iLaw: iPad Apps for Lawyers

Jan. 26th, 2012   /   , ,

iLaw: iPad Apps for Lawyers

Everything in the world is advancing.  From the tools doctors use to the cars we drive – to the apps personal injury lawyers use!  In an ever-advancing world, it’s critical that our profession – just like any other – maintains a sense of progression with relation to technology.  This decade has been largely characterized by Apple’s takeover of the mobile world.  From their Macbook laptops to their iPhones to their iPads, they’ve reconfigured the way people do business.

Nowadays there seems to be an app for everything.  Want to go to a good Indian restaurant tonight?  There’s an app for that.  Want a flashlight to help read the menu?  There’s an app for that. Want to calculate the tip at that restaurant?  There’s an app for that.  It seems like there’s an app for everything.  And now there are even apps for us attorneys, so that we can do our job better!  In this blog I’d like to outline a couple of the most innovative and useful apps currently available on the iPad for attorneys to use.

The first one I’d like to talk about is called “Dropbox.”  Dropbox is a (free) file-sharing program in which users can share any type of file (whether it be photo, doc, video, etc.) from one device to another.  These devices can be iPads, iPhones, Android phones, or any Blackberry device.  That means that if each attorney in your office has a separate type of mobile phone or tablet, you can be in different states on different networks and still stay up-to-date on each other’s projects.  Dropbox provides a great way to keep in touch and stay up-to-the-minute with new developments.

The great thing about this program is that it can be used by any company with more than one employee and/or client.  Say an attorney in New York with an iPad needs a document from an associate in Miami with an iPhone who needs an electronic signature from the client in Philadelphia who’s working with a Blackberry tablet.  Dropbox takes care of it!  This easy-to-use, fast system has propelled itself to the forefront of the legal applications world that is just beginning to explode.  With an iPad 3 expected to be released this year, we expect only great things to emerge from the Dropbox!

The next app that has really piqued our interest is called “Fastcase.”  It touts itself as “one app that no lawyer should leave home without.”  Fastcase provides easy – and fast – access to a complete database of federal and state case law (in addition to statutes).  The most amazing thing about this app, which quickly scours the entire history of American law at your convenience, is that it is as small as any other app on the iPad!  You can be scrolling through pictures of your family vacation to Lake Tahoe and in the next minute be reading the Supreme Court’s ruling in a landmark case!

Want to know the best thing about this app?  It’s free!  That’s right, all you need to do is sign up with a username and password so that the app can customize the search engine for you so that you can find what you’re looking for even faster.

These types of apps have made our jobs much easier in that they enable us to keep up a world that seems to be moving at an incredibly fast rate.  For more information on this or any other legal-related information, please contact the Law Offices of Aronberg and Aronberg at 561-266-9191 or email us at daronberg@aronberglaw.com.

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