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Replacing Your Outdated Technology; Review of Tablemike; Partial OCR Tip; Blog Backup; Best Fax Service

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, April 10, 2014

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Donald Coker, Nine Secrets of a Successful Law Firm Technology Implementation

Mark R. Ensign, Review: Speechware Tablemike Plus Thoughts on NaturallySpeaking

Tom Trottier, How to OCR a Portion of a Page; NSA and Open Source Software

Pamela Coleman, Creating a Local Backup of Your Blog/Website

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: Coming Attractions | Consultants/Services/Training | Copiers/Scanners/Printers | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | Gadgets/Shredders/Office Gear | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | Law Office Management | Privacy/Security | TL Answers

Create an Elevator Pitch for Your Firm Plus 83 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 84 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.

Disclosing Confidential Client Information

Increase Your Online Banking Safety

Create a Disability-Friendly Website

Online Reputation Management

Congratulations to Randolph Gaw of California Lawyer on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: How to Create an "Elevator Pitch" for Your Small Law Firm

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Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Coming Attractions | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | Law Office Management | Online/Cloud | SmallLaw

Essential Computer Hardware for Law Firms on a Tight, Moderate, or Large Budget Plus Cheap Lawyer Horror Story

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Coming today to SmallLaw: In this issue of SmallLaw, legal technology consultant Jack Schaller wraps up his two-part series on the technology required for a new law firm or an established firm that needs a fresh start. Jack covered software in the first installment. Today he covers the computer hardware to run that software. Desktop or or notebook? Which smartphone? Chromebook or iPad or Surface? Jack is back with all the answers for three budgets — tight, moderate, or large. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week for a horror story about a small law firm that charged too little.

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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: Coming Attractions | Desktop PCs/Servers | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | SmallLaw

A Better Way to Create Pleadings in Microsoft Word Plus 10 Trial Presentation Tips

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, April 7, 2014

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Don't create another pleading until you read this issue of LitigationWorld. Microsoft Word trainer Deborah Savadra has written a step-by-step guide on how to create your own custom templates for pleadings. Your templates will save you time, ensure compliance with court rules, and prevent embarrassing mistakes from reusing existing documents. Once you have a library of pleadings templates, you'll want to create templates for all your litigation documents. Also, don't miss the LitigationWorld Pick of the Week for 10 trial presentation tips from professional newscasters.

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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. 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.

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Intractable Microsoft Word Problems; Home Sweet Home Office; Listen Up Software Companies; Arkon Stand and iPad mini

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, April 4, 2014

Today's issue of Fat Friday contains these articles:

Aaron Craft, Some Microsoft Word Problems Only Have Workarounds (Especially Old Versions)

Philip Franckel, My Home Sweet Home Office

Kurt Walberg, Two Modest Proposals for Software Developers

Jeremy Clark, Arkon Stand and the iPad mini

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Topics: Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | Fat Friday | Gadgets/Shredders/Office Gear | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Law Office Management

Drafting Assistant - Transactional 2.0: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Thursday, April 3, 2014

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers software for drafting and proofreading transactional documents that works within Microsoft Word and WordPerfect (see article below), PDF software designed for the legal profession, a checklist creation application for your workflow processes, and a smart height adjustable desk. Don't miss the next issue.

TRANSACTIONAL DOCUMENT DRAFTING ENTERS A NEW ERA

For more than two decades, transactional document drafting has entailed a collaboration between lawyer and technology. Initially, this just meant using a word processor. But in recent years, legal proofreading software has emerged that can find inconsistencies, omissions and other errors in your documents. The next step in this evolution consists of having software help you with the substantive law in your documents.

Drafting Assistant – Transactional 2.0 … in One Sentence

Launched in March, Thomson Reuters' Drafting Assistant – Transactional 2.0 is legal proofreading software that works within Microsoft Word and WordPerfect.

The Killer Feature

Drafting Assistant – Transactional now integrates with Practical Law's Standard Documents and Clause library, if you have a Practical Law subscription. That means without leaving your document you can obtain help both drafting and proofreading your document.

