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Ultimate productivity is gained when you can take your business with you and your law practice should be no different.
If you have an iPhone, you can get a sufficient amount of work done in between meetings, while traveling or even when you are on vacation with your family (just don’t let them in on that little piece of information!) if you harness the power of the app. This post will explore the top five iPhone apps for lawyers and will encourage you to start thinking of mobile possibilities immediately.
1. Dropbox App for the iPhone
Dropbox is an amazing service that allows you to store and organize files online. Users can then access these files via their computer, the Dropbox website or their mobile phones. Plus, you can share the folders with your staff to create a central place from which to access files. What does this mean for you and why is this in the top five iPhone apps for lawyers? No more scrambling for attachments in your e-mail inbox and no more multiple copies of the same file on every device you own. Simply setup your free Dropbox account, upload your files and access them anywhere.
For more on Dropbox and why it is a must-have for attorneys, check out Randall Ryder’s post here on Lawyerist: “Use Dropbox to Manage Your Files.”
Learn more | App price: free!
2. MiniBooks for Freshbooks
Freshbooks is quickly become the invoicing and time tracking tool on the Internet. With the ability to track time to the minute, send invoices based on tracked time and the ability to send both electronic and paper versions of your invoices, it is your one-stop shop as far as time tracking and billing is concerned. MiniBooks for Freshbooks allows you to track time from wherever you are, send an invoice from your iPhone and view important client data, all from the palm of your hand. While the price tag may seem a little steep for an iPhone app, this app will more than earn its worth.
For more on Freshbooks and why lawyers will benefit from this tool, check out this post from Sam Glover: “Freshbooks: My Gold Standard for Timekeeping and Billing.”
Learn more | App price: $14.99
3. JotNot’s Scanner Pro
Scanner Pro turns your iPhone into a document and image scanner. Simply use the camera to take a photo of the document you need to send via e-mail or fax and Scanner Pro will convert it into an electronic copy instantly. The app is fairly easy to use and intuitive but you do need to have a steady hand if you want the quality of your documents to be worth the investment.
If you are going to use the app for non-public purposes, JotNot also offers Scanner Pro Free where you can download the app for free but the app inserts an advertisement on the first page of your document. The free version definitely won’t work if you are using this to scan and share important documents but for more casual sharing, it would work just fine.
Learn more | App price: $0.99
4. Black’s Law Dictionary, 9th Edition
Yes, you read that correctly. One of the leading ‘bibles’ for the legal world is now available on the iPhone. Never mind that it has a hefty price tag, it is seriously worth every penny. The dictionary includes more than 45,000 terms, alternate spellings and expressions. Essentially, this app becomes your “back pocket legal assistant” which you can use to ensure you never miss a legal beat. Our list of the top five iPhone apps for lawyers would not have been complete without this one being mentioned.
Learn more | App price: $54.99
Lawyers sign a lot of documents. Until recently, there hasn’t been an easy way to sign documents while you are out of your office. Enter Sign-n-Send. Sign-n-Send allows you to digitally sign documents (PDFs and Word documents) that are received into your e-mail inbox and send those signed documents to a recipient with ease. Documents are stored and shared via an encrypted server so that you do not need to worry about the safety of your signature on the content you are sharing.
For an in-depth look at Sign-n-Send, check out Randall Ryder’s post on Lawyerist: “Add Text and Signatures to Documents on Your iPhone.”
Learn more | App price: $1.99
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For those of you that may not have an iPhone, check out Randall Ryder’s post here on Lawyerist.com: “Best Smartphone Apps for Attorneys.”
If you have an iPhone and use it for your legal practice, what is an app that we are missing from the list of the top five iPhone apps for lawyers? Post it as a comment!