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Are you planning on starting your own practice in the new year? If so, you might be looking to outfit your office during the holidays when prices on some good-enough-for-legal-work consumer-grade tech might be at an all-time low price.

Below, you can read about some of the best tech essentials to be picking up before you open your new law office's doors.

When Video Evidence Gets Deleted

A recent civil suit involving a South Carolina school and student who was incessantly bullied, attacked, and injured while at school, highlights one critical problem that attorneys can often face when trying to get that holy-grail surveillance camera footage: poor data storage retention policies.

The school claims that by the time they were served with a preservation of evidence letter by the plaintiff, it was already too late. Their system had already deleted and overwritten the relevant time periods several times, essentially rendering the data unrecoverable.

Frozen Embryos and Divorce: Court Offers New Guidelines for Custody Rights

Cryogenic rights, procreational autonomy, and embryo embargo are not the usual issues in divorce court.

In a landmark Colorado case, the Colorado Supreme Court tried to address them. A divided court resolved the questions for a divorcing couple, and offered guidelines for others.

In a futuristic world, it's not likely to be the last word in the field. However, at least there are some new terms.

For lawyers, email is quickly becoming the preferred method of communication with nearly everyone. It creates a wonderful paper trail that shows how diligent we are, while also sending messages nearly instantaneously (and dependably, unlike email's older brother facsimile).

Over the last several years, there's no doubt that, email etiquette has evolved as it has become more ubiquitous. And for lawyers, that means being just as diligent when sending an email as when sending a letter, as the two have nearly the same force and effect these days.

Below, you can find seven tips for becoming a better email writer.

In these modern times of wearable tech and 3D printed doodads, a reasonable person usually doesn't act before Googling, and a reasonably prudent person never acts without Googling twice.

The world might as well update the age-old idiom to: Google twice, click once.

And when it comes to the reasonable person standard, a.k.a. the reasonably prudent person standard, the internet has changed everything ... maybe. For litigators, proving someone didn't act reasonably when they had the opportunity to Google might seem like a stretch, but is it? Or more importantly, will a jury buy that argument?

There's no doubt that artificial intelligence is doing more now than it has ever done before, and many businesses and individuals now rely on some form of A.I.

In the wide world of litigation, we've already seen an Alexa and other devices get harvested for data, and the number of times a smartphone's data has been used to hoist an unsuspecting petard-maker continues to grow. But what happens when a discovery request gets made to inspect an A.I. or robot interface?

Depending on who the adversary is, and the context of the litigation, you could be in for a big discovery battle, and, surprisingly, courts may not be so willing to help if you don't have a good reason.

As more and more tools continue to be developed to help businesses service clients, lawyers may want to take a step back and take a crack at thinking up new ways of doing things around the office.

You don't need to reinvent the wheel, but if there's a new type of wheel on the market, you might want to take it for a test drive to see if it suits your needs better than your old wheels.

Even if all you can think of are ways to save time in the way the office operates, those efficiencies should translate into savings which should translate into more earnings. And simply by taking a step back and looking at how you actually operate, it's very likely that you'd be able to find at least a few tasks that could be automated, or done better or quicker, with the help of technology.

Is It a Good Idea to Record Client Communications?

Wouldn't it just be weird if Michael Cohen's recordings become President Trump's undoing?

Cosmicly weird because tape recordings are what brought down President Nixon. He refused to give up recordings of conversations with co-conspirators in the Watergate scandal, and the rest is history.

But Cohen's recordings are also lawyerly weird because -- besides Trump saying the attorney-client privilege is dead -- recording client communications is not always a bad idea.

With all that power to compute and show you delightful cat pictures and videos, you may not want to believe it, but your smartphone hinders your ability to think. At least according to the recent research published in the Harvard Business Review.

No, it's not the invisible microwaves or infrared, -blue, -green, or -fuchsia signals that pass through your skull. Your smartphone's very presence around you distracts you, and a distracted you is a you that's less able to think and solve problems. And, in case you couldn't remember because you're so close to your smartphone right now, as a lawyer, your job involves thinking and solving problems. According to the researchers, even with the sound, and the vibration, turned off, your smartphone hurts your ability to think.

Sadly, lawyers across the country can't just shout out in unison: 'Alexa! Make me a thousand dollars a week!' Well, while we can say the words, neither Alexa nor Siri are likely to comply.

However, one day, we could very well live in that world as legal technology doesn't show any signs of slowing down. An AI legal assistant could, in theory, perform intake, file setup, task management, legal research, and more. And as we approach that world, certain questions are going to come up, and likely to be chief among those questions is whether it is ever appropriate to charge a legal client for a virtual assistant's time, or work product.