Several weeks ago the series on mobile apps for legal research covered Part 1 – Legal Research in Your Pocket: Fee-based Services and Part 2 – Legal Research in Your Pocket: Free Non-Subscription Services. Once the research is done it’s time for the legal writing process to begin. The two apps profiled below are designed to help you improve your legal writing skills while on the go.
- iWrite Legal (Free) iOS app helps legal writers improve their writing skills and provides tips and checklists for overcoming writer’s block and to aid the writer in thorough revisions, editing, and proofreading of legal documents.
- My Legal Writing Coach: Memos ($4.99) iOS and Android app is a unique tool designed to help newer lawyers, law students, and others improve their legal memo writing efficiency and quality. The app offers the steps to drafting a predictive or objective legal memo and steps you through the memo writing process via practical tips and real-world strategies in writing certain types of legal documents.
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The variety of new apps and unique updated features added to them are seemingly endless. The four profiled below are definitely unique and worthy of further consideration.
Being prepared in today’s often harried world is not easy. We may not always be able to take the time to research a prospective new client before meeting with them. Refresh lifts that burden, and ensures you are not caught unprepared when rushing to a meeting with a new client or acquaintance. By allowing this app to access your various social media accounts (i.e. LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, Facebook etc.) you can quickly launch the app to and search by name, but even better if their name is in your calendar appointment the app automatically sends you an insights notification with a link to a concise graphical profile of them.
The features of the Office Lens app are numerous. You can capture images of whiteboard notes or other paper documents (i.e. handouts, business cards, etc.) and save them in OneNote. A cool new feature allows you to convert images to Word or PowerPoint and edit them, and the recently added business card mode allows you to extract contact information from business cards and save the data as a VCF file (virtual card file) for ease of adding the information to your phone contacts.
While Insight Notes ($9.99) app for the iPad with its HIPAA compliant security is primarily designed for healthcare professionals, it is also ideal for attorneys and other professionals who need strict security features for client notes and documents they may create on their mobile devices. The app automatically organizes your notes on a per-client or per-project basis, and provides secure encrypted backup exporting of your notes to remote servers for a low monthly fee.
Do you correspond with clients via text? Are you tired of typing all of your text messages on your phone? WhatsApp the messenger app for select smart phones recently became available in a desktop version, thereby allowing you to respond to text messages via your computer. It works best on Google Chrome and is currently only available to users of Android, Windows, and BlackBerry phones.
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Apps for accessing fee-based services which were covered in Part 1 – Legal Research in Your Pocket: Fee-based Services differ greatly from the ones covered here, in that subscription services usually offer a greater breadth of content. Nonetheless, for mobile research on a shoe-string budget, free is good, and the seven apps below are good starting points.
- dLaw (formerly DroidLaw) is a free Android app that comes preloaded with the text of the U.S. Constitution and many federal court rules and in-app purchase options including State Code, United States Code, United States Supreme Court opinions, Code of Federal Regulations, Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP) and the Uniform Commercial Code. Keyword searching and the ability to limit searching to specific chapters and titles plus offline saving make this the go-to legal research app for Android devices.
- LawStack is a free iOS app that comes preloaded with the text of the U.S. Constitution and multiple federal rules effective as of December 1, 2013. Additional in-app purchases for a small fee allow downloads of the Code of Federal Regulations, the U.S. Code, and statutes from a number of states. Offline access, full-text search capabilities, and more make this a must-have app for your legal research needs.
- LawSauce a very inexpensive app ($1.99) billing itself as a “GPS for lawyers” is an e-resource locator designed to quickly find the right web resource for your legal tasks. It will locate both free and fee-based services (i.e. Westlaw, Lexis) that meet your legal research needs. The content is organized by broad geographical areas (United States, Canada, UK, Europe) and it provides access to over 8,000 records including case-law, legislative materials, legal journals and more. Regularly updated content and prompts to sync your device when updates are released makes this a great app for finding the sources of information on the Web for national and international legal research.
- FedCourts app provides access to the federal rules, local rules for all U.S. federal courts, and PACER. In addition, the app provides turn-by-turn directions to any federal courthouse in the U.S. The app is $2.99 and may be downloaded from the iTunes App Store for iOS devices and from Google Play for Droid devices.
- ISCOTUSnow is a free app available for iOS and Droid devices that provides details on all U.S. Supreme Court cases accepted for review or decided by the court in both the current and immediately preceding terms.
- LawBox is a legal reference and search utility app for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. It is billed as the fastest full text legal search engine on any mobile device. The built-in library allows users to download state and federal codes as needed. It offers both free and low-cost content. Individual code items are $4.99. For those who need wide-ranging reference for a given jurisdiction, they offer a bulk purchase option that includes the entire law for any given state, or the entire U.S. Code, for just $24.99. Free downloads are offered for federal rules and the United States Constitution.
- LawGuide is an Android app developed by the creators of the TheLaw.com legal website. It is free and provides access to a legal dictionary, legal forms, case reviews, job post board, the New York Code and more. The app may be downloaded from Google Play.
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