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DocMoto 3.8 Facilitates External Collaboration With Its New Secure Document Sharing

By TechnoLawyer | Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a Mac-based document management system with new technology for sharing documents externally with clients, co-counsel, and others (see article below). In addition, you'll find links to the previous 11 TL NewsWire features, including our coverage of interactive practical legal guides that you can customize to incorporate your firm's collective knowledge and workflows, a law firm website design service that includes a library of legal content to save you time, and much more. Don't miss the next issue.

Document management software facilitates document sharing within your law firm, and for obvious reasons it's similarly adept at preventing outsiders from gaining access. Because lawyers often need to share documents with clients, they resort to non-secure methods such as email. This sharing should instead emanate from your document management software in a secure manner.

DocMoto 3.8 … in One Sentence

Launched recently, CHL Software's DocMoto 3.8 is a Mac-based document management system.

The Killer Feature

DocMoto now offers secure file sharing. Select the document or folders you want to share, and then choose Create Share under the File menu. This brings up the Create Share dialog in which you can choose an expiration date, require a password, allow new versions and other uploads, etc. You can change these settings or remove access entirely anytime.

Those you invite access shared documents in the DocMoto Sharing Portal in their web browser. In the DocMoto Mac client, a new toolbar icon enables you to view and access all shared documents and folders. The Share Report gives you a more detailed look at what's being shared. This can help you identify shares that should no longer exist.

"Lawyers love DocMoto's professional feature set, which provides so much more than simple syncing tools," says CHL Software director Neil Cameron. "It's packed full of killer features from revision control and document templates to our latest technology for secure and manageable document sharing with third parties."

Other Notable Features

Speaking of the DocMoto toolbar, it's now customizable. The new Favorites icon on the toolbar enables you to access recently used and other documents you designate. Favorites are also accessible via the DocMoto iPad app and the web client on devices such as a Windows PC. When you need to dig deeper to find documents, DocMoto's Advanced Search offers a visual Boolean interface that eliminates the need for arcane syntax. The Save View feature enables you to save searches, which update in realtime.

DocMoto stores all types of documents, including scans and email. You can drag and drop email from Apple Mail and Microsoft Outlook into DocMoto, which automatically parses the metadata so that you can sort and search using parameters such as To, From, CC, etc.

Built-in document assembly enables you to create document templates ranging from the simple (building documents from stored clause snippets) to the advanced (nested conditions, if/then statements, etc.).

Version 3.8 takes document automation a step further with Folder Templates. Designed for routine workflows, Folder Templates enables you to create elaborate sets of folders and documents with a mouse click. For example, a Folder Template for client intake can create an engagement letter, and folders for bills, correspondence, shared documents, etc. You can even specify the column views within each folder and the categorization of each document.

What Else Should You Know?

DocMoto runs on macOS Yosemite and later. "DocMoto is right for us because of its versioning, search, and templates," says Brian Walters of The Walters Firm. "We have folders relevant for every part of the firm so we don't need to waste time searching for templates any more. From a staff and attorney efficiency standpoint it has changed the way our firm practices. This was the most unexpected benefit of DocMoto." Learn more about DocMoto 3.8.

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Topics: Document Management | TL NewsWire

SmartTask Walks You Through Legal Tasks, While SmartTask Pro Offers the Ability to Incorporate Your Firm's Own Expertise

By TechnoLawyer | Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers interactive practical legal guides that you can customize to incorporate your firm's collective knowledge and workflows (see article below). In addition, you'll find links to the previous 11 TL NewsWire features, including our coverage of a law firm website design service that includes a library of legal content to save you time, personal injury practice management software with specialized tools for tracking settlements, liens, medical records, and marketing, and much more. Don't miss the next issue.

Lawyers often perform work within their practice area but outside their comfort zone. This is especially true of junior associates. In these situations, more than two-thirds of lawyers either consult colleagues or run a Google search, neither of which is particularly efficient. Ideally, your firm should have a reference for such tasks capable of tapping into external and internal knowledge.

SmartTask and SmartTask Pro … in One Sentence

Launched recently, Wolters Kluwer's SmartTask is a growing collection of interactive practice guides, while SmartTask Pro enables you to customize these guides and create your own.

The Killer Feature

Unlike competing services, SmartTask doesn't statically list a series of steps on a web page or in a PDF. Instead, steps link to corresponding resources such as forms, government agency websites, and treatises, saving you time. You can download forms in Microsoft Word or PDF format.

SmartTask Pro takes these guides further, recognizing that every law firm's unique culture influences its work product and how it gets created. Accordingly, SmartTask Pro enables you to edit these guides to better fit your firm's workflows. For example, you may have a model document that you prefer to the one in a SmartTask guide, or you may want to add several steps and link to internal resources in your document management system or SharePoint portal.

Custom steps in an existing SmartTask guide display an icon to distinguish it from those created by Wolters Kluwer. You can also create entire SmartTask guides of your own to unlock the many informational silos that exist in your firm, and harness and share this internal knowledge in a manner that increases productivity and benefits clients.

The SmartTask Pro environment resembles a word processor with the ability to create headers, format text, and link to any reference within your firm or on the web. Organizational tools facilitate breaking up complex tasks into multiple, nested steps.

"Attorneys face increased pressure to find new ways to make their practice more efficient," says Dean Sonderegger, Vice President & General Manager, Legal Markets & Innovation. "The SmartTask Corporate Suite provides a full set of resources, including workflow tools, that enables firms to standardize common legal practices, ensuring consistency and efficiency."

Other Notable Features

For some tasks, you may only need help for a specific step. A search bar at the top of each SmartTask guide enables you to run searches. Click a search result to go directly to that step.

Each SmartTask guide is written by a practicing lawyer with applicable expertise. Currently, the SmartTask library focuses on corporate and securities law, including amending bylaws, D&O removal, D&O indemnification, forming and dissolving corporations and LLCs in various states, preparing various SEC forms, issuance of shares, dividends, redemptions, stock purchases, and transfers, and much more.

SmartTask guides in other practice areas are in the works, including cybersecurity, employment, health care, and intellectual property.

What Else Should You Know?

Wolters Kluwer has priced SmartTask and SmartTask Pro to encourage law firms to run it alongside competing solutions. Also, your summer associates can use it for free. Learn more about SmartTask and SmartTask Pro.

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Topics: Collaboration/Knowledge Management | TL NewsWire | Transactional Practice Areas

Zaliet Considers Building Your Law Firm Website the First Step, Not the Last

By TechnoLawyer | Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a law firm website design service that includes a library of legal content to save you time (see article below). In addition, you'll find links to the previous 11 TL NewsWire features, including our coverage of personal injury practice management software with specialized tools for tracking settlements, liens, medical records, and marketing, a Microsoft Word add-in that automates document creation and ensures their consistency with firm-wide rules, and much more. Don't miss the next issue.

If your law firm has an aging website or no website at all, you have an advantage. You can leapfrog the competition with a new mobile-friendly website built from the ground up to rank well in Google and integrate with social media networks. But what about all the content a website needs nowadays to rank well? Most web designers won't help you with this.

Zaliet … in One Sentence

Zaliet is a website creation and hosting service for law firms that also provides content creation and other marketing services.

The Killer Feature

Zaliet's Basic plan starts you off with up to five web pages, while the Premium and Platinum plans increase it to 15 and 50 respectively. You can write all the content for these pages (and add more pages) if you have the time and inclination. Alternatively, you can get a running start by using Zaliet's Content Library.

Included in the Premium and Platinum plans, Zaliet's Content Library contains professionally written copy for more than 35 practice areas and legal topics that you can use and edit at no additional charge. Practice areas include bankruptcy, criminal, employment, family, immigration, civil litigation, and sports. Topics range from contesting a will to powers of attorney.

The Platinum plan also includes three pages of customized content written exclusively for your firm by The Legal Writers Bureau, a group of former editors of publications such as The National Law Journal. The Legal Writers Bureau can create additional custom content if needed at a special rate for Zaliet customers.

