As far back as the Stone Age, prehistoric mankind created specialized tools to make his daily life more efficient. Fast forward to the 21st century, and we see a very similar trend as workers rely on mobile tools and applications to streamline and organize their workloads.
The legal professional now relies on applications more than ever, as attorneys are increasingly expected to work remotely from tablets, laptops and mobile phones—as well as from their work PC.
Daily tasks can include anything from searching for information and time-keeping, to collaborating with clients and colleagues, to simply managing their hectic schedule! The good news is, there’s a mobile app available for almost any legal professional’s need.
Here are our picks for the top 10 mobile apps currently available for the mobile-savvy lawyer:
Black’s Law Dictionary by Thomson Reuters ($54.99 in Apple iTunes Store only) offers the most widely cited law dictionary in the world, on your mobile device. The mobile app hyperlinks cross-references, allowing you to quickly click to related terms, as well as providing audio pronunciations for legal terminology.
Fastcase (free in Apple iTunes Store, Google Play and Windows App Store, with paid subscription services available) is a research app that puts the American Law Library in the palm of your hands. The app holds information on all of the cases and statutes from the federal government and all 50 U.S. states. Cases and statutes are searchable by their citation, via keyword (Boolean or natural language), or you can simply scroll through to find the statute collections you need.
Bloomberg BNA’s Court Directory app ($9.99 in the Apple iTunes Store only) provides lawyers with a detailed contact list for all of the nation’s judges and clerks, and can initiate a call or send an email directly from within the app.
The ABA Journal Daily News app (free in Apple iTunes Store and Google Play) is a great app to help keep a pulse on the latest, breaking legal news. You can share articles via email or on your social media networks and bookmark content to read later.
Workshare’s latest mobile offering (free in Apple iTunes or Windows App Store) allows you to securely compare and collaborate on documents on a mobile device. By automatically syncing document changes and comments across all devices, this app lets you work more efficiently, and shortens review cycles, even when you’re working on-the-go.
The TripIt Travel Organizer (free in Apple iTunes Store, Google Play and Windows Store, with a paid subscription service also available) is a handy tool that tracks and manages flights, hotels, cars, trains and other essential travel reservations. TripIt automatically creates a detailed schedule for your trip and syncs it to your Apple Calendar, Outlook, or Google Calendar allowing you to share some, or all of your plans with your colleagues via email.
GateGuru (free in Apple iTunes, Google Play and Windows App Store) which provides a wealth of airport-specific information, including real-time flight statuses, gate changes or layover time adjustments. The app also offers up-to-date information on amenities and rental car reservations.
Rocket Matter (free in the Apple iTunes store and Google Play, with a paid subscription service also available) is one of the leading legal time and billing software systems for small to mid-size law firms. With all the tools available to streamline and organize tasks, it’s just as important to have tools that track time spent on them.
iTimeKeep (free in the Apple iTunes Store and Google Play) is also a handy time-capture tool available on mobile and desktop devices. It integrates seamlessly into time and billing systems, and encrypts information according to HIPAA, ABA and banking standards.
Time Master + Bill ($9.99 in the Apple iTunes Store and $11.42 in Google Play, offering in-app purchases), which tracks time and expenses. Option modules include invoicing and an export option to QuickBooks.
A lot goes into a lawyer’s day-to-day activity, from the work itself to managing and organizing everything else around it. Fortunately, lawyers have a wealth of applications that enable them to focus on legal work, rather than on the admin-intensive tasks that drain their productivity.