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Law firms, from solos to big law, can usually benefit from using the latest, most advanced technologies available. At least, that's the promise of new tech.

However, when it comes to new tech for practicing lawyers, not everything will add value or create a worthwhile benefit. In fact, if a firm has a solid system in place, there could be virtually no reason to make any changes at all. Growth can be overrated, especially when you're happy with the status quo and making good money.

But, if you are considering outfitting your practice with the latest and best tech available, below, you'll find a few tips on how to start your search.

Attorneys are often advised to learn and adopt the latest and greatest new tech has to offer. But, there is a certain appeal to just having a system that reliably works and doesn't require continual updates.

For lawyers who have that, convincing them to change their ways will be nearly impossible, unless you can point to a potential ethical violation. After all, if something isn't broke, why fix it? Right? When it comes to finding the right tech, it can be rather challenging, but once you have it, you'll be one of those lawyers who are technologically set for life. As such, lawyers as a group tend to embrace hardware and software that is no longer supported by the maker, a.k.a. "legacy systems."

In these modern times of i-devices and wireless everything, cybersecurity is really important. From phishing scams to firewalls, lawyers and law firms need to be in the know in order to avoid being victims. Minimally, practicing good password security is a must as being duty bound to protect client information means potentially massive liability for data breaches and passwords are generally the keys to the data kingdom.

Among the most promising cybersecurity developments involves the integration of biometrics into authentication processes. Basically, using biometrics means that a malicious hacker cannot break into a password protected system by cracking the password because the password isn't typeable, at least in the traditional sense.

Surprisingly, biometric passwords, like a fingerprint or Apple's newest Face ID, are rather popular among employees (especially lazy and negligent ones), and are also good for business. Below, you'll find a few reasons to consider dumping your old passwords and jumping on the biometrics bandwagon.

Technology is a beautiful thing. It helps you do more, and do it faster, better, cheaper, and while sitting poolside halfway across the globe. With a few grand and the right combination of hardware and software, a lawyer can be as well oiled of a machine as the six million dollar man.

However, since we lawyers aren't Lee Majors, when we consider buying new tech for our practices, getting a good deal actually matters. But when buying tech at a discount for your firm, beware of a few common pitfalls and traps.

When it comes to technology, new and old, different devices will be helpful for different people. Sure, maybe every lawyer should have a smartphone that syncs their many calendars and has an extensive address book, email capabilities, and even mobile web browsing.

But beyond a smartphone, a computer, and a printer, what technology do you actually need? The newest widgets, whatnots, and whiz-bangs, may be fun to play with, or even serve as a status-symbol of sorts, but will any of them actually help you be a better lawyer?

Is It Time to Hire Alexa as Your Assistant?

Alexa, the voice of Amazon's Echo products, is everywhere.

She started out as a feature of Echo, a smart speaker that could also control other internet- connected devices in the house or office. Then she spawned Echo Dot, which can fit almost anywhere.

For lawyers who have been waiting for Alexa to come to life, the Echo Show also has a face. It might be time to meet your next digital assistant.

Is Drone Delivery Really Happening?

A drone will soon be able to deliver a package in 30 minutes across town for $5 to $10.

It gets better, says Matternet CEO Andreas Raptopoulos as his company prepares to launch a drone delivery service. "When you increase the density of your networks, then there is a pathway to get the cost below $2," he said.

It's exciting times, including for law firms that need couriers like Domino's needs drivers, except for one thing: drone delivery companies are taking a little longer to get off the ground in the United States.

Buy or Lease Tech Equipment? Ask Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonard DiCaprio can't afford to buy his party yacht -- fully equipped with three swimming pools, a gym, fitness hall, cinema, and helipad.

DiCaprio, who is reportedly worth about $245 million, rented the $678 million "Topaz" to party with his friends. What's a guy to do when he can't buy everything?

To lease or buy, that is the real question. It's as true for the rich and famous as it is for the law office manager, especially when it comes to tech equipment.

Legal software keeps getting better and better. While the fear of being replaced by an artificially intelligent robot looms more closely for some lawyers than others, for the rest of us, the technological advances just make practicing law even better, and easier.

If you've been thinking about using smart contracts, or some other type of legal AI software or service, you probably have a few questions. Below you'll find five of the top frequently asked questions on smart contracts and legal AI software.

Everyday Tasks for Lawyers Now Obsolete Thanks to Technology

Reflecting on the old days may tell us how old we are but also what we left behind.

In an always evolving technological world, it reminds us that somethings will never be the same. For better or for worse, this is especially true in the practice of law.

For those who remember a time before Kimmel, here's a Letterman-like list of Top 10 Lawyer Things That Are No More: