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Hidden Gems in Time Billing Software Plus Lawyer Well Being

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, March 16, 2015

Coming today to SmallLaw: Look down below your nose. Do you see it? No? Well, you will by the time you finish reading this issue of SmallLaw in which legal technology consultant Jack Schaller discusses five hidden gems in your legal billing software. From delivering invoices more efficiently to analyzing the profitability of your employees to capturing billable time on the go and much more, it's time to put your billing software to better use. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week for new research on lawyer well being.

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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: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | SmallLaw

Reviews of Bitcasa Personal, Scalar; Document Management Recommendation; Laptop Buying Advice

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, March 13, 2015

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Fredric Gruder, Review: Bitcasa Personal for Secure Cloud Storage

Derrick Jackson, Review: Scalar iPad Calculator App

Matthew Appleton, Two Document Management Systems for Law Firms

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: Backup/Media/Storage | Coming Attractions | Document Management | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Online/Cloud | TL Serendipity | Utilities

Hard Cost Recovery; Configuring a Surface Pro 3; Acrobat and Outlook; PCLaw and Time Matters; Automated Time Capture

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, March 12, 2015

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Thomas Pendarvis, Our Shift From Soft to Hard Cost Recovery

Christian Onsager, How to Configure and Save Money on a Surface Pro 3

Tim Callins, Tip: Adobe Acrobat's Integration With Outlook

Bruce Brightwell, My Experience Integrating PCLaw and Time Matters

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 | Copiers/Scanners/Printers | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Answers

FactBox: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Thursday, March 12, 2015

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a cloud case analysis application (see article below), a Windows taskbar utility, cloud project and task management software, and an Outlook add-on for searching your email. Don't miss the next issue.

CASE ANALYSIS MEETS THE CLOUD

Pity the Sisyphean litigators of yesteryear who used word processing software to painstakingly create and maintain digests connecting facts and issues. And pity the clients who overpaid for this manual labor. Wait. Yesteryear? Many litigators still don't use case analysis software, which uses a database to crunch facts and issues. Perhaps the cloud and its user experience advantages can turn the tide.

FactBox … in One Sentence

Launched recently, Lynx Workflow's FactBox is a cloud application for case analysis.

The Killer Feature

Once you enter facts and connect them to issues and subissues, you can slice and dice the data in various reports.

For example, you can generate an old school chronology listing all the facts by date. This report can take the form of a memorandum or table. Similarly, you can create a digest listing all the facts associated with a given issue.

You can customize reports, choosing whether to include items such as Key Date, Title, Content, Sources, and Contributor (your colleagues). When finalized, you can export reports in Word format.

In addition to assigning one or more issues to a fact, you can also assign customizable tags. You could create a tag for a deponent after which you can generate a report for this tag with all the facts and issues to cover in the deposition.

Other Notable Features

You start using FactBox by creating a case. Facts can consist of your notes, deposition testimony, discovery documents, photographs, etc. You enter notes and testimony using FactBox's rich text editor. The text editor has tools for character formatting, highlighting, and paragraph indenting.

You link source documents to facts. FactBox handles all popular document formats such as Word and PDF. As you enter facts and documents, you apply issues and tags as well as a Key Date if applicable.

Other features include the ability to view data by any parameter, second-level sorting (e.g., sort by issue and then by date), unlimited cases, and multiple accounts (for contract lawyers).

FactBox is hosted on redundant servers in physically secure datacenters in the United States. The company routinely hires audit firms to evaluate its security with penetration tests.

What Else Should You Know?

FactBox runs in all major desktop and mobile web browsers. You can also use it via the desktop Mac and Windows apps. FactBox costs $49 per month for one user and 1 TB of data, $179 per month for up to 5 users and 3 TB of data, $329 per month for up to 15 users and 5 TB of data, and $499 per month for unlimited users and unlimited data. The company discounts annual plans. You can try FactBox for free. Learn more about FactBox.

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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: Collaboration/Knowledge Management | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | TL NewsWire

Paragraph Formatting in WordPerfect and Word Plus How to Eliminate Interruptions

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Coming today to SmallLaw: Just about every legal professional has picked up some bad word processing habits. Hence this new "Best of Both Words" series in SmallLaw by word processing guru Deborah Savadra that covers the basics as well as advanced features. As the name of the series intimates, each article covers both WordPerfect and Word. If you use both, consider these articles your Rosetta Stone. This first article focuses on paragraph formatting, including alignment, indentation, line spacing, and awkward page breaks. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week for tips on eliminating interruptions.

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: Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | SmallLaw

Boost Your Productivity With This Off Switch Plus 50 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 51 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.

Valuing and Selling a Law Firm

Giving Clients a "Value Add"

A Better System for Lead Management

Answers to Questions About Online Reviews

Congratulations to Steven B. Levy of Slaw on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: Boost Your Productivity With This Off Switch

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 Office Management | SmallLaw

Build Your Own Cloud Plus 58 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, March 9, 2015

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 59 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.

First Look at Word 2016

Official Apple Watch Sizing Chart

How to Take Your Laptop to Another Country

Anatomy of a Hack

Congratulations to Joanna Stern of The Wall Street Journal on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Build Your Own Cloud: Reviews of My Cloud and Personal Cloud

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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: Backup/Media/Storage | BlawgWorld Newsletter | Coming Attractions | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Online/Cloud

PCLaw Mega Review; Dump Document Naming; Xobni Replacement Options; Paragraph Numbering in WordPerfect

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, March 9, 2015

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

David Hudgens, The PCLaw Mega Review; Dump Document Naming Conventions

Neil Squillante, Xobni Replacement Options Plus Why Xobni Failed

Charles Cork, Paragraph Numbering in WordPerfect

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

How to Receive TL Answers
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Topics: Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Answers | Utilities

Reviews of iPad Calculators, TranscriptPad; The True Purpose of ActiveWords; The State of Your Cloud

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, March 6, 2015

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Neil Squillante, The Best iPad Calculator Apps

Kenneth Curtis, Review: TranscriptPad

Emmett Raitt, The True Purpose of ActiveWords

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: Automation/Document Assembly/Macros | Coming Attractions | Document Management | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Online/Cloud | TL Serendipity

Acrobat Pro, Evernote, and the Paperless Office; Multiple Checking Accounts; Lawyers of a Certain Age; Much More

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, March 6, 2015

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Scott Collins, Review: Acrobat Pro and Evernote Business for a Paperless Office

Neil Squillante, The Case for Multiple Checking Accounts

Donald Lowrey, Word and WordPerfect Are Too Complex for Lawyers

Mark Olberding, Why We Lawyers Should Support Software Developers

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: Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Document Management | Law Office Management | Technology Industry/Legal Profession | TL Serendipity
 
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