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Free Research Reports for Lawyers and Others in the Legal Industry

By Neil J. Squillante | Sunday, August 31, 2014

TechnoLawyer Library houses our growing collection of free research reports in PDF format. Reports of this caliber usually cost a fortune, but TechnoLawyer members can download all of them for free. TechnoLawyer membership is also free. Below you'll find links to selected research reports and also to the TechnoLawyer Library Sweepstakes. Click any link to get started and join TechnoLawyer today.

Why Lawyers Need Not Fear Disruption

Three Common Productivity Tasks That an iPad Performs Better Than a PC

Chill, Grill, and Bill: Summertime Gadgets for Summer-Loving Legal Professionals

TechnoLawyer Demographics 2014

LitigationWorld Quick Start Guide to Mastering Ediscovery

TL Research Buyer's Guide to Legal Billing Software

Can Microsoft Win the Legal Industry's Mobile Race?

TL Research Buyer's Guide to Outlook Add-Ons for Law Firms

TL Research Buyer's Guide to Document Management Systems for Law Firms (Second Edition)

Enter the TechnoLawyer Library Sweepstakes. There's no limit on how many times you can win.

Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Document Management | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | Practice Management/Calendars | TechnoLawyer | TechnoLawyer Library | Technology Industry/Legal Profession | TL Research

Outlook Email Archiving; Review of FileSafe; Rethinking Cost Recovery; Short Dates

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, March 26, 2015

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Christian Onsager, How I Archive Client Email in Outlook

James Springer, Review: FileSafe (Managed On-Premise Backups)

Stephen Hayes, The Case Against Billing for Cost Recovery

Fred Hopengarten, Don't Fear Short Dates

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

How to Receive TL Answers
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 | Backup/Media/Storage | Coming Attractions | Document Management | Email/Messaging/Telephony | TL Answers

EstateExec: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a cloud application for estate settlements that all concerned can access (see article below), an iOS email app that intelligently processes your messages, another iOS email app that transforms email messages into tasks, and an enterprise-grade replacement for Dropbox with mobile apps. Don't miss the next issue.

FACILITATING ESTATE SETTLEMENTS VIA THE CLOUD

While death causes grief, it can also provide a financial cushion. Accordingly, anything that gets between beneficiaries and their inheritance becomes a problem — including probate lawyers like you. The key to contentment (and referrals) lies in keeping all concerned informed about the estate.

EstateExec … in One Sentence

Launched recently, EstateExec is a cloud application for tracking, calculating, and sharing information about trust and estate settlements, including assets, debts, expenses, and distributions.

The Killer Feature

Once you set up an estate, you can grant online access to clients, executors, beneficiaries, other lawyers, etc. You can choose limited read-only access or full administrator access. This empowers clients to obtain status updates when they want without needing to reach out to your office. Those with full access can update information such as assets they sell.

"EstateExec applies the latest cloud-based technology to the estate settlement process," EstateExec Board Member Dan Stickel tells us. "This results in an easy and affordable way to simplify the estate and trust settlement process while providing enhanced client services at the same time."

Other Notable Features

The developers of EstateExec set out to make estate and trust settlement "easier by simplifying the process even for old hands with battle-tested spreadsheet templates," says Stickel. EstateExec's central repository tracks all estate assets, debts, expenses, etc. This not only documents each transaction for record-keeping purposes, but also tracks what's left for distribution in the estate — including funds of sold assets.

Thus, if you sell Uncle Jimmy's Apple Watch Edition because that jokester left it equally to two beneficiaries, EstateExec will track the sale and the eventual distribution of the funds from the sale. Distribution planning tools can mark assets for future distribution, and then mark them complete when finalized.

You'll spend most of your time in the Assets table, which functions like a spreadsheet. It lists all assets by type, value, distribution status, and more. "It's like Quicken, but geared towards estate settlement rather than household finance," says Stickel.

On-the-fly reports via sorting and filtering enable you to answer any question you might have or receive about the estate. You can sort the Assets, Debts, and other tables by column, including secondary sorting (e.g., sort by asset type and then value). Each table column contains a search field for filtering. For example, you can find remaining assets of a certain type, at a certain location, or with a certain keyword such as "watch," the value of assets received per beneficiary, all assets worth more than a certain value, and much more.

Regardless of whether you choose to give others access, you may also want to send them saved reports. You can export reports in PDF format for a professional look, as well as in CSV format for analyzing in Excel or importing into products such as QuickBooks.

What Else Should You Know?

EstateExec runs in all major desktop and mobile browsers. It costs $79 per estate regardless of size. You can try EstateExec for free. Learn more about EstateExec.

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: Online/Cloud | TL NewsWire | Transactional Practice Areas

Review of Zagg Pocket Mobile Keyboard Plus 56 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, March 23, 2015

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 57 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.

Review of StartMail (Encrypted Email)

Beyond Touchscreens

Portable Storage for the Paranoid

13 States Adopt Duty of Technology Competence

Congratulations to Michael S. Lasky of Wired on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Review of Zagg Pocket Mobile Keyboard

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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 | Coming Attractions | Gadgets/Shredders/Office Gear | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

Hidden Gems in Fastcase Plus Jury Duty Observations

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, March 20, 2015

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Legal research services offer lawyers a lot of data — and a lot of ways to access this data. In this issue of LitigationWorld, appellate lawyer Joshua Auriemma unearths several hidden gems in Fastcase, including some known only by Fastcase personnel. For example, you'll learn how to find the cases judges cite most often, preview law review articles for free, and much more. He also has the inside scoop on what's coming in Fastcase 7. Also, don't miss the LitigationWorld Pick of the Week to read about a litigator who changed her mind about juries after serving on one.

