Technology

Hardware

  • IT and Computer Support Recommendations brand new computer with tft monitor in modern classroom at school

    The following individuals and companies were recommended on the solo/small firm listserv: Michael Heylin Heylin Consulting Group PC technology consulting for small businesses, from selection and installation to troubleshooting expertise. 584 Castro Street #471 San Francisco, CA 94114-2512 415-554-0524 or 415-531-4656 Tech Collective www.techcollective.com

  • Postage stamps

    Stamps.com.  Free meter. Free software. Small monthly fee.  www.stamps.com

  • ScanSnap Scanner scanner

    I can say enough how much I love my ScanSnap scanner (Fujitsu).  I wish I hadn’t waited to get one, it saves so much time. I got a smaller one for home too for the time I work from home.  It works seamlessly with the Mac – I’ve had zero problems with it.

  • Identifying and Setting up Business Systems workspace

    I recommend Alfonso Hooker with TekPerfect. His company works with a lot of law firms and he’s particularly attuned to their needs.”  www.tekperfect.com.

  • Flatbed Scanner scanner

    I have to say that I am very happy my with HP Officejet Pro X576dw.  It has a flatbed scanner-copier, color and black and white, with multiple options of all kinds, as well as an autofeed.  It is better than the large industrial size one I used in my last office share.  I think I …more

  • Beware of Cheap Toner color

    Toner is crazy expensive.  And beware of cheap toner!  I bought second-rate toner on Amazon, for a quarter of the price of OEM toner.  Sure enough, my printer wouldn’t recognize that the replacement toner cartridge was full.  Also, it leaked yellow toner everywhere.  I wound up buying the expensive name-brand toner.

  • All-in-One Printer print

    To start, I used a small but sturdy Brother all-in-one for my printer/copier/scanner/fax and I recommend it. You save a lot of money (and space) from avoiding a big industrial copier (though there are times when I need to take larger jobs to FedEx Office), but the new Brothers can handle up to 50+ pages …more

  • Renting Computers and Hardware hardware

    My friend who opened up his own law firm told me how surprised he was at how cheap it is to rent the computers and the equipment from certain computer equipment rental companies.  At the end of the lease, you have the option of buying the equipment that you have been leasing.

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Law Office Software by Aaron R. Feldman
cclawyer.cccba.org/2012/07/law-office-software
Via Contra Costa Lawyer

Assessing the pros and cons of the myriad law office software available out there is like taking a trip down a rabbit hole. There are a multitude of products from which to choose.

The process of sifting through them is daunting, overwhelming and sometimes even exhilarating. It is hard not to be seduced by features that seem great, but which you may ultimately never use.
The key is to look around at the options and at the same time look at your practice and your overhead to determine what products are the best fit for your office. Read more...

Software

  • Law Practice Management Software office-2

    Law practice management [LPM] software is often cloud based which can be a good fit for a mobile office.  Most tend to offer a variety of functions that integrate with each other, including contact management, calendar, task lists, matter/engagement management, time sheets, time capture, billing/invoicing, and more. You can associate (upload) key documents and communications (emails) with …more

  • Clio as a Law Practice Management Tool coding

    I chose Clio after having heard stellar reviews from two fellow solos. Clio is SaaS, so there is never a need to update and it is available on any device with an Internet connection. Clio makes timekeeping and invoicing very easy, integrates with Microsoft Outlook, and includes lots of very useful features. And, it is …more

  • Calendaring with Deadlines.com calendaring

    Deadlines.com is a web-based litigation calendaring program. You put in the dates of events (e.g., service of the complaint), and it will return the dates of triggered deadlines (e.g., date to respond to the complaint).  You can then sync (or upload for Mac) the dates into your calendar program. It’s only $20 per case per …more

  • Automatic Time Capture Software time

    There is a type of software that runs in the background and captures data on the time you spend in each application, generally specifying time spent in each document, on each webpage, etc.  There are many, many such programs, with a host of different functionalities.  Some integrate with LPM software as a way to bill …more

  • Sales and Marketing Software project-manage

    If you are thinking of hiring someone to handle your law office’s marketing and client relations, consider Infusionsoft first.  You can use this powerful sales and marketing automation software to automate communications with clients and potential clients, create automated email “drip” campaigns based on practice area, attract potential clients with free reports, and streamline routine …more

  • iPad Apps for Legal Research finances

    There are at least a couple low cost or no cost apps that are available for legal research.  One that I have used that works well is Fastcase. The app is free and you can also sign up without being charged a fee.  But if you want to add more than the most basic features, …more

  • Moving to the Cloud cloud

    I am in the process of moving all my software and data to a virtual server, which would mean that all my applications and data would run off a server in the cloud.  I like this solution because my data will not reside on a single PC or server and I would not need to …more

  • PDF Solutions paperwork

    Adobe Pro is well worth the investment.  Besides Bates numbering, it also provides advanced redaction features.”  https://acrobat.adobe.com/us/en/products/acrobat-pro.html An alternative that has been recommended on the Solo/Small Firm listserv is Foxit, a PDF editing program similar to Adobe.  Foxit PhantomPDF Business.  www.foxitsoftware.com   

  • Malware and Virus Protection insurance-2

    “I use Webroot and am very satisfied with its cost and performance. (www.webroot.com/us/en/business)  Before deciding on Webroot, I also considered similar products by Kaspersky, and Emsisoft, which are also very good.

  • Postage stamps

    Stamps.com.  Free meter. Free software. Small monthly fee.  www.stamps.com

More Resources:

Office Systems by Matthew M. Hart
cclawyer.cccba.org/2012/07/office-systems
Via Contra Costa Lawyer

This article touches on recommendations for phone systems: cell, land line, answering machines, as well as furniture, copiers, etc.  Read more...