As mobile technology rapidly advances in the world, more and more professionals have begun to integrate it into their workplace. Lawyers are no exception, even though law has typically been considered slow to adopt new technologies and advancements. Android has grown in popularity over the past years. Here are the top 10 apps used by lawyers on their Android phones or tablets in today’s fast paced world:
With this app, there will be no more printing papers, signing them, scanning them, and sending them back. You can sign electronic forms right on your screen, with a stylus or just your fingertip. With more and more communication going digital, electronic signatures are a great way to save time and resources.
For the lawyers who work on the clock (and often times around the clock), this app will track all of the time you spend on the phone with a client. In fact it deals with every part of the phone experience with the client, tracking received, sent, and missed calls. It syncs them conveniently onto your Google Calendar, which you can easily view and bill into your project management programs once back at the office.
This app is simple and effective in what it’s meant to do: record dictation. Almost everybody can speak faster than they can type or handwrite, so this is a great way to save time, especially when you’re in a hurry or don’t have the hands available to jot something down. You can even sync your dictations with dropbox. Once you have the recorded file, you can import it into another dictation program that will transcribe it for you, like Dragon Naturally Speaking, the most popular one.
Remote access to your desktop will save you many trips back to the office when you’ve forgotten something on your computer. This app allows you to access your desktop from wherever you are on your mobile device, and from there you can email files or simply look something up.
This is one of the most popular applications among all technology users everywhere. It implements cloud storage technology so that your files are accessible from any device—including your phone or tablet. You’ll never have to worry about losing USBs or updating files across different saved locations (it all syncs together) ever again.
Evernote is a great way to keep yourself on track with task lists, reminders, notes, and more. There are many different versions of this application, including one that you can access on your desktop, so this is just another great way to integrate cross-platform organization of your legal, professional, and personal life.
This is arguably the best legal case research tool on Androids right now. It is efficient, fast and well designed. Apart from just looking slick, the browsing experience is really ideal for the lawyer who wants access to research resources on the go. Results can be sorted by any criteria you can imagine, and everything that you find can be emailed or saved, making it very easily compatible with all of the other research you do.
Olivia Lin writes for The Law Offices of W.T. Johnson, a Dallas, Texas, based personal injury law firm with years of experience helping injured Texans. She is fascinated by the advancement of mobile technology and is excited about its integration into the legal and professional arenas.