"Your website is your opportunity to tell potential clients who you are, what you do, and why they should choose you over a competitor," says Zaliet CEO Rachel-Leanne Williams. "Good content is an integral part of successful law firm websites."

Other Notable Features

Working with Zaliet begins with a Design Brief, an interactive web questionnaire that you fill out with the help of a Zaliet Website Coach. The Design Brief asks you to upload your logo and photos, choose one of Zaliet's website design styles, create your sitemap, and add material from the Content Library. If needed, Zaliet can help you register a domain name, create a logo, take professional headshots, etc.

Most law firms complete the Design Brief in 2-3 days after which Zaliet creates your website and stages it privately for you to review before going live. Depending on the size of your site, the entire process takes 1-2 weeks. "I can't thank Zaliet enough for all the compliments I receive about the website," says Kate Ashmor, Principal of Ashmor Legal.

All three plans enable you to add features such as a contact form and a live Google Maps image of your office location. The Premium and Platinum plans offer advanced features such as blogs, email newsletters, Google Analytics integration, site translation, and more. Zaliet integrates with LawConnect for a client portal, and RapidPay for client credit card payments.

What Else Should You Know?

If your firm uses LEAP practice management software, you're in luck because LEAP users get the Premium plan for free or the Platinum plan for $115 per month (LawConnect is also included). If your firm doesn't use LEAP, the Basic, Premium, and Platinum plans cost $75, $150, and $265 per month respectively. Learn more about Zaliet.

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CASEpeer Promises a Hassle-Free Out-of-the Box Experience for Personal Injury Firms

By TechnoLawyer | Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers personal injury practice management software with specialized tools for tracking settlements, liens, medical records, marketing, and much more (see article below). In addition, you'll find links to the previous 11 TL NewsWire features, including our coverage of a Microsoft Word add-in that automates document creation and ensures their consistency with firm-wide rules, a redesigned international arbitration research service with tools such as Visual Connectors for Boolean searches, and much more. Don't miss the next issue.

Personal injury practice differs significantly from other types of litigation. Contingency fee arrangements require careful intake screening and monitoring of settlement offers. In between, you need to keep cases moving along, and manage everything from insurance policies to medical records while not missing any deadlines. This calls for specialized software.

CASEpeer … in One Sentence

CASEpeer is cloud practice management software for personal injury law firms.

The Killer Feature

"Without a doubt, CASEpeer is the most intuitive solution for plaintiff's law firms," says CEO Darren Fancher. "From lead tracking to powerful settlement tools, CASEpeer makes attorneys and staff more efficient and effective."

My demo begins with a look at these settlement tools. Essentially your firm's financial pipeline, the Settlement Management dashboard lists all Demands and Offers across all open cases. You can also view settled cases by Checks In, Pending (waiting for check), and Issues (potential collection problem). The top of the dashboard lists totals for each category and your firm's cut. Search for a specific case or client, or filter by attorney to see your cases or those of a colleague.

The firm-wide Overviews dashboard enables you to compare the performance of your team and identify bottlenecks. At the other extreme, a settlement dashboard exists for each client with the details of each demand and offer, and a running total of settlements, liens, costs, and the client's net. This is where you change the status of a demand, and enter information about attorney, health provider, and other liens.

Other Notable Features

Settlement information is just one of many data types CASEpeer stores for each client. Others include defendants, other parties, expert witnesses, photos, discovery, timeline, and much more. Each file's Home Tab contains the most salient information such as the client's photo, case age, statute of limitations, health providers, health bills, police report, lost wages, etc.

The Home Tab also lists Case Tasks and Case Notes. Case Tasks typically reside within a CASEplan, a custom workflow that automatically assigns tasks to a person when a trigger occurs (e.g., send a letter of representation to health providers after intake). You can manually create Case Notes but many are automatically generated (e.g., when you mark a demand accepted), creating an audit trail of all case activity.

CASEpeer prevents mishaps and offers deep analytics. The main dashboard lists the cases with an approaching statute of limitations, inactive cases and their "last touched" date, open tasks, unread messages, etc. The Intake report enables you to compare the value of each of your marketing channels (Internet, radio, referrals, etc.) thanks to the settlement data in CASEpeer. Every contact in CASEpeer exists as its own independent record, which enables you to identify connections. For example, you can view all cases related to an adjustor, doctor, etc.

