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10 helpful legal apps

These classic apps and new technologies can help to make your professional life easier

 


JuryTracker (iPad, $4.99)

JuryTracker offers a simple way to remember and monitor jurors during trial. Using the app, you can record the jurors’ gender, race, age, religion, education level and more.  It also allows you to note a variety of juror emotions and behaviors during trial, including smiling at the witness, fidgeting and taking notes.

Alternatively, iJuror has many similar features, but is primarily geared toward jury selection. Users can enter custom questions to ask potential jurors, or flag jurors for preemptory challenge or dismissal.


Dropbox (iPad, iPhone and Android, free)

An oldie but a goodie, Dropbox lets you easily synchronize files—including photos, documents and videos—across all your devices. Simply designate a Dropbox file on your computer, and everything saved to that file will also be available on other computers and mobile devices. As an added bonus, the app backs up files to the Dropbox website for easy recovery if your computer crashes. (Of course, lawyers should always be cautious when entrusting confidential information to third-party storage).


TrialPad (iPad, $89.99)

TrialPad is a document presentation tool that lets you deliver convincing courtroom arguments without being tethered to a whiteboard or TV screen. First, lawyers can import photo, video or text evidence into individual case files. Then, during trial, they can use call-outs, annotation and highlighting to emphasize key information for jurors. If the price tag seems a little high, Exhibit A and Evidence offer similar features at a lower cost.


eDelaware (iPad and iPhone, free)

eDelaware, which law firm Potter Anderson recently relaunched, is a free app providing full access to Delaware corporate and alternative entity statutes. It also includes the firm’s case summaries of important Delaware court rulings.


U.S. District Courts Guide (iPhone, free)

Considering there are 94 U.S. district courts, it’s no small feat to remember every judge’s name or courthouse address. Enter Oblon & Spivak’s free U.S. District Courts Guide, an easy-to-use map that breaks down U.S. courts at the circuit, state and district level. Click on a state to see a list of all its district judges and contact information for its main courthouse.


Fastcase (iPad and iPhone, free)

With Fastcase, lawyers literally have thousands of cases, legal statutes and bar publications at their fingertips. Quickly search for relevant information by jurisdiction and date, and save your searches for future reference.

PDF Expert (iPad and iPhone, $9.99)

PDF Expert is a foolproof way to retrieve, read and annotate PDF documents. Whether you’re highlighting text, adding comments, underlining errors or bookmarking sections, the features are simple and intuitive. You also can sign documents and stamp them to signify if they are “confidential,” “approved,” “void” and more.


Black’s Law Dictionary (iPad, iPhone and Android, $54.99)

This century-old reference book is an indispensible legal tool, but a bit too bulky to lug around in your briefcase. Luckily, you can now search the dictionary’s 45,000 terms with a few flicks of your finger. The app also offers additional features, including spelling and audio pronunciations, hyperlinks to referenced words and a handy bookmark feature.


TimeMaster (iPad and iPhone, $9.99)

Despite the increase in alternative fee arrangements, the billable hour isn’t gone yet. An easy way to keep track of those hours is the Time Master app. Simply create a task, then either manually enter your hours or tap the screen to start and stop a task timer. As an added bonus, you can filter tasks by time, client, invoice status and more. TimeMaster also lets you track expenses and save invoices to your iTunes.


Evernote (iPad, iPhone and Android, free)

Another longtime favorite, Evernote simplifies note-taking, but this multi-faceted app isn’t just for jotting down text. Users also can record audio, take photos and save Tweets and websites. You also have the option of syncing the app so your notes will be available on multiple devices.


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Alanna Byrne

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