Yesterday, attorney and legal technology guru Ernie “the Attorney” Svenson tackled a topic relevant to most lawyers: PDF Basics for Lawyers.
Portable Document Form (aka PDF) arrived in the early 1990s from Adobe and while almost all of us have crossed paths with this well-known file format, few probably understand how to truly integrate it into our day-to-day business. The truth is, PDFs are more understandable when you call them what they really are: “digital paper.” And according to Ernie, digital paper can help you streamline your law practice and become a modern firm.
So what exactly is a “modern law firm”? A smart law firm could be considered modern, no doubt, but according to Ernie, there are three key characteristics of a true modern firm:
Do these concepts and the thought of mastering PDFs cause you to feel mortified, petrified, and stupefied? Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a genius to master digital paper for your law firm.
In this 60 minute online course, Ernie walks you through some of the basics of the two types of programs you’ll need in order to work with digital paper and PDFs: Adobe Reader and/or Adobe Acrobat. Then he dives deeper into task management and automation tips, explaining how to:
- Sign documents digitally (yes, it’s legal)
- Replace text
- Search text
- Highlight in yellow (did you know highlighting allows you to ‘hyperlink’ within a PDF document?)
- Create bookmarks (select the text first!)
- Create a header for a court document
- Use keyboard shortcuts
- And more!
Still not sold on the immediate value of going paperless while saving paper and becoming more efficient in the process? Then the story Ernie shares about Kia Motor’s in-house counsel reducing overhead costs by utilizing PDFs should open your eyes.
The takeaway is simple: when you leverage the power of digital paper and PDFs, it makes your life easier. So what are you waiting for? Watch the video and get your law firm on the digital paper path today!
Check out the recording and slides below, and be sure to catch up on previous MyCase legal webinars here. Also, congratulations to Katrina Zafiro of Katrina S Zafiro, PLLC — winner of the $50 Amazon gift card giveaway!