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Two Lawyers on How They Use the Surface Pro and iPad Pro; Can We Criticize the Model Rules Without Getting Into Politics?

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, March 16, 2017

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Miriam Jacobson, How I Use My Surface Pro and iPad Pro Plus Review of Classic Shell

Thomas F. McDow, Division of Labor Between My Surface Pro and iPad Pro

Mark Olberding, Can We Criticize the Model Rules Without Getting Into Politics?

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

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Topics: Coming Attractions | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Technology Industry/Legal Profession | TL Serendipity

Actevis Collection Wizard Offers Affordable Do-It-Yourself Ediscovery Collection for Small Cases

By TechnoLawyer | Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers do-it-yourself ediscovery collection software at a price point far below the industry average(see article below). In addition, you'll find links to the previous 11 TL NewsWire features, including our coverage of cloud practice management software for law firms that crave the billing and automation features of legacy software, a federal tax law research tool that facilitates point-in-time analysis and redlines showing changes, and much more. Don't miss the next issue.

Most litigators work in firms with fewer than five lawyers and handle disputes with a relatively small number of witnesses. However, most ediscovery software for collecting potential evidence — electronically stored information (ESI) — from custodian computers is cost prohibitive.

Actevis Collection Wizard … in One Sentence

Launched recently, Actevis Collection Wizard is forensically defensible, do-it-yourself ediscovery collection software at a low price point.

The Killer Feature

Before starting his demo, Actevis Systems' Chief Software Architect Martin Reich tells me about what I'll call the "ediscovery collection gap." Hiring a consultant to run collection software such as industry giant EnCase costs about $2,000 per custodian.

Accordingly, many litigators omit custodians to save money. Or they may forego using such software altogether, and instead instruct custodians to self-collect from their computers using drag and drop to an external drive. These litigators run the risk of being called as a witness if opposing counsel challenges the chain of custody or completeness of the collection. Mistakes can result in sanctions.

Actevis Collection Wizard offers forensically-sound do-it-yourself collection for $100 per custodian computer. "Actevis Collection Wizard already complies with proposed FRE 902(14) on data collection audit trails expected to become final this year," says Reich. "As a lawyer, you shouldn't collect evidence in a haphazard manner," adds co-founder David Golden. "You don't want your evidence and your competency in ediscovery challenged by opposing counsel."

Other Notable Features

Actevis Collection Wizard runs on Windows PCs. Once downloaded, it walks you through three steps. First, you select the target drive or folder (the C drive is the default). Second, you select the output format such as the native files in the folder structure on the custodian machine or a small set of ZIP files. Third, you select where to save the copy. When configuring the settings, you can exclude file types such as images, restrict the collection to a specific date range, etc.

Email often trips up collection projects. For example, web-based ediscovery tools cannot collect email when Outlook is running according to Reich. Also, many custodians don't know how to export PST files from Outlook. Actevis Collection Wizard collects email from Outlook regardless of its state and without the need to create a PST file. The Recycle Bin likewise can pose collection challenges but not for Actevis Collection Wizard.

To ensure that each copy is identical to its original counterpart and that no tampering has occurred, Actevis Collection Wizard uses the latest file verification protocols — known as "hashing." A group of automatically generated reports provides a defensible audit trail if challenged. For example, the reports list all your settings and all collected files and their corresponding hashes. An expert can use these reports to authenticate the files you produce to opposing counsel. You can have the Collection Summary report emailed to you when the collection process concludes.

What Else Should You Know?

You can run Actevis Collection Wizard an unlimited number of times on a custodian PC for 90 days. This enables you to export in native file format for early case assessment, and then again later for importing into your ediscovery review software. Learn more about Actevis Collection Wizard.

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Topics: Litigation/Discovery/Trials | TL NewsWire

Secrets for Writing Clean, Concise Articles and Blog Posts Plus 40 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to the 41 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 Jayne Navarre of Virtual Marketing Officer on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: How to Be Your Own Editor: Secret Tips Revealed for Writing Clean, Concise Articles and Blog Posts

Should You Light the Match for Superstars to Leave?

Hunting, Hiring, and Keeping High-Dollar Rainmakers

Try a Bit of BIFF to Reduce Work Stress

"Google My Business" Profiles: How to Rank in Local Search

How Law Firms Can Convert More Leads Into Invested Clients

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

Three Roadworthy Windows Laptops for Lawyers Plus 48 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Monday, March 13, 2017

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected the 49 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 Paul Ferrill of Redmond Magazine on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: 3 Roadworthy Windows 10 Laptops

A Cloud Practice Management Path for Firms With Complex Billing Requirements

How to Get Files From Anyone Using Dropbox File Request

Microsoft Finally Made My Favorite Keyboard and Mouse

Review: Microsoft Surface Book With Performance Base

What's Happening at ABA TECHSHOW This Week (Podcast)

Ten Things in Tech That Should Be Easier

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Topics: BlawgWorld Newsletter | Coming Attractions | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets

Calendar Strategies; 7 Steps to a New Phone System; TextMap v. TranscriptPad; NitroPDF v. PDF XChange Editor; Much More

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, March 9, 2017

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Neil Squillante, How Many Calendars Does a Lawyer Need?

