Legal Technology

Technology and law practice increasingly go together, and that is one of our favorite things to write about on Lawyerist. You can find everything from product reviews to information on going paperless to building a law firm website or starting a blog.

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Dropbox for Lawyers and Law Firms: the User Guide

According to the ABA’s most-recent technology survey, 58% of lawyers use Dropbox, making it the most popular online file storage option among lawyers. Here is everything you need to know about Dropbox, from how to install it to securing your client files.

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Paperless Tip: Never Ever Send Word Files as Correspondence

Word files should never be sent as correspondence. It allows unscrupulous people to alter your letters and present them as evidence. Only send PDFs.

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CosmoLex Law Practice Management Software

CosmoLex is the new kid on the block in case management software. Can it can stand up to its entrenched competition?

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How Lawyers Get into Trouble with Technology

When it comes to lawyers using technology, it appears that common sense is a lot like Bigfoot. You hear people talk about it, but you don’t invest your own money looking for proof.

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This Week in Law: A Hero Named Kevin Bacon

This week I was on This Week in Law to talk about copyright, robot lawyers, Star Lord’s “Awesome Mix Vol. 1? from Guardians of the Galaxy, trolls, and much more.

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Is There a Future for Solos and Small Firms?

“I do not see much of a future (beyond 2020) for most small firms ….” — Richard Susskind, Tomorrow’s Lawyers

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How to Share Files with Clients

Let’s say you have got a document with sensitive information in it, and you need to send a copy to your client or to opposing counsel. What is the best way to do that?

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MerusCase Law Practice Management Software

MerusCase may be a good option for California personal-injury and workers-compensation lawyers, but its lack of mobile access, opacity on pricing, and dated user interface mean there are many better options.

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How to Keep Track of Your Time

Even if you only put together your bill at the end of the month, you need to track your time as you go. These are the major tools for doing that.

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Your USB Ports Are Not Safe

It turns out that USB devices — all of them — have a fundamental flaw that allow a malicious hacker to take over your computer and infect any other USB device that is plugged into it.

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Rocket Matter Law Practice Management Software

From signing up to backing up your data to pricing info, this is what you need to know about Rocket Matter.

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Encrypt Your Phone Calls with Signal for iPhone and RedPhone for Android

Signal and RedPhone offer easy-to-use call encryption to iPhone and Android users.

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Ntrepid Timestream Interactive Timeline Software Review

Timestream is a good start on a useful product, but still has a number of issues to resolve. It is a work-in-progress, and not quite yet ready for prime-time.

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Is Evernote Secure Enough for Client Data?

The other day on the MILO list, someone said they were exploring using Evernote to manage client files. I responded that I do not think it is a good idea. Here are my reasons.

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Read Important Things on Paper, Not on Your Computer Screen

Scientific American took a look at the studies comparing paper to screens and e-readers and concluded that “[w]hen it comes to intensively reading long pieces of plain text, paper and ink may still have the advantage.”