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21 Best Apps for Lawyers
Could you show up confidently to court with just your smartphone? Robert Guest, chief of criminal defense at Guest and Gray, does. “That’s all I
need as a criminal lawyer,” he told us.
Here’s a look at some top law firm apps you
shouldn’t be without. Some were designed
specifically for lawyers, while others simply work well in legal practice.
OneNote and Evernote: Take and
Capture notes and recordings on the fly in
a multitude of formats. Take, save, and organize written notes; integrates with your
smartphone camera. Capture an image from
almost any surface (such as a receipt or
whiteboard), rotate, crop, adjust dimensions,
and share it from your mobile device. For
Clio lawyers scanning documents, this app
turns business cards into contacts. For lawyers using Microsoft Office, OneNote is another good option.
Feedly: Keep a finger on the pulse
of the legal industry
Streamline your content monitoring and
social shares so you’ll never miss a case or
trending topic. Organize your content into
streams, collect articles with tags, and
share them easily across social media and
TripIt: Track Travel Expenses
This itinerary-coordinating app connects
directly to your Gmail account. Forward
flight tickets, car rentals, hotel reservations, and more. Curate your own itinerary
complete with maps. From there, sync trips
to Microsoft Outlook or Google Calendar.
Turn your tablet into a dictation device and
sync with Box, within your Clio account.
Simply record and sync testimonies and interrogatories to your evidence.
OneDrive, Box, Dropbox, and Google
Drive: Document Storage
n Google Drive directly integrates with
Google Docs, which allows you to edit
documents from your browser with-
out any other programs.
n Box offers in-document searching for
n OneDrive integrates with Microsoft
Penultimate and Noteshelf (iPad only):
Take Handwritten Notes
Take notes by hand and stay organized.
These apps store your handwritten thoughts
electronically. Evernote syncs with Penultimate and processes your notes so you can
search for handwritten text within the app.
iAnnotate, GoodReader, and PDF Expert 5:
Annotate and Mark Up Documents
These robust PDF readers allow you to red-line, highlight, and add notes and comments to documents. GoodReader syncs
with Dropbox. iAnnotate and PDF Expert
sync documents from online sources such
as Dropbox and Google Drive, making document management even easier.
A video calling and messaging app that
allows lawyers to practice from anywhere.
Meet with a client remotely via a video call
or call an international number at a much
lower cost than mobile or landline rates.
AgileLaw: Paperless Depositions
Seamlessly run a deposition without printed documents — run the deposition on one
iPad, present trial exhibits on another. Free,
but you’ll need an AgileLaw account.
TrialPad: Trial Presentations
Control your trial presentations from your
iPad, to view evidence from different angles.
Highlight text, compare documents side-by-side, and more. It could be well worth its
cost of $130 if you do a lot of trial work.
Fastcase: Legal Research
The world’s largest free mobile law library.
Fastcase integrates with Clio, allowing users to accurately track time spent on legal
Slack: Legal Research and Communication
A popular communications app that is
being increasingly used in legal offices.
Set up an RSS feed to monitor precedents
for new citations, and create an opportunity for discussion with case stakeholders
and colleagues in a special Slack room,
streamlining the costly research process.
Zapier: For everything else
While this isn’t technically an app, Zapier
can help mobile lawyers save a lot of time.
Zapier seamlessly automates actions between your favorite apps by setting up Zaps
between them. For example, you could designate a notebook in Evernote, where each
new note will save automatically to a designated Matter in Clio. If you’re spending
time on repeatable tasks between apps, it’s
worth checking out whether you can automate them with a Zap.
Clio: Legal Practice Management
Finally, you’ll need a cloud-based legal
practice management solution. A mobile app
like Clio’s allows you to access your client
data securely, anywhere, anytime. Track time,
view client information, create new matters
and contacts, and more. Also, Clio integrates
with many of the other apps on this list
(over 50 integration partners in total).