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Free Research Reports for Lawyers and Others in the Legal Industry

By Neil J. Squillante | Tuesday, July 1, 2014

TechnoLawyer Library houses our growing collection of free research reports. Other media companies charge hundreds or thousands of dollars for reports of this caliber. We give them away for free — with one catch. A very small catch. They're for TechnoLawyer members only. However, TechnoLawyer membership is also free. Join TechnoLawyer today. Below you'll find links to selected research reports and to our TechnoLawyer Library Sweepstakes.

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

TL Research Guide to the iPad mini as a Serious Productivity Tool (Second Edition)

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)

The Most Reliable Legal Technology Study Ever

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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

TL Research Buyer's Guide to Legal Billing Software

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Coming today to TL Research: Legal billing software is a necessity for virtually all law firms. After all, most law firms need to manage trust accounts, track and enter expenses and time, send bills to clients, etc. However, the sheer number of products makes the buying process challenging. Even after considerable due diligence, you can still end up with the wrong legal billing product and exceed your budget. To help you find the best legal billing software for your law firm, TechnoLawyer publisher and lawyer Neil Squillante created the TL Research Buyer's Guide to Legal Billing Software. Download your free copy now.

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Our flagship newsletter offers in-depth buyer's guides and other helpful research reports for everyone in the legal profession. Written in plain English by leading experts, these reports combine exhaustive research with sound statistical techniques to provide you with reliable analysis, data, and insights. Just as importantly, TL Research reports often include benchmarks, charts, and other visuals that bring the information to life. TechnoLawyer members regularly use TL Research reports at strategic planning meetings. The TL Research newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Coming Attractions | TL Research

TL Research Guide to the iPad mini as a Serious Productivity Tool

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, December 31, 2012

Coming today to TL Research: TechnoLawyer publisher Neil Squillante answers the following question: Can the iPad mini make you and your law practice more productive? Unlike reviews in the mainstream media, Neil's in-depth TL Research report evaluates the iPad mini as a serious productivity tool, including extensive reviews of several productivity apps with accompanying screenshots. For example, Neil wrote this TL Research report on his iPad mini so that he could tell you which plain text word processing app works best. Download your free copy of TL Research Guide to the iPad mini as a Serious Productivity Tool (Second Edition) now.

How to Receive TL Research
Our flagship newsletter offers in-depth buyer's guides and other helpful research reports for everyone in the legal profession. Written in plain English by leading experts, these reports combine exhaustive research with sound statistical techniques to provide you with reliable analysis, data, and insights. Just as importantly, TL Research reports often include benchmarks, charts, and other visuals that bring the information to life. TechnoLawyer members regularly use TL Research reports at strategic planning meetings. The TL Research newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Gadgets/Shredders/Office Gear | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | TL Research

Can the iPad mini Play a Role in the Lives of Lawyers?

By Neil J. Squillante | Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Mainstream technology publications can tell you about the iPad mini's size, weight, and other specifications. But don't bother combing through those articles for lawyer use cases.

With prices ranging from $329 to $659, the new iPad mini (7.9-inch non-retina display) costs significantly less than the new fourth generation iPad (9.7-inch retina display). However, lawyers have already found many uses for the latter iPad and its predecessors (e.g., remotely controlling a Mac or PC, exhibiting documents at trial, etc.).

But what about the iPad mini? Does a use case exist that justifies its purchase?

Yes — note-taking.

I've gone completely paperless except that I still keep a 5 x 7 inch notebook on my desk for jotting down ideas and notes, especially when I'm on the phone. Notebooks are just plain faster than using your computer (some notes such as meetings end up in my computer afterwards). They're also more flexible. For example, you can circle something to emphasize its importance. I like the small size because I prefer dedicating a single page to each telephone call or thought. The downside to notebooks is that you cannot search paper. Also, they fill up. Then what? Save or shred?

