Like it or not, the law is going paperless. Fortunately for you, some of our contributors were on the leading edge of the move from hard copies to digital copies, and have been writing about the hardware, software, tips, and tricks you need to go paperless for years.

Not sure where to start? If you aren’t ready to commit to going paperless, yet, Deborah has a great post on things you can do before you go paperless. Ready to get started? Check out Sam’s posts on getting started, designing your workflow, and organizing digital client files.

Or just browse the archives …


Podcast #36: Dennis Kennedy on How Technology Can Make Law Practice More Satisfying

Dennis Kennedy thinks the real promise of technology is taking away the tedious bits of law practice so lawyers can do more of what matters. And do the numbers show that law school crushed all our dreams?


Podcast #19: Ernie Svenson on Going Paperless

According to Ernie Svenson, either you already are paperless or you just haven’t committed to it, yet. If you haven’t committed, you are just wasting resources maintaining two systems: one for your paper files and and one for your digital clients files. This week Sam and Aaron also talk about why you should never use […]


Going Paperless: Everything You Need to Get Started

Once you have the right equipment and a basic plan, start scanning! Soon you will have a more efficient, more portable, more paperless office.

Supreme Court to Put All Filings Online

It’s tempting to mock the Supreme Court’s pokiness. After all, paperless technology is now so well-established it’s boring, not cutting edge.


ScanSnap iX100 Wireless Mobile Scanner Review

The Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100 is the best portable wireless scanner on the market, but you probably shouldn't get one.


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.


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.”


How to Design Your Firm’s Paperless Workflow

Buying a good document scanner is obviously critical for going paperless. So is a solid backup strategy. After that, you can pretty much just start scanning every document in your office. But there is a bit more to going paperless than that. You need to think about your paperless workflow. In other words, how will […]


Nuance Power PDF Advanced – Better Than Adobe Acrobat?

Nuance Power PDF Advanced is half the cost of Acrobat Standard, and much more useful. It doesn't quite measure up to Acrobat Professional, though.


4 Alternatives to Adobe Acrobat

Unfortunately, Acrobat Professional — the version you want for legal work — starts at $449 (or $240/year). But there are alternatives that don’t cost an ongoing arm and a leg. Here are a few to consider.


How to Organize Paperless Client Files

Organize paperless client files exactly how you organize paper files now.


How to Secure Your Paperless Office

There is more to a paperless office than just scanning everything and accessing your documents when you’re at home, on vacation, or in court. Even if your office is not paperless, you are certainly storing data and documents on computers. But do you know where all that data is being backed up? Is it being backed […]


Strategies for Vacationing as a Solo Attorney

OK, lets get this out of the way. You need to take vacation time. My personal opinion is that most lawyers need at least 4 weeks a year, preferably much more. What we do is damn stressful. So time away from the office grind is essential. It helps you refresh. It helps you reboot. It […]


Four Things Lawyers Can Learn from Weight Lifters

We take a look at some lessons that apply as well in the gym as they do in your law practice.

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Electronic Medical Records: A Primer

I’ve litigated personal injury cases for nearly 25 years and I’ve read literally millions of pages of medical records. The advent of electronic medical records (EMRs, also known as EHRs for Electronic Health Records) was touted as the answer to many litigators complaints: Handwritten records were often incomplete, confusing and illegible. And while a printout […]