these activities and who performed them.

Perfect Practice ships with practice-area-specific templates to get you started. An Outlook add-in enables you to file email in the applicable case. You'll find an extensive set of reports in Perfect Practice but if you need a report that doesn't exist you can create it using Quick Reports. HIPAA-compliant security enables you to set password rules, limit access by role or individual user, monitor user activity, and even restore data after an error or tampering.

What Else Should You Know?

Perfect Practice costs $60 per user per month or you can license the software on an annual basis if you prefer. You can install Perfect Practice at your firm or use it on a hosted basis. You use Perfect Practice via the Windows desktop application or your web browser, including a mobile-friendly view on smartphones. Learn more about Perfect Practice.

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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: Coming Attractions | Practice Management/Calendars | TL NewsWire

Are Law Firms Innovating? Plus Lateral Moves and Promotions (Apr 2 to Apr 8)

By TechnoLawyer | Tuesday, April 10, 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:

Cullen and Dykman Welcomes Two New Partners

Manning & Martin: Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP Expands Its D.C. Office; Adds Eight Attorneys and Launches Government Contracts Practice

Akerman Expands Texas Presence With Team of Corporate Lawyers

Wyatt Welcomes Neal Curtis to Its Corporate & Securities Team

Congratulations to Thompson Hine on winning our BiglawWorld Pick of the Week award: Are Law Firms Innovating?.

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

How We Outshine Competitors Plus 41 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to the 42 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 Stefanie Marrone of JD Supra Perspectives on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: How to Develop a Client-Centric Approach to Business Development at Your Law Firm

Do You Know the Million Dollar Law Firm Formula?

How to Go Home at 5 PM (Without Working Nights or Weekends)

Top 10 Lawyer Hourly Rates by City

Improve Your Law Firm's Local Ranking on Google

Referrals Are the Lawyer's Ultimate Marketing Tool

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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
 
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