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Free Research Reports for Lawyers and Others in the Legal Industry

By Neil J. Squillante | Thursday, April 30, 2015

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.

The Egg Theory: What Clients Really Want From Their Lawyers

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

Review of Dragon Anywhere Plus 47 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, February 8, 2016

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 48 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.

If Abe Lincoln Practiced Law Today

LEAP Offers Small Law Firms an Integrated Front and Back Office

Five Health Apps for iPhone That Helped Me Build Better Habits

How to Use Classic Mechanical Keyboards With iPads

Will Cloud Apps Kill SharePoint?

Windows 10 Adoption Rate Among Businesses

Congratulations to David Pogue of THE POGUE REVIEW on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Review of Dragon Anywhere

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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 | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Networking/Operating Systems | Online/Cloud | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

The Bluebook Threatened by Baby Blue Plus 45 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, February 8, 2016

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.

Develop the Right Attitude for a Plaintiff Attorney

How Big Data Is Disrupting Litigation

LegalTech by the Numbers

Understanding Jurors' Nonverbal Communications

Congratulations to Claire E. Parker of The Harvard Crimson on winning our LitigationWorld Pick of the Week award: The Bluebook Threatened by Baby Blue

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

Reviews of RingCentral, Novastor Backup; AbacusLaw/Abacus Private Cloud v. MyCase; Converting PDF Scans Into DOCX or WPD

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, February 5, 2016

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Jeffrey Schoen, Review: RingCentral (VoIP Telephone Service)

David Gossom, AbacusLaw v. MyCase; Abacus Private Cloud

Edward Zohn, FileCenter Versus FileConvert for Converting PDF Scans Into DOCX or WPD Format

Roy Greenberg, Review: Novastor Backup

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: Backup/Media/Storage | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Online/Cloud | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Serendipity

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.

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

Top Law Firm Marketing Tools Plus 46 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 47 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.

Two Lawyers, Two Heart Attacks

Why You Need to Dress Like a Lawyer

54 Reasons You Need a New Law Firm Website

21 Email Marketing Mistakes to Avoid

Congratulations to Tim Baran of Legal Productivity on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: Top Law Firm Marketing Tools

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

25 Truly Hidden iPhone Features Plus 61 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, February 1, 2016

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 62 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.

Why Mechanical Keyboards Are Great

Four Password Managers Compared

Review: Dell XPS 15

Best Home Theater in a Box

Congratulations to Zach Epstein of BGR on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: 25 Truly Hidden iPhone Features

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 | Entertainment/Hobbies/Recreation | Gadgets/Shredders/Office Gear | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Privacy/Security | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

LEAP Offers Small Law Firms an Integrated Front and Back Office

By Neil J. Squillante | Friday, January 29, 2016

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a practice management system that can also power your law firm's website (see article below), an iOS app for capturing and organizing your handwritten notes, and two apps for discovery document processing and review. Don't miss the next issue.

The fewer moving parts in a small law firm, the better. More complexity tends to increase administrative costs. In the technology realm, the more your practice management system can handle, the more you can dispense with single-function products.

LEAP … in One Sentence

LEAP is a legal accounting and practice management system that encompasses both front and back office tasks.

The Killer Feature

For your front office, LEAP offers document assembly and management of contacts, calendars, documents, and email. For your back office, LEAP offers billing and IOLTA-compliant trust accounting. It integrates with QuickBooks Online for your general ledger.

LEAP is a hybrid cloud solution — you access it from a Windows desktop app but the data is securely hosted on U.S.-based servers. The LEAP mobile app for iOS and Android take advantage of your smartphone's capabilities. For example, you can capture telephone calls with clients for time entries, and scan a document into LEAP using the camera.

"LEAP is for small law firms wishing to become more efficient, more flexible, and make more money," CEO of LEAP Chris Stock tells us. "LEAP's integrated system enables small law firms to do more work with the same number of people."

Other Notable Features

Because LEAP is a Windows app, it offers deep integration with Microsoft Outlook and Word. You can start new documents and email messages from LEAP, and automatically record the billable time you spend on them. LEAP can convert documents into PDF format when you email them. The Outlook integration also extends to your calendars.

LEAP can manage all of your firm's information. For example, it captures and automatically files inbound email, and integrates with scanners. You'll want to start new documents in LEAP because of its forms and templates. The company continually adds templates in many practice areas plus you can create your own.

Other document management features include audit trails, versioning, document viewer, document comparison, and combination of PDF files. Perhaps best of all, rather than email a document to colleagues, you can email them a link to the document so that the final version remains in LEAP.

LEAP's electronic timesheet with autocomplete enables timekeepers to enter their time. LEAP also handles cost recovery and expenses with the ability to group disbursements into a single line item. You can output bills in Word or PDF format, and email them from LEAP so that they get filed in the corresponding matter. Trust accounting enables you to manage retainers and apply payments.

What Else Should You Know?

LEAP includes LEAP Websites at no extra charge. This service includes mobile-friendly templates from which you can choose, a WordPress blog, email newsletters, and search engine optimization. Some LEAP customers that already have a website use LEAP Websites for a second website around a practice area. LEAP starts at $129 per user per month with a 12-month money-back guarantee. The company reinvests $6 million per year into new features for LEAP. Learn more about LEAP.

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: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Practice Management/Calendars | TL NewsWire

Solo on My Own Terms; Cloud Storage Concerns; Why Dragon Beats Typing and Transcriptionists; What Starts Digital Stays Digital

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, January 28, 2016

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Mark Werner, Solo On My Own Terms And Not Far From The Cutting Edge

Jerry Gonzalez, Cloud Storage Concerns Overblown; Review Of AxCrypt, AESCrypt

Philip Franckel, Why Dragon NaturallySpeaking Beats Typing And Transcriptionists

Steven Finell, What Starts Digital Stays Digital

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: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Backup/Media/Storage | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Law Office Management | Online/Cloud | Practice Management/Calendars | Privacy/Security | TL Serendipity

Don't Be a Stranger to Your Clients Plus 44 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Wednesday, January 27, 2016

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.

The 2-Minute Test That'll Help You Prioritize

Stop Your Clients' Buyer's Remorse

46 Expert Tips on Creating Viral Content

Defining and Finding Your Target Audience

Congratulations to Sally J. Schmidt of Attorney at Work on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: Don't Be a Stranger to Your Clients

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

How to Get Outlook Notifications for Important Email Only Plus 51 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, January 25, 2016

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 52 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.

Gmail Folders v. Gmail Labels Explained

Review: Stilo (iPad Stylus)

Welcome to Surfacegate

The Agency Strikes Back

Congratulations to Lori Kaufman of How-To Geek on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: How to Get Outlook Notifications for Important Email Only

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.

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