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3 PDF Tips for Lawyers

If there's a single file type out there that makes life simpler, easier, and more efficient for lawyers, it's the humble PDF. Forget .docs or .ppts. The portable document format (that's the PDF in PDF) blows them all away.

It's simple to use, with the ability to add complexity. It's file agnostic, allowing you to bring multiple file types together in a single document. And it does a good job at securing files and metadata. Here's how to put the PDF's handy features to work for you.

Most attorneys aren't exactly early adopters of new technology. Plenty of us don't rush to install the newest software when it comes out. (I know a few lawyers who would still use MS DOS if the world would allow them.) But, those of us who are slow to update might be forced to soon.

If you're still using an outdated operating system, Chrome is about to kick you off -- which is great news. There's no better time to update your aging software than today.

US Charges Hackers Who Targeted JP Morgan

Federal Prosecutors finally unsealed an indictment of criminal charges against three men who orchestrated what has been described as the "largest theft of customer data from a U.S. financial institution in history." The formal indictment does not name the financial institutions directly, but a Reuters report confirms that JP Morgan Chase and ETrade were amongst the targeted companies.

The indictment alleges that three men -- two Israelis and one American -- co-conspired over the course of years to electronically hack, con, and illegally traffic goods profiting in hundreds of millions. In the words of Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, "The charged crimes showcase a brave new world of hacking and profit ... This was hacking as a business model." The range and extent of their crimes is too massive to list here.

5 Tips for Hiring a Legal Tech Consultant

Don't fight the technology: master it. Or get someone who is a master to the job for you.

Small firms are depending on technology more and more to help them keep their business running smoothly. We've previously written about considering a social media dashboard to help you manage the social media accounts associated with your firm, so we're squarely in the camp that technology is your friend.

But you're lawyers Many of you might not have the necessary skills to handle a major tech crisis. And even if you did, we hope you're so busy with clients that you can hire a technology consultant instead. Here are a few suggestions for hiring the right consultant for your legal tech needs.

E-Discovery Is Not Getting Easier Anytime Soon

Mercifully, the days of discovery that involved physically transporting bulky folder boxes are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Now, lawyers are opting to keep electronic forms of discoverable evidence on their electronic devices. E-discovery has even been one of the main factors that cause "paperless office" predictors to hold the views they do.

But a new monster has taken its place: the problem of dealing with hoards of mountainous electronic data. Ironically, the shift away from mountainous physical discovery into bite-sized electronic chunks has only encouraged data expansion to include files that even are only remotely related to the case.

Age Detection Software Poses Big Risk for Employers

If you're not already aware, a browser extension application was created recently to give a web user an estimation of an individual's age based on their LinkedIn information.

In this age of "there's an app for that," this is hardly a shocker. But did you ever stop to think about the possible legal implications?

Harvard, not content to be the world's premier owner of books bound in human flesh, wants to unleash its giant law library on the world. The university announced this week that it will be digitizing its massive law library in order to create a complete, searchable database.

Oh, and it will be free. Suck it, Lexis and Westlaw, says Harvard. (Westlaw, of course, is a valued legal resource and sister company to FindLaw. We wish them only the best.)

A recent article in The Atlantic asks the question, "do lawyers need offices anymore?" No. No they do not. The article features several firms that have made a successful go of it as virtual practice, forgoing the wood paneling and real-estate fees for practices operated largely over the Internet.

We at FindLaw, of course, have long been proponents of the virtual office. You don't need to be a tech genius or a cutting-edge innovator to give up on commercial leases. Pretty much any attorney can operate a virtual practice these days. Here are 11 ways to get started, today.

Tips for Using Technology to Automate Your Firm

Today, technology must be utilized effectively to manage the torrent of info coming your way. The more that can be automated by machine, the better.

We've done pieces on technology and the law before, and today the saga continues. Here are a few more programs to consider for your firm.

"Metro, boulot, dodo," the French saying goes. It's the catchy summation of the modern tedium: commute, work, sleep, over and over till you die. They should have added "preso" to the mix. For when it comes to corporate monotony, the predictable, boring presentation reigns supreme. And nothing represents that more than PowerPoint, Microsoft's ubiquitous slideshow software.

Thankfully, there are alternatives to the norm. (We're talking presentation software here, not bohemian lifestyles.) While PowerPoint might be pervasive, it's not the only option. Here are seven alternatives to help you live a .ppt-free life, without sacrificing quality presentations.