Creative Ways Lawyers Can Use Tablets
Posted on January 23, 2013 by Michael Martin Leaño
Tablets are commonly used for browsing the internet, watching videos, and playing games—in other words, leisure. Take note, however, that these nifty devices aren’t all fun and play since they can also be useful for the legal profession. Here are several creative ways that lawyers can use tablets:
For legal research
Conducting legal research means you’re either stuck in a law library or behind your computer, which can be difficult while you need something when you’re outside your office. But if you have a tablet, all you have to do is download the necessary app to get your legal research done even when on the road or in the courtroom.
The AustLII app (for iOS and Android), for instance, lets you search legal documents or browse legislation from every state and territory. The U.S.-based WestlawNext app (for iOS and Android), on the other hand, allows researchers to work even when offline.
Through its camera, tablets can also function as a mobile scanner. It lets you save copies of documents by simply taking a photo. That way, you won’t have to lug around countless documents in your briefcase. This benefit also allows you to go paperless and save on costs.
You can take notes like regular people by jotting stuff down using a notebook or calendar, and sure, the method works. However, you can make your life easier by using tablet apps like Evernote to make notes, record voice messages, attach photos and notes to specific clients, and share notes with colleagues. You can even synchronise all your files in several devices, including your office desktop.
With your busy schedule, it can sometimes be difficult to stay in touch with your clients. You can call them using your mobile phone, but if your tablet has a front-facing camera, you can easily hold video chats for a more personal touch.
Even depositions have become easier. With apps like Live Deposition (for iOS and Android), you can attend a deposition even when you’re on business in another corner of the globe, allowing you to save on travel costs and improve productivity. You can even use such apps for meetings.
You can also use your tablet to find locations relevant to your case. For instance, if your client provides a street name, you can easily find it using apps like Google Maps or Nokia’s Here app. These programs can also be used for investigating case details like distances between places and travel times. The best part: you won’t have to travel to these locations to get the information you need.
Your tablet is a great mobile storage solution that you can bring with you anywhere. It can contain large amounts of data or access the cloud for even more storage space. If you want to make backup copies of your documents, all you have to do is synchronise your tablet with a computer or connect it to a removable hard drive. You can even retrieve your updated files from any device with internet connectivity.
These days, presenting evidence can be done on desktops and laptops, but bringing these computers around can be quite a chore. Fortunately, there are now apps like TrialDirector for iPad that provide the same functions. With TrialDirector, you can put together a presentation that shows documents, exhibits and all sorts of evidence for your trial.