Guest Post:
Top 5 Apps Every Lawyer Needs to Stay Efficient and Organized

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Today’s guest post was written by Chelsea Wilson. You can learn more about her at the end of the post.

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With an almost never-ending amount of work to do, every attorney could use a little help.  The apps below will give you the boost you need to make work just a little bit more manageable.

1. Evernote

There isn’t always a notepad around when you need one, but Evernote will never let you down. Evernote is a powerful note-taking app that is free and easy to use — but it isn’t just about taking notes: You can also snap pictures, copy website texts and gather research. Your data is searchable and sharable, and your devices can all sync with ease. Evernote is also useful if you travel frequently and need to wrangle your trip documents. Notepads may be comfortable and familiar, but Evernote is the next-generation solution that definitely deserves a try.

2. Dragon Dictation

Hate typing? Dragon Dictation is for you. When speech-to-text conversion technology was first introduced, it was quite buggy. The software has developed by leaps and bounds since then, and Dragon Dictation is at the forefront of consumer offerings.

How does it work? Hit the record button, then start talking, and Dragon Dictation will do the rest, registering your words and typing them into your document. When you’re finished, just press stop and your file is ready. You can add punctuation marks and other basic formatting with your voice, and errors diminish over time as the software adapts to you.

Typing can interrupt a good train of thought, but with Dragon Dictation, the train keeps on moving.

3. Fastcase

Lexis or Westlaw are the gold standards for legal research, but for some matters, you need a less costly alternative. Enter Fastcase. Fastcase allows users to research statutes and case law from both federal and state sources. Fastcase’s algorithms are also designed to surface relevant sources efficiently, so the experience is worth comparing to other solutions. Fastcase has over 500,000 users (including large firms and institutions), and costs about “80 percent less than comparable subscriptions on traditional services.” If you need a low-cost alternative to the big research solutions, Fastcase is for you.

4. Time Master

For many attorneys, revenue is hours based, so a decent time-tracking app is a must.  Time Master is for those attorneys who are also Apple fans, and it works with iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Not only can it track hours, but it can also handle client expenses as well. And with reporting, tracking, filtering, analysis and loads of other functions, it should be able to handle almost any task you need.

5. Dropbox

Simply put, Dropbox is one of the easiest ways to share large files. It’s free, sign-up is simple, and you can send files to anyone, even non-users. When big PDFs or other files bounce back to your email account, just load up the file to Dropbox and share the link with your recipient. If you need a large amount of storage space, plans start at $9.99/mo for 100gb.

Chelsea Wilson is the Community Relations Manager for Washington University School of Law’s online LL.M. Degree program, which provides foreign trained attorneys with the opportunity to earn a Master of Laws degree from a top-tier American university from anywhere in the world.

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