Small law offices have had few appealing options for case management and billing in the last few years. The only choices have been old warhorses that are showing their age badly, with interfaces that were obviously designed decades ago, and in some cases running on databases that are long obsolete. […] continuedRead more
There is a fascinating and informative series of articles by a lawyer and former federal prosecutor about his efforts to unearth information about a scammer who sent a phony “invoice” to his firm. It’s a well-known and simple scam – send something that looks like an invoice for a service that was never ordered or delivered, hoping that it will get paid by someone who doesn’t notice that it’s phony. […] continuedRead more
The rules for online marketing change every day. Something simple, like having a web site that ranks high in Google’s search results, is turning into something barely comprehensible as search results become more individual, influenced by each person’s search history and social networks and Likes and +1s. Search engine optimization has become a dark art, complex beyond belief, far more than just sprinkling a handful of metatags into your web site header. […] continuedRead more
The Problem Of Saving Email
Email can be gathered on an ongoing basis into a single PDF file for each case. […] continuedRead more
There is no easy way to gather all of the emails related to a case from all the mailboxes in a small law firm. […] continuedRead more
It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Vivian Manning, IT Manager at Ontario law firm Burgar Rowe. In her blog, Small City Law Firm Tech, she’s writing articles stuffed with practical information about the programs you use every day – for anyone using a computer to get a job done, not just for lawyers. […] continuedRead more
Attorneys are working from home and using notebooks on the road. They’re buying iPads for the briefcase and carrying iPhones and Android phones everywhere. […] continuedRead more
Larry Port, founding partner of Rocket Matter, dropped by the news page yesterday and gently suggested that Rocket Matter is actually a fine name for a law office practice management program. […] continuedRead more
I called Deepa Patel of Halak Consulting looking for a LexisNexis Certified Independent Consultant in the Bay Area who could help whip a client’s Time Matters installation into shape. The conversation quickly turned to the new product that she is also trained to handle, the one to which she has committed her own office and is clearly excited about. […] continuedRead more
The Sad State Of Law Office Software
I’m going to work up to specific products, but let’s start with the concept of storing valuable, confidential data in the cloud, on servers run by some big company.
As a lawyer in a small firm, think of the scariest example you can imagine – say, your highly sensitive letter to a client outlining the risks in your litigation strategy, or notes on the phone conversation with a client where she confessed to killing Colonel Mustard in the library with a candlestick. […] continuedRead more
Almost every law office winds up using some kind of specialized line-of-business software. For most types of law, especially litigation, that means case management software designed to bring all the information about a matter into a single place – the contacts (client, opposing counsel, insurance agents, witnesses, deponent), the case calendar and deadlines, phone conversations, billing records, and if possible, links to documents and email. […] continuedRead more
In December the Transportation Security Administration released its airport security screening procedure guidelines with redactions that failed to remove the underlying text. (Boing Boing: “Unfortunately, the security geniuses at the DHS don’t know that drawing black blocks over the words you want to eliminate from your PDF doesn’t actually make the words go away, and can be defeated by nefarious al Qaeda operatives through a complex technique known as ctrl-a/ctrl-c/ctrl-v.”) […] continuedRead more
Law offices and small businesses are using Acrobat very aggressively to archive email folders and preserve business documents. Lawyers are more likely now to handle case documents onscreen with PDF files than to touch real paper.
The Acrobat For Legal Professionals blog has a tip today that could be invaluable for law professionals with a certain amount of Acrobat expertise: how to search case documents for words or phrases and mark the terms so they can be reviewed later. […] continuedRead more
Billing Matters, the LexisNexis law office billing and accounting program, was killed last week. This was circulated Thursday and appeared in the TechnoLawyer newsletter.
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"Effective September 1, Billing Matters® will be placed in maintenance mode. During maintenance mode, LexisNexis will continue to resolve known issues and provide technical support in accordance with our standard practices, but no new features or functionality will be added.