Recent statistics show that 46% of all American adults own a smartphone. Many of those people are on the Android platform, so here is a list of useful free and low-cost legal apps for Android smartphones.
The Law Guide/Dictionary and Legal Dictionary for DroidLaw, (both free) provide definitions of legal terms. The latter arranges the words alphabetically and also offers the option to filter results or search for the term. Similarly, Burton’s Legal Thesaurus (free) provides access to over 8,000 legal terms, synonyms, definitions and parts of speech.
dLaw – formerly DroidLaw (free) is billed as a one-stop shop for legal reference materials. The basic app provides access to key federal and state laws and regulations, the U.S. Constitution, and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Evidence, Appellate Procedure, Criminal Procedure and Bankruptcy Procedure. Key features include the ability to bookmark relevant text, limit searching to certain chapters or titles and add notes. It also offers multiple add-ons for an additional fee such as Supreme Court cases, state laws and the U.S. Code.
ezPDF Reader ($1.99) provides you with an easy way to read and edit PDFs while on the go. Key features include the ability to sign and email forms, annotate your documents and playback video and audio files that in your PDF documents.
Google Reader (free) helps you track your favorite websites and blogs all in one place. It also syncs with all of your devices so the RSS feeds you monitor are always up to date.
Lawyers Calendar Buddy Pro ($2.69) is just what its name implies. It allows you to you add events to a personalized calendar to help you stay organized and not miss any important courts dates or meetings.
CallTrack (free) is a great app for keeping track of your billable hours as they relate to phone calls you make or receive. Simply select what type of calls to track (incoming, outgoing or missed), and the app will log them to your Google calendar for easy review.
Congress (free) helps you keep up with all the activity in the U.S. Congress. Billed as a “pocket Congress” it permits searching for upcoming bills, lets you look up daily schedules of the House and Senate, see individual members’ voting records and more.
Quickoffice Pro ($14.99) gets you to the office without ever leaving home. Edit and spell check documents, work on Excel spreadsheets, create PowerPoint presentations, edit and annotate PDFs, and more. Also lets you easily access files from sites such as Google Docs, Evernote and Dropbox, and then share those documents using social media, email and the cloud.
FastCase (free) provides a searchable database of American caselaw and statutes.
WestlawNext (free with subscription) is the go-to app for Westlaw subscribers allowing them to do legal research on the go. Your searches sync with your regular Internet-based interface, allowing you to quickly access previous research as well. Most features of the Web-based service are also on the app.
LexisNexis’ CourtLink (free with subscription) is a docket research tool which lets the user to research active litigation in federal, state and local court records. A key feature is the ability to set alerts using the CourtLink website and then use the free Android app to monitor any alerts that pop up.