Friday—it’s full of upsides and downsides. The upside is, the weekend is approaching. The downside is, you may not leave the office in time to enjoy it.
What is it about Friday afternoons that attract last minute requests from clients, colleagues, and, especially, bosses?
Luckily, if you’re an iPad-wielding lawyer, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy your weekend and work from home. Here are some new and improved legal services iPad apps, which–like the last day of the week—yield their own fair share of upsides and downsides.
Lexis Advance HD. FREE
Upside. Add to your defense of Flex scheduling or work from home policies.
Lexis Advance is mobile app available on your iPad that gives law firm professionals the ability to conduct legal research on the go.
Whether it’s in the courtroom, boardroom, or your bedroom, you can search, view, and annotate documents while online or offline. And, you can save files in folders remotely to access alter.
Downside. Now you can’t blame travel, family events, or other out of the office excuses for tardy work product. Research remotely has never been easier (and your boss knows it!).
iTranslate Voice HD. $1.99
Upside. No more miscommunication.
“Can you imagine talking into your phone in one language and immediately hearing yourself in another language?” asks iTranslate Voice HD.
“That’s exactly what iTranslate Voice does. Just speak into your phone and it immediately replies in one of our 36 languages.”
Occasionally technology makes our dreams possible. For Star Trek fans, this is a real-life universal translator. Let’s hope that warp drive, transporters, and commercial space travel is next.
Downside. Without reasons why not, your boss may send you on more trips abroad for client meetings, which means less time at home. And, unlike Enterprise captains, you can’t transport there instantly.
TrialPad for iPad. $49.99-$89.99
Upside. Trial prep in the palm of your hand.
The top iPad app for lawyers in 2012, TrialPad and TranscriptPad are specialized iPad apps that bring productivity to its peak.
Litigants can use these apps to organize trial materials. You can highlight, annotate, redact, and zoom documents and depositions. You can add exhibit stickers to documents, create reports of all your evidence with these exhibit numbers, and process them via Dropbox and other Cloud apps. Edit video clips or take snapshots of surveillance video, then bring them to court.
Meanwhile, organize all these documents with folders with separate case and witness files.
Basically, this is a lawyer’s entire trial prep in one, small, digital box.
Downside. Only for tech-savvy legal professionals.
Upside. Easy to use, quick to understand.
Fastcase is another legal research app. It’s competitive advantage is the easy and quick access to the comprehensive national law library via more powerful searching, sorting, and visualization tools.
Its user-friendly design may be way many big name law firms already use it.
Downside. Must subscribe, and it can get pricey.
Upside. Something lawyers love to keep for themselves but hate to give away to clients—this product is free.
One of the newer apps on the market, Readdle is an all-purpose app that lets you read, listen, view, download, annotate almost anything you want on your iPad. Readdle is an all-stop shop for viewing, reading and annotating documents, editing text files, viewing photos, watching movies, listening to music, managing files, sharing files remotely with others, and storing email attachments and other web documents.
Like an all-service firm, this app serves general audiences.
Downside. In a world of specialization, do we really need one more app for these things?
Have a wonderful weekend on your iPad. Whether it’s for work or play, technology certainly has a place in a lawyer’s everyday life.