The Legal Connection Community Acknowledges First Platinum Sponsor

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I am very excited to welcome our newest sponsor for The Legal Connection Community Site.  Many thanks to:

Firm CentralFIRM CENTRAL, the mobile-enabled, securely hosted practice-management solution for solo and small firms, by Thomson Reuters.

We acknowledge and appreciate the support  of Thomson Reuters’ Firm Central and the on-going support it brings to our members, practicing attorneys and their staff.

About our Sponsor:

Firm Central securely connects attorneys and their staff to the documents, data, files and research necessary to get the work done – all from one easy log on. Firm Central keeps firm information and client data safe and secure, while readily accessible to authorized users 24/7.  It simplifies law practice processes, relieving firms of the expense and busy attorneys of the stresses involved with establishing, configuring and securely maintaining on site equipment and software.

About The Legal Connection:

The Legal Connection is where attorneys and those who work in legal gain fresh ideas and practical insights to streamline processes and sharpen the practical skills necessary to conduct the business of law on and through the web.

Thank you Firm Central for your support of The Legal Connection!

Are you interested in reaching attorneys, their staff and those in the legal IT community? The Legal Connection Community Site has many options and levels of sponsorship and welcomes all who wish to contribute! For more information, contact me at andrea @legaltypist .com

The Legal Connection Newsletter – December 2013

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The public version of the December 2013 Issue of The Legal Connection Newsletter is now available! December’s theme is ‘wish’.

*  Wishes Really Do Come True! – Andrea Cannavina

*  Service Announcement – LegalTypist Works with iThings

*  I Wish for Manners – Justin Meyer

*  Legal Business Development Infographics – Julie Fleming

*  Happy Holidays from The Rural Lawyer

*  Wish -Trippe Fried

* Legal Event Calendar <-NYC Lunch Meet Up is February 5

Subscribe to The Legal Connection list to receive the private version, which may include specials and contests not offered to the public, by clicking here.

Andrea Cannavina, Editor+
T: 866-848-2195 x101 | E: andrea@legaltypist.com
www.legaltypist.com | www.andreacannavina.com

10 Good Tweets : 12.31.13

10 Good Tweets

  1. 4 Reasons Not to Self Host Your WordPress Site @conetix http://ow.ly/rXo1G
  2. Upgrading to a Digital Workflow podcast & transcript http://ow.ly/rKyKy
  3. 4 New Ways to Smuggle Messages Across the Internet http://ow.ly/rNIT6
  4. Good basic info on the code  behind your site via @carolynelefant http://ow.ly/rMokW
  5. Lawyer made  infographics AND a practical use for #Pinterest http://ow.ly/rSZ6F
  6. Five Links of Interest re Cloud Computing: http://ow.ly/rJZVu #legal #legalIT
  7. Made me giggle -> Comedian Lewis Black: 8 Reasons Why Amazon’s Drones Won’t Work http://ow.ly/rNHMa
  8. What everyone needs to know about marketing automation @JimConnolly http://ow.ly/rNN4l
  9. 3 Quick Ways to Build Evernote Use Among Your Team http://ow.ly/rvVyx
  10. You Don’t Need Video on Your Site … Yet @LeeRosen http://ow.ly/rF2Nf

10 Good Tweets – 12.15.13

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  1. Upgrading to a Digital Workflow podcast & transcript @LegalTypist http://ow.ly/rKyKy
  2. You Don’t Need Video on Your Site . . . Yet @LeeRosen http://ow.ly/rF2N5 <-exactly how I feel about  it. Thanks Lee!
  3. The Top-Five Questions to Ask when Evaluating Cloud-Based Technology for your Practice @acrowire http://ow.ly/rD8me
  4. 3 Quick Ways to Build Evernote Use Among Your Team http://ow.ly/rvVyx
  5. Tested out a nifty dictation app called Dictamus (now Dictate + Connect): http://ow.ly/rMpC9
  6. Interesting ->Gmail blows up e-mail marketing by caching all images on Google servers @arstechnica ow.ly/rJAHc
  7. How to: Enable Multiple User Accounts on Android 4.2 and Above wp.me/p1yYrY-1Oe
  8. Power User Guide: Best-Loved Keyboard Shortcuts @VivianManning for @attnyatwork ow.ly/rF9Vx
  9. The Evolution of Social Media (2008-2013) ~ An Infographic by @hootsuite ow.ly/rCMKj
  10. Divorce Discourse Oldies: Should You Send a Holiday Card? http://ow.ly/rMpXH

