6 The Other Stuff

There are many other technologies you can incorporate into your practice, and this text isn’t a comprehensive guide to those. The American Bar Association maintains a buyer’s guide of technology companies – both hardware and software – that sell to legal professionals. It’s as much advertising as anything but is a good collection of companies to research. Similarly, American Lawyer Media has its Legaltech Directory.

A better option is to get the latest edition of the Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide by Sharon Nelson, John Simek, and Michael Maschke. Go to the ABA Book Store and search for technology guide. The Guide has explicit recommendations for products and is updated annually (as of 2015) and you may find your law school library has earlier editions that will give you a free starting point.

Law practice is a largely individual pursuit and adapting technology often comes down to how you want to practice. Some lawyers swear by dictation and may use their smartphone app or a digital recorder to capture their writing for someone else’s transcription. If you are attempting a paperless office, you may be among the lawyers with a desktop scanner on your desk. Other lawyers swear by the need for multiple monitors, especially in document-heavy practices.

Some lawyers have fax machines. Some decide to use fax software and skip the hardware. You will almost certainly need a printer of some kind. But your practice area, client demands, and personal work style will lead you to make these selections. There’s no right answer.

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