Top Android Apps

When you’re a busy lawyer there are a lot of things you can do to improve your efficiency and diminish your workload.

With the advent and influence of technology you can utilize the power of applications for your Android phone to work on the go and make sure you stay on the top of everything. As a busy lawyer it’s easy to get overwhelmed, especially, if you are always on the go.

In this article we’re going to cover the top Android apps you should be using as a busy lawyer, to make a positive impact in your work.

Cloud Storage

By using cloud storage you’ll be able to access your documents wherever you are. You can even access documents between multiple devices that will allow you to open up legal documents no matter which device you currently have. Some of the best apps for cloud storage are Dropbox and Amazon cloud. Dropbox syncs across multiple devices and can even be shared between multiple users, that way you can share documents between clients and even colleagues.

You can use Amazon cloud for more general purposes like storing pictures, or other documents. Amazon cloud also allows you to access your stored data from anywhere.

Email and SMS Messages

As a lawyer you might need to save your SMS messages and emails, either for a cases or for certain clients. There is an alternative email service for Android called Kaiten Email, which is flexible and you can even customize the display if you’d like.

When it comes to SMS messages there are a few options, such as Go SMS Pro and SMS Backup & Restore. Go SMS Pro is a very versatile option that allows you to backups your messages very easily. The great thing about this app is that it syncs up to Dropbox. Using the other app you’ll have to download the messages to your computer or any external hard drive.

Notes and Calendars

Having the ability to take down notes, make lists, and even record voice memos can come in handy. Evernote gives you the ability to do exactly this, and with the upgrade to the premium version you can have a PIN number to lock down your documents and even allow others to edit your work.

For a better calendar management system, one of the most used tools is called aCalendar. This app syncs with your Google calendar and allows you to schedule recurring events and special dates very easily.

Editing Documents

If you use the Microsoft Office Sweet to conduct work then you’ll want to be able to take these documents on the go with you as well. By using Kingsoft Office you’ll be able to view these documents, mark them and add comments.

If you want the ability to edit and read PDF documents you’ll want to use Adobe Create PDF. This app allows you to turn files into PDFs, annotate those files, view and share them and many more features that are usually reserved for the desktop option.

Researching Legal Cases

Researching any cases on the go used to require a lot of hassle. With the use of these apps you’ll be able to research any needed case information very quickly and easily. WestlawNext allows you to browse and research, cite a document or even view previous research very quickly and easily. While, Fastcase allows you to search any statute, whether that’s local or federal, within a matter of seconds.

I hope this article has been valuable and you have a better idea at how to streamline your workload through using android apps. By embracing technology at this point you’ll be ahead of the curve and it will be easier to integrate technology into your practice now and into the future.

Source:

http://www.americanbar.org/publications/law_practice_magazine/2013/march-april/essential-android-apps-for-busy-attorneys.html

Zane Schwarzlose writes for the McMinn Law Firm, a personal injury law practice in Austin, Texas. Zane thinks that technology is really changing the legal industry.

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