Because of regulations regarding confidentiality for lawyers, some attorneys haven’t realized the full potential of technology to grow their firm and make their day-to-day scheduling easier. The legal profession is fast-paced, and to keep up with it, attorneys should leverage technology to improve communication and organization.
There are thousands of apps released each year, but figuring out which ones are the most helpful to your practice can be a challenge. Consider this helpful list of apps for lawyers that can transform the business of practicing law into a more streamlined process.
GoodReader: This app is a robust reader of PDF files for iPhones or iPads. It features professional tools for managing and reading files while letting users view, edit, or create PDF files. Its PDF reading engine opens even the largest PDF files, which can be crucial for certain cases.
Reminders: This built-in Apple app is infinitely handy for all users, especially attorneys. It helps with simple to-do lists, but it also creates time and location based reminders. If your fingers are busy, it’s simple to ask Siri to add the event or reminder. And, unlike the pieces of paper you usually use for reminders, it’s with you where you go.
Documents to Go: Many apps that claim to handle Word files don’t quite cut it for the legal profession. This app, on the other hand, is great for reviewing word docs on an iPhone or iPad. It handles footnotes, red-line edits, and lets users zoom the text while reformatting line wraps, making for an easier reading experience.
LogMeIn: Quickly and easily access your office PC using this app. Whether you need something from the desktop or need to access software for which there isn’t an iPhone or iPad application, this app can come in handy when time is of the essence and you can’t get to your PC. It also has a set of shortcuts that can control the remote screen.
Fastcase and dLaw: Two apps created with attorneys in mind, these are a must for most lawyers. Fastcase has free legal research capabilities for tablets or smartphones. dLaw delivers offline statutes and rules. You may not realize you need these apps until you have them.
Dropbox: This app has been a boon to any market that requires sharing documents, and practicing law is no exception. Attorneys can carry and access files across any number of devices wherever they are. It allows easier communication and editing between users.
SignMyPad: SignMyPad is an app that lets users legally and digitally sign electronic documents. Instead of printing, filing, scanning, and signing, documents can be emailed and electronically signed and stored. It cuts down on paperwork, and it doesn’t get lost in the shuffle.
WestlawNext: This app, which is available for iPads, is well designed and easy to navigate. Users can do research in court, on a plane, or when getting coffee. Sometimes, it’s even easier than looking at a brief on the computer.
Depose: Designed for Android devices, Depose lets attorneys prepare for and take depositions. Users can directly enter questions or simply upload them in plain text. It offers plenty of functionality; lawyers can attach an exhibit to a question, only needing to provide a copy for the witness.
With the right applications, life can be easier for attorneys on the go. The digital world is about more than answering email. There are myriad ways to leverage these technologies to improve your practice and grow your firm. Whether you own an iPhone or Android, these apps can make life easier for you and your clients.