Paul Pinkerton, Shopping for a New Phone System? Use This Seven Step Checklist

Ken Laska, Review: TextMap v. TranscriptPad

Donald Lowrey, Review of Dragon Legal Individual 15

Ruth Curcuru, Review: NitroPDF v. PDF XChange Editor (Acrobat Replacements)

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Topics: Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Serendipity

The Best Mind Mapping Software of 2017 Plus 40 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, March 9, 2017

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

Court Says Using Box/Dropbox Sans Password Waives Privilege

Thomson Reuters Relaunches Online Treatises

Six More Leading Trial Lawyers Share Secrets of Effective Opening Statements

Technology Standards and the New EDRM

Congratulations to Evan Koblentz and Suzanne Kattau of PCMag on winning our LitigationWorld Pick of the Week award: The Best Mind Mapping Software of 2017

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Centerbase Offers a Cloud Practice Management Path for Firms With Complex Billing Requirements

By TechnoLawyer | Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers cloud practice management software for law firms that crave the billing and automation features of legacy software (see article below). In addition, you'll find links to the previous 11 TL NewsWire features, including our coverage of a federal tax law research tool that facilitates point-in-time analysis and redlines showing changes, a legal research service that now provides insights on the judges overseeing your cases in certain federal practice areas, and much more. Don't miss the next issue.

Many law firms find cloud practice management products alluring but lacking in functionality compared to legacy on-premises products. The market seems ripe for cloud practice management software that bridges this gap.

Centerbase … in One Sentence

Centerbase is cloud practice management software with billing and workflow features for law firms with complex business processes such as revenue allocation rules.

The Killer Feature

Before giving me a demo, Founder and CEO John Forbes tells me, "Our sophisticated billing functionality makes Centerbase a great option for law firms looking to move to the cloud from older, server based software such as Time Matters, Timeslips, and Juris."

Forbes is referring to features like the Matters Dashboard, which has functionality similar to Time Matters' Power Views. You can configure the Matters Dashboard to display just about anything related to a matter, including billing information.

You can also configure settings such as trust account thresholds, timekeeper rates, and compensation rules on a firm-wide basis or at the client or matter level. These rules can encompass factors like partner commissions and origination credit. You can also create rules specific to your practice area. For example, your state may require allocating overpayments by clients to a trust account.

Centerbase supports financial controls such as closing dates that lock posted transactions, prebill approvals, write-offs, and adding trust replenishments to the amount due on invoices. Customizable Invoice Templates enable you to create different invoice designs for certain clients or matter types. Invoice delivery options include email, PDF, and ebilling protocols such as LEDES, the latter of which you can configure to accommodate any system. Centerbase also supports credit card payments from a payment button in email invoices.

Centerbase includes a number of reports such as accounts receivable, fee receipts, and timekeeper analysis. The company routinely adds reports based on customer requests. Certified consultants can create custom reports for you.

"Centerbase increased the productivity and efficiency of our entire firm," says Kenneth Sheets, partner at Payne & Blanchard, which switched from Juris. "The team over at Centerbase has been there with us throughout the transition process, making it easier on everyone."

Other Notable Features

If Centerbase doesn't support a process in your firm, you can create a Workflow using the company's free Database Designer. These Workflows can automatically generate and assign tasks to lawyers and staff, send automated email, generate documents from templates, fill in form fields, and create new records. Potential uses include client intake, project management, and referral tracking. You access Workflows from the Custom Actions menu in the Matters Dashboard and other dashboards.

Centerbase takes a unique approach to email and document management. An Outlook add-in can file email messages and attachments in the corresponding matter. Time slips can be created in Outlook when you view or send an email. For documents, Centerbase can appear as a mapped drive in Windows such as on your file server. Any documents placed there become available in Centerbase and vice versa. Centerbase includes 5 TB of space.

What Else Should You Know?

Other key integrations include on-premise Microsoft products, Office 365, and QuickBooks Online. The Centerbase Mobile app provides access to everything on your iPhone. Most importantly, you can enter time on the go. Centerbase costs $52 per user per month. Learn more about Centerbase.

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Should You Stop Answering Employee Questions? Plus 46 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to the ## 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 Lee Rosen of Divorce Discourse on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: Worn Out and Exhausted From Frustrating Questions?

A Periodic Table of Law Firm Profitability for Small Firms

How Should Fees Shared Between Lawyers at Different Firms Be Disbursed?

Facebook Advertising Versus Google AdWords

Power Niche Marketing: Moving on to Michael Porter

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ACC Chief Legal Officers 2017 Survey Plus Lateral Moves and Promotions (Feb 20 to Mar 5)

By TechnoLawyer | Wednesday, March 8, 2017

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:

Latham & Watkins Promotes Nine Counsel to Partnership

Porter Wright Is Proud to Announce Three New Partners

T&K Names New Partners

Winstead Names New Shareholders for 2017

Baker Botts Bolsters Corporate, Tax and Global Projects Practices: Adds Group of Nine New Partners

McGuirewoods' Growing San Francisco Office Relocates to Two Embarcadero Center

Congratulations to the ACC on winning our BiglawWorld Pick of the Week award: ACC Chief Legal Officers 2017 Survey.

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

If Practice Management Software Were Designed for Litigators Here's What It Would Do

By TechnoLawyer | Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Litigator Keith Turner has been searching for practice management software for more than 20 years. He has used Amicus Attorney, Bill4Time, Clio, MyCase, and others. In this issue of LitigationWorld, Turner builds his dream practice management product, tailor-made for litigators. Read about Turner's next-generation concepts for billing, email, contact and task management, and more all in an effort to tell litigators and their teams what to do next. Also, don't miss the LitigationWorld Pick of the Week for alternatives to "and/or" and why you should use them.

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