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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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Topics: Coming Attractions | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | TL Research

The Untold Story of Time Matters Plus 11-Step Plan for Law Firm Success

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, February 23, 2017

Coming today to SmallLaw: We all know that Time Matters was a pioneer in the early days of practice management software and remains in wide use today. But what's the back story? This SmallLaw exclusive reveals for the first time the back story on Time Matters as told by its founder, Bob Butler. Learn about why Time Matters might not exist were it not for two plane crashes, the law firm that helped Time Matters get off the ground, the features that fueled its growth, and the inside scoop on the LexisNexis acquisition. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week for 11 steps to achieving financial freedom.

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Small firm, big dreams. Written by practicing lawyers who manage successful small firms and legal technology and practice management experts who have achieved rock star status, SmallLaw provides practical advice on management, marketing, and technology issues in small law firms, as well as comprehensive legal product reviews with accompanying TechnoScore ratings. SmallLaw also ensures that you won't miss anything published elsewhere by linking to helpful articles (and podcasts and videos) about solo practices and small law firms. The SmallLaw newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

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Abolish Adverbs From Your Briefs Plus 37 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, February 23, 2017

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 38 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.

Introducing Quotations With an Effective Lead-In

First look at Justly (State Court Data)

Why Are Graphics So Compelling in the Courtroom?

Why Witnesses Need to Overlearn Their Deposition

Congratulations to John G. Balestriere of Above the Law on winning our LitigationWorld Pick of the Week award: Abolish Adverbs From Your Briefs

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All practice areas evolve, but none faster than litigation. Written by successful litigators and other litigation experts, LitigationWorld provides you with practical tips related to electronic discovery, depositions, litigation strategy, litigation technology, and trial presentations. You'll also receive in-depth litigation product reviews as well as links to the most noteworthy articles in other online litigation publications so that you'll never miss anything. The LitigationWorld newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

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

Lexis Advance Now Includes Insights on Judges Powered by Lex Machina

By TechnoLawyer | Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a legal research service that now provides insights on the judges overseeing your cases in certain federal practice areas (see article below). In addition, you'll find links to the previous 11 TL NewsWire features, including our coverage of practice management and legal accounting software that can download bank and credit card transactions for faster reconciliations, practice management software with a Dropbox-like mechanism for sharing files with clients, and much more. Don't miss the next issue.

Winning a case requires more than understanding the facts and applicable law. You also need to size up the judge, opposing counsel, and the parties. Understanding this human dynamic can tip the balance in your favor.

Lexis Advance … in One Sentence

Lexis Advance is a leading legal research service that now includes litigation analytics from Lex Machina.

The Killer Feature

When you next have a case on an antitrust, copyright, patent, trademark, or securities issue, you can use Lexis Advance to research the judge presiding over your case. Soon you'll also be able to research opposing counsel and competing law firms.

This data comes from Lex Machina, a company LexisNexis acquired in 2015. Lex Machina transforms data from federal court dockets into live charts. In Lexis Advance, you can access this data by clicking on the hyperlinked judge's name in the text of a case or in the new Legal Analytics box to the right of the case text.

This link takes you to a summary with the judge's biographical information, open cases by practice area, comparisons to other judges in the district, cases filed by year, and case timelines. These latter charts give you a sense of how long the dispute may take to resolve and the odds of a trial. Lexis Advance users can access these summaries without a Lex Machina subscription.

"With access to summary charts, graphs, and information about judges from Lex Machina, Lexis Advance users can quickly and accurately understand the justice presiding over their case, better anticipate his or her behavior and illuminate probable case outcomes — with the option to click out to Lex Machina for more detail," says Sean Fitzpatrick, Managing Director for North American Research Solutions at LexisNexis. "It is an early step in our strategy to integrate high value analytic and visualization tools directly into the Lexis Advance research experience."

Other Notable Features

For deeper insights, you can click from this summary in Lexis Advance to the Lex Machina website if you have a subscription to the latter. Lex Machina's Motion Chains enables you to analyze your odds of success for a specific type of motion based on historical data. Similarly, you can see how opposing counsel has performed on similar cases or before your judge. You can also research parties, case damages, venues, practice areas, etc. for business development purposes. As you research, you can download briefs, exhibits, and other documents from cases of interest.

Lex Machina offers a growing number of specialized apps. For example, Patent Portfolio Evaluator lists the complete litigation history for a specific patent. Damages Explorer enables you to forecast likely damages and attorney fees as well as compare damages when forum shopping. Early Case Assessor gives you an overview of the plaintiff's litigation history from recent activity to venues to counsel. Other apps consist of Courts & Judges Comparator, Law Firms Comparator, and Parties Comparator.

