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Attorneys these days have busy schedules. Sometimes you have depositions in one city, a court appearance in another, and a brief you need to finish writing that same day. Evernote could be a useful application for attorneys that want a digital organization tool.
Granted, Evernote isn't for everyone. Some lawyers may prefer using paper calendars and notebooks. And, reading on the iPad or iPhone certainly isn't the best if your eyes are easily strained.
But since Evernote is free, it's worth a spin. And it does prove to be rather useful. Just download the app, register, and you're good to go.
You can easily email and forward documents to your smartphone by sending it to your dedicated Evernote account. If you don't know what your email is, you can check by going to the "Settings" tab.
One of the better things about Evernote is its organizational capabilities. You can "tag" notes. For example, you can easily create a tag for all your hearsay evidence-related research. File all your notes related to this subject with this "tag" and you can easily find the right file. You can also do a full-on search of all your notes to find what you need.
Is Evernote right for you? That's ultimately up to you to decide. You may prefer other organizational methods. But one nifty feature is that the app automatically syncs across your devices. So you can install Evernote onto your desktop computer, make notes there, and sync it back to your phone.
Evernote cleverly utilizes much of your smartphone's built-in functionality. One interesting use is the ability to take voice notes. Just hit "record." Plus, each audio recording will be filed along with the notes in the rest of the file.
Think about the possibilities. You could even take voice notes with witnesses or clients.
Photos and other evidence can also be easily organized using Evernote. Snap a picture using your smartphone's camera and "file" it electronically with your client's file on Evernote.
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