A practice growth expert has revealed how legal professionals can successfully navigate around the many apps on the market to determine which ones are worth using in their line of work.
Speaking at Lawyers Weekly’s Future Forum, Blueprint practice growth expert Andrew Abel said as “traditional law markets are under threat”, legal professionals need to be up-to-date with technology, including what apps are currently available in the market.
According to Mr Abel, there are four apps legal professionals can be using to ensure efficiency throughout their business and stay on top of their competitors, while effectively managing day-to-day life.
The first, he said, is a platform called LastPass. Mr Abel noted this is more for those who operate their business from multiple accounts.
“This one is a repository for all your passwords,” Mr Abel told attendees.
“I'm not at the place yet where I feel comfortable putting my bank account details in there but for all of the passwords you use and any systems, your logins, etc., can go into a tool like that.”
The second app he said is worth legal professionals looking into is Dropbox.
“This one is really great for file backup and for getting documents on the run. It’s also a pretty useful collaboration tool,” he said.
Thirdly, Mr Abel said Evernote is a key tool available to legal professionals.
“Evernote for me is my idea repository on the run,” he said.
“It does a few things. Let’s say I've just had a great idea [for a client], I can pull it out, open a note, I can press record and I’ll simply speak into my phone. I'll put the idea into my phone and file it away.
“Then when time comes to use that, I go in and retrieve it and its there for me. I don't have to think about it anymore after I’ve saved that note.”
Last of all, Mr Abel referenced an app called SnagIt as an app worth using.
“It's a PC-based tool. What it does is let you take screen captures and videos,” he said.
“What do I use it for? I'm using it to record webinars or trainings. I'm using it to communicate by taking screen dumps of what I want to be annotating and sending it off to my people in the Philippines.
“What could you use it for? I reckon procedures and training manuals is probably the best thing.”