Have you ever thought about increasing your efficiency using new technologies? Here we are going to discuss about the legal apps and its added value on lawyers activity as well as efficiency of their practice. As almost all of us daily are using smartphones and apps which help us to make our lives easier, lawyers are increasingly using specific apps in their law practice in order to make it more mobile and productive. If you suddenly need to work on the go, or create an urgent document you must have these apps in your smartphone.
There are many and various apps specific designed for one or another jurisdiction, here we are going to discuss about general category of apps useful for almost all lawyers no matter of the field they are specialized and country they are practicing law.
1) TIME TRACKERS FOR LAWYERS
Most likely there is no other more essential task for lawyers than recording and tracking working time. As practice shows many lawyers are still using the old school way of pen and paper method, but since the legal apps are expanding their influence in smartphones era lawyers are increasingly use new technologies for automatic recording the working time and billing the working hours.
Here are 3 excellent Timekeeping Apps for Lawyers to help you accurately track your time while you’re on the go.
1.1. Gleeo Time Tracker
An effective time tracker app for lawyers, which allows efficient and exact time recording. The user interface is optimized for devices with Touch-Screen and differs in a considerable manner from conventional PC programs. Jump with a single touch from one project to another and track time with minimal effort. Always access the on-the-fly statistics and keep your recording times at a glance.
1.2. Attorney Time
Easy to use Task Management Tool for your daily Client Task Management, Activity Recording, Expense Tracking, Reminders, Time Recording and more can now be all managed over your Mobile Phone. This app allows you create new Clients, Add New projects, enter your daily Activity / Time, record your Expenses and add Reminders. All the data is store only on your mobile phone and you can then directly email the billable activities to your billing staff instantly.
1.3. TimeClock – Time Tracker
TimeClock makes it easy to track lawyer’s billable hours and expenses. Simply set your hourly rate per client and this app calculates your total earnings at the end of your work. You can use this data to generate invoices or spreadsheets. This App is designed as time tracker for lawyers who bills clients by the hour. It is automatic cloud syncronized, your data is always safe even if your phone is lost or broken. The App generates invoices directly from your TimeClock data – or export as spreadsheet or html.
Price: Free trial period 30 days. 5$ per month.
2) VOICE RECORDERS
The best solution for too fast working meetings with clients which makes pretty complicated for you to be able to take notes is using a voice recording App. And for this reason, you can simply record your conversations. This will help you not to miss any details, at the same time it will allow you to send the recorded file via email.
2.1. Voice Recorder (SplendApps)
Voice Recorder & Audio Recorder is a free, full-featured and easy-to-use audio recording application for Android. Recorder provides high quality, limited only by memory size records. You can use it as a regular Dictaphone of voice recording memos and memos, business meetings, interviews, conferences, speeches, etc. This audio recorder works well on smartphones and tablets.
2.2. Voice Recorder (QualityApps)
A simple and easy to use App for recording high-quality sound. A lawyer can can reliably record meetings, personal notes, speeches, interview, etc. There is no time limit. This app can record most of the sound and voice.
3) VOICE TYPING AND TAKING NOTES
3.1. Speechnotes – Speech To Text
Efficient and easy to use Voice typing and taking notes will make easier the lawyers’ life. The App is Bluetooth supported, so you can talk through your Bluetooth microphone and Speechnotes will write down every word.
3.2. BigHand for Android
BigHand for Android is an advanced voice recording and workflow system which is designed to extend your office-based digital dictation capabilities onto the Android platform and improve your working efficiency. This App turns smartphones into digital dictation tools, as well as making use of your mobile’s microphone to record a voice file, which can then be transcribed automatically with speech recognition software or manually. It allows you to view the progress of your dictation jobs and also to receive email notifications together with attached transcriptions of any completed work.
4) SCANNERS & PDF CREATORS
Cam Scanner turns your phone into a document scanner using the built-in camera. Simply take a picture of the paper document, contract of other paper you need and you will get the cropped and enhanced scanned image from the app converted to a PDF.
4.1. Cam Scanner – Phone PDF Creator
CamScanner helps lawyers to scan, store, syncronyze and collaborate on various contents across smartphones, tablets and computers.
4.2. Adobe Scan: PDF Scanner, OCR
The free Adobe Scan app turns your device into a powerful portable scanner that recognizes text automatically. Turn anything: receipts, notes, documents, pictures, business cards, whiteboards — into an Adobe PDF with content you can reuse.
5) CLOUD STORAGE
Any file you save to your Dropbox, whether its photos, docs or videos, will automatically save to your computer, Android or iPhone device. Dropbox is a creative collaboration space designed to reduce busywork, bring your files together in one central place, and safely sync them across all your devices—so you can access them anytime, anywhere. And sending large files is easy, even to people who don’t have a Dropbox account. Features like the doc scanner, shared folders, offline access, and more, make collaborating with others’ simple.
5.2. Google Drive
You can upload files to Google Drive and access them later on your device. With Google Drive, all your files are safe and you can easily access them from any smartphone, tablet, or computer. Drive files, such as videos, photos, and documents, are backed up so you do not miss them. Once you get there, it’s easy to invite others to see, edit, or comment on any of your files or folders.
6) REMOTE CONTROL
6.1. Team Viewer
Team Viewer is a remote-control App that enables you to access and operate your Mac, Linux, or Windows systems from your Smartphone. It is easy to use and enables you to administer unattended computers and/or servers. With this app, you can transfer files to and from your office or home desktop remotely, access documents, make changes, and perform other tasks just as you could if you were sitting at the computer.
6.2. Chrome Remote Desktop
Chrome Remote Desktop is a remote-control App that enables you to access and operate your Mac, Linux, or Windows systems from your Android Device.
6.3. Microsoft Remote Desktop
With the Microsoft Remote Desktop app, you can connect to a remote PC and your work resources from almost anywhere. This App is designed to help you get your work done wherever you are.
7) LAWYER’S CASE MANAGEMENT
7.1. Lawyers Case Diary (BPWorks)
Lawyers Case Diary is uniquely designed for legal professionals. This app can be of great use for lawyers/advocates, paralegals, law school students, attorneys and non-attorney staff. Manage clients and access their information wherever you are and whenever you want. You can manage your cases, make appointments, set reminders for your follow-ups, import contact details from phone contacts and restore data with its in-built backup mechanism. So, carry your office wherever you go.
7.2. Lawzinger Pro – For Lawyers
LawzingerPro is a new app for lawyers developed to get lawyer new clients and to manage his/her practice. This app is linked to the Lawzinger client app so that all appointments generated from that app are reflected here and a lawyer can manage his/her profile, appointments and availability effectively.
The Lawzinger client app is a legal app which helps one find lawyers in one’s city. One can use Lawzinger to find genuine legal assistance from an experienced professional who is well versed in his/her area of expertise and book an instant appointment with him/her.
This App is one of the best note taking software on the market, giving you the ability to mark important information from your computer, tablet, or smartphone, and then synchronizing all your notes to the cloud so you can access them on any device. You can also attach files and audio recordings to your notes.