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5 Pieces of Technology That Could Help You Practice Better

By Jonathan R. Tung, Esq. on July 15, 2016 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

You're probably a fine lawyer, but if you're like most others, you could be better. What you probably don't know is that the difference between a good lawyer and a great lawyer could be as little as the great lawyer's ability to better utilize technology in the market-place.

Let's take a look at some bare necessities.

OCR Software

These days, nobody -- especially lawyers -- should be without OCR technology, "optical character recognition" technology that allows you to turn typed matter into digitally searchable documents. The law is a profession that is, for whatever reason, particularly weighed down both physically and figuratively with mountains of paper. But fortunately, a good portion of that paper is in typed form. This means that OCR software can help you scan for key-words in your legal research and when reviewing older contracts.

You will save countless hours using this technology, so we suggest you look into it -- yesterday. You should already know that younger attorneys are using this stuff as standard. Adobe Acrobat for Legal Professionals is quickly becoming a standard within the industry, but there are many alternatives for your consideration.

Calendaring Software

Calendaring is free, for the most part. Most solos rely on Google Calendar, but many case management programs will do this for you and sync with Google Calendar. It's a bit fiddly, but it can be done.

Dragon Dictate

Speech recognition is all around us. It's in our phones, cars, devices -- it's practically inescapable.

Now, speech recognition software can help lawyers finish their pleadings and other legal documents faster because it can also help you properly format your work after the fact. But don't expect this tech to come to you cheap. Make sure you're set up so that you can write this tech off at the end of the tax year because it's gonna cost you.

Skype and Videoconferencing

Depositions and interviews from afar save you travel time and the headache of battling traffic. Skype is free and everybody knows it. Don't fill your day with clogged highways and road rage. Schedule online interviews instead. There may be times when a personal face-to-face deposition is appropriate so don't let videoconferencing be your only method of play.

Remote Syncing

You've got multiple machines, devices and locations. But how do you keep all the darn things up to date? That's where programs like Evernote come into play. It also helps lawyers stay connected by OCRing other attorney's business card information right to your device.

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