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The 5 Most User-Hostile Microsoft Word Features

Microsoft Word doesn't always win awards from users for its intuitiveness. Here are five features that could be a lot easier than they are, with some suggestions for working around them in a pinch.

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Send Your Snail Mail to the Cloud

The United States Postal Service is a remarkably efficient, albeit spectacularly unprofitable, piece of work. It is available to everyone, relatively cheap, accessible from a spectacularly wide variety of locations, and they bring the J. Crew catalog right to your house. However, there remain two incontrovertible downsides: First, you have to actually go to a post […]

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Best Practices for Protecting Client Information, According to the CFPB

New federal regulations promulgated by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will apply to real estate lawyers. But they are also a pretty solid starting point for any lawyer or law firm. Here’s a summary of the best practices, compiled by Law Technology Today’s Pegeen Turner: Create and implement a written Privacy and Information Security Policy […]

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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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Podcast #25: Five Things Deborah Savadra Thinks You Should Know About Microsoft Office

Deborah Savadra writes for Lawyerist as well as for her own blog, Legal Office Guru. She specializes in making Microsoft Office do what lawyers need it to do, and in today’s podcast she identifies the five things she thinks lawyers ought to know about Microsoft Office and explains why. But first, Sam and Aaron try to figure out to what lengths lawyers will go to avoid turning in their timesheets.

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Luddite Lawyers Are Ethical Violations Waiting To Happen

Technological incompetence used to be merely a competitive disadvantage. Now, it is a potential ethics violation — or even legal malpractice. During my first year of law school, we were not allowed to do computerized research. Instead, we were taught to use the leather-bound reporters, Shepherds, and treatises. It was only during our second year […]

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Office 2016 for Mac is (Finally) Available for Office 365 Subscribers

Office 2016 for Mac has been released for all Office 365 subscribers.

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6 Alternatives to Evernote

Evernote has become a bit of a bloated mess over the years. Here are some alternatives to Evernote if you are feeling overwhelmed.

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VPNs to Avoid Until they Plug Their Leaks

You know that here at Lawyerist, we are all about encouraging you to safeguard your data, and one of the ways to do that is to make sure you use a virtual private network (VPN) when you are using the coffee shop’s wi-fi connection. VPNs function in a few different ways, but at root they […]

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Podcast #24: Ed Walters on Robot Lawyers and the Law of Robots (Replay)

This episode we’re trying something a bit different. One of our favorite interviews to date was Sam’s conversation with Ed Walters about law and robots, so this week we are replaying it. If you missed it the first time around, you’ll want to tune in now. Ed Walters on Robot Lawyers and the Law of […]

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Podcast #23: Bob Young on Being a Plaintiff’s Lawyer in a Defense Firm

In today’s show, ABA Law Practice Division chair Bob Young talks about being a plaintiff’s lawyer in a defense firm, and explains what the ABA LPD is doing to help lawyers with marketing, management, finances, and technology. But first, is solo practice a terrible economic proposition for most people? Is Solo Practice a Terrible Economic […]

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7 Google Docs Add-Ons You Should Try

In the past, we have covered some alternatives to Microsoft Word, including Google Docs. For quite some time now, Google Docs has done a lot of things exactly right. Easy collaboration, compatibility with a wide variety of formats, cloud-based, free. However, Docs has also lacked some things that are often necessary for a law practice, […]

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Can’t Make it to Court on Time? There’s an App for That.

Many lawyers need to be in two places at once. Lawyers get over-booked, and handle multiple cases in multiple jurisdictions that require frequent court appearances. It can even happen in the same courthouse: I have had multiple cases at a time be called in front of different judges, and have missed the calling of my […]

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Podcast #22: Allison Shields on Doing More in Less Time

In today’s show, Allison Shields talks about how to be more productive, also the subject of her new book, How to Do More in Less Time. But first, Sam and Aaron talk about Lee Rosen’s advice to block your firm website from your firm computer. The Importance of Your Mobile Website On Divorce Discourse, Lee […]

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LegalPad Is Medium, for Lawyers

A few months ago, we wrote about Casetext, a nifty little platform that seeks to essentially democratize/wiki-fy/open source the law, allowing users to annotate cases and share comments. Casetext recently expanded on that open source idea and launched LegalPad, which is WAY cooler. LegalPad is basically the legal equivalent to Medium. However,where Medium is a publishing […]