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Desktop Virtualization Saves Costs

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Sometime ago I made an investment in technology and it has begun to pay off.  Those in the practice of law may know I have been a pioneer in paperless office innovation using an array of desktop and network scanners.  Several years ago I asked my IT Company, www.dakotech.net  “How can I watch hardware cost […]

Try Echosign for Electronic Signatures

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Electronic signatures are getting more and more popular. Federal courts now accept electronic signatures, state courts are starting to, and businesses use them to execute contracts. If you are considering using digital signatures for your practice, try Echosign. Just upload a digital copy the document to Echosign’s website. Then, the site will send an email […]

Organize Your Inbox

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Gmail has a brand new feature to help you stay better organized.  It’s called priority inbox. Google has designed formulas that determine whether an email is important or not. They figure this out based on which emails you read and which emails you don’t read. Gmail then automatically organizes your emails into separate folders. If […]

Do You Need a Smartphone?

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

The decision to use a smartphone as an integral part of your law practice is one that can make you significantly more efficient.  Think about it! Once you have a smartphone your office becomes portable. You can read and answer all of your emails. Many law firms expect attorneys to answer emails 24/7. Having a […]

Electronic Signatures On Adobe

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Legal documents travel through cyberspace and fax machines. As many of you know, Federal Courts have also moved to e-filing. Adobe has a program now that allows parties to electronically sign documents. The program works by uploading a document to the Adobe site, and then choosing your recipient. You can decide whether you want to sign […]

Line2 iPhone App

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Line2 is an iPhone app launched in March with lots of cool features. My favorite is that Line2 turns the iPhone into a dual-mode phone. This means you can place and receive calls using either the AT&T airwaves like always, or over the internet. Any time you’re in a wireless hot spot, Line2 places its […]

Check Out Google Docs!

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Google Docs can now scan PDFs and image files with Optical Text Recognition (OCR). Most lawyers use Adobe Professional to run the recognition. If you do not have that program, or you are mobile, Google Docs is very helpful. Say opposing counsel sends a settlement agreement, and you need to revise it. Google Docs can […]

Try Skype!

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Skype is a great service because you can use it on your computer and on your mobile phone. Changes are pending that will make it awesome to use on an iPhone. First, the new operating system will allow multitasking, so you can talk over Skype and run other applications simultaneously. Secondly, you can make Skype […]

Social Media Management

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Successful social media campaigns use multiple platforms—Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, blogs, etc. Each platform by itself, does not necessarily take a huge time investment. If you’re trying to manage multiple platforms one at a time, you can spend hours per day updating posts, etc. Outsourcing these tasks is something to consider, or you can try […]

A Great Alternative To Trips The Post Office

Friday, May 21st, 2010

A great new tool for increasing efficiency is available now.  Stop trips to the post office by printing certified mail labels from your desktop, Simply enter the addressee and return address information on SimpleCertifiedMail.com’s website, then print the label. Labels can be printed on standard paper, folded, and placed in window envelopes the company provides. […]

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