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Best Smartphone Apps for Lawyers

Apps enable  access to data and documents 24/7 at home, on the road, or in the office.   They can  be installed   quickly  on  computers, smartphones , and tablets .  Some apps are free while others require  purchase or  a subscription fee. Below is a list of popular apps along with articles, books, and websites to help use them in law practices.  Apps Archiving - DropBox, Google Docs, and OneDrive Billing - Quickbooks, Square, and Zoho Calendering -  Microsoft Outlook and Google Calendar Dictating - Apple Dictation, Dragon Anywhere, and Microsoft Dictate Litigating - Depose and TrialPad Managing - Clio, Lexacata, MyCase , Rocketmatter, and Zoho Note Taking - Evernote, Notepad, and One Note Researching - dLaw and Fastcase Scanning - Abby, Adobe Scan, and Evernote Scannable Writing - Grammarly, Microsoft Editor, and Copyscape Articles Robert Ambroggi,  40 Essential Apps for Trial Lawyers ,  LawSites  Blog , Feb. 12, 2015 Robert  Ambroggi,  A BA Tech Survey Reveals Lawyers'

Resources for Small Firms

Below are links to management and marketing resources for solos and small firms. Most are free and those with a fee are affordable. They include articles, books, products, and services. Use the links to expand your knowledge and build your practice. Articles: ABA ,  Findlaw , Justia , and Lawyers.com Associations :  ABA ,  State , Local , and Specialty Bar Associations Blogs : Bob Ambroggi ,  Nicole Black ,  Jim Callaway ,   Carolyn Elefant , Joan Feldman  and Larry Bodine  (see Lexblog  to start blogging) Books: Building a Law Practice , Capturing and Keeping Clients ,  Legal Technology Guide , Marketing on the Internet , and Solo By Choice CLE  - ABA CLE , LawLine   and Solo Practice University   Directories:   FindLaw ,  Justia , Lawyers.com , and  Martindale  (see rankings ) Discussion Groups :  Solo Sez  (see  review  of discussion groups for lawyers) Marketing : Business Cards ,  Client Pamphlets , Firm Brochures ,  Greeting Cards , and  Note Cards Newsletters:   Law Technology

Mentoring New Lawyers

Mentoring enables experienced lawyers to give back to the legal profession by helping new lawyers build their confidence and skills. Mentoring is usually voluntary, but it is mandatory in a few states like Georgia and Oregon. Mentoring provide a large benefit with a small amount of effort. Mentors can create a formal program at their firm or go outside their organization to seek or become a mentor. New lawyers can find mentors by asking a ssociates or partners at their firm or using social networks to contact professors or attorneys.  Learn more by reading articles about  benefits of mentoring , building relationships ,  creating programs ,  finding a mentor ,  giving feedback ,  mandatory mentorships , mentoring tips  and  state sponsored mentoring programs .  For in-depth study, read books like 60 Minute Mentoring ,  Lawyers Guide to Mentoring , and Training Law Firm Associates . Also, visit  websites hosted by the  National Legal Mentoring Consortium , the ABA Career Center , and th

Blocking LinkedIn Hackers

Last week’s hack of LinkedIn’s database  may cause hackers to send personalized phishing emails, bogus job offers, extort ransom or use “brute force” to hack into email accounts of unsuspecting lawyers. Avoid being hacked by protecting  your passwords and  adjusting your privacy settings .  Check whether your email was compromised by using an  online tool  posted at the  CyberNews website. And read a CyberNews article to learn how hackers use stolen data . 

Marketing with Webinars

Educational webinars are an inexpensive and effective way to attract new clients and keep in touch with existing ones. Webinars can establish your reputation and increase your visibility on the Internet. Consider holding monthly or quarterly webinars as live events and recording them for replay by those unable to attend. Create an archive of past webinars at your firm website and launch a YouTube page to broaden their availability. Norm Rubenstein with the Zeughauser Group cautions webcasters to provide in-depth thought leadership to attract viewers and consider podcasting as an audio alternative to webcasting.  For more webinar tips, r ead articles about  checklists ,  hosting ,  planning , promoting , and  Zooming webinars . Also see our post about marketing with podcasts . For in-depth study, read books like the Lawyers Guide to Marketing on the Internet , Marketing with Webinars , and  Webinars for Dummies .  Get inspired by viewing Law Firm Webinar Pages which are hosted by Justi

Conducting Effective Consultations

Virtual consultations are becoming a popular alternative to face-to-face meetings, especially for initial consultations. They are convenient for clients and productive for lawyers.  Improve your virtual consultations by being prepared, attentive, and empathetic.  Use a client friendly platform like Microsoft Teams, Google Meets, or Zoom. Learn additional tips from the articles listed below. Also see our blog posts about apps for scheduling appointments  and improving client intake . Articles: Guide to Building a Virtual Law Firm  (Clio) How to Conduct Video Consultations  (Lawyer Marketing) How to Start a Law Firm in the Virtual Law Office Era   (Thomson Reuters) Making Virtual Consultations More Enjoyable  (Law Firm Suites) Virtual Consultations: Applying the Rules Virtuall y (Attorney at Work)

Operating Virtual Offices

Below is a checklist of software, hardware, and services to equip virtual offices.  Whether replacing or supplementing a physical office, virtual offices will continue to be popular after the Coronavirus Pandemic. Use the following checklist to assure a success practice whether you work at an office, home, or on the road. For tips about operating a virtual office, read a case study  and articles about apps for working remotely ,  deciding to work remotely , employee tracking software ,  ethically practicing in place and how to work remotely .  For in-depth study, read the ABA's book about Virtually Practicing Law .  SOFTWARE Office Productivity (e.g. Office365 or Google Workspace) Phone (e.g. RingCentral or Skype) Conferencing (e.g. Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, or Zoom) Practice Management (e.g. Clio Manage, MyCase, Practice Panther, and Rocket Matter) Client Relationship (e.g. Aptivo, Clio Grow, Salesforce, or Zoho CRM) PDF Creators (e.g. Adobe Acrobat or FoxIt) Pasword Manager

Continuing Work From Home

The Coronavirus situation provides an opportunity to explore alternatives for working remotely, including home, shared, or virtual offices. Regardless of work location, remember to be stay cyber secure and keep connected with clients and colleagues. Also, comply with bar requirements for office addresses if working virtually and  admission requirements if practicing across state lines. For more tips, read articles about Apps for Working Remotely ,  Bar Requirements for Physical Offices ,  Moving Your Practice Between Jurisdictions ,  Places to Work Remotely Other Than a Coffee Shop , Restrictions on Where Lawyers Can Practice ,  State Tax Withholding and Other Obligations for Remote Workers  and What to Consider Before Giving Up Your Office .  Also see the annual update to NCBE's Guide to Bar Admission Requirements  and the ABA's book about  Virtual Law Practice .