Productivity up for law firms

If your law firm has a website, you are already light years ahead of your professional peers. But do you have the technology in place to improve your firm’s cash flow, client communications, and overall productivity? Though technoshock is on a precipitous decline, many lawyers still find themselves situated between complacency with their base tech and sheer overwhelm.
Read more at Above the Law...

Using the correct gender neutral language in your agreements

Gender neutrality is important when writing about people because it is more accurate — not to mention respectful — and is consistent with the values of equality recognised, for example, in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It is also professionally responsible…
Read more at The Department of Justice in Canada website...

Mobile apps for SA Lawyers

Mobile apps provide faster access to information – instead of having to use mobile web browsing. Legal practitioners can download apps that will enable them to access information faster and more easily. There are apps that can make the work of a legal practitioner much easier. Below is a list of apps to assist legal practitioners.
Read more at DeRebus...

Five Ways for Law Firms to Become More Efficient

Modern law firms and legal departments continually look for new ways to increase their efficiency and drive productivity. Nevertheless, less than 30% of law firms have an employee tasked to drive innovation technology, and the same is likely true of corporate legal departments. Those firms and companies that do have dedicated technology specialists tend to be larger or even the largest of market participants.
Read more at Law Technology Today...

Intergreatme FICA solution

At the recent ITU World 2018 I cornered one of the founders of Intergreatme and asked him to share his story on why they started this much needed business and to explain how the system fundamentally worked and the benefits to law firms.

Managing the risk of ransomware in law firms

A recent study claims that one in two South African law firms have had at least one ransomware attack in the past two years.  And if you have had a ransomware attack, you will know just how much it cost you to recover from it.  But how do you protect your systems from ransomware?

Simon Slater, chief operating officer at e4

Digitisation is transforming business and impacting consumers through every stage of their daily lives. While rapidly becoming a way of life, onboarding consumers digitally is still in its infancy, but is becoming a major focus for every financial institution across the country.

effective dictation tips from powerhouse dictation

Most of the time audio recordings need to be transcribed. However there are times when the audio is of poor quality or badly dictated and this makes it very difficult for the typist to transcribe the document correctly. Here are some helpful tips to ensure that your recordings can be easily transcribed with minimal errors and editing.

automate maintenance tasks in Windows 10

Just like with any operating system, keeping a Windows PC running well requires some maintenance. The good news is that  you can automate most of the important maintenance tasks, and keep Windows humming along like it was freshly installed.
Read more at How to Geek...

Using technology in law firms in Africa

Being a good lawyer is no longer enough. In uncertain times, and an increasingly complex world, the market has begun demanding a new pace and scale of doing business.

Baker McKenzie

African innovation is on the rise and the continent could play host to several new technology disruptions in the next few years. According to Darryl Bernstein, Partner and Head of the Technology, Media and Telecommunications Practice at  Baker McKenzie in Johannesburg, it is an increasingly common belief that various technologies benefit from the lack of  IT legacy systems and old, entrenched infrastructure in Africa.

Andrea Tucker - Business Applications Head at e4

Cloud integration is rapidly becoming one of 2018’s top software trends. Andrea Tucker, Business Applications Head (R&D) at e4, says that developing data integration is proving to be a ‘must-have’ for cloud-focused enterprises and service providers.

Conveyancing scam alert for South Africans

As automation improves, so does the level of property scams, and while every precaution is taken, there will always be yet another way that fraudsters discover to deceive buyers and sellers out of large sums of money, says Craig Hutchison, CEO Engel & Völkers Southern Africa.
Read more at Business Tech...

targeted cyber attacks on law firms

Corporate companies are by no means immune to cybercrime, with McAfee’s latest report1 indicating that it cost the global economy as much as $600 billion in 2017. According to Christopher Appanah, Claims Team Leader (PI and Liability) at SHA Specialist Underwriters, cybercrime is also evolving rapidly with attacks becoming more elaborate.

