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10 Best Apps to Help Lawyers Streamline Basic Tasks

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By Casey C. Sullivan, Esq. on June 01, 2016 12:59 PM

Robots can't run a law firm -- at least not yet. But when it comes to your basic tasks like scheduling and time keeping, you can save a lot of money by putting the computers in charge. (Or at least letting them help you out.) A few simple apps can help you streamline many typical tasks, from responding to email to collecting a settlement.

So, if you're looking for some tech to lighten you workload, here are 10 recommendations, from the FindLaw archives.

1. Are You Ready for Amy, the Robot Secretary?

Artificial intelligence is making massive technological strides and has the potential to reshape the legal industry. But right now, you might want to just use it schedule your meetings. Enter "Amy," an AI bot that handles email appointment-making, so you don't have to.

2. Startup Takes Contract Management Into the 21st Century ... for Free

Contract management is tedious and labor intensive, especially if they're paper-based. But a new Silicon Valley startup wants to streamline the process, by executing digital contracts via e-signatures, for free. Can it take contract management into the digital age?

3. JuryTracker App Helps Lawyers Keep an Eye on Jurors

When it comes to jury selection, it might be time to throw out those sticky notes and piles of legal pads. A new app promises to make tracking jurors simple, with an easy-to-use interface. It even has emoticons.

4. Lawyers: Don't Forget to Use Evernote to State Connected

With so many apps, websites, and documents to help you get things done, you need a program that can streamline all your streamlining. Evernote might be it, allowing you to collect research ideas, URLs, docs, and other information in one place.

5. 5 Timekeeping Apps for Lawyers

You didn't get into law because you loved tracking every minute of your day. But, for many of us, tracking hours is an inescapable part of the job. These apps can make it a bit less painful.

6. 3 Free Apps to Help Lawyers Manage Projects on the Go

You can't always be in front of your desk. And that can be a major problem, if your computer is where all y our information is. Luckily, there are mobile-based options that allow you to keep on top of things while you're on the go.

7. Can't Make Your Court Appearance? This App Can Help

Too busy to make that minor court appearance? Need an appearance attorney ASAP? Don't worry, there's an app for that. Really.

8. Need to Collect a Settlement? There's an App for That

There are apps that let you buy a beer, apps that split the check, and apps that help you pass the time. There's even an app that lets you be Kim Kardashian for a day. And now, there's an app to help you collect a settlement.

9. 5 Speech-to-Text Dictation Apps for the Dictator in You

Many attorneys spend hours a day clacking away at the keyboard. Give your hands a rest with these dictation apps. You say it, they write it. It's as simple as that.

10. Like Coffee? Like Scheduling? We've Got the App for You

Alright, this latest Microsoft offering isn't exactly the most transformative technology of the year. But if you're in to Starbucks and you love scheduling meetings in Outlook, it's the niche product for you, allowing you to set up a caramel macchiato-flavored date right through your email.

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