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.
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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.
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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).

Paperless with DocFusion

How do we transform our business by applying digital technologies with minimal impact on our current processes and budget? What constitutes a successful digital transformation journey? Let’s see if we can answer some of these questions, but we will do so while answering a more specific question: How do we digitally transform our paper and resource intensive business into a well-oiled, automated paperless office?

6 search tips for google

Google is the go-to destination when you need to find something on the web—the verb "to google" even made it into the dictionary. But while everyone's heard of the popular search engine, very few know how to make the most of it. Behind the unassuming Google interface, you'll find a host of useful tricks to help you zero in on what exactly you want to find. Looking for an obscure recipe or rare photo? Read on to start using Google like an expert.
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AJS advises on regular backups

There have been some recent unfortunate events that have resulted in some serious consequences as a direct outcome of not having proper backups in place. Not having backups can bring your business to a standstill. This can result in severe financial losses and, in worst case scenarios even closure of business.

Big data analytics

Data analytics can easily be harnessed to give clients a sense for what their costs are under certain assumptions – and that’s very useful for an attorney in selling their services. Imagine being able to tell a prospective client, Mr. Smith – given the type of case we are dealing with, if this case goes all the way to trial, based on historical data, we can be 95% confident legal fees will cost between $73,000 and $77,000.
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20 reasons to blog outside your website

There was a time when everyone knew, and agreed, a law blog did not belong inside a law firm’s website. It was common sense. Today, we’re getting a lot of questions at LexBlog about whether a law firm should put their blogs inside a website. Some of that is caused by website developers and marketing agencies, whose founders and principals have never blogged to build their reputation or relationships, advising law firms to put their blogs inside their website.
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Email productivity for lawyers

Tsunami, blizzard, avalanche, flood, plague. There are many ways to describe the volume of emails that hit your Inbox every day. One aspect of the problem that is created by the flood is managing the clients’ expectations. Intellectually they might appreciate that you have more than one client and are busy but, intuitively, they expect a reply to their emails almost immediately. Here is one way to provide that reply and yet maintain the right to manage your own priorities in a meaningful way.
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file history backupFile History is Windows 10’s main backup tool, originally introduced in Windows 8. Despite the name, File History isn’t just a way to restore previous versions of files–it’s a fully-featured backup tool. After you set up File History, you can just connect an external drive to your computer and Windows will automatically back up your files to it. Leave it connected and Windows will back up automatically on a schedule.
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analogue dictation tapes law officesHere is why you should upgrade to a digital solution. “Please take a memo.” Ever since that phrase was first uttered, dictation has been an indelible part of the legal landscape. Of course, changes to technology over the years have made the process faster and easier.

philips dictation tips from powerhouse dictationMost 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:

paperless office tips for law firmsWe published a Paperless Law Office E-Book which includes Paperless Law Office: Essential Systems (and Tools). But during related “paperless office” presentations over the past year, the same question kept popping up: Can you recommend brands of the tools that law firms use? In other words, what’s the best scanner or shredder to get? I’ve gotten lots of feedback and here’s a list of recommended tools from law firms that have gone paperless.
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iphone tipsMashable Tech Correspondent Christina Warren goes through four tips to help you unlock secret shortcuts on your iPhone.
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dragon naturallyspeaking professional for law firmsDocumentation is an essential function in a law office. It needs to be accurate, but does it need to be time consuming and expensive? Increasingly, attorneys and other personnel in law offices are discovering the efficiencies of speech recognition software. What does speech recognition software do?

best-of-2015-legal-postsPerhaps I was prescient. Early this year, I predicted (in our fourth most popular post) that efficiency tech, online marketing, and cybersecurity would be hot topics in 2015. And lo and behold, each topic comes up in the ten most-read legal technology stories published by Capterra in 2015.
Read more at Capterra Legal Software Blog...

