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You're finally upgrading to a new P.C., or you're getting rid of those old external hard drives you found in the storage closet. Maybe you have a ton of dated USB drives you no longer need, now that you're cloud-based.

Whatever you do, don't just toss out, sell, or give away your old hard drives. First, make sure you wipe them of their data. Here's how.

There's software to manage just about every aspect of the modern law office: your email, your word processing, your document storage, and your meetings. And there's even software to help you maintain and improve your client relationships.

If you're using paper client files or managing client relationships on an ad-hoc basis, we'd suggest checking out some client relationship management software. Here's why.

PACER is no one's favorite database. Sure, the Public Access to Court Electronic Records service gives you online access to federal court documents, saving you the hassle of calling a courier or heading down to a courthouse yourself. But the service is not particularly user-friendly, intuitive, or functional. The fact that it nickel-and-dimes you (literally) for every page of public records you view is just icing on the "God, I hate PACER" cake.

And now, a coalition of nonprofits is suing over those fees, arguing that the 10-cents-a-page price tag isn't just excessive, it's illegal.

If you're handling a case with significant eDiscovery needs, it's impossible to go it alone. Even large firms and businesses will bring on eDiscovery counsel, vendors, and experts to guide them through the process.

When it comes to choosing your eDiscovery team, where should you start? Here are some simple guidelines.

The Internet's attention span is short, but its memory is long. And if you've done something embarrassing, you'll be reminded every time you Google yourself. Maybe you sent out a tasteless tweet, wrote a horrible college op-ed, or casually pepper sprayed a group of college students. Now Google won't let you forget it. What can one do?

In France, they have a "right to be forgotten," the ability to petition Google and other search engines to remove web pages from search results. We don't have that here in America. We have cold, hard cash. And the University of California, Davis has been spending a fair amount of it, trying to scrub its 2011 pepper spraying incident from the Internet.

5 Easy Tips for Cybersecurity at Solo Law Firms

Yesterday, we put in our two cents about the recent hacking of America's BigLaw firms by Russian hacker, Oleras. Hopefully you weren't one of the many firms on that list. But if you're feeling a little more secure in your firm's network because you're a solo lawyer, don't. Hackers are after your discovery.

We've reviewed some security suggestions that came up at the recent 2016 ABA TechShow. Follow these steps to safeguard your firm's sensitive information.

Legal tech promises to make the industry quicker, more agile, more efficient. You can take in clients online, have your AI-robots handle their simplest matters, even mine your email data to determine how happy they are with your services. But do you?

When it comes to law firms and legal technology, there's a lot more written about what could be done than what actually is.

Proposed Legal Thesaurus Might Help You Draft the Perfect Contract

Contracts are critical instruments for keeping lawsuits at bay. Wouldn't it be nice to have a lawyer's thesaurus laying around during those times when we just can't think of another synonym to "person"?

Should You Go to Trial Paperless? Are You Kidding?

At FindLaw, we're consistently bemused by Internet lawyers' fascination with "going paperless". Many of us once believed that all law offices would be completely devoid of any paper, one day. Trees rejoice!

Now another slightly less ridiculous notion has reared its head: going to trial without a single sheet of paper in hand. It sounds wonderful, green and modern. But would we do it? Heck, no.

There are plenty of legal apps out there. Some are great, but many are a bit meh. I don't know too many attorneys who need an app to tell them how many days remain between now and their next court appearance. (Most of us know how to use a calendar.)

But lawyers do need apps. Indeed, a few good apps can make an attorney's life much easier. They just aren't often legal apps. Here are nine that we suggest trying out.