Attorneys are always on the go, rushing from one meeting to the next. If you’re short on time, online productivity tools can turn your electronic devices into your full-time personal assistants, taking care of little things so you can concentrate on your work. These productivity tools will keep you on track, organize your life, and keep the information you need within fingertips’ reach.
Jureeka—This Mozilla Firefox add-on highlights legal citations in every applicable website you visit, allowing you to access the original source material with just one click. This add-on can direct you to statutes, laws, regulations, and even international law sources. You’ll need to download Mozilla Firefox first, which is free, then add Jureeka, which is also free.
LibGuides—This research tool is used by universities and law schools to find valuable resource material. Compiled by librarians, many of whom have law degrees, this site puts all of the best legal research guides in one place. This site is free to legal researchers.
Basecamp—This project management tool is invaluable to any group who collaborates on projects. In the case of a law office, Basecamp can keep track of all of your cases, with each team logging in to view the latest progress, update documents, and read notes pertaining to the case. Only the team members you designate will be able to see the information for each case. Prices start at $20 a month but the software offers a 45-day free trial.
kisReminder—Blame it on age, blame it on having too much to do. Either way, you’re likely challenged to keep up with things. kisReminder allows you to schedule free e-mail reminders for those things you need to remember. The best news is, you don’t have to sign up. Simply set your reminder, enter your e-mail address, and a reminder will be e-mailed to you at the designated time and date.
DocuSign—Who needs documents signed more than attorneys? Using your electronic devices, you can have documents signed, saved, and retrieved from any device. Simply give the names and e-mail addresses of those who need to sign a particular document and add the document. DocuSign will send the item to those you’ve designated, collect the signatures, and store the signed document on its server, retrievable by all involved parties. Your signers can use a finger or stylus on a smart phone screen or a mouse on their computer or laptop to sign the document.
These are only a few of the many online productivity tools available for attorneys. Thanks to technology, you’ll be able to relieve some of your stress without having to pay an assistant.
Stephanie Faris writes for Paralegal 411, a career site providing resources and information for getting started in the paralegal field.