Must-Have Productivity Apps for Lawyers

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It seems that lawyers are not as quick to adopt technology in their work as some other business professionals, such as educators, marketing and media specialists, accountants, etc. The reason for this is that many of them believe that practicing law with the help of innovative tech solutions could be risky for their business. For example, storing confidential contracts and papers on cloud platforms perhaps doesn’t seem as safe as the traditional way of storing paper documentation.

However, at the pace that technology is progressing, and especially at the pace that everyone seems to be embracing it, the legal sector cannot resist the change in their traditional working environment. Slowly but surely, today we have lawyers adopting different software solutions and technology for their internal communication, research and other important tasks.

Since a day in a lawyer’s work is filled with an extraordinary number of smaller tasks that can sometimes take a long time and prevent them from focusing on the important part of their case, some of the most useful pieces of new technology for lawyers are productivity apps. There are many productivity apps on the market today, precisely because developers have recognized the need for decreasing the amount of time needed for “side” projects. However, this abundance of software can also be a problem in itself. Who has the time to test and evaluate all those apps to find out what’s really helpful?

Luckily, we do. We’ve compiled a list of really great productivity apps that any lawyer will find helpful. Without further ado, let’s see what makes these software solutions so powerful when it comes to improving work and boosting productivity.

Edit legal reports

Pro Writing Aid is a powerful text editing, spelling and grammar checker which helps you improve your writing and saves you a lot of time in the process. It improves readability of a document by eliminating vague and complex words, locating repetitive sentence structure, removing redundancies and much more.

When dealing with sensitive data, as lawyers frequently are, it may happen that information is locked in a PDF document and thus impossible to edit. So, the next time this happens, you can either retype the whole text from scratch (as you may have been doing until now), or use a productivity app that converts PDFs to editable Word format. PDF to Word mobile app is excellent for this purpose, and it can be downloaded for free on iPhone or iPad. It is especially useful for lawyers because it can convert both native and scanned PDFs.

Store your documents

Saving documents can imply locking all papers in a drawer, saving them on the cloud or just scanning documents with your phone. Tiny Scanner is a mobile app that scans receipts, fax and other documents which can be considered a productivity asset when you are on the go. It simply turns your phone into a portable scanner.

DropBox is so well-known that there’s no need to describe it at length, but for those who don’t have experience using it, it’s enough to say that this cloud storage is among the most popular storage platforms out there. It allows users to store and synchronize their important documents for free and access those file from anywhere on the planet, as long as they have a computer or a mobile device and an Internet connection. The basic free plan offers 2 MB of space for files, but users can upgrade to more storage if they want.

Prepare your trial

When preparing for trials, you will also need a productivity helper. One such app is TrialPad which helps you annotate, organize and present evidence. This app is perfect for trial lawyers and helps them be more productive during courtroom preparation.

One more technology tool that will surely come handy for every lawyer is a juror selection app called iJuror.  It can help you with selection of jurors, information recording, taking notes and help you in general with organizing the selection process.

It is easy to see why productivity apps have such a luring effect on business professionals. They cut down the time spent on less important tasks and simplify work in such a way that it probably makes people wonder how we ever worked without them? Hopefully the apps we presented today will really make a difference and help the legal sector warm up to technology.

 

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How to Present Your Data in a Doughnut Chart

If you are a Twitter user, you may have learned that today is the National Donut Day. For that reason we decided to share with you some tips on using doughnuts, but not real doughnuts though. Did you know that there is an Excel chart called the Doughnut Chart? As the name implies, it has the shape of a doughnut and it is used for data visualization. There are a lot of charts in MS Excel you can use to present data, but we can safely conclude that this one is the sweetest one. Even if you are not so fond of making charts in Excel, maybe you will reconsider using them.

 

Doughnut charts help you present complex data in attractive and visually appealing way. If you have a very big collection of data and multiple subcategories in it, doughnut charts would be perfect for pulling out the data in a neat and readable fashion. You can separate subcategories of the data in different layers and each layer can be colored differently. Eventually, your data will be plotted in a multicolored doughnut.

 

In addition to that, you may choose between a regular doughnut chart and an exploded doughnut chart. Explored doughnut charts are very similar to exploded pie charts in terms of data visualization as each data segment is presented separately from the others.

 

So here is how you can present your data in a doughnut chart:

 

Open MS Excel and select the data you want to present visually. Then click on the Insert menu and then on the Other charts button to open a drop-down menu where all the charts are listed. There you will find the Doughnut chart, as shown in the image below.

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First select the data you want to present in a chart. The Chart Tools menu will open and you will be able to choose the chart layout and style.

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The chart will come up on the screen and on the right side of the Chart Tools you can click on the Move Chart Location button in order to move your chart according to your preferences.

