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Law firm inefficiencies don't just make legal work slower and more cumbersome, they also rob lawyers of income. Firms constantly write down hours for tasks that were spent inefficiently, reducing client bills for work that took too long to complete and taking potential income away from attorneys.

Just how much money do such write-downs cost? Tens of thousands of dollars per lawyer, per year, according to a new study by the Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute.

When it comes to technology and the law, the future might not be here yet, but it's on its way. Despite the legal industry's reputation as a cautious adopter of innovative technology, some lawyers are starting to take steps towards integrating cutting-edge tech into their practices.

But you don't have to be a BigLaw firm or a massive tech enthusiast to start testing out technology that could change the legal practice. There are some you can start using today.

Want your documents safe protected from U.S. snooping? Store them on servers located outside the United States. That's the lesson from Microsoft's landmark win in the Second Circuit, yesterday.

In that case, a unanimous 3-judge panel ruled that communications controlled by American companies but stored on foreign servers are outside of the reach of domestic warrants issued under the federal Stored Communications Act. Microsoft is believed to be the first company to challenge such warrants and its win has been hailed as a victory by privacy advocates.

Silicon Valley's Y Combinator Funds 'Turbotax for Immigration'

Y Combinator, one of the most popular funding entities in Silicon Valley, has decided to send its money into the coffers of a company that's trying to become the 'Turbotax for immigration.' The company in question is SimpleCitizen. And if the Y Combinator is correct, this could be big news for the future of immigration law.

Self-driving cars, autonomous vehicles, high-tech Roombas -- call them what you may, but they're becoming increasingly visible on our roads, in our headlines, and, perhaps soon, in court rooms. And self-driving vehicles aren't just for techno futurists in Silicon Valley anymore; even the federal government and major Detroit automakers are on board. But as the recently-revealed fatality involving the driver of an auto-piloted Tesla car shows, there are still plenty of questions about self-driving cars' safety and any liability for accidents.

To help you navigate our (possibly) driverless future, here are our top articles on self-driving cars, for lawyers.

Robot Editors Are Proofing Your Legal Documents Today

BigLaw firms still employ summer interns and summer associates to do a lot of the grunt work associated with editing and proofreading, but solo and small firm attorneys don't usually have that luxury. What do the smaller guys do when there's not enough money to go around?

These days, more and more small firms are employing software to do the editing for them. These robot editors are getting cheaper, too. Some robots are even questioning the hallowed words of Supreme Court justices. This sounds great, and you may even want to get your very own. But where do you start?

You've got your document formatted exactly to specifications: titles are properly bolded, block quotes are well blocked, bullets sit in perfect lines. Then you insert just one troublesome picture or footnote -- everything is shot. Goodbye beautiful formatting; goodbye well-arranged page. Hello desperate plea for a last-minute extension.

It doesn't have to be like this. With a few quick tricks, you can help escape Word formatting hell -- at least most of the time.

We all want to do less and earn more. But when that doesn't happen, we need to do more to earn more.

But you don't need to work through the night in order to get work done. There are plenty of tools out there to help increase your productivity, helping you become a more efficient, effective attorney. Here are three.

Artificial intelligence is finally moving into the legal world. Within the past two months, two major firms have partnered with artificial intelligence companies, hoping to hand over a sliver of their legal work to robot lawyers. But despite the emergence of AI-assisted BigLaw firms, lawyers have been slow to adopt artificial intelligence and machine learning technology, and reasonable skepticism remains. After all, your computer program might win on Jeopardy, but can it pass the bar?

Which is to say, when it comes to AI and the law, the field is still in flux. To give you a quick overview, here are seven of our top recent posts on artificial intelligence, from the freshest section of the FindLaw archives.

The impact of technology on legal practice isn't just felt in eDiscovery, incriminating selfies, or AI junior associates -- it's also playing out in courtrooms. Tech's impact in the courtroom ranges from cutting edge, still hypothetical applications like virtual reality crime scenes, to everyday uses like electronic filing and electronically displayed evidence.

But how are judges, often considered tech-averse, responding to these changes? They love them, according to a recent survey by the New York City Bar Association, but they also don't always use tech to its fullest potential.