Darryl Bernstein

Businesses in Africa that process customer data from the European Union (EU) must ensure they are fully compliant with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), set to become effective in May 2018.

Wiping your old PC clean before selling it

While there’s nothing to stop you selling your PC with the contents of its hard drive intact, it’s a very bad idea. Apart from the fact that you’ll be giving the new owner access to all of your files and other personal information, you’ll also be selling any software that’s still installed. Even if this was legal (which it usually isn’t), that means you won’t be able to install the same software on your new PC — not without breaking the law, anyway.
Read more at BT Home...

Building blocks of a startup law firm

Running a successful law practice takes a lot more than just a law degree. While you may be the best in your chosen field of law, you will fall short if you are not able to compete with other successful attorneys in the marketplace.

lawyer email tips

“We deeply regret that privileged documents were inadvertently emailed to a reporter at The Wall Street Journal,” read the apology email to PepsiCo from law firm Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale, and Dorr. No one wants to find themselves writing these words to a client.
Read more at National Law Review...

Mobile security

As social media continues to gain prominence among South African consumers, platforms like Instagram, Youtube, Facebook and Twitter have also become a platform where fraudsters attempt to catch unsuspecting consumers off guard.
Read more at BereaMail...

Hard drive and magnet test

You’ve heard it somewhere down the line: “Don’t put a magnet near your laptop, it will mess up the hard drive.” This is thanks to the popular tech legend that household magnets can interfere with the data stored on a hard drive. The theory is that if you place a magnet on a mechanical hard drive, it can wipe its data.
Read more at MyBroadband...

Digital conveyancing close in the UK

Changes to Land Registration rules announced today (23 January) will mean the UK is moving closer to buying and selling homes without the need for paper deeds.
Read more at Best Advice...

Best of CES 2018

Finally, after long hours of debating about which of our finalists should win our Best of CES (Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas) awards this year, we've made our decisions. Below is our list of winners for each category, as well as Best of the Best and People's Choice. 
Read more at Engadget...

Be careful with document metadata

Last week, we indicated that there are a number of risks involved with accepting a printed document at face value. What follows are some visual examples of those pitfalls.

Domain Names

Choosing the right domain name can get some additional benefits for your business and make your website more appealing to new visitors. Currently, there are more than 330.6 million registered domain names and the number is increasing exponentially. This Website Builder infographic illustrates some interesting facts about domain names and their importance in your online presence.
Read more at Website Builder...

Electronic messages in court

Section 14  and 15 of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act, 2002 (ECTA) allows for the admission of documents which is of electronic origin on the same basis as documentary evidence and implicitly states that such documents may not be excluded merely because they are “duplicate originals” or emanates from electronic means.

Paperless with DocFusion

In today’s age, merging all the processes required for an automated system can be tricky and costly. This has paved the way for the development and introduction of solutions that streamline critical business processes and functions, of which document automation is considered one of the most important.

LinkedIn produces resume in ms word

The next time you need to work on your resume in Word, you can get a little help from LinkedIn. Microsoft's latest LinkedIn integration, since acquiring the professional network in 2016, will see it leveraged in Microsoft Word to help Office 365 subscribers craft their resumes.
Read more at Windows Central...

Craig Leppan, business development manager at Assimilated Information Systems (AIS)

Today it is possible for any company to apply systems, manage projects and drive content management to the extent that it actively facilitates true digital transformation. 
This is according to Craig Leppan, Business Development Manager at leading specialist software and IT services provider Assimilated Information Systems (Pty) Ltd. (AIS).

Bad Rabbit ransomware

On Tuesday, reports surfaced that a new kind of malware was spreading around Europe. The apparent ransomware which researchers are calling Bad Rabbit bubbled up in Russia and Ukraine and appears to also be affecting Turkey and Germany, though spread isn’t fully known at this time.
Read more at TechCrunch...

