It’s been a while since I’ve surveyed the landscape of mobile apps for lawyers, but here we go again. Some apps from my previous post are included, but they have undoubtedly been updated for both functionality and security on the go. This is not an exhaustive list nor am I ranking them. These are simply the mobile apps that I have found reviewed and discussed most on law firm and practice management blogs across the Web, including the American Bar Association site.
I hope this list helps you in your practice. Feel free to discuss the pros and cons of any of these apps or suggest others in the comments section below. Be sure to click on the store links for more detailed descriptions of features and to view screen shots and videos.
App description: “Teamwork without email. Asana puts tasks & conversations together, so everything your team is working on and talking about is in one place—instead of scattered across email threads.”
App description: “iTimeKeep is an App for Time Entry that seamlessly integrates with your Time & Billing System. It has been designed with simplicity in mind and can easily be used with little or no training. Bring the most out of your iPad and iPhone, and turn those shiny toys into powerful business tools!”
App description: “ScanBizCards is the most versatile business card reader! Tired of keeping track of your business cards? ScanBizCards lets you keep all of your business cards in your pocket via an app! We're the only business card reader app that gives you the option to scan the card on your phone OR submit the card for a 100%-accurate manual transcription.”
Depose (Price: $7.99) Platform: Android (Play Store)
App description: “Depose makes drafting and taking depositions on your Android device easy. With Depose you can edit and rearrange questions, attach exhibits, take notes on specific questions, copy questions, import questions from a txt file, and save template questions.”
App description: “Wild About Trial takes you to the courthouse steps for up-to-the-minute news and insider legal perspectives on the country's most captivating criminal trials. You will get unlimited access to the facts of each case, biographies of the major players from judges to defendants, documents directly from the court file, live feeds of court proceedings when available and in-depth analysis from our team of legal experts.”
App description: “Tap into the world's most advanced legal research system on-the-go. Access familiar WestlawNext features including, WestSearch™, KeyCite™, Folders, History, document notes and highlighting, browse database content and more.”
App description: “SignMyPad is the new standard for paperless document transfer—a simple PDF signature tool for mobile devices. Go green with SignMyPad!”
App description: “Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. After you install Dropbox on your computer, any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, your device, and even the Dropbox website! With the Dropbox app, you can take everything that matters to you on the go.”
App description: “Fastcase for Android is a free legal research application, putting the American law library in the palm of your hand. Fastcase contains cases and statutes from all 50 states and from the federal government. You can search by citation, keyword (in Boolean or natural language), or browse statute collections.”
App description: “Get secure anytime, anywhere access to your computers from your device. Remotely access your PCs and Macs with LogMeIn for Android. Works with an account subscription of LogMeIn Pro on your computer, which also includes access from your desktop and web browser, so everything you need is always at your fingertips.”
App description: “Work from anywhere: View, edit, and create Microsoft® Office files & view Adobe PDF® files on your smartphone and/or tablet with the original & #1 selling mobile Office suite of all time. Docs To Go 4.0 contains best-in-class document viewing & editing at no charge. Options for connecting to multiple cloud storage accounts, desktop file sync, and opening password-protected files are available via in-app purchase.”
GoodReader (Price: $4.99) Platform: iOS (Apple Store)
App description: “GoodReader includes the following awesome features: PDF Page Management - add, rearrange, delete, rotate, extract and email individual pages, split and merge files; PDF Page Slider now shows page previews; icon view for file browser, with larger previews; collapsible tool area on the main screen; true Auto Sync - background and scheduled execution.”
App description: “The world’s No. 1 mobile document scanning and sharing app with over 100 million installs in more than 200 countries. CamScanner helps you scan, store, sync and collaborate on various contents across smartphones, tablets and computers.”
Kiffin Hope is the Social Media Community Manager for ALPS, the nation's largest direct writer of lawyers' professional liability insurance. Follow his tech, social, and digital media stream on Twitter @kiffinhope.