Best Free Smartphone Apps for Smart Lawyers

//Best Free Smartphone Apps for Smart Lawyers

All lawyers can benefit from getting up to speed on technology. To please clients today, law firms must be able to access and share relevant documents and information at the speed of digital business, faster than ever before. Technology is the way to do this. It can also organize complex projects and help keep your firm from duplicating work.

Consider these four apps smartphone for yourself and your firm:


Legal research app WestLawNext allows you to search by jurisdiction and content type. The app allows searches using citations or plain speech. You can use it to organize research in folders and take notes right in the app. The app will also create citations for you, helping you skip a time-consuming and tedious step. Use the WestlawNext app to speed up legal research and stay efficient.


LogMeIn provides secure remote desktop access. The app is cloud-based but secure, and so appropriate for legal use. Their in-depth security white paper provides more information. LogMeIn offers a variety of plans and services to fit your firm’s needs. Use LogMeIn to manage your files and stay on top of client work from anywhere.


Great for use on tablets, Notability combines word processing with handwritten note-taking. Notability is great for taking notes during a presentation, working on documents from anywhere, and giving feedback on a team member’s work. You can easily add images within the app and export documents as PDF files.


Evernote organizes your notes into folders and allows you to tag them for easy searching. Evernote notes can include voice memos, images, clipped web articles and file attachments as well as typed and handwritten notes. These notes can be easily searched or turned into presentations. Both free and premium accounts are available.

Today, staying digitally organized is key to providing agile service to clients. By using up-to-date software, you and your firm can efficiently manage both internal and client work no matter how many projects you have moving concurrently.


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By |September 23rd, 2014|

About the Author:

For years, Josh has helped lawyers become more organized, productive, and profitable. A trained litigator, Josh came to Smokeball from a large east-coast law firm where his practice focused on franchise, insurance, marine, and general litigation. His work with Smokeball, and his continued passion for what he does each day, is driven by a desire to help lawyers and their staff do better in every way. Knowing well the stress and strain put on today’s legal professional, he regularly focuses on improving work and life in the law. He has traveled the country working with and learning from lawyers and their staff. Josh speaks regularly to bar associations about successful law firm practices and other legal topics. Recent notable engagements have been with the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Missouri Bar’s Solo and Small Firm Conference. In addition to his work at Smokeball, Josh serves on the Writing Resource Center staff at The John Marshall Law School. Besides legal technology, his research interests include judicial decision-making, jury decision-making and psychology, and legal writing. He has written and overseen research exploring causal effects of sex/gender on federal appellate court decision-making, and assisted with research for a forthcoming textbook on judicial decision-making. Additionally, Josh sits on the Board of Directors of Chicago-based Community Activism Law Alliance and on the Board of Directors of Chicago Fringe Opera Company. Josh holds his J.D., cum laude, from Washington University in St. Louis, where he served as a Senior Editor of the Wash. U. Law Review, held the prestigious Thompson Coburn Research Fellowship, served as Research Assistant to then-Vice-Dean (now Chancellor) Andrew D. Martin, and clerked at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and a B.M. in Music Performance with Honors Scholar distinction from the University of Connecticut, making him a Huskies basketball fan through and through. Follow Josh’s activity on LinkedIn, and keep up with new articles on the Smokeball Blog.