The 2018 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide

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The 2018 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide

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ISBN: 978-1-64105-134-7
Product Code: 5110819
2018, 218 pages, 7 x 10, Paperback

The only book of its kind that helps solo and small firm lawyers find the best technology for their dollar, this annual guide provides the most current and clearly presented information and recommendations on computers, servers, networking equipment, legal software, printers, security products, smartphones, tablets, and anything else a law office might need.

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As software evolves and hardware ages both physically and in its ability to handle the new software, the most current information and recommendations on computers, servers, networking equipment, legal software, printers, security products, smartphones, tablets, and more is a must-have. The 2018...
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Ben Burns Apr 11, 2018 Report Abuse
This book is largely what you’d hope to find if you were searching for a guide to assist you in upgrading the technology in your small to mid-sized practice. While the guide covers topics that range from simple to complex, it does so in a way that caters to the demographic you’d expect to need a technology guide the most. If nothing else, it provides less tech-savvy attorneys with clear and concise information about the essentials of a modern practice. It tells you what you need, why you need it, and the pros and cons of your various options. It is that sort of concise, digestible breakdown that is so often missing in similar “technology guides.” Topics discussed range from simpler topics like printers and computers, to more complex topics like networking hardware and software security. However, what separates this guide from the others is its concise and digestible breakdowns of the topics, regardless of their complexity. The 2018 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide generally provides attorneys with the information they need to upgrade their small to mid-sized firm, and touches on other upcoming technological trends to give a glimpse into the future. Technology is ever-evolving, and technology guides can often be outdated before they make it to print. But this guide should maintain relevance for much longer than the typical guide, as it covers a broad range of topics in a way that is very useful and narrowly-tailored to a specific industry and demographic. Complex topics explained in bite-sized chunks. If you are an attorney who wants to upgrade the technology in your firm but are unsure of the pros and cons of your various options, this is the guide you need.
Sandra L Havrilak Mar 16, 2018 Report Abuse
The 2018 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide is very informative and loaded with indispensable advice for anyone who currently manages or is considering starting a small law firm. While I do not typically find reading these books to be easy or enjoyable, keeping up with the changes in the field of legal technology is essential for running my practice, and Sharon, John, and Michael presented the information in an interesting and easy to follow format, even for a lawyer who suffers from technology-phobia. I was able to jump between topics that interested me, such as time and billing software, and found them not only easy to read and understand but also very educational. I was happy to see that Sharon and John held true to protecting your data and actually opposed firms using QuickBooks with the online version due to the fact that your financial data would then be saved with Intuit. The discussion of all of the available alternatives was terrific. The cloud computing discussions and security discussions, particularly for your mobile phones, were not only timely and well-written but also provided thoughtful advice pertaining to the use of cloud computing given the newly developing ethics requirements pertaining to technology and our ever growing dependence on it. The risks, the pros, and the cons were laid out in a simple fashion that was easy to understand. The hardware chapters provided more information than a non-geek lawyer would ever want to know; however, it will be essential when I upgrade my systems. The most important piece, I thought, were the sections discussing mobile security. The idea that the wifi at your local hotel or Starbucks creates an insecure cloud on all of my data totally freaks me out and makes me never want to use a smart device again. Overall, this is a book that every lawyer, young or old, computer savvy or not, should read and keep on their desk when considering technology and the use thereof in their firm.
Molly Peacock Mar 14, 2018 Report Abuse
The 2018 edition of this marvelous book is a masterful combination of high-use information in easy-to-digest format and content. Whether one is less technologically inclined or an expert, this book is a must-read to improve any lawyer’s and firm’s use of technology to their practice’s and their clients’ best advantage. The book contains the most updated, practical and time-tested information about all manner of technical tools and how those tools can help the legal profession, including computers, time and billing software, cloud solutions, scanners, case management systems, securing electronic information, and more. The book can be read and enjoyed starting at page 1 and reading straight through to page 178, or can be read in parts where the most urgent need exists. The final chapter about “Tomorrow in Legal Tech” is a delicious dessert for curious lawyers that you might not be able to wait to read. Simply put, excellent.
Charles E Rothermel Mar 6, 2018 Report Abuse
This guide has long been a key resource for my firm, and this year's update is the best organized and most comprehensive yet. Intuitively laid out chapters and subtopics make it easy to find the information you need fast. The 2018 update gets you up to speed on the latest time-saving tech, such as voice recognition and document assembly products, and has everything you need to evaluate big-picture decisions (Mac vs. PC, hosted vs remote servers, etc.). It is essential reading for any law firm considering upgrades or wanting to get the most out of their existing technology. As always, the authors also share their expert advice on a wide range of data collection and security issues, in easy-to-understand terms for the rest of us. Hands down, the best one-stop reference for your firm's technology solutions.
Lance G Johnson Feb 13, 2018 Report Abuse
This book is like a well written, always available, don’t-need-to-buy-coffee-to-get-an-answer resource for office hardware and software for both PC and MAC environments. This book is just under 0.5 inches thick but packed with specific hardware (brand and model) and software (title and version) information that serves as a solid recommendation or at least a starting point to find products that meet the needs of your office. Chapter topics include office equipment (e.g., computers, their operating systems, keyboards, printers, and scanners), networking (e.g., servers and their operating systems, firewalls, routers, etc.), smartphones (probably my favorite chapter as an iPhone 6 user considering a switch), and back office software (case management, security, time/billing, document management and assembly). Very specific. Analysis and evaluation from a lawyer’s perspective. This is one of those books that will still be relevant in five years but that is a must-have copy now. The last chapter is an interesting look at the possible future of legal technology and the impact of artificial intelligence (5 pgs), cryptocurrencies (4 pages) and automation (2 pages). While not a book about the future, I found the insights helpful and imminently practical (“Will Microsoft Quit Producing Surface Hardware?”).
Daniel J Siegel Feb 13, 2018 Report Abuse
I am always skeptical about technology guides like this, which often seem outdated or out-of-touch. But this book is neither. To the contrary, it is the rare book that provides concise, helpful information to solo and small firms about ways to assure that they utilize the best technology for their offices. Because I wear many, I see the issues in these firms. As an attorney, we deal with them in our office. As a consultant, my clients wrestle with the need to balance the need for technology with the cost of doing so. It is nice to have a handy, easy-to-read book like this for them. While I do not agree with every recommendation in the book, I believe it is a good starting point. As a member of the ABA Publishing Board that approved the book, I am also pleased to see how current it is as well. But perhaps the book's greatest value is its use as a checklist. It is easy to overlook the need for one or more of the items discussed in the book. But if you simply use the Table of Contents as a checklist, your office can be confident it is addressing the issues facing every law firm.
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