Tools For A Remote Workforce

March 13, 2020

The world is shifting, and more business is being done outside the confines of a traditional office. The legal industry has been slow to adopt a work-from-home mentality, but as technology continues to revolutionize business possibilities, companies are faced with decisions on how they operate in both the short-term and long-term. 

Law firms are highly collaborative and depend on multiple departments to efficiently run and carry out casework, which can seem daunting to replicate in a remote work environment. It requires a variety of tools and applications specifically designed for areas such as productivity, marketing, communication, billing, and more. Is your firm equipped to make the jump to a remote workforce when necessary? 

Here’s our list of the top mobile apps and software for lawyers and legal professionals that will change the way you do business today, tomorrow, and forever.

Legal Research & eDiscovery

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For access to tens of thousands of legal terms on the go, there’s nothing better than Black’s Law Dictionary. And, in the internet age, even Black’s has an app.

Price: In-App Purchasing

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Attorneys can now listen to continuing legal education (CLE) programming on their iPad and iPhone.

Price: Free

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Fastcase is the leading next-generation legal research service that puts a comprehensive national law library and powerful searching, sorting, and data visualization tools at your fingertips

Price: Free

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With the Immigration app, users can easily navigate to desired subsections of the INA, CFR, and Practice Manuals with a few clicks.

Price: Free

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LawStack offers free downloads of CFR, USC, State Statutes, and Rules and a paid plan that provides access to state codes and Code of Federal Regulations.

Price: Free for basic version, $9.99 per upgrade

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Legal Dictionary by Farlex enables users to search over 50,000 legal terms, cases, and laws for free.

Price: $0.00 – upgrade to ad free for $0.99

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Conduct legal research on your mobile device with Lexis Advance.

Price: Free

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Oyez provides all the information available on the Oyez website plus the Justia Lawyer Directory & Annotated US Constitution in a conveniently package form for mobile users

Price: Free

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Westlaw, by Thomson Reuters, is the most awarded legal research app.

Price: Free

Billing & Payment

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Helping businesses with their top travel and expense challenges.

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The perfect expense management system for personal and business use. 

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iTimekeep makes it quick and easy for timekeepers to dictate or enter their time as tasks are completed from anywhere, using any device and at any time. The more contemporaneous your time entry, the more accurate your billing, forecasting and revenue generation.

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With the Quickbooks app you can create invoices, manage your expenses and cash flow to view your profit and loss anywhere.

Document Management

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A document solution that works the way you do. Simple to use but smart to the core, Docrio offers easy collaboration capabilities, simple filing, and a simple, elegant user interface.

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This deposition app will free you from ever printing another document exhibit again.

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Office documents snapshot & Smart image doc management High-resolution scan & image editor available. Hand-written annotation & Customizable watermark generation

Price: Basic = Free, Premium = 4.99/month, Business = 6.99/user/month

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Dropbox is the world’s first smart workspace. We bring all your team’s content together while letting you use the tools you love. And we help cut through the clutter, surfacing what matters most.

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GoodReader is an iOS application used to view documents in different formats, including .doc, .pdf, and .xls.

Price: $5.99

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Firmex is a global provider of virtual data room and secure document sharing solutions. As one of the world’s most widely used virtual data rooms, Firmex supports complex processes for organizations of all sizes, including diligence, compliance, and litigation.

Notary & Signatures

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With Notarize, anyone can legally and securely notarize any document in minutes from your iPhone or iPad.

Price: $25 per signature or monthly plans with more options

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Connect with a professional notary on-demand with NotaryCam. 

Price: $25 per signature within US / $79 per signature international

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Easily, track, manage, sign, and send documents.

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Easily electronically sign and send documents with one of the most trusted e-signature companies. 

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Easily sign documents and forms on-the-go.

Price: 3 day free trial, $49.99 annual or $8.99 per month

Marketing

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Buffer is a complete social media management platform that helps business owners and companies manage their social media presence more effectively. Pro=$15/month, Premium=$65/month, Business=$99/month

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Advertise your law firm directly in Google search results through Google Ads. Manage your campaigns through the Google Ads mobile app.

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Keep your clients up-to-date with your firm’s happenings by creating a Facebook page and managing your audience through the Facebook Pages app.

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Advertise your firm directly on Facebook through their mobile application to reach potential clients faster.

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Create an online business listing that can be found directly in Google search results and Google Maps.

Find Solicitors near me with Qredible.co.uk

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Qredible is an online platform that helps people connect with lawyers. Within a few clicks, a range of suitable lawyers, solicitors, conveyancers is presented along with direct contact details and links.

Communication

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Message, call, warm transfer, call routing, and call queuing for your team and clients. 

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Track inbound calls using CallRail with full attribution and call analytics.

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Easily record & share, track views, and chat live alongside your video. Free edition offers robust features for screen and video recording.

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Google’s email and calendar service is powered by GSuite, which features document creation, spreadsheets, calendars, and more. 

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More efficient than typing long emails or spending your day in meetings having conversations that don’t need to happen in real-time. Send quick and easy messages using video. 

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Invite everyone you work with to chat, meet, call, and collaborate all in one place, no matter where you are. Free to Microsoft Office customers.

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The online collaborative whiteboarding platform to bring teams together, anytime, anywhere. 

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Use the Nextiva app to stay connected when you’re away from your office phone, or replace your desk phone altogether when you utilize voice, video, instant messaging, and presence services from your mobile device.

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Outlook’s email and communication services are powered by Microsoft and also includes a calendar, task manager, contact manager, note taking, journal, and web browsing.

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Message, video call, assign tasks and events, and share files with your team and clients with ease.

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Send text messages from your phone that automatically sync with your CRM.

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Slack is gaining popularity amongst law firms that are embracing cross-departmental communication workflows. It’s where the people you need, the information you share, and the tools you use come together to get things done.

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Enterprise video conferencing with real-time messaging and content sharing.

Salesforce

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Litify is built on top of Salesforce’s platform and offers features and tools specifically for legal professional needs. Use the Salesforce mobile app to access Litify in the cloud.

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For administering your Litify org from your mobile device.

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Automatically collect feedback at any point in the customer journey on any channel (email, web, SMS) using the Net Promoter Score (NPS®) framework.

Price: Free for Ask Nicely Customers

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Basecamp is more than just a project management tool — it’s a better way to work.

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The CalendarRules App enables calculation of events based on a trigger; review actual rule text and calculation logic; email the results or add events to your calendar and assign a matter description.

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A quick guide to making and responding to objections in court.

Price: $2.99

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Take notes anywhere. Find information faster. Share ideas with anyone. Meeting notes, web pages, projects, to-do lists—with Evernote as your note-taking app, nothing falls through the cracks.

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Juryinahurry gives users the ability to make a great impression from the start of jury selection by giving instant visual images that details the type of jurors in the case.

Price: $49.99

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LastPass remembers all your passwords across every device. 

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Get access to people powered data, at scale and in real time. Discover insights and new ideas to drive your business forward.

Price: Free for SurveyMonkey Customers

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Time Master is a convenient time tracker used by law firms of all sizes. 

Price: $9.99

How Will Your Firm Adapt to a 21st Century, Remote Workforce?

Equipping your employees with the proper tools to be effective as ever, no matter where they are located, is essential to a 21st Century law firm. The nature of work is changing in the United States, and it is time for the legal industry to change with it.

Adopting some of these tools into your technology stack is a great start, and Litify’s all in one legal management platform can bring them together in one collaborative workspace for your entire firm. Let’s talk.