 

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Once you are satisfied with the chart design, you may click on the next tab of the Chart Tools called Layout. There you can set up the legend: you can choose to keep it or not, and to place on the preferred side of the chart as shown in the image below.

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In addition to that, you can give your doughnut chart a name by clicking on the Chart Title button.

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And what is more, you can add the data labels such as percentage, date, time, accounting, currency and much more, by clicking on Data Labels.

 

Now you know it! There are other doughnuts apart from those you eat and they can help you in everyday data management tasks. Whether you have used Excel charts before or not, we are sure you will consider using them in the future. In the meantime you can enjoy the real doughnuts.

 

Happy National Doughnut Day!

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iPad Apps That Every Virtual Assistant Should Be Using

The appearance of Internet and online technologies gave way to many new job positions. These allow employees to work from the comfort of their home, and employers to stop wasting time on administrative tasks and focus on what’s essential for their business.

One of those popular new positions is the virtual assistant. This is often a freelance job and can include many different assignments. For example, many VAs are outsourced to perform different administrative, marketing and technical tasks, such as making phone calls or managing emails, scheduling events, promoting a product or business on social media, designing promotional materials, managing a blog, researching whatever is necessary, making presentations etc.

Since virtual assistants are real multitaskers, they need to be extremely organized. For people who embrace technology and know how to make the most of it, being organized is not so difficult to accomplish. It’s only a matter of finding all the right props, tools and apps that can make one’s work as easy as possible. Successful VAs not only know how to organize their time, but they also make the most of working on the go on their iPads, and use the time productively while waiting for a doctor’s appointment, when stuck in traffic, etc.

There are too many apps on the market today, so it can be pretty time-consuming to test everything that comes your way. That is why, to save you time, we compiled this list of excellent iPad apps that every virtual assistant should be using.

Get Al Helper

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Evi is an artificial intelligence helper that answers all your questions. You can use both voice and text input to ask her a question. There is a built-in browser so you won’t need to leave the app in order to check out the links that Evi gives you. Not only does Evi search for the info you need, but it also compares data from different sources and can cut your research time.

 

Dictate anything   

 

Dragon Dictation is a virtual note-taker that actually writes down everything you say. It can be very useful when you are on-the-go and you don’t have time to type. It types 5 times faster than you would type by using the keyboard.

 

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How to Use Google Drive Offline

We all know how Google Drive can help us in day-to day activities, be it simple document editing or more complex team collaboration work. The fact that you don’t need to bother transferring your documents from one computer to another and that you can access every document from wherever you are, as long as you have a proper Internet connection, can make your day pretty hassle-free.

Imagine if you could work in Google Docs offline – wouldn’t that be like a cherry on top?

The thing is, you can! Here are the steps you need to take in order to manipulate your Google Drive documents offline:

  1. The first step you need to take before you lose your Internet connection or before you go to a place without Internet (such as airplanes, beaches, forests..) is to open your Google Drive.
  2. Now click on the gear button at the right top side of your screen.
  3. Click on the Settings and the window will pop up (as shown in the image below).

 

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  1. Tick the box in the Offline section called “Sync Google Docs, Sheets, Slides & Drawings files to this computer so that you can edit offline.”

By ticking this option, the latest version of your files from Google Drive will be saved on your computer and you will be able to edit them offline. However, once you edit the files, you won’t see the changes you made offline until you go online again. You will need to access those files via Google Drive.

So, using Google Docs offline can be a lifesaver, especially when you are on a deadline, somewhere out of town or with a poor Internet connection. Just don’t forget to tick that Offline option before you go offline.

 

 

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Working with Folders in Google Drive

Proper use of folders will certainly help you become more organized and productive. Here are some tips on how to make the best use of folders in Google Drive.

Create new folder

To create a new folder, all you need to do is go to the section New – Folder. Give it a name and it is ready to use.

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Create subfolder

If you drag a folder into another one, it will become a subfolder. The same happens if you create a folder while being in a folder.

Change the color of a folder

This is an interesting trick not many know about. Right-click the folder and choose a specific color for it. It will definitely be easier to find it later even if there are hundreds of files in it.

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Star folders

Folders that are important can be marked with a star, which is a neat way to distinguish them better.

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Follow all the recent changes in a folder

To follow all the recent changes in a folder made by all collaborators, select the folder and then click on the View details tab.

view details of a folder in google drive

Share a folder with different people

Above each folder there is a sharing button that allows you to choose who you want to share the folder with and which rights you want to give the collaborators.

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Move files between different folders

All new files you created while being in the folder will be automatically added to it. Or, you can simply drag a file to the folder. If you want to move the file from one folder to another, you can use the File – Organize functionality, as you can see in the image.

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