A few times each month I highlight web or mobile apps that are useful to lawyers. Sometimes the apps are developed specifically for lawyers and other times they are non-legal apps but are nevertheless useful for lawyers.
Today’s app is Fastcase. Fastcase is a company that offers lawyers an affordable online legal research alternative to the traditional mainstays of legal research, Lexis and Westlaw. But the focus of this post isn’t Fastcase’s traditional legal research plans–it’s the mobile app.
Why you want it: This is a can’t-miss app–not only because it allows you to conduct legal research on the go using your iPad or iPhone–but because the app is free. And you don’t even need a subscription to Fastcase to use it.
- Fastcase Mobile App Now Syncs With Desktop (Lawsites, February 2012)
- The Fastcase iPhone App Delivers the Goods for Legal Research (Technologist, January 2012)
- Review of the Fastcase iPhone app (Legal Geekery, January 2010)
- App Review: Legal Research with Fastcase (Walking Office)
The good: This app is easy to use and allows you to conduct legal research on the fly–for free. You can’t beat that.
The bad: This app is free and thus isn’t intended to be a full fledged research solution, so you’re not able to print or email cases via the app. If you have a Fastcase subscription, you can sync documents from the app to your desktop, at which point you can then print the documents. But if you’re not a FastCase subscriber, then you’re out of luck in that regard.
The nitty gritty:
- iPad and iPhone app
- Free at iTunes