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Did you know that there is now a National App Day? No, it's not a real holiday, or even one of those "bank holidays." Yes, it's a marketing gimmick created by some company that wants to market their own apps, and Nationaldaycalendar.com, you know that website that tells you what "National fill-in-the-blank Day" it is. Notably, it's only on year number two.
And in order to properly honor these companies' bold proclamation of December 11 as National App Day, below you can find five types of apps, with no specific app suggestions, that lawyers should probably all be using.
Case Management Apps
If you have a caseload and you're using case management software that doesn't have a companion app that at least gives you limited functionality on the go, you need to seriously rethink your case management software selection. Mobile apps should be standard, and if one isn't offered, consider taking your business elsewhere, as being able to input dates and todos while you're still at the courthouse or onsite with a client is so much easier and more reliable, especially when that calendar can sync up to other calendar services.
Social Media Apps
Since keeping your thumb on the pulse of the people can be a critical when it comes to marketing and more, keeping up with what is going on, on various social media platforms can help you connect with potential clients and the public, as well as develop your public persona and reputation. And with how simple the apps are to use, a lot of this can be done from the comfort of your couch after-hours and while watching TV or relaxing.
VoIP and Video Chat Apps
While many phones may come with native video calling software installed, you probably want to have a third-party app installed on your smartphone or computer that will work across platforms (Ie. iOS to Android). Video calling, especially for potential clients, can really make a world of difference for both you and the client. Simply put, it is a much more intimate digital handshake that lets you evaluate the potential client and the potential client to evaluate you better than a standard phone call.
Cloud Storage/File-Sharing Apps
While you may not want your most confidential electronic docs and files to live in a shared cloud system, there is definitely a plethora of options these days with varying levels of security and cost. And the benefits and convenience of cloud storage really makes it something that every lawyer should be using.
For those lawyers who have paranoid clients, or might be paranoid themselves, or might have good reason to be paranoid, there are several encrypted messaging apps that will, hopefully, keep your messages online to and from clients secure.