"CASEpeer has transformed the way my firm operates," says Samuel Mirejovsky, co-founder of Bergener Mirejovsky, APC. "It is a powerful and intuitive tool for any personal injury practice. CASEpeer encourages collaboration, oversight, and accountability. Its robust features have without a doubt increased our efficiency. With CASEpeer we can plan for the future with ease."

What Else Should You Know?

CASEpeer also offers document management, email capture, expense tracking, eFax integration, and the ability to send, receive, and store text messages. The monthly subscription price ranges from $55 to $85 per user depending on the size of your firm. This includes data migration, online training, and technical support. Learn more about CASEpeer.

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Word LX Professional Automates Document Creation and Reinforces Firm-Wide Rules

By TechnoLawyer | Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a Microsoft Word add-in that automates document creation and ensures their consistency with firm-wide rules (see article below). In addition, you'll find links to the previous 11 TL NewsWire features, including our coverage of a redesigned international arbitration research service with tools such as Visual Connectors for Boolean searches, a Windows application designed to handle your OCR, PDF, and document comparison needs in one product, and much more. Don't miss the next issue.

Lawyers spend a lot of time in Microsoft Word — too much of it unbillable. Tasks such as creating paragraph-numbering schemes, tables of contents, and formatting styles involve a seemingly endless number of tweaks. Even after all this formatting, documents often lack consistency across your firm.

Word LX Professional … in One Sentence

Launched recently, Infoware's Word LX Professional is a Microsoft Word add-in for law firms that enforces firm-wide standards for documents and provides timesaving automation tools.

The Killer Feature

Infoware has helped law firms with document automation for more than 30 years. Word LX Professional is its first product specifically created for small law firms. "Word LX Professional provides the editing tools and document customization that only large firms can afford, and makes these available to the solo and small law firm market," says Dan Sharp, CEO and President of Infoware. "It allows for document consistency and formatting efficiencies."

Document consistency begins with Word LX Professional's Template Designer. This administrator tool walks you through a series of steps — uploading your firm's logo, entering the names of every user at your firm, importing clients and others from Outlook or another source, and creating document templates.

Document templates include letter, memo, fax, envelope, and address label. You can also create your own custom templates for other types of documents. For each template, you can tweak settings for logo placement, margins, font, text alignment, and page numbers. Other settings give you granular control over the layout of a template such as placement of your firm's address, contact information, and author and assistant details. You can also omit specific items. For example, if you use preprinted letterhead, you can omit the logo from the letter template.

These Template Designer settings reside in a file that you install on everyone's PC. You can create multiple settings files such as for different practice groups with specific preferences. Users access the document templates from the Word LX Ribbon in Microsoft Word.

Other Notable Features

The Word LX Ribbon also contains a number of important Word functions frequently used in legal documents. Infoware configures these functions to make them foolproof versus using Word's native equivalents. According to Infoware, the ribbon saves users one hour per day on average.

Perhaps most importantly, the Word LX Ribbon enables you to create documents with multilevel numbered paragraphs without having to understand Word's numbering intricacies. Similarly, another tool automates table of contents creation. Other tools enable you to create tables, sign documents, add a document ID, apply watermarks, use firm-approved paragraph styles, and insert contact information from Outlook.

Advanced users or those who work with an administrator can create model templates (e.g., pleadings, leases, wills) that conform to your firm's formatting requirements and which contain placeholders for data. The toolbar's Prompt function walks users through each data field in the document. This eliminates the risk of reusing a document and forgetting to remove another client's data.

What Else Should You Know?

Word LX Professional costs $250 per user per year. "Word LX Professional provides us with the tools to significantly raise the consistency and quality of our documents as well as improve the efficiency of those responsible for creating them," says Elia Associates law clerk Franca Russouw. "Firm branded templates can be easily created and accessed, and documents are now being numbered and styled consistently by users across our firm. We love Word LX Professional." Learn more about Word LX Professional.

