Leverage mobile apps to improve your practice
Posted Mar 29, 2013 1:50 PM CST
By Joe Dysart
While the format has its skeptics, mobile apps are revolutionizing the way law is being practiced in the U.S.—a trend that will only intensify this year, according to ardent supporters.
Indeed, the latest smartphone or must-have tablet is no longer a technological fashion statement; it’s a critical, competitive tool that many attorneys simply refuse to live without. “Smartphones and tablets are not just shiny objects to catch up on the news or update Facebook,” says Chad E. Burton, whose virtual law firm serves Ohio and North Carolina. They “can play a key role in producing work product for clients and managing a law firm.”
“I can run our entire practice off my iPad,” says Burton, whose headquarters is in Dayton, Ohio. “One example: You could Skype in a client or another lawyer to a deposition or hearing to let them observe what is going on—which naturally saves time and money.”
Jeff Richardson, a New Orleans lawyer and author of the blog iPhone JD, would not think of hitting the legal trenches without GoodReader, which he calls “the most useful app on my iPad.” It allows tablet, iPod Touch and iPhone users to read virtually any document—PDFs, books, maps, even pictures and movies.
And Jeff Taylor, an Oklahoma City lawyer and author of the Droid Lawyer blog, is similarly smitten with Fastcase, a legal research app that enables an attorney to pull up cases, statutes, court rules and other documents virtually anywhere on the planet using any Android device.
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