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The Lawyer's Guide to a Well-Appointed iPad (Third Edition)

By Neil J. Squillante | Monday, October 3, 2016

Notwithstanding its immersive nature, ease of use, and large app library, the iPad suffers from a misperception that it's a toy not suitable for real legal work.

The Lawyer's Guide to a Well-Appointed iPad sets the record straight, and will help you better leverage your iPad. Co-authored by seven iPad experts — all lawyers — it offers a carefully curated collection of apps, accessories, and power user tips.

Don't have an iPad? Chapter 1 guides you to the best iPad model and configuration for your needs.

The ebook is in PDF format, and designed such that you can read it on your iPad without having to squint or pinch-to-zoom. It also looks great on desktop and laptop monitors.

Download your free PDF copy of this ebook now.

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Headnote Wants Your Law Firm to Get Paid Early and Often

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, July 19, 2018

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a legal payments platform that enables your firm to accept payment by e-check or credit card without having to change your billing process (see article below). In addition, you'll find links to the previous 11 TL NewsWire features, including our coverage of document assembly software that you can use within other applications such as your document or practice management system, case management software that runs on Windows, Android, and iOS with features, customization options, and integrations that acknowledge today's world, and much more. Don't miss the next issue.

The average law firm gets paid 60-90 days after sending an invoice. Second-generation lawyer Sarah Schaaf witnessed both of her parents start their own firms and struggle with collection issues. Sarah left an in-house role in Google's legal department to start a legal payments company to shorten the payment gap to days or even minutes in many cases.

Headnote … in One Sentence

Headnote is a trust-compliant e-check and credit card payments platform for law firms seeking to get paid faster with less follow-up.

The Killer Feature

Headnote eliminates complexity when it comes to getting paid. Headnote provides you with a hyperlink to a secure payment page that you then send to clients using your existing invoicing process by embedding the link anywhere — email message, Word or PDF document, practice management, billing, or accounting software, etc.

When your client receives the link, they click on it using any device, see your firm's letterhead and logo, and pay in seconds without needing to create a Headnote account.

Headnote enables your clients to pay by e-check, a feature that CEO Schaaf tells us is exclusive to Headnote and 100% compliant with IOLTA and the ABA's Model Rules for accepting online payment to both trust and operating accounts. Clients securely log into their bank account and authorize payment using the same instantaneous authentication process that banks use for transfers. Headnote teamed up with Silicon Valley Bank to create this e-check platform, which connects to more than 2,500 banks. This eliminates the older, days-long micro-deposit and account verification process.

"Headnote allows attorneys to easily begin accepting compliant online payments and improving realization rates without changing any internal billing or invoicing processes," says Schaaf. "It's a game changer for law firms and the legal industry as a whole."

Other Notable Features

You can sign up with Headnote in a few minutes, and there's no cost associated with having an account. Enter your email address and firm information, create a password, upload your logo, and connect your bank account.

You can accept only e-check payments or also allow credit cards. Headnote charges 1.9% of e-check and 3.5% of credit card transactions. To comply with ethics rules, Headnote doesn't take this fee from client payments but instead charges your firm separately. This enables you to connect a trust account for client payments.

Headnote also handles collections with its Automated Reminder feature, which emails the payment link to delinquent clients. Choose when and how often to send reminders, and personalize the accompanying message. Some Headnote users like solo practitioner Kimberley Spire-Oh don't need this feature. "Since starting to use Headnote, my clients pay more often and much faster without me needing to remind them," says Spire-Oh. "It's a very user-friendly system and provides huge benefits to my practice."

Several specialized tools exist for specific use cases. For example, if you charge clients a flat fee for the same work over and over, you can create automatic recurring payments at set intervals. Less tech savvy clients can keep their credit card on file and authorize you to make payments on their behalf. Also, Headnote enables law firms to add a payment page to their website to make it even easier for clients to pay (setup is free).

What Else Should You Know?

Headnote offers several reports showing all transactions, all payment links, etc. If your firm uses QuickBooks, syncing your bank accounts will automatically pull in all payments made through Headnote for fast reconciliations. Learn more about Headnote.

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Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | TL NewsWire

Best Email Marketing Software for Law Firms Plus 45 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to the 46 best articles, podcasts, and videos from the past week worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sampling from today's issue, including our SmallLaw Pick of the Week. SmallLaw is free so don't miss the next issue — sign up now.