The iPad measures 7.3 x 9.5 inches. That's too large to keep by my telephone — and also too expensive to dedicate to a single task. The new iPad mini measures 5.3 x 7.8 inches — slightly larger than the paper notebook I use. A quality note-taking app and stylus cost about $30 combined (I use the Bamboo Stylus Pocket; I'm still evaluating note-taking apps).

Is $350 too much for a notebook? Not by my reckoning. You can keep all the notes you ever take. You can annotate and organize them so you can easily find them. You can sync them so that you can access them from other devices. Thanks to the iPad mini's 10-hour battery life, you can turn off Auto-Lock so that it's on all day ready for you to jot down notes just like a paper notebook.

And let's not forget. You need not limit your iPad mini to note-taking. Given its 0.68 pound weight, you can bring it home and on trips for checking email, playing games, reading books, web surfing, etc. The LTE cellular version of the iPad mini can serve as a secure hotspot that will last a lot longer than your iPhone.

Like me, many lawyers take handwritten notes. The iPad always felt too large and heavy for this task. By contrast, the iPad mini seems perfectly suited. When introducing the iPad mini yesterday, Apple executive Phil Schiller said, "It's as light as a pad of paper." To finish Phil's thought, it can also replace a pad of paper on every lawyer's desk.

For further reading (TechnoLawyer Archive subscription required) …

Brett Burney, The Best iPad Stylus, SmallLaw (January 19, 2012).

Brett Burney, The Best iPad Handwriting App, SmallLaw (February 7, 2012).

Brett Burney, The Best iPad App for Obtaining Signatures on Documents, SmallLaw (March 7, 2012).

Brett Burney, The Best iPad App for Taking Audio-Synced Notes, SmallLaw (July 24, 2012).

Brett Burney, The Best iPad App for Typing Notes, SmallLaw (September 12, 2012).

How to Receive TL Research
Our flagship newsletter offers in-depth buyer's guides and other helpful reports for everyone in the legal profession. Many reports about the legal industry use flawed data and are therefore unreliable. By contrast, TL Research reports provide you with insightful information on which you can rely by combining sound statistical techniques with exhaustive research and analysis. Just as importantly, the experts who write TL Research reports use jargon-free plain English, and often include benchmarks, charts, and other comparative tools and visuals. The TL Research newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Business Productivity/Word Processing | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | TL Research

Can Microsoft Win the Legal Industry's Mobile Race?

By Neil J. Squillante | Monday, September 17, 2012

Coming today to TL Research: For nearly two decades, Microsoft has remained a fixture in law offices thanks to Windows PCs running Microsoft Office. But outside of the office, lawyers increasingly work on smartphones and tablets. In these two fast-growing markets, Microsoft lags behind Apple and Google. Can Microsoft win the legal industry's mobile race despite its late start? Our TL Research report answers this question by analyzing historical and current data. Nine charts further help explain the report's central thesis, which also applies to law firms. Plus we've bundled a surprise gift with the report. Download your free copy of this free TL Research report now.

How to Receive TL Research
Our flagship newsletter offers in-depth buyer's guides and other helpful reports for everyone in the legal profession. Many reports about the legal industry use flawed data and are therefore unreliable. By contrast, TL Research reports provide you with insightful information on which you can rely by combining sound statistical techniques with exhaustive research and analysis. Just as importantly, the experts who write TL Research reports use jargon-free plain English, and often include benchmarks, charts, and other comparative tools and visuals. The TL Research newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | TL Research

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

By Neil J. Squillante | Monday, March 12, 2012

Coming today to TL Research: Most law firms use Microsoft Outlook. But Outlook by itself fails to meet the unique needs of lawyers. Realizing that it cannot add features solely for specialized markets like law practice, Microsoft cleverly made Outlook extensible, resulting in a large after market of add-ons. As with any marketplace, the most difficult task lies in finding the add-ons you need. In this TL Research report, Outlook user and lawyer Edward Zohn describes and links to 44 carefully selected Outlook add-ons organized into six categories. Download your free copy of TL Research Buyer's Guide to Outlook Add-Ons for Law Firms now.