Five Links of Interest re Cloud Computing

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  1. Is The Cloud Right for My Firm? Legal technology consultant Pegeen Turner discusses when NOT to consider moving your practice management to the cloud
  2. Cloud-Based Case Management Software The Cyber Advocate gives a real review of Rocket Matter, Clio and Rocket Matter.  Most importantly, he lets us know what he doesn’t like about each.
  3. Microsoft improves its free online Office HT @bschorr of Roland Schorr & Tower.
  4. Have you been wondering about cloud based document and email storage & retention? Here’s a link to a PPT which pretty much covers all you need to know, technically speaking, when evaluating @NetDocuments
  5. Don’t outlay a dime for “SEO” expertise until you get the basics: ow.ly/qxMWT

10 Good Tweets From This Week (11/8/13)

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  1. WOW! @Pogue Unbelievable! Two skydiving planes collide, one explodes but all 9 skydivers land safely. Video is amazing http://ow.ly/qyG2l
  2. Comprehensive article on ->How to Format an Appellate Brief [in Word] http://ow.ly/qeZaf
  3. Ramping Up Productivity With Evernote by @shawnjroberts http://ow.ly/qz4ms
  4. Do you know how well your site ranks on Google [without your own searches in the mix]:
    http://ow.ly/qazwJ
  5. How to Network: Get Out and Do Things. With People. @samglover http://ow.ly/qot1U
  6. LastPass shared passwords are trivially retrievable http://ow.ly/qdk5X HT @LeeRosen
  7. Legal Ethics and Outsourcing: Just Because It’s Outsourced, Doesn’t Mean You Can Bill for
    It @carolynelefant http://ow.ly/qiDrz
  8. Anyone but me think the subjects should have  been  bigger and the background less busy: http://ow.ly/qhiJ0 <- & what’s with the 3 books??
  9. Is the Cloud Right for My Firm? @pegeenturner http://ow.ly/qwnJA <-great  analysis of why cloud may not be good option
  10. The Top Three Reasons Law Firms Are Not Using Digital Dictation Technology
    @AndreaCan http://ow.ly/qodD3

Ramping Up Productivity With Evernote

This article originally appeared in the October 2013 issue of The Legal Connection Newsletter.

You have probably heard of Evernote, its experienced explosive-growth and become widely used over the past few years by many attorneys.  Whether you have heard of Evernote or not, the best way to learn how to use it is by seeing examples how it is used.  Evernote is all about productivity.  While Evernote launched with a slogan of “remember everything” at this point it is more appropriately characterized as “organize everything efficiently.”

For lawyers, to which time really is money, Evernote is gold. Why is it so effective? One reason is that it is multi-platform; that means you can use on just about any device you have – desktop computer, laptop computer, smartphone, tablet, iPad or any web browser you can access or any operating system - PC, Mac, Android or iOS it matters not.

As a starting point, consider these ways I use Evernote to be more productive:

1.       Organize your legal research.

I use Evernote to gather and organize legal research that I find both in law-specific software (e.g., Westlaw) and the Web at-large. I email and copy and paste the results into Evernote and create notes that track everything from multiple sources. In addition to legal research, this works well for simply researching a product or service you are thinking of purchasing. Evernote has plugins for most browsers that allow you to send web pages and links directly to it.  For a more sophisticated approach to using Evernote for legal research consider Ben Carter’s article here.

2.       Making notes.

I make notes about clients, about cases, about doctor’s appointments etc.  I make the note on whatever device is handy (computer, tablet, phone) and then it syncs across all my devices. It is just “there” when I need it without having to think about it.  Evernote’s built in voice dictation software and most mobile device’s voice-recognition increase the ease of inputting information on-the-go.

3.       Creating and managing checklists.

Checklists are the backbone of any solid and consistent repeatable process.  Evernote provides an easy way to generate checklists and manage them.  The Evernote Blog provides detailed and relatively simple steps for using Evernote as a checklist machine.  To go even deeper on this topic, consider the post Using Master Checklists in Evernote to Be a More Productive Lawyer by Daniel Gold

4.       Create to do Lists.

Evernote is my primary to-do list maker. To spruce things up a bit, I use the check-box images to create items that I can actually “check-off” as I complete them. The nifty thing is I can add to the “to do” list as things come to my mind, regardless of where I am.  The to-do lists can be categorized and tagged for easy organization and searching.  With the recent addition of “reminders”, Evernote for to-do lists are even better.

My short list of Evernote uses is but a snap shot of the hundreds of ways people are using the program to be more productive.

The coolest feature that connects all of these items is omnipresence: because Evernote is everywhere, whatever you put into Evernote is always right there within your grasp.  That note you made while leaving the courthouse?  It is synced and shows up on your desktop computer back at your office automatically.

Shawn J. Roberts

 

Shawn J. Roberts has 15 years of practical, hands-on legal experience as an attorney working with small businesses and the families that own them. His experience includes helping people start and grow businesses, draft and review contracts, resolve employment issues and litigation.   Additionally, Mr. Roberts helps those businesses and families protect their assets through strategic estate planning.