Do you want to be more efficient even when you can’t be in the office? In today’s legal landscape, an attorney who is not using technology to make his/her practice more efficient is committing business malpractice. The following list of online tools can be used to do work from anywhere:
Online File Sharing
Sugar Sync allows you to access files from the cloud in seconds and save, view, and edit documents across multiple devices.
Dropbox offers cloud storage, file synchronization, and client software. Dropbox brings files together in one place and synchronizes the folders to the user’s other computers and devices.
Box provides file sharing, collaborating, and other tools for working with files on its servers. Users can choose how their content is edited or shared with others.
Hightail is a cloud service that lets users send, receive, and digitally sign and synchronize files.
Document Word Processing
Google Docs is a free service that allows you to create and edit web-based documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. You can store documents online and access them from any computer.
Open Office is another free software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases, and much more. It is available in many languages and can be accessed from anywhere.
PDF FilesAdobe Acrobat Professional allows you to edit, create, sign, convert, and share PDFs from anywhere.
Online Legal Practice Management
Clio allows you to manage your firm, cases, and clients easily from the cloud. You can manage billing, cases, contracts, documents, calendars, online payments, and expenses from anywhere.
Lexis Nexis has a group of tools for law practice management. Time Matters can handle billing, practice management, and document management needs. PCLaw does time-tracking, billing, and accounting. Juris does accounting and billing management.
HoudiniEsq is another law practice management tool that is free for solo-practitioners. You can manage cases, matters, and projects from anywhere.
Rocket Matter is a cloud-based legal management and billing software. Stay on top of matters, communicate with clients, and view documents from any device with an internet connection.
MyCase is a law practice management software that keeps case documents, contacts, calendars, emails, tasks, and invoices in a single, organized location.
AbacusLaw is another law practice management software to keep you organized.
Calendars and Deadlines
Best Authority is an add-in for Microsoft Word that finds and marks all legal citations in a brief and also generates a Table of Authorities.
Deadlines.com is an automated rules-based calendaring system meant for smaller firms.
DeadlineCalculator.com is an online calculator used to calculate court dates.
Knowing how to leverage technology properly for your firm can take you to the next level for your clients!