Communication geneticsBricks and mortar businesses have long been a thing of the past in markets, and in tomorrow’s world the most prized asset in commerce – knowledge – will be housed in progressive, digital and data driven environments run by people that promote information sharing and who despise the notion of self-imposed isolation within ivory towers.

document-automationThe secret’s out. Many legal documents, even quite complex ones, can be reliably drafted by intelligent software when it is supplied with appropriate inputs. Consumers and businesses have become accustomed to preparing their own documents with software tools. They expect their lawyers to have even better tools in place. Should You Choose a Document Automation System? This first question is a no-brainer. Of course you should choose a system rather than having one thrust upon you. We’re long past basic word processing.
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Apple buddyBig Apple Buddy, NYC-based shopping concierge, delivers the latest Apple products - the Apple Watch, iPad Pro and iPhone 6S - straight to your doorstep in South Africa. Apple announced the release of its new products on September 9th, causing the usual shopping frenzy around the world and a rush to acquire the new iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and iPad Pro. Apple Watch fans were also presented with a new range of colours and designs, including an ultra-chic Hermès collection.

wi-fi apple ios9 problem"Wi-Fi Assist," which is on by default, will automatically switch you to 4G if it thinks the WiFi you're using is too slow. If you're on a limited data plan, that's bad news. Here's how to turn if off:
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paperlessMoving to a paperless law office will save your firm money, time and space but what do you need to get started? We’ve compiled a checklist of essential systems, tools, and best practices to help you transition to, and maintain a paperless law office.
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webinar UPSDon't forget the webinar discussion about the difference between the UPS and power inverters which is being aired at 16:30 on Tuesday the 9th June 2015.

webinar UPSOn the 9th June 2015 at 16:30 we will be hosting an online Google Hangout chat on the difference between a UPS and an Inverter power backup for your PC or TV, so that we can catch you at your desk just before you leave the office.

dictation tipsWhen it comes to accurate dictation, a few simple guidelines will help not only make transcription of your files easier and more accurate, whilst saving you money into the bargain. The first choice is the equipment you use, but whether it’s a dictation machine or a Smartphone with the latest dictation app., it’s important not to...
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4 good chrome web store apps for lawyersTo say that lawyers are busy is definitely an understatement. Between juggling the documents, clients and appointments, getting through the day greatly depends on one’s ability to complete important tasks on the go. But, as digitisation has found its role in our society, so have the ever-important productivity tools, which can help us do our business more efficiently.

cannot read cell phone screenEven as the displays on our iPhones and Android phones get bigger and bigger, the type on our screens remains stubbornly small—so small, indeed, that you may find yourself squinting whenever you glance at your handset. Give your aching eyes a break. Read on for six settings that’ll make your iPhone or Android screen a bit easier to read, from boosting the size of text to zooming your display with your fingertips.
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no power telecommunicationsIn January 2015 Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona warned that one unexpected event at any of its power stations could result in a total failure of the national electricity system. A failure which may take weeks to resolve. This raises the question: What will happen to South African telecommunications networks in the event of a prolonged power blackout?
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Dragon assistantIt’s a difficult task to operate smartphones, when our hands are otherwise busy. Go hands-free and harness the power of these voice recognition apps. These simple but effective apps will change the way you use your phone....people around you may think you are a little nuts or extremely lonely - but they do work.
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litigatorThe management of documentation in the South African Courts has been problematic for some time, and, has been a source of frustration to lawyers and their clients. It is no doubt also a source of frustration for staff employed at the courts who have to deal with the day-to-day realities of a system that is outdated, under-resourced and under ever increasing pressure.

Philips Dictation ProductsJENSEN | NEUGEBAUER attorneys are highly specialized within the fields of insurance, tort, sea and transport law. Their client base consists of numerous professional organisations and private persons with various demands and expectations when it comes to working on a law case. This is why focus, flexibility, efficiency and secure and reliable communication to a large extent underpins their daily workflow.

dictation on the moveUsing technology for litigators is something that can make litigation simpler, faster and easier. Take what you can do with mobile devices and dictation systems, for instance. The reality is that lawyers increasingly use all manner of technology from their iphones to ipads and laptops and they use them to generate a wide variety of service benefits to make their lives easier. And the increasing use of 'virtual law offices' overseas has seen some of these technologies come to the forefront.
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Outlook keyboard shortcutsAnyone who has a new tablet knows how hard it can be to only use touch in Outlook (especially on a high-res screen) – I’m always opening the on-screen keyboard, even though it takes up half the screen. What if you only had a keyboard? Could you get anything done?
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document automationA technology expert has urged lawyers to stop living in the dark ages and embrace document automation. Catherine Bamford, director of Bamford Legal Engineering says, “I am going to give you a serious and stark warning that if your … lawyers [are] not already using [document automation] as the business-as-usual way to draft all of their documents and reports then you are already behind the curve and you do need to catch up fast."
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10 tech tipsTech columnist David Pogue shares 10 simple, clever tips for computer, web, smartphone and camera users. And yes, you may know a few of these already — but there's probably at least one you don't.
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