How to Receive LitigationWorld
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

Review of Brother 7860DW; Duplicate Contacts in iOS and Outlook; Outlook Archiving Tip; Copernic; Best Backup Solution

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, March 20, 2015

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Steven Schwaber, Review: Brother 7860DW

Neil Squillante, How to Eliminate Duplicate Contacts in iOS and Outlook

Douglas Morrison, How I Archive Client Email in Outlook

Doug Duncan, Limits of Copernic: Database Size and Number of Documents

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

How to Receive TL Answers
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: Coming Attractions | Copiers/Scanners/Printers | Document Management | Email/Messaging/Telephony | TL Answers | Utilities

A Lawyer's Life Volume 11: Ambulance Chasing, iPhone 6 Plus, Scannable, and More Plus Golden Rules for Intake

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, March 19, 2015

Coming today to SmallLaw: In this issue of SmallLaw, Gadsden lawyer Clark Stewart provides an update on his new personal injury practice. He also reports on his new smartphone, a killer scanning app that has eliminated his need for a portable scanner, two bundles of joy, a nightmare office construction project, and facing up to his greatest fear. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week for 10 golden rules for your intake process.

How to Receive SmallLaw
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: Coming Attractions | Copiers/Scanners/Printers | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Law Office Management | SmallLaw

Adobe Document Cloud: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Thursday, March 19, 2015

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a cloud PDF service with tools for paperless workflows (see article below), practice and project management software for midsize and large law firms, a portable Bluetooth keyboard that fits in your pocket, and Windows virtualization software. Don't miss the next issue.

RETHINKING PDF SOFTWARE FOR A MULTI-DEVICE WORLD

Unlike most technologies, the PDF format becomes more powerful and downright invaluable with each new leap forward. Digital signatures, scanners, mobile devices, and of course the cloud have all made the mighty PDF even mightier. The biggest player in the PDF software world (and inventor of the format) just took the wraps off its next-generation PDF platform.

Adobe Document Cloud … in One Sentence

Announced this week and launching soon, Adobe Document Cloud is a service for creating paperless workflows.

The Killer Feature

Adobe offers a cloud storage service called Acrobat.com, a digital signature service called EchoSign, and a mobile app called Adobe Reader. Adobe Document Cloud replaces all three with the mobile app renamed Acrobat DC. Acrobat XI and Microsoft Office 365 also integrate with Adobe Document Cloud.

Other Notable Features

A number of apps exist that can scan a document using the camera on your smartphone or tablet. However, these scans never look as good as the output from a dedicated scanner because of shadows and imperfect perspectives when snapping the photo. Adobe claims that Acrobat DC eliminates these imperfections so well that the resulting documents are suitable for archival purposes.

Acrobat DC supports editing of documents you scan thanks to automatic optical character recognition. If you scan a document with form fields, Acrobat DC can convert it into a form on the fly that you can fill out on your mobile device. You can also electronically sign both Word and PDF documents, the former thanks to the integration with Office 365.

Because your documents reside in the cloud, any changes you make become available everywhere, including on your Mac or PC via your web browser, Acrobat XI (PDF), and Word (DOCX). The document manager in Adobe Document Cloud supports nested folders for organization.

What Else Should You Know?

You can gain access to Adobe Document Cloud by subscribing to Acrobat XI for $14.99 per month. This also enables you to install Acrobat XI Professional on your Mac or PC. Alternatively, you can subscribe to Adobe Document Cloud alone at a lower but as of yet unannounced price. Learn more about Acrobat Document Cloud.

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: Collaboration/Knowledge Management | Document Management | TL NewsWire

How to Promote a New Law Firm Plus 39 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 40 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.

Review of Alice for Front Desk Automation

How to Get More Business From Current Clients

Mobile-Friendliness Now a Ranking Factor

The Ultimate List of Content Marketing Tools

Congratulations to John Healy of Law Practice Advisor on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: How to Promote a New Law Firm

How to Receive SmallLaw
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

The Conundrum of Competence in Ediscovery Plus 30 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, March 16, 2015

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 31 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.

Submit a Courthouse Photo for LitigationWorld

Case Analysis Meets the Cloud

Courts Issue Rules on Device Use

Eight Arbitration Surprises for Newbies

Congratulations to Craig Ball of Ball in Your Court on winning our LitigationWorld Pick of the Week award: The Conundrum of Competence in Ediscovery

How to Receive LitigationWorld
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 | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

Retina MacBook v. Surface Pro 3 Plus 57 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, March 16, 2015

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 58 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.

80-Lawyer Firm Switches to Virtual Desktops

Tricks for a Better Gmail Inbox

Apple Watch's Battery Life Deconstructed

Review: Imation Link Power Drive

Congratulations to Paul Thurrott of Thurrott on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Retina MacBook v. Surface Pro 3

How to Receive BlawgWorld
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 | Coming Attractions | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Technology Industry/Legal Profession
 
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