Practical Law is a human-powered service that helps lawyers tap into expertise unlikely to exist within their firm. Free from the demands of working in a law firm environment, the attorney editors at Practical Law spend all their time performing research and creating continually updated checklists, model documents, clause libraries, and more for transactional practice areas.

While drafting, you click on the Practical Law icon in your word processor's ribbon. This opens up the "Viewer" in which you can search and open Practical Law's Standard Documents and Clauses. You can use Practical Law's model documents both as a base and as a benchmark for comparing your own work. And because each Standard Document includes embedded Drafting Notes, you also get clause by clause drafting guidance.

"The ability to access Practical Law from within Drafting Assistant – Transactional expedites the drafting process and mirrors the way that lawyers actually draft," General Manager of Business Law Solutions Steve Obenski told us. "You have your master document and a benchmark document side by side within your drafting screen, so you can easily crib language and compare your documents to make sure they reflect current best practices. This combination provides the only end-to-end drafting solution on the market. You get the best substance and proofreading in one place."

Other Notable Features

In addition to the Practical Law integration, Drafting Assistant – Transactional includes 300 model documents across different transactional practice areas. You can also search Westlaw or WestlawNext directly from the software via a button on the toolbar.

The heart of Drafting Assistant – Transactional remains its "Deal Proof" proofreading analyzer engine. The software reviews documents of any size for errors in definitions, cross references, inconsistencies, missing information, and more. The software then flags each potential error and enables you jump to it by creating a hyperlinked index. You can also generate a report listing all possible errors.

After more than 10 years of refining the proofreading engine to find the tiniest of errors while minimizing false positives, Thomson Reuters commissioned a study to evaluate Deal Proof. The study found that lawyers who use Drafting Assistant – Transactional reduce their review time by 60% on average and find errors that go unnoticed with other proofreading methods.

What Else Should You Know?

The new version of Drafting Assistant – Transactional works with Microsoft Word 2013 and WordPerfect X6 as well as with earlier versions (it runs on Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8). You can use the Deal Proof component online or offline. Learn more about Drafting Assistant – Transactional 2.0.

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Topics: Automation/Document Assembly/Macros | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | TL NewsWire | Transactional Practice Areas

You Probably Think Your Law Firm Website Is About You Plus What to Cover in Your Email Newsletter

By Kathryn Hughes | Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Coming today to SmallLaw: You subscribed to SmallLaw because you felt it would benefit you, not because you wanted to help out TechnoLawyer. Similarly, your law firm website must serve your target audience. Only then can you benefit from your website. In this issue of SmallLaw, online legal marketing expert Gyi Tsakalakis explains the three steps involved in better understanding your target audience so that your website can better serve them. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week for tips on what to cover in your law firm's email newsletter.

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Get More Out of Every Single Hour Plus 44 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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.

Counter-Offers Only Delay the Inevitable Exit

Preserving Privilege for In-House Counsel

Review: Scorpion Design (Web Design Agency)

LinkedIn for Busy Lawyers Part 1

Congratulations to Dr. Marla Gottschalk of Forbes on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: Three Ways to Get More Out of Every Single Hour

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How to Use What Ifs in Cross Examination Plus 89 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 90 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.

Use Protective Orders as Offensive Weapon

Paperless Litigation Becomes a Reality

How to Download Old Tweets

A Judge on the Ethical Perils of Social Media

Congratulations to Mitch Jackson of Trial Lawyer Communication Tips for Everyone! on winning our LitigationWorld Pick of the Week award: How to Use What Ifs in Cross Examination

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A Microsoft God Reviews Office for iPad Plus 79 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, March 31, 2014

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 80 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.

How to Use Word's Collaboration Tools

First Look at Word for iPad by a Lawyer

Review: Microsoft Office for iPad

Clio (Themis Solutions) Raises $20 Million

Congratulations to Paul Thurrott of Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Microsoft God Paul Thurrott Reviews Office for iPad

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