What Else Should You Know?

In addition to litigation analytics, you'll notice another new feature in Lexis Advance — Reason for Shepard's Signal. This provides you with instant context for each dreaded red or yellow Shepard's signal or instant peace of mind when the signal is green. Reason for Shepard's Signal is currently available for cases since 2003 with older cases coming soon. Learn more about Lexis Advance.

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Large Firm Financial Results for 2016 Plus Lateral Moves and Promotions (Feb 6 to Feb 19)

By TechnoLawyer | Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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:

Fried Frank Elects Five New Partners

Nossaman Elevates Six to Partner in Austin, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Francisco

Sheppard Mullin Elects Fifteen Attorneys to Partnership

Shutts & Bowen Names Four New Partners

Gambrell & Russell: Smith, Gambrell & Russell Expands Real Estate and Litigation Practices With Acquisition of Balber Pickard Maldonado & Van Der Tuin in New York

Congratulations to the Legal Executive Institute on winning our BiglawWorld Pick of the Week award: Large Firm Financial Results for 2016.

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BiglawWorld keeps you apprised of lateral hires, internal promotions, mergers, new offices, accolades, and other inside baseball at America's largest law firms. Because we organize this self-reported news by practice area and law firm, BiglawWorld takes just a few minutes to scan yet its comprehensiveness makes it the only source you need. Each issue of BiglawWorld also links to insightful articles, statistical reports, rankings, podcasts, and videos about large law firms. Subscribe now for free.

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

Legably Helps Solos and Small Firms Outsource Work Plus 48 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to the 49 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 Robert Ambrogi of LawSites on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: Legably Helps Solos and Small Firms Outsource Work

Women and Negotiation: You Can Ask for More

The "Nobody Else Can Do It" Disease

Top 10 Law Firm Domain Name Mistakes Part 2

Organic Traffic and Link Building for Small Businesses

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

The Best Keyboards of 2017 Plus 66 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected the 67 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 Matthew Murray of PCMag on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: The Best Keyboards of 2017

These Six Mesh Systems Will Get Rid of WiFi Dead Spots

CosmoLex's Bank Data Feed Automatically Downloads Checking, Trust, and Credit Card Transactions

Review: Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (Lawyer Review)

Review: Livescribe Echo Smartpen (Lawyer Review)

The Best Tire Inflators

Elon Musk: Humans Must Merge With Machines or Become Irrelevant

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Our newsletters provide the most comprehensive coverage of both legal technology and mainstream technology of interest to the legal profession. But not the only coverage. BlawgWorld enables you to stay on top of all the noteworthy legal and mainstream technology articles (and podcasts and videos) published elsewhere without having to hire a research assistant. Even when you're busy, you won't want to miss each issue's Pick of the Week. Subscribe now for free.

Topics: BlawgWorld Newsletter | Coming Attractions | Computer Accessories | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets

Key Products in Use at Our Law Firm; Review of Ergotech Freedom Arm and Samsung 32-Inch Display; Old Software on High-Res Displays; Dragon Fix

By TechnoLawyer | Friday, February 17, 2017

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Blair Clark, The Key Products in Use at Our Law Firm

Douglass Morrison, Review of Ergotech Freedom Arm and Samsung 32-Inch Monitor

Caren Schwartz, How to Run Old Software on a High-Resolution Display

Larry Allen, Dragon Fix for Extra Lines in Word Documents

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

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Our most serendipitous offering (hence its name), TL Serendipity consists of contributions by TechnoLawyer members who have important information to share. You'll no doubt enjoy it because of its mix of interesting topics and genuinely useful knowledge, including brutally honest product reviews and informative how-tos. The TL Serendipity newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Monitors | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Serendipity

My Elusive Search for Practice Management Software; Reviews of OneDrive, TheFormTool; How Dropbox Syncs; USPTO Website Woes

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, February 16, 2017

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Donald Lowrey, My Elusive Search for Practice Management Software; Reviews of OneDrive, TheFormTool

Bobby Abrams, Deciphering How Dropbox Syncs

Kristie Parker, The Sad State of USPTO Forms

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

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Our most serendipitous offering (hence its name), TL Serendipity consists of contributions by TechnoLawyer members who have important information to share. You'll no doubt enjoy it because of its mix of interesting topics and genuinely useful knowledge, including brutally honest product reviews and informative how-tos. The TL Serendipity newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

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CosmoLex's Bank Data Feed Automatically Downloads Checking, Trust, and Credit Card Transactions

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, February 16, 2017

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers practice management and legal accounting software that can download bank and credit card transactions for faster reconciliations (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 Dropbox-like mechanism for sharing files with clients, software for managing trademarks and other IP assets, practice management software for personal injury lawyers, and much more. Don't miss the next issue.