Congratulations to Andrew Cabasso of JurisPage Blog on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: Email Marketing Software for Lawyers

Being Smart Isn't as Admirable as You May Think (Read the Comments)

Time to Quit, but Don't Want to?

How to Ensure Your Law Firm Website Isn't Flattened by Rollout of Google's Mobile-First Index

Dozens of Creative Law Firm Logos

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Topics: Coming Attractions | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | Law Office Management | SmallLaw

Litigation Boutique Salaries Start at $215K Plus Lateral Moves and Promotions (Jul 9 to Jul 15)

By TechnoLawyer | Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Coming today to BiglawWorld: Our editorial team has assembled links to all the partner promotions and lateral moves announced by America's largest law firms during the past week in an easy-to-scan format. You'll also find must-read analysis, rankings, trends, etc. about large law firms.

We'd like to congratulate everyone who leveled up this week. Here's a sampling:

Lori D. Bauer Named Office Managing Principal of Jackson Lewis’ New York City Office

Corporate Attorney Rich Hudock Joins McCarter & English as Philadelphia Partner

Mayer Brown Continues Expansion of Private Credit Group With Partner Beth Vogel in Chicago

Former Deputy Attorney General and Bankruptcy Litigator Thomas J. Francella Jr. Joins Cozen O’Connor’s Wilmington, Delaware Office

Congratulations to Staci Zaretsky of Above the Law on winning our BiglawWorld Pick of the Week award: Elite Firm Eviscerates Going Market Rate, Offers Starting Salaries of $215K.

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Document Automation That Resides Where You Work and Store Data

By TechnoLawyer | Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers document assembly software that you can use within other applications such as your document or practice management system (see article below). In addition, you'll find links to the previous 11 TL NewsWire features, including our coverage of case management software that runs on Windows, Android, and iOS with features, customization options, and integrations that acknowledge today's world, an online marketplace for finding contract lawyers without running afoul of ethics rules, and much more. Don't miss the next issue.

Document automation software should be as common in law firms as word processing software. It solves several once intractable problems — creating documents faster, reducing errors, using data that already resides in other systems and ensuring regulatory compliance when applicable. One company believes what's preventing wider adoption is where users access it.

HotDocs Hub and HotDocs Developer 11 … in One Sentence

AbacusNext's HotDocs Hub and HotDocs Developer 11, the new version of the granddaddy of document assembly platforms with 60% market share, focuses on making template authoring and third-party integrations easier.

The Killer Feature

Traditionally, when you needed to generate a document from a HotDocs template, you would open HotDocs on the desktop. You can still do this but HotDocs' new integration tools (a "REST API") enable you to incorporate it into applications that house your client data. With HotDocs serving as middleware, users at your firm may not even realize they're using HotDocs.

The most obvious front end for your HotDocs templates is your practice management system, which can autofill fields such as client name and address, opposing counsel, etc. AbacusNext's practice management products — Amicus Attorney and AbacusLaw — integrate with minimal setup. But as Global Sales Director Gary Eunson stresses, you can incorporate HotDocs into many third-party practice management systems not to mention document management systems.

The HotDocs Professional Services group can assist you with integrations and create templates for you. "Operational efficiency is still a critical issue for law firms of all sizes," says Eunson. "Creating legal documents using our market leading document automation technology provides value, not only for the law firm, but for the clients it serves."

Other Notable Features

Getting started involves a Content Author (someone at your firm or a consultant) using HotDocs Developer to create templates for all the documents your firm regularly creates. You build templates using elements such as text fields, date variables, true/false and multiple-choice dialogs, clause selectors, math formulas, etc.

Completed templates then reside in the new HotDocs Hub cloud repository, which also offers tools for user management. Version control enables you to keep all template versions and rollback changes. Template Groups collect related templates such as those for a practice group in your firm. Integration with Active Directory and other identity systems enable users to access templates. You can host HotDocs Hub behind your firewall, through HotDocs' hosting services, or with Abacus Private Cloud.

Users access templates via their browser. The main tab contains the "interview" as HotDocs calls it — essentially a form. The middle tab offers a realtime preview of the document being built. The third tab lists all the data entered into the interview. When finished, choose from formats such as Word, WordPerfect, PDF, etc., and HotDocs automatically saves the document to your practice or document management system per the integrations discussed above.

What Else Should You Know?

