Must have apps to start the New Year off productively
Hello from ALPS. It’s our pleasure to present you with our annual survey of apps that will help make lawyers more productive and efficient in the age of mobile and digital.
Some apps from our previous posts are included, but they have undoubtedly been updated for both functionality and security on the go. This is not an exhaustive list nor we any way ranking or endorsing them. These are simply the mobile apps that we have found reviewed and discussed most across the landscape of law firm and practice management blogs, including the American Bar Association site.
There are hundreds of apps that can beneficial to lawyers, but we’ve paired the list down to a handful that may help the busy practitioner most. If you have a favorite that we’ve missed, please comment below or Tweet to @ALPScorp.
Be sure to click on the store links for more detailed descriptions of features and to view screen shots and videos.
A couple of last things on the risk management side. 1) Always exercise cyber security best practices on your mobile devices when dealing with sensitive and confidential client information; and 2) if you’re using your own device, be sure you’re adhering to your firm’s BYOD policy.
App description: “Asana is the easiest way for teams to track their work and get results. From tasks and projects to conversations and notifications, Asana enables teams to move work from start to finish. It’s simple to get started, but powerful enough to run your entire business. And it’s free.”
App description: “iTimeKeep integrates directly with your Billing System and brings the same convenience that you have when you are in the office using your desktop. Stop time leakage and record your time as it happens from wherever you are. With iTimeKeep you can enter time from any of your mobile devices!”
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.”
App description: “SignMyPad is the new standard for paperless document transfer—a simple PDF signature tool for mobile devices. Go green with SignMyPad! Open a PDF file on your mobile device or tablet, and SignMyPad lets you sign it, save it, and send it without ever printing it out. No more scanning, no more faxing, no wasting paper. It’s the green solution for people on the go!”
TimeClock Pro (Price: $9.99; Platform: Android; Purchase here)
App description: “TimeClock makes it easy to track your billable hours as you are working and then generate invoices or spreadsheets from your time data. It's the perfect Android time tracker for contractors, lawyers or anyone who bills clients by the hour.”
ezPDF Reader PDF Annotate Form (Price: $3.99; Platform: Android; Get here)
App description: ezPDF Reader is the bestselling, best rated and most commented Multimedia and frame-animation PDF viewer, annotator, form filler and paperless solution. This was nominated for the Finalists of 2014 Tabby Awards /Business.
Docs To Go™ Free Office Suite (Price: Free; Platform: iOS and Android; Get here: Apple Store | Play Store)
App description: Work from anywhere: View, edit, and create Microsoft® Office files & view Adobe PDF® files on your Android 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.
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: “Dropbox is the place for your photos, docs, videos, and other files. Files you keep in Dropbox are safely backed up and you can get to them from all your devices. It’s easy to send large files to anyone, even if they don’t have a Dropbox account.”
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: “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.”
App description: “The WestlawNext® app gives you the flexibility to work no matter where or when the need arises. Be ready in an instant with the WestlawNext Android app. Doing research on your subway commute? Working at an off-site client meeting? Whether you are a trial attorney in court or a law student preparing for class, gain the competitive edge you need when you access the world's most comprehensive collection of legal content on your smartphone or tablet.”
dLaw (formerly DroidLaw) – State and Federal Laws (Price: Free; Platform: Android; Get here)
App description: “Android's #1 legal reference tool for lawyers, law students and professionals.”
App description: “Fastcase 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: “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: “PocketJustice brings the U.S. Supreme Court down to earth through plain-English abstracts of the Court's constitutional decisions and access to its recorded public sessions. PocketJustice is a companion to any constitutional law casebook now in print. The app includes voting alignments and biographical sketches for all justices, location information for the cause of action, and access to searchable full text of opinions.”
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--- Kiffin Hope is a digital marketing and social media strategist. He blogs on all things cyber, tech, and emerging trends in digital. You can connect with him at LinkedIn and Twitter.