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Kluwer Arbitration Unveils New Search Tools for More Efficient International Arbitration Research

By TechnoLawyer | Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a redesigned international arbitration research service with tools such as Visual Connectors for Boolean searches (see article below). In addition, you'll find links to the previous 11 TL NewsWire features, including our coverage of a Windows application designed to handle your OCR, PDF, and document comparison needs in one product, practice management software with a growing library of forms and templates, and built-in document assembly and e-filing, and much more. Don't miss the next issue.

Many deals nowadays involve parties in different countries. In the event of disputes, neither side relishes litigating in the other country's judicial system. As a result, international arbitration has grown dramatically, offering advantages such as multinational enforcement, arbitrators with subject matter expertise, and simpler procedural rules. As with any dispute resolution system, lawyers need a comprehensive research tool.

Kluwer Arbitration … in One Sentence

Wolters Kluwer's Kluwer Arbitration, an online international arbitration research service with exclusive material, has undergone a major redesign that launches this week.

The Killer Feature

Chief among the new features are search enhancements designed to improve accuracy and speed. When using natural language, Kluwer Arbitration predicts what you likely want to search for as you type. Instead of searching all content, you can restrict your queries using filters such as Content Type, Publication Type, or Author. Also, you can search within search results.

Visual Connectors bring Boolean searches into the 21st century. Connectors such as AND and NEAR are visually distinct from your search terms. Click and drag a connector to move its position. Click and hold a connector to make granular adjustments (e.g., NEAR 2, NEAR 10, etc.).

"The key theme coming out of our customer engagement interviews was the need for simplicity in design and function to which we responded with a clean and intuitive user interface," says Managing Director David Bartolone. "The new research experience makes it easy for novice and expert researchers alike to search and quickly zero in on the right information."

Other Notable Features

Without leaving the search results, you can preview a reference by clicking on the matching keyword (the reference opens in its own window). Kluwer Arbitration offers printing options such as font size and whether to include summary information, enabling you to comply with the specific requirements that many arbitration venues impose on exhibits. You can also export references to PDF format or email the link to a colleague.

"Kluwer Arbitration is an enormous database comprising some of the most influential doctrine as well as a high number of awards and jurisprudence from all around the world of international arbitration," says Dr. Christian W. Konrad, partner at international arbitration law firm Konrad & Partners. "It is, therefore, an important and valued asset to our practice and one that we use on a daily basis."

In fact, Kluwer Arbitration is the largest database of its kind. Primary source material includes 500+ arbitration laws, 2,250+ Bilateral Investment Treaties, 1,250+ rules from more than 200 institutions, and 2,250+ arbitral awards. You'll also find 10,000+ court decisions, including 500 from Chinese courts summarized in English.

Secondary sources include more than 230 treatises (nearly all exclusive), and the complete archives of 11 journals related to arbitration. The IAI Arbitrator Tool and IMI Mediator Tool enable you to find and compare potential adjudicators. The Kluwer Arbitration Blog and Kluwer Mediation Blog are free publications accessible from Kluwer Arbitration.

What Else Should You Know?

Created by multinational law firm Clifford Chance for Kluwer Arbitration, Smart Charts offer practice tips. For example, you can find model clauses for arbitration agreements, compare arbitral institutions, and get advice on arcane issues like challenging an arbitrator and sovereign immunity. Learn more about Kluwer Arbitration.

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ABBYY FineReader 14 Includes OCR, PDF, and Document Comparison Tools in One Product

By TechnoLawyer | Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a Windows application designed to handle your OCR, PDF, and document comparison needs in one product (see article below). In addition, you'll find links to the previous 11 TL NewsWire features, including our coverage of practice management software with a growing library of forms and templates, and built-in document assembly and e-filing, an Outlook add-in that addresses attachment headaches and reduces the risk of career-threatening errors, and much more. Don't miss the next issue.

Every field has "professional" tools designed to improve overall performance. Golfers use "pro" clubs, musicians "pro" instruments, doctors "pro" diagnostic equipment, etc. Because lawyers create and review documents, many of which exist on paper, they need "pro" OCR, PDF, and document comparison tools — ideally in one product.

