As technology advances and the client expectations change, lawyers need to stay up-to-date with the most useful technology tools available to the legal industry. Let’s take a look at some of the best apps for lawyers in 2019.
Almost nothing is more time-consuming that printing out documents and sending them through the postal service for signatures. Traditionally, getting signatures on documents could take days or even weeks. Fortunately, there is an app for that. Using Docusign you can simply email documents and get a signature in minutes. And if you’re using the law firm practice management software Smokeball, DocuSign is automatically integrated so that you can create a document in Smokeball from an extensive legal form library, insert DocuSign signature clauses, and email it your recipient. All with a few clicks. You can also add more than just a signature – you can include radio buttons, check boxes, text boxes, and even other supplemental documents that you want clients to read and accept.
No more wondering about the status of your court documents and no more jumping through hoops to get the information you need. Using InfoTrack, you get instant access to PACER searches as well as the ability to conduct searches across all Federal and Bankruptcy courts, some state courts, and trial and appeal boards. InfoTrack also provides several unique services for electronic signing and filing of documents. These services include, but are not limited to: Sign IT Electronic Signatures, 1099S Filings, and ability to directly incorporate your company in all 50 states in minutes. When you’re using Smokeball, InfoTrack provides Illinois users with easy legal e-File software directly from the matter, select matter documents and have court stamped documents saved automatically to the matter. Plus, all fees are automatically recorded in your matter to help you easily track costs.
For legal document assembly and automation, lawyers need apps that provide tools tailored to the needs of law firms and their practice areas. Microsoft Word integrated into law firm practice management software like Smokeball is the perfect match. Get access to over 15,000 public legal forms in over 250 practice areas and seamlessly create your important documents using Microsoft Word. Using Microsoft Word for Smokeball, you generate legal document in minutes. No need to retype client or matter information, you can assemble and automate you documents easily and directly from the matter.
Never miss another billable hour again. With Smokeball’s automatic legal time-tracking software, you can track everything you do on a matter in Smokeball, Word, and Outlook. Spent 85 minutes creating a legal document? Smokeball will account for every second. Took 10 minutes to send paperwork to a court via e-filing? Smokeball will track that too. If you want to make sure that you track and get paid for every billable minute you work, Smokeball is the best lawyer app for you. Smokeball also allows you to invoice, organize tasks, create legal documents, do legal calendaring, and manage every aspect of your matter in one single application. And since Smokeball is cloud-based, you can access your client information at anytime and from any device. And our new secure legal client portal allows you to have a “chat-like” experience with your clients and co-workers.
Raise your hand if you have hundreds or even thousands of emails saved in your email client? If so, you’re not alone. Smokeball’s integration with Outlook will unclutter your inbox by associating every email you sent with the appropriate matter. Looking for that email you sent about a matter last month? No need to do an endless search of your inbox, go right to the matter and all emails sent will be accessible and in the right place.
Getting paid fast can take your law firm from just surviving to actually thriving. This is why Smokeball uses LawPay to help you get paid faster by allowing clients to pay their bills online. Using LawPay, you can accept credit cards, offer payment plans and ethically manage trust and operating accounts. Plus, LawPay is available through all 50 state bars, 60+ local and speciality bars, and the ABA as a vetted and recommended payment solution for the legal industry.
Want your law firm accounting system to integrate with your law firm practice management software? QuickBooks Online integration with Smokeball may be a good match. Quickbooks Online allows you to access your law firm’s financials at anytime and handle all of your law firm’s accounting needs in one billing ecosystem.
Want to make sure that you’re well-rested and refreshed before your next big court date? Try limiting your smartphone usage after work especially before bedtime. Screen Time allows you to monitor your screen time usage, block certain websites, and even schedule block out times so that you can’t access your phone’s apps during certain hours. Smart attorneys understand that using technology as a form of distraction can drain their energy and ruin their productivity. Manage your screen time so that you don’t overdose on social media, games, and other online distractions.
Adobe Acrobat Reader
If you regularly receive PDF files via email or read them over the internet, downloading a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader will make accessing those files easier. Adobe Acrobat Reader is a no-cost solution for accessing all PDF documents no matter how they were created.
If you need to do a presentation, Microsoft PowerPoint makes it easy with a large library of templates. You don’t need to be a professional graphic designer, just replace the text, add photos, and press present. You may even use some of the images they provide for free. But for images they don’t provide, you may want to subscribe to a stock photo service like iStock so that you’re legally using licensed images.
Using the right technology tools, your law firm can save time, earn more money, and focus on the most important things in your business. If you want to get the most out of the powerful software available to lawyers today, take look at your needs and figure which applications can help you reach your business and productivity goals.