The Tech Advantage:
Five ideal apps for attorneys There are numerous legal apps that streamline processes and deliver fast access to key information. When every minute counts, use these five mobile apps to keep on top of daunting tasks and stay ahead of the pack.
A popular app amongst attorneys is Evernote, designed for notetaking, list making, and overall organizing. Use Evernote on your laptop or mobile device to take notes and save documents for cases in a snap. You also can clip websites and highlight key sections to the saved page. Best of all, files are accessible across all your devices, protected by a password.
Bill4Time is useful for entering billable hours as you complete them, rather than when you return to the office or at month-end. Janna Charlton Weber, managing partner at Charlton Webber, PLLC said it is “perfect for solo practitioners who need billing/management software without a large upfront investment.” This handy app also helps manage bills, clients, projects, employees, and reports. Quickly access it on a mobile phone to view reports, billing, and more remotely.
Versions of Evernote work with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch 9.3+ as well as Android 4.4.42. Evernote Basic is free, while Evernote Premium is $69.99/year with an expanded toolkit. www.evernote.com
Dropbox Need to share photos or files with team members in various locations? No time to return to the office to upload the files to a shared drive? Dropbox makes saving files to the cloud fast—even saving directly from a mobile phone —so the entire team gains access instantly. Plus, you can avoid file transfer issues due to large file sizes. Dropbox handles it all. Accelerate file sharing with ease. Both free and paid plans are available for desktop applications and for the iPad iOS 9+, Android 4.1+, and Windows phones and tablets. www.DropBox.com
via email. Plus, PLI reports completion to the State Bar of Texas. This free app requires iOS 8.0 or later and is compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The app is available only on the App Store for iOS devices. www.PLI.edu
The Bill4Time app is available for iPhone iOS 5.0+, Android 4.0+ and Blackberry OS 10.2.1 as well as for iPad iOS 6.1+ and Kindle Fire 3.0+. Monthy prices start at $27 per user. www.Bill4Time.com
PLI Looking for an easier way to earn your required Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits? Download the PLI Mobile app from Practising Law Institute onto your mobile device and gain access to accredited audio and video content on the go. Add courses that pique your interest to your online library, and watch the programs offline. The app makes it easy to request course credit through a combination of an authorization code and a request form that is available after a program has been viewed. Certificates of completion are then sent
Organize and present evidence easily with TrialPad™. Create call-outs and custom exhibit stickers to highlight key points within your evidence. Organize your documents by issue or witness and compare documents side by side. Best of all, this app allows you to do all this when you are away from your desk, delivering great functionality when and where you need it. TrialPad also allows you to present your evidence directly from your iPad by connecting wirelessly to an Apple TV. TrialPad requires iOS 9.3+ and is compatible with iPad. It is only available on the App Store for iOS devices for $129.99. www.LitSoftware.com