ABBYY FineReader 14 … in One Sentence

Launched recently, ABBYY FineReader 14 is all-in-one software for OCR, PDF, and document comparison.

The Killer Feature

A longtime leader in OCR — software that makes scans editable and searchable — ABBYY identified several inefficiencies in law firms. For example, because accurate OCR is essential for redlines, many firms use FineReader for OCR and then switch to a different product for the comparison. Also, up to 30% of PDF documents are effectively invisible because they don't undergo OCR when scanned.

The new version of FineReader addresses these problems by adding PDF and comparison tools alongside its popular OCR tools. "With the latest version of ABBYY FineReader, we help legal professionals easily manage and accomplish all kinds of daily tasks — editing, converting, commenting, and comparing documents, as well as making them searchable for easier access to information — using one, intuitive application," says Kristin Wagener, Director Business Unit Application Software.

Other Notable Features

FineReader prevents documents from falling through the cracks. The Hot Folder technology monitors folders connected to your scanners, performing OCR and naming documents in accordance with your rules. Also, Background Recognition automatically makes image PDF documents you open searchable.

FineReader includes what used to be sold separately as PDF Transformer, which means the PDF tools are mature. You can combine PDF files, reorganize pages, straighten and rotate pages, add bookmarks, apply stamps, and add or edit text. Annotation and commenting tools include the ability to accept/reject changes or reply. Other tools include digital signatures, redaction, and document security settings.

When accuracy is essential such as a document you want to edit, FineReader's OCR environment displays the original image on the left and the recognized document on the right with text in green, tables in blue, and images in red. Thanks to text recognition support for 192 languages plus dictionary support for 48 of them, the Verification tool enables you to review words FineReader is uncertain about and make corrections. When finished, you can export to Microsoft Word and other popular formats.

Rounding out the trio of technologies, FineReader's Comparator technology compares documents in any format (e.g., PDF to Word). The documents appear side by side with their differences highlighted. A hyperlinked index along the right side lists each change and its location. You can share a redline by exporting it as a PDF with the changes displayed as comments.

"ABBYY FineReader has enabled our department to achieve greater efficiencies in our day to day work, and helps us to better support our lawyers and their clients," says Tim Connop, IT Manager, Eversheds. "We have been impressed with the accuracy and reliability of this forward thinking product."

What Else Should You Know?

FineReader requires Windows 7 or later. The Corporate Edition ($399.99) includes all functionality and Hot Folder processing of 5,000 scanned pages per month. The Enterprise Edition ($599.99) doubles Hot Folder processing to 10,000 pages per month. The Standard Edition ($199.99) doesn't include the Hot Folder or redlining tools. ABBYY offers volume discounts. Learn more about ABBYY FineReader 14.

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LEAP Brings Document Automation and Forms to Practice Management Software

By TechnoLawyer | Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers cloud practice management software with a growing library of forms and templates, and built-in document assembly and e-filing (see article below). In addition, you'll find links to the previous 11 TL NewsWire features, including our coverage of an Outlook add-in that addresses attachment headaches and reduces the risk of career-threatening errors, a due diligence and business intelligence research service with a new approach to presenting data from public filings, and much more. Don't miss the next issue.

Once a luxury, document automation has become essential in law firms. Consumers of legal services want to pay for your expertise, not for you to noodle around in Microsoft Word formatting a scanned form and manually entering data.

LEAP … in One Sentence

LEAP is a cloud practice management system with built-in document assembly and a growing library of forms and document templates.

The Killer Feature

The creators of LEAP identified an unmet need in the legal industry several years ago. Law firms store client and matter information in a practice management system, but cannot use this data to create documents without a significant investment in document assembly software. And even after such an investment, law firms still need to download forms from various courts and agencies, and buy templates from various providers.