Online banking is a modern marvel we all take for granted. However, reconciliation remains a tedious process. PDF bank statements may save trees but they don't save time. Instead, your legal accounting software should be able to download transactions directly from your bank on daily basis.

CosmoLex v4.6 … in One Sentence

Launching this week, CosmoLex v4.6 is cloud law practice and financial management software that securely retrieves checking, trust, and credit card account transactions.

The Killer Feature

CosmoLex's new Bank Data Feed technology integrates with all major banks, more than 2,000 community and regional banks, and credit card providers such as Chase and Citibank. Login verification occurs directly with each bank. Role-based permissions enable you to restrict user level access to Bank Data Feeds as well as other areas of CosmoLex for internal security.

You can review and accept transactions one at a time or in bulk from a Bank Data Feed instead of entering them manually. This may make sense for credit card statements. You can assign transactions to matters or a general ledger account.

For bank and especially trust accounts, you can instead use the Bank Data Feed for daily reconciliation. CosmoLex automatically matches the transactions your staff has entered with those from the Bank Data Feed and identifies any discrepancies.

"We identified an inability to utilize bank data feeds as a glaring weakness across the law practice management industry," says Rick Kabra, CEO of CosmoLex. "This new functionality is another example of how we continue to separate ourselves from the rest of the industry. Giving firms the ability to automatically import bank data feeds increases the value of our offering exponentially."

Other Notable Features

As Kabra intimates, CosmoLex offers general ledger and trust accounting, which obviates the need to use general accounting software. The CosmoLex Accountant Program enables your accountant to use CosmoLex for free. CosmoLex works with QuickBooks formatted checks (the company also sells its own line of checks). Financial data permeates the software. For example, the Matters Dashboard lists unpaid balances, unbilled balances, and available client advances whether in trust or operating accounts.

CosmoLex adds trust transactions as a liability as a safeguard. You can enter hard costs such as a filing fee and pay it from a trust account. LawPay integration enables your clients to pay bills or fund a trust account online with a credit card.

Several integrations enable you to access your data outside of CosmoLex. The calendar integrates with G Suite and Office 365, while the document management system can use Box, Dropbox, or OneDrive as its data store. Also, Auto-Match technology files forwarded email messages and attachments in the correct matter.

Other features include task management with automated workflows (e.g., court deadline calculations), a client portal for securely chatting and sharing documents with clients, matter notes, and conflict checking.

What Else Should You Know?

Version 4.6 includes an enhanced Data Import tool to make it easier to migrate from your existing software to CosmoLex. This free tool imports clients, matters, bank transactions, accounts receivable, and trust account balances. If you need a turn-key accounting data migration, CosmoLex certified consultants can handle it for a one-time fee. CosmoLex costs $49 per user per month if paid annually ($59 if paid monthly). Learn more about CosmoLex.

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Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Practice Management/Calendars | TL NewsWire

Review of AirPods as a Headset for Voice Communications Plus Top 10 Law Firm Domain Name Mistakes

By TechnoLawyer | Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Coming today to SmallLaw: Using an iPhone without a Bluetooth headset is barbaric except that these devices have underwhelmed despite more than a decade of R&D. Problems with audio quality, battery life, and pairing remain. Enter the AirPods, Apple's wireless headphones. Hiding inside this product are two Bluetooth headsets. In this issue of SmallLaw, TechnoLawyer publisher Neil Squillante tells you how well the AirPods perform as a headset — battery life, pairing, controls, sound and microphone quality, and more. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week for the top 10 law firm domain name mistakes.

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Small firm, big dreams. Written by practicing lawyers who manage successful small firms and legal technology and practice management experts who have achieved rock star status, SmallLaw provides practical advice on management, marketing, and technology issues in small law firms, as well as comprehensive legal product reviews with accompanying TechnoScore ratings. SmallLaw also ensures that you won't miss anything published elsewhere by linking to helpful articles (and podcasts and videos) about solo practices and small law firms. The SmallLaw newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Coming Attractions | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Gadgets/Shredders/Office Gear | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | SmallLaw
 
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