The right mobile software can make any attorney more productive, versatile and effective in their overall professional life. Fortunately, there’s a handy app available to address practically every challenge you may run into in your everyday work life. Here are a few suggestions that are worth a look.
The king of note-taking apps is of course Evernote, the digital folder program for all seasons. For lawyers in particular, Evernote is quite adept at providing a blank canvas for storing, syncing and organizing data on your mobile hardware. Although Evernote really requires a paid subscription to make the most of it, spending a few bucks a month for Evernote Premium is a wise investment.
2. Wickr & Droid Crypt
Being able to communicate without the fear of compromised privacy is a must for any professional, especially lawyers. Wickr allows for secure communications on iOS, and it’s completely free. On the Android side of the equation, Droid Crypt is a mere $2.89 and delivers the same peerless performance as Wickr. Both feature military-grade encryption and are quite easy to use.
More and more, lawyers are using mobile apps to present evidence in court. One can easily use a presentation app like Keynote to get the job done. At $9.99, it’s a bit on the pricey side as far as apps go. However, it’s one of the easiest presentation tools to use on tablets and smartphones, making evidence presentation dead simple and hassle-free.
Mobile apps can help immensely with jury observation and selection. iJuror gives lawyers a convenient way to take notes and monitor potential jurors during the selection process. It can manage up to 96 candidates at a time, and provides numerous sharing tools for collaborating with colleagues. It’ll cost you $19.99 to purchase and use, but it’s a sound investment.
5. The Deponent
Depositions are always a pain, but they can be made a bit easier with a mobile app for managing the details. The Deponent App comes pre-loaded with up to 300 stock deposition questions and allows attorneys to add their own queries. In addition, it boasts support for PDF files, MS Word documents and a host of other formats, as well as Dropbox and Box.net integration.
As far as litigation paper apps go, TrialWorks is the best way to search case files on the go. With TrialWorks, one can search cases either by keyword or by context-sensitive phrase. Its Dashboard function allows any user to organize all of their searches categorically via a number of different parameters, making research as easy as can be.
A full-service legal reference app is a boon to any legal professional. That’s where LawBox fits into the picture. Detailing hundreds of legal codes across various local jurisdictions, LawBox is the best reference around for those who need in-depth information on proper procedures for nearly every legal venue in the United States.
8. Dragon Dictation
Voice to text technology has experienced a massive leap forward in the last ten years as mobile apps have finally become capable of reliable transcription. Dragon Dictation is the premier example of an app that makes the dream a reality, featuring peerless word recognition and tons of text output options for the non-technical user who just wants to transcribe effortlessly.
It bears repeating that mobile apps alone aren’t going to make you better at your job. They’re just tools, after all. What will make you better at your job is intelligently applying these software tools to whatever task presents itself in the course of your work. If you do, you’ll be that much more ahead of the game.