Viewing specific changes to legislation and keeping up to date with all the latest amendments can be a time-consuming and tedious process for legal practitioners, particularly when it involves following a multitude of hypertext links to search for historical versions of Principal Acts.
It took the founding members of Domicilium Trace 4 years, on a full-time basis, to compile a complete digital spatial database (digital map) of sheriff service areas for the whole of South Africa. Apart from the boundary data, the database includes a continuously updated component of so-called attribute data, consisting of sheriff names, contact details, addresses, etc.
It’s a good bet that right now, you’re preparing for a meeting. Or you’re waiting for one to start. Or you just left one. Your boardroom is the hub of your firm. This is where important people meet and key decisions are made.
Part 2 - In my previous article on the subject (available here), I dealt with the arguments against using Advanced Electronic Signatures (Aes), and the false impression that that they are cumbersome and difficult to use. I also pointed out that used with appropriate electronic signature tools they are a business enabler and enable the execution of contracts many times faster than by our traditional use of handwritten signatures. Finally I addressed the significant cost savings element of using Aes.
For most attorneys and advocates a large portion of their day is spent on document creation. Dictation is a crucial part of this process as you are able to record everything you want to say and then be able to have that types up into the necessary text document. But what if that process could be further enhanced to save even more time?
Emerging forces in the environment pose a variety of challenges for today’s legal professionals. Attorneys and corporate counsel are expected to keep abreast of increased regulatory complexity in local and global jurisdictions, while clients are facing cost challenges and demanding more competitive pricing and efficient services.
Digital technology has many advantages. It gives you instant access to any point in the recording, so you can delete, insert, amend or overwrite easily. In addition, one of the most reassuring features of digital dictation is the fact that it is future-proof technology and designed to be used with the very latest workflow and speech recognition systems.
Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) has become the preferred method of resolving disputes outside of the traditional court environment and most agreements, nowadays, provide for disputes to be referred to ADR before approaching a court regarding litigious matters. The BLCM now provides for ADR to be applied to the legal costs aspect of the matter as well.
In a historic development that could spell faster and more efficient conveyancing processes, the South African Deeds Office has registered its first electronically signed property transfer.
Dragon Speech Recognition software can greatly enhance your efficiency and productivity if used correctly. While it does claim to have 99% accuracy out of the box, here are some useful tips to ensure you have excellent transcription results from the get-go.
The Philips SpeechAir smart voice recorder saves you time and resources by allowing you to work more flexibly than ever before. We have slashed the price of the Philips SpeechAir – now only R 9 700 ex VAT (you save over R 2 500!!)*
Sometimes paperwork is more than just a tedious legal task—in Juvenile Magistrate Robin Gunn’s line of work, it’s the lifeline for removing children from dangerous home situations. By using Woodpecker to create a Microsoft Word document template, Gunn is placing at-risk children into foster care faster than ever before. The template she created simplifies the process to create an order and produce all necessary documentation, allowing the dependence and neglect magistrates to produce all documentation at once.
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Since its inclusion in the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act (ECT Act), some 16 years ago, the Advanced Electronic Signature has been treated a little like Cinderella, ignored by most and scoffed at by others.
LawPracticeZA is attractive and easy to use - but don’t be deceived. Although LawPracticeZA makes managing matters a breeze, recording fees quick and easy and produces beautiful and professional proformas and invoices in seconds, the powerful and secure server ensures efficiency.
While established insurance firm Liberty continues to throw everything it has at an investigation into the recent major data breach, the incident is a stark reminder to businesses that cyber security should be a constant priority – a company’s guard must always be up.
The recent cyber-attack and holding hostage of a South African insurance provider’s IT infrastructure has drawn attention to the dire need for effective protection of consumer data.
Small law firms need to be able to assist clients with the best legal advice on a disparate range of matters - irrespective of their specific area of specialisation or expertise. This requires access to a comprehensive legal library and up to date legal resources, enabling practitioners to conduct research as required.
Software as a service company, e4, has launched BondTracker, a mobile business app, designed to facilitate efficiency in tracking and communicating progress when registering a property.
Africa’s heightened economic momentum is widely recognised, with the continent now well entrenched as one of the favoured global destinations for investment opportunities and doing business.
HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, recently launched the Nokia 7 Plus, a smartphone with striking design, innovative imaging capabilities and powerful performance for up to two days with one charge.
Purchase a Philips Professional Dictation recorder and get a FREE docking station worth R 1 795 ex VAT!
Software as a Service specialist, e4, says its bridging finance online process within SearchWorks, e4’s web-based search application service, celebrates five years of innovation, proving itself as an administration timesaver and a much-needed online administration tool.
Need to get work done at home or after hours? Going away on a business trip? Away from the office but still need to get urgent dictations typed up? If you already have a dictation recorder or a smartphone, no need to buy a new recorder – just sign up for the Philips SpeechLive service and get your work done on the go!
New Olympus DS-9500 features intelligent 2 Microphone system, dictation transfer via Wi-Fi, 4 position switch, colour screen with rechargeable battery.
Following the trend in other countries, there has been a veritable explosion of medical negligence litigation in the past 10 years in South Africa. This has necessitated the publication of a comprehensive guide for both medical and legal practitioners.
If files are a big part of your life, then document management is the beating heart of your organisation. We review 10 enterprise-class systems, focusing on document handling, security, tracking, and workflow to help you decide the best system for you.
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Zapier, the leading workflow automation service, has named Woodpecker the best free Microsoft Office add-in. Describing its decision-making process in determining the best free add-ins for Microsoft Office, Zapier states that since there are over 2,000 add-ins to sort through, they looked at the top 100 highest rated add-ins within each of the different Office product categories.
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Few apps are getting as much hype from Google right now as Google Lens, which taps into the machine learning AI that Google is currently so fond of. That AI lets the app recognize all kinds of stuff through your phone’s camera, and take action on it.
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eJudgements is a Law Reports website using modern technology to enable quick and accurate searches of all relevant case law, while catering for the needs of the practitioner and researcher.
For the past six years, leading content and technology solutions provider LexisNexis South Africa has run a successful Corporate Social Investment programme known as the Advocate Advancement Programme (AAP), which is endorsed by the General Council of the Bar of South Africa.
It’s time for the legal industry’s most meaningful product awards — TL NewsWire Top 25 Products of 2017 Awards. Why are these awards the most meaningful? Because TL NewsWire’s 11,000+ subscribers chose them free from any external influence.
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Compliance officers have the opportunity to position themselves as the essential business asset that they are, anchored not only by a strategic understanding of their business and its regulatory obligations, but also qualities such as adaptability and openness. This is especially necessary in our constantly changing regulatory environment, according to regulatory compliance author, Karmil Govender, of LexisNexis South Africa.
Canon, world leader in imaging solutions, has today announced the latest devices to join its popular i-SENSYS range of MFPs and printers; the i-SENSYS MF520, i-SENSYS MF420 and i-SENSYS LBP210 series. Designed with small businesses and work groups in mind, the compact devices support flexible working and offer personalisation of advanced workflows to ensure they produce consistent quality results at a lower cost to the business.
AJS is excited to announce the arrival of its new 'baby', AJS Express Accounting for the single practitioner or small to mid-sized firm. The system is Cloud hosted, which means that users don't need a server and they can work from anywhere using only a Browser.
In a competitive market place where innovation and performance matter and business growth is dependent on relationship and service delivery, the use of technology to enhance productivity has become a priority.
Lexis® Library Time Select, the new ‘pay as you go’ research pricing package from pioneer content and technology service provider LexisNexis South Africa, will revolutionise the way small to medium legal enterprises in South Africa conduct research, giving them access to up to date and relevant legal content and increasing their billable hours exponentially.
In the app, you will find information about the Income Tax Act, the Tax Administration Act, interpretation and practice notes, a comprehensive definitions list and space for notes and folders. Developed by local tax consultant Herschel Alpert, the app is seen as a real benefit for businesses, accountants, lawyers and even students interested in South African tax law.
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WorldShare Management Services (WMS) offers a straightforward way to manage the functions of ordering, cataloguing and circulating, while electronic resource management and a discovery portal complete this comprehensive management service… Read the full case study here
The Practitioners' Guide to Conveyancing and Notarial Practice is the latest new release from publisher, LexisNexis Legal & Professional, a leading global provider of information and analytics.