"HotDocs is the quintessential software for document automation," says Michael Savage, operations manager at Baugher Law Firm PLLC. "It's very robust and the possibilities are endless. Generating documents and pleadings now take a fraction of the time they normally would using any other software. I highly recommend this product." Learn more about HotDocs Hub and HotDocs Developer 11.

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Topics: Automation/Document Assembly/Macros | TL NewsWire

Is the New Surface Go an iPad Killer? Plus 62 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Monday, July 16, 2018

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected the 63 best legal technology articles, podcasts, and videos from the past week. Below you'll find a sampling from today's issue, including our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week. BlawgWorld is free so don't miss the next issue — sign up now.

Congratulations to Mark Spoonauer of Laptop Mag on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Surface Go Hands on: Meet the $399 iPad Killer

The Stuff of Case Management Dreams

Best PDF Editors Reviewed and Rated

By Going Free, Microsoft Teams Is Taking on Slack More Directly

Fastcase 50 (2018)

Hands-on With Microsoft Surface Go

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Lawyer Ethics and Credit Card Rewards; 3 Favorite Credit Card Rewards Programs; Review of Nuance Power PDF; My Retirement Investments

By TechnoLawyer | Friday, July 13, 2018

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Robert Pennell, Lawyer Ethics and Credit Card Rewards

Steve Loewy, My Three Favorite Credit Card Rewards Programs

Scott Curnutte, Review of Nuance Power PDF

Government Employee, My Best and Worst Retirement Investments

Don't miss this issue — or any future issues.

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Topics: Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Technology Industry/Legal Profession | TL Serendipity

Empirical SCOTUS on Judge Brett Kavanaugh Plus 47 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 48 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.

President Trump Announces the Nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to SCOTUS (Video)

Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Majority Opinions

Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Concurring Opinions

Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Dissenting Opinions

David Lat on Judge Brett Kavanaugh

Go to the Scene and Go the Extra Mile

"Private" Facebook Posts Are Discoverable

Congratulations to Dr. Adam Feldman of Empirical SCOTUS on winning our LitigationWorld Pick of the Week award: Expect Kavanaugh To Shift the Court Right. How Far No One Knows.

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Topics: Coming Attractions | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | LitigationWorld

Two Options for Small Firm 401(k) Plans Plus 50 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to the 51 best articles, podcasts, and videos from the past week worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sampling from today's issue, including our SmallLaw Pick of the Week. SmallLaw is free so don't miss the next issue — sign up now.

Congratulations to The Biglaw Investor on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: 401(k) for Small Law Firms

Software Subscriptions: A Dollar Here, a Dollar There

How to Focus on What's Important, Not Just What's Urgent

Your Social and Digital Content Needs to Improve According to New Survey

The Power of Your Personal Brand: Building the Global Business of You

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Topics: Coming Attractions | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | Law Office Management | SmallLaw

Merger Mania Continues Plus Lateral Moves and Promotions (Jul 2 to Jul 8)

By TechnoLawyer | Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Coming today to BiglawWorld: Our editorial team has assembled links to all the partner promotions and lateral moves announced by America's largest law firms during the past week in an easy-to-scan format. You'll also find must-read analysis, rankings, trends, etc. about large law firms.

We'd like to congratulate everyone who leveled up this week. Here's a sampling:

Davis Polk Elects Eight New Partners

Dentons Launches Combinations With Three Firms: Two in the Caribbean and One in Hawai`i

Intellectual Property Team Joins Barnes & Thornburg in Chicago and Washington, D.C.

Richards Layton Elects New Directors and Counsel

Congratulations to Elizabeth Olson of Big Law Business on winning our BiglawWorld Pick of the Week award: Law Firm Mergers on Pace for Another Record Year.

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Topics: BiglawWorld | Coming Attractions | Law Office Management | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

iPad Pro v. Surface Pro 4 for Handwriting Plus 57 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Monday, July 9, 2018

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected the 58 best legal technology articles, podcasts, and videos from the past week. Below you'll find a sampling from today's issue, including our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week. BlawgWorld is free so don't miss the next issue — sign up now.

Congratulations to Jason Plant of No Option for Law Firm on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: The Power of the Pen or the Pencil?

New Online Marketplace for Contract Legal Work

Review of ActiveWords (Lawyer Review)

The Best Laptop Stands for in the Office and on the Go

Review: Wyze Cam Pan

How to Use the iPhone Text-to-Speech Feature

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