LEAP provides all three of these components in one product — practice management, forms and templates ("forms"), and document assembly. LEAP currently contains more than 2,000 forms in more than a dozen practice areas ranging from bankruptcy to estate planning to family to real estate. "Since the start of 2017, LEAP Content has added over 600 new forms across the various states and areas of law," says Kelly Clifford, President of Content. The LEAP Forms Blog, to which you can subscribe, keeps you apprised of new additions by practice area and by jurisdiction.

In addition, LEAP recently unveiled built-in e-filing. You enter your court login credentials, choose the case file, and select the documents you want to e-file. LEAP currently supports e-filing in bankruptcy courts, USCIS (immigration), and New York and New Jersey state courts.

Other Notable Features

You can search LEAP for a form or browse by jurisdiction and practice area. Forms run in Microsoft Word, both the Windows and Online versions. Fields within forms auto-populate with data from LEAP. The form wizard identifies missing data. Once you add missing data to a case file, you can rerun the form with one click.

Customize LEAP's forms and create your own document templates using more than 25,000 fields. LEAP stores your custom templates so that you need not reinvent the wheel in the future. Without any programming, your templates can include questionnaires, calculations, Ask/Result (multiple-choice answers), and If/Then/Else statements (e.g., if a female, use female pronouns throughout the document). LEAP's content team can assist you in creating your first five templates at no charge.

You can save completed documents in Word or PDF format. If you're creating several documents, LEAP can combine them into a single PDF file. LEAP saves all versions of the documents you generate in the corresponding matter. The History of Changes provides an audit trail, while the Compare tool generates a redline of two versions.

LEAP automatically captures the time you spend creating a document for billing purposes. As we've reported previously, LEAP includes billing, document management, and practice management in addition to the document automation tools discussed above. LEAP also includes a modern, mobile-friendly website and blog for your firm.

What Else Should You Know?

LEAP runs in a dedicated native app for Windows, iOS, and Android, as well as in a web browser. The monthly subscription includes technical support and software updates. Learn more about LEAP.

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Litéra Smart Send Adds Attachment and Security Tools to Outlook

By TechnoLawyer | Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers an Outlook add-in that addresses attachment headaches and reduces the risk of career-threatening errors (see article below). In addition, you'll find links to the previous 11 TL NewsWire features, including our coverage of a due diligence and business intelligence research service with a new approach to presenting data from public filings, a cloud software platform that automates entity formation and compliance tasks, and enables you to offer these services under your own brand, and much more. Don't miss the next issue.

For years you've heard about so-called email killers but nothing has come of all the hype. Email reigns supreme for internal and external law firm communications. Instead of trying to kill email, how about improving it?

Litéra Smart Send … in One Sentence

Litéra Smart Send is an Outlook add-in that offers tools for managing attachments and preventing email mishaps.

The Killer Feature

Many of your email messages don't say much. All the action is in the attachments, which can slow you down. For example, your document management system (DMS) may use naming conventions you don't want to disclose or which may cause confusion. Also, instead of sending many attachments, you may want to send a single PDF or ZIP file. "Experts have shown that there are up to 27 disjointed steps in the process of managing email attachments," Litéra President Paul Domnick tells me. "With Litéra Smart Send there is one."

Domnick's talking about Litéra Smart Send's recently enhanced Attachment Manager. It enables you to attach documents from any repository — local hard drive, network share, DMS, etc. Add entire folders with a click. Instead of sending attachments using their original name, you can rename them. These name changes only affect the copies you send, not the originals.

Perfection isn't required. If you forget a document, you can return to the Attachment Manager and add it. You can also change the order of attachments. When you finalize the order, Litéra Smart Send can enter the name of each document into the body of your email message to provide the recipient with a table of contents.

The Attachment Manager provides a number of document handling options. You can send selected documents in PDF format instead of the original format, combine selected documents into a PDF binder with a cover page and table of contents, or compress selected documents into a ZIP archive.

Litéra Smart Send applies all these settings when you send the message. If you need to send the same message over and over again, Litéra Smart Send can save everything locally or in your DMS for one-click reuse. This obviates having to redo the settings each time

Other Notable Features

In addition to easing your workflow, Litéra Smart Send also prevents career-ending errors. Examples of such faux pas include replying to all (especially when you're a BCC recipient), exposing an internal thread to an outsider, and misaddressing a message.

