User Guides

Lawyerist’s user guides are everything-you-need-to-know resources for law practice.

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How to Format an Appellate Brief

The complexity of appellate briefing requirements can make your head spin even before you try to translate them into a Word document. This comprehensive guide to building an appellate brief in Word will get you started.

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Smokeball Practice Management Software User Guide

Smokeball is Windows-based legal practice management software that focuses on automating your document creation and your workflows.

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Xero Accounting for Law Firms

Xero is a cloud-based accounting software that has positioned itself as "The online accounting software alternative to QuickBooks" for lawyers and other small businesses.

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Slack: a Communication Portal for Lawyers and Clients

The client portal is evolving quicker than we’re able to get to know it. Slack is a modern, flexible, and secure way to manage most of your client communications. Clients will appreciate the ease of use and innovative means of communicating with their lawyer.

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Computer Buying Guide for Lawyers

In general, people spend way too much time worrying about which computer to buy. You can run a law practice just fine on a $400 Dell desktop. (Not that you should.) Obsessively comparing specs is a waste of time and brainpower. Just something from Microsoft or Apple and it will do the job. (Lenovo and […]

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How to Prepare for Oral Argument

The key to better oral argument is to get away from your outline and use a more "modular" approach when preparing.

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Proper Deposition Objections

Whether you are defending (or taking) your first or your hundredth deposition, you must be ready to handle objections. That means knowing which objections are proper and which are not. Once you know, you can keep the deposition proceeding smoothly—and avoid embarrassing yourself.

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Clio Law Practice Management Software

Clio practice management software information and review.

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Passwords: a User Guide for Lawyers and Law Firms

Good passwords are essential to data security, and this article has everything you need to know about creating and keeping track of good passwords.

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CosmoLex Law Practice Management Software

CosmoLex is cloud-based practice management software for lawyers. It encompasses timekeeping, calendars, reminders, and, as of its most recent set of updates, billing and accounting. Its goal is to try to eliminate the time attorneys often spend — and the errors attorneys inadvertently create — manually moving data from billing to accounting and back again. Index […]

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Box For Lawyers User Guide

Box is an online file collaboration system where you can create, edit, and store documents, and it wants lawyers as users. Since 2013, it has courted the legal industry in response to Dropbox. Here is what you need to know to use Box effectively.

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TrialDirector Trial Presentation App for iPad

Presentation software does not have to be messy or complicated. Ditch the whiteboards and learn use TrialDirector to add some flash to your next presentation.

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MyCase Law Practice Management Software

Here’s what you need to know about MyCase, from getting started to using the mobile apps with your clients.

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Inbox Zero for Lawyers

Inboxes are meant to be emptied, not used for long-term storage. That goes double for your email inbox, which is far more useful if you empty it on a regular basis.

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Dropbox for Lawyers 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.