What is happening with Krack Wifi hack

South Africa’s mobile networks are working with device manufacturers to patch a vulnerability in the WPA2 standard. The flaw was found by security researcher Mathy Vanhoef, who said his Key Reinstallation Attacks (KRACKs) are exceptionally devastating against Linux and Android 6.0. The vulnerability allows an attacker to masquerade as a WPA2 network without its password, and decrypt traffic a device sends over the fake hotspot.
Read more at MyBroadband...

Multi-tasking for paralegals and attorneys

Does this describe you? While you are on a teleconference call you are writing up your quarterly report, checking your email, and texting your friend about where you are meeting for lunch. You would say that you are good at multi-tasking, right? You might want to re-think your strategy. Recent estimates are that you can lose up to 40% of your productivity if you multi-task.
Read more at Psychology Today...sychology Today...

Examining electronically stored information

Many companies and individuals are regularly in the position where they wish to source Electronically Stored Information (ESI) from a third party during litigation. The process may occur through consent or may be in terms of a court order. The applicant should always consider the nature and the volatility of ESI as well as the format in which the data will be collected.

opensource forensic tools

There are a number of excellent opensource forensic tools (OSDF) available online and utilisation of these tools can lead to inexpensive investigations and information gathering in relation to electronically sourced information (ESI)- this will include all data that is stored in electronic format. 

Keyboard Shortcuts

Letters, check. Numbers, check. Basic punctuation, check. You’re off to a good start if you know how to use those things on your computer keyboard. But what about the other keys you never touch for fear of somehow breaking your computer (like those ‘F’ ones)? This article will walk you through what those soon-to-be-known keys do and some shortcuts to make your technological journey quicker and easier than ever.
Read more at The Hearty Soul...

Megan Jackson

As the volume of big data escalates and data storage capacity increases, law firms need to take a proactive approach to data discovery, retention and management. Electronic discovery (eDiscovery) is the process in which electronic data is sought, located, secured and searched with the intent of using it as evidence in a civil or criminal legal case. 

Litigation and social media

Companies and individuals as well as legal representatives  should take note of a recent case heard by the High Court in Bloemfontein Bainsvlei Lodges (Pty) Ltd t/a Bains Game Lodge and Others v Lessing and Another (6215/2016) [2017] ZAFSHC 119 (27 July 2017), which is indicative of the courts attitude towards ill-considered postings.

OpenLaw offer Smart Contracts to lawyers

US and Swiss project, OpenLaw, is launching a new smart contract platform that will allow lawyers to make legally binding and self-executing agreements on the Ethereum blockchain. The OpenLaw system allows lawyers to make use of a searchable database of templates on the platform (see video below) to then create customised contracts for specific transactional uses, e.g. a finance agreement, or a short-term employment contract.
Read more at Artificial Lawyer...

Preserving digital evidence

Whether you elect to have an external or internal team,  having an efficient and quick response in today’s information age is essential. Where twitter, Instagram, Facebook and a number of other social media platforms are utilised to spread news, many of which has been proven to be so-called “Fake news” to instigate disharmony – your brand may be at serious risk.

Windows OS updates

For about 15 years it has been a standard practice among law firms to skip iterations of Desktop Operating Systems—go to Windows 7 from XP, for example, or from Windows 7 to 10. As a result, desktop deployments used to be projects slated for every few years. This model, however, is no longer sustainable. With a new update schedule and a less than forgiving end-of-support timeline, skipping versions will leave firms scrambling to test, pilot, and deploy updated builds in uncomfortably small windows.
Read more at Legal IT Professionals...

ESI - outsource or in-house

It goes without saying, that paper based transactions are declining and communication via email are increasing at a rapid rate. The majority, if not all documents, are created digitally. Taking into account current news headlines, a number of in-house legal teams as well as legal firms will be inundated with enquiries regarding their documentation, including the ESI (Electronically Sourced Information).

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