Litéra Smart Send gives you three options for restricting Reply-All — warn users who click the Reply-All button, disable the button when the number of recipients reaches a certain threshold, or disable it completely. When disabled, you can give advanced users a keyboard shortcut for Reply-All.

To prevent revealing internal discussions, Litéra Smart Send can warn you when the number of replies in a thread reaches a certain threshold. Other security settings enable you to disable Outlook's autocomplete, alert BCC recipients when they click Forward or Reply-All, and append a stamp when sending privileged email.

What Else Should You Know?

Litéra Smart Send integrates with the Litéra Metadact-e utility to remove metadata from the attachments you send. DMS integrations include iManage, NetDocuments, and Worldox. An API enables you to create your own custom integrations. Pricing for Litéra Smart Send starts at $33 per user with volume discounts available. Learn more about Litéra Smart Send.

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Clarion Delivers Due Diligence Insights in Minutes, Not Hours

By TechnoLawyer | Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a due diligence and business intelligence research service with a new approach to presenting data from public filings (see article below). In addition, you'll find links to the previous 11 TL NewsWire features, including our coverage of a cloud software platform that automates entity formation and compliance tasks, and enables you to offer these services under your own brand, do-it-yourself ediscovery collection software at a price point far below the industry average, and much more. Don't miss the next issue.

Due diligence for M&A and other securities deals is a necessary evil. Lawyers like you are best equipped to assess materiality so you cannot completely delegate it. However, if you could significantly reduce the time it takes to find material data, it would no longer seem so evil, just critically important. You might even use this data for business development opportunities too.

Clarion … in One Sentence

Launched recently, Wolters Kluwer's Clarion is an online due diligence and business intelligence research tool with a new approach to organizing and presenting data.

The Killer Feature

Clarion encompasses more than 22,000 public companies world wide as well as 60,000 private companies. But it's not a mere collection of public filings, requiring you to comb through 10-Ks and the like. Instead, the relevant data from public filings has been categorized and organized in a series of dashboards that match the attorney's workflow. The goal is to present targeted information in public data so that you can get answers in minutes, not hours or days.

For example, one important aspect of due diligence involves identifying a company's revenue by region within specific industries. With just a few clicks, Clarion displays this data for any public company. Bar charts for each region compare the company's total revenue with its revenue for a specific industry and the average for that industry. A trends graph indicates the sales trajectory over the last three years in each region. A map to the right offers a visual of the company's operational regions.

"Clarion was developed exclusively for legal practitioners," says Dean Sonderegger, Vice President & General Manager, Legal Markets & Innovation. "With unique, actionable data points and an intuitive point and click dashboard, Clarion efficiently gives attorneys greater control over research to enhance their ability to provide strategic counsel."

Other Notable Features

You begin using Clarion by either searching for a company or an industry. The latter is useful for finding new clients and new business among existing clients. When you find the company you want to analyze, a dashboard gives you a snapshot of revenue by industry and region as well as its customers, suppliers, competitors, and partners. You can then drill down into any of these categories to display an ever more focused series of dashboards.

Because SIC codes don't provide sufficient granularity, Clarion offers more precision. For example, instead of stopping at "Jewelry Apparel," Clarion goes further with smaller categories such as "Sunglasses and Prescription Frames." This granular taxonomy of industries exists throughout Clarion, enabling you to more thoroughly analyze a company's revenue, customers, competitors, suppliers, and partners.

When viewing a list of related companies, you can filter the list by industry as noted above. Other contextual filters also exist. For customers and suppliers, you can filter by relationship duration. For partners, you can filter by relationship type such as In-Licensing, Investors, and Joint Ventures. You can also search for a specific company to see if a relationship exists with the company you're analyzing. For each relationship, Clarion tells you whether it was mutually or unilaterally disclosed and by whom.

What Else Should You Know?

Every page in Clarion contains a Download button at the top right. Clicking this button generates an Excel file containing the corresponding data for use in a report. Learn more about Clarion.

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