because Clio utilizes industry-leading SSL
encryption and conducts audits of the security every day.
Cost: The Clio mobile app is free on i Tunes
and Google Play, but you need to have a
Clio account to access it. This will run you
$39 per user/month for the starter annual
plan, $59 per user/month for the boutique
annual plan, and $99 per user/month for
the elite annual plan. (State Bar members
get a 10 percent lifetime discount.) Clio
offers a free seven-day trial here: https://app.
How would you like to carry the entire
American law library with you wherever you
go? Fastcase is the most used legal app for
lawyers, and it’s easy to see why. With this
legal research application, you can browse
entire collections of statutes, regulations,
court rules, and even a newspaper archive,
search by citation or keyword (natural language or Boolean), see which cases have been
cited the most, and even click on footnotes.
Fastcase is also free for members of the
State Bar of Arizona.
All of this is fantastic, but what makes
Fastcase stand out is that it uses a Google-like search process that puts the best results
for your search at the top of the list. This
allows you to find better results faster and
work more efficiently without excluding
potentially important cases.
Cost: Free to members of the Arizona
Bar—and the mobile app is free to
download too. Get started here:
As a lawyer, you’re expected to bring in new
business. But how are you supposed to keep
track of prospects and close new clients
when you’re busy taking care of your existing clients? Pipedrive may be the answer.
Pipedrive is a CRM (Customer Relation-
ship Management) tool designed to be sim-
ple but very effective. I love
this tool so much, we use it
ourselves at our firm. The
main purpose of Pipedrive is
to make sure you are keeping
up to date on communicating
with your prospects so you
don’t lose business and con-
tinue to build that book of
They offer an iPhone and Android app,
but it also works great from a tablet, PC, or
Mac. Pipedrive was designed with mobility
in mind, so it works well on mobile devices.
It’s also very flexible and gives you the
ability to fully customize your own sales
Bonus Feature: Once a prospect turns
into a client, that data can be automatically
sent to your Clio account where the new
matter will be waiting for you.
Cost: $12 per user/month with a 30-day
trial. Start here: www.pipedrive.com/
How do you win cases? By providing
more compelling evidence than your opponent. As the leader in evidence-based
management, Nextpoint helps you do this
on any Internet-connected device. With
Nextpoint, you can collect data from websites and social media accounts, start
document reviews from anywhere, get
eDiscovery metrics for your clients’ data
immediately, prep for trial with powerful
tools, and more.
Perhaps just as important, Nextpoint
uses top-of-the-line security features, is
incredibly easy to use, and has been created
to sync with the way your staff handles
cases, regardless of whether they are paralegals, associates, or even partners.
Nextpoint recently announced a partnership with Clio that will allow the two applications to better integrate features and
information. And practices that get both
apps will receive a 10 percent discount on
each, and Nextpoint will give you a free
consultation on your next matter.
Cost: A multi-case annual plan is
$965/month, and an unlimited annual plan
is $2,650/month. Your firm can also
request a custom package from Nextpoint
to meet your unique needs. Nextpoint
offers a free, no-obligation trial for two
5. Microsoft Office 365
Most people are familiar with the basic
Office program package—Word, Excel,
PowerPoint, and OneNote—so there’s
nearly universal accessibility right off the
bat. But Office 365 also has several features
that many law firms find useful. Some examples include being able to convert PDFs to
Word files for easier editing, replacing email
attachments with links to files, creating
events on your calendar from your notes,
and Skyping while you collaborate with
another staff member on a document.
You also can do all of that from your
mobile device of choice. And you can hold
conferences online, share calendars, and get
automatic updates on the whole suite of
programs. Not to mention the fact that
Microsoft guarantees 99.9 percent uptime,
so you’ll never be left in the cold.
Cost: An annual business essentials plan is
$5 per user/month, and other options are
The best way to determine which applications work best for you and your practice is
to do some due diligence, check them out
for yourself, and keep up with the latest
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How would you like to carry the entire American law library with you wherever you go? Fastcase is the most used legal app for lawyers, and it’s easy to see why.