How to Receive TL Research
Our flagship newsletter offers in-depth buyer's guides and other helpful reports for everyone in the legal profession. Many reports about the legal industry use flawed data and are therefore unreliable. By contrast, TL Research reports provide you with insightful information on which you can rely by combining sound statistical techniques with exhaustive research and analysis. Just as importantly, the experts who write TL Research reports use jargon-free plain English, and often include benchmarks, charts, and other comparative tools and visuals. The TL Research newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Backup/Media/Storage | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Collaboration/Knowledge Management | Document Management | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Privacy/Security | TechnoLawyer Library | TL Research

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

By Neil J. Squillante | Friday, September 2, 2011

Coming today to TL Research: After more than 6,200 downloads of the first edition, document management expert John Heckman has updated his massively popular TL Research report. In the new second edition of this buyer's guide, you'll learn how to identify, shop for, and implement a true document management system — including five must-have features, nine nice-to-have features, and the major players in the legal industry. And yes, it now discusses which document management systems offer a native iPad app (the first iPad had not yet shipped when we published the first edition). Download your free copy of TL Research Guide to Document Management Systems for Law Firms (Second Edition) now.

How to Receive TL Research
Our flagship newsletter offers in-depth buyer's guides and other helpful reports for everyone in the legal profession. Many reports about the legal industry use flawed data and are therefore unreliable. By contrast, TL Research reports provide you with insightful information on which you can rely by combining sound statistical techniques with exhaustive research and analysis. Just as importantly, the experts who write TL Research reports use jargon-free plain English, and often include benchmarks, charts, and other comparative tools and visuals. The TL Research newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Document Management | TechnoLawyer Library | TL Research

The Most Reliable Legal Technology Study Is Now Free

By Neil J. Squillante | Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Coming today to TL Research: Recognizing the need for a reliable understanding of technology usage in the legal profession, Legal Technology Institute founder Andy Adkins spent considerable time and money creating the Perfect Practice Legal Technology Institute Case, Matter, and Practice Management System Study — a 312-page report with an error rate of just +/–5.4% that delves into far more product categories than its title suggests. This comprehensive study costs $395 for most people. But TechnoLawyer members can download a copy free of charge. TechnoLawyer membership is also free. Download your free copy of Case, Matter, and Practice Management System Study now.

How to Receive TL Research
Our flagship newsletter offers in-depth buyer's guides and other helpful reports for everyone in the legal profession. Many reports about the legal industry use flawed data and are therefore unreliable. By contrast, TL Research reports provide you with insightful information on which you can rely by combining sound statistical techniques with exhaustive research and analysis. Just as importantly, the experts who write TL Research reports use jargon-free plain English, and often include benchmarks, charts, and other comparative tools and visuals. The TL Research newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Document Management | Law Office Management | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | Monitors | Practice Management/Calendars | TechnoLawyer Library | Technology Industry/Legal Profession | TL Research

TL Research Buyer's Guide to Document Management Systems for Law Firms

By Neil J. Squillante | Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Coming today to TL Research: Most law offices use a manual system for storing and retrieving documents, which often results in misplaced documents, missing documents, misnamed documents, and other mishaps. A document management system (DMS) can eliminate these problems, but how can you find the one best suited for your law firm? In this TL Research report, legal technology consultant and document management expert John Heckman discusses the problems a DMS addresses, and how to shop for and implement a DMS. As a bonus, it also contains four Courtoons about document management courtesy of cartoonist and lawyer David Mills. Download your free copy of TL Research Guide to Document Management Systems for Law Firms.

How to Receive TL Research
Our flagship newsletter offers in-depth buyer's guides and other helpful reports for everyone in the legal profession. Many reports about the legal industry use flawed data and are therefore unreliable. By contrast, TL Research reports provide you with insightful information on which you can rely by combining sound statistical techniques with exhaustive research and analysis. Just as importantly, the experts who write TL Research reports use jargon-free plain English, and often include benchmarks, charts, and other comparative tools and visuals. The TL Research newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

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