Category archives of LTR: Services

Services that lawyers can use to increase their productivity. Even when they are usually software-based, these services are mostly accessed online and they all have some kind of user accounts or monthly fees.

Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts video meeting

Google Hangouts is essentially Google’s response to Skype. The free service is available for set up if you have a Google Plus profile. With Hangouts, you can conduct video meetings with one or multiple users. You can share computer screens with Hangout participants. You can even live stream the conference and save it to YouTube. Here's a look at Google Hangouts and how it stacks up against Skype.


When Your Email Manager Goes Down

Email client down

A few weeks ago, errors were detected in a file and I needed to run an inbox repair tool. Unfortunately, the repair tool was difficult to find. In the interim, I still needed to respond to work emails. My firm email is through Go Daddy and I could log into Web mail to review my emails. I could also retrieve my emails using my Samsung Galaxy SIII and on my iPad. But I was having a hard time organizing the incoming messages. That’s when I decided to use Gmail as a temporary fix.

Is public WiFi safe?

Data privacy and client confidenciality are a key part of the law practice. But how do these security concerns translate to the Internet? Are we really protected when using public WiFi networks? Read more to learn some basic WiFi usage tips and improve your security in these public environments.

Google Scholar Update Review

Google recently announced that it has updated Scholar to make it easier for lawyers and legal researchers to find significant opinions. This week, Lawyer Tech Review examines the changes to Google Scholar and highlights the three “Visual Indications of Importance” icons used in the Works Cited tab.

How to recover from hard disk crash

The consequences of a hard drive failure can be devastating. In addition to data loss, time is lost replacing the hard drive, installing and configuring software. However, there are some relatively simple steps you can take to protect against a crash. Read more to find out how cloud-storage systems and other services can allow you to quickly backup your data and minimize the impact of a crash.

Cloud storage as backup

To store data in the cloud generally means backing up electronic files on the Web and storing them in remote data centers. Some law firms are turning to cloud storage as a cost-effective and convenient way to back up their data or as a back up to a hard drive back up. But some firms, citing concerns about turning over confidential information to third parties, remain reluctant.

trade iPhone for cash

Gadgets are expensive. The benefits of having the latest iPhone, Android or Blackberry have to be weighed against the cost of acquiring the new device, the time needed to get it set up and the learning curve involved in getting to know a new smart phone. But one trade-in program helps tip the scale towards a purchase.

Reading Talkscribe transcription

Reviewing voice mail is a tedious task for many lawyers. Voice-to-text transcription services can make keeping up with voice mail easier and work well in a paperless office. This week Lawyer Tech Review highlights TalkScribe, a voice-to-text transcription service.


Dropbox in the Hot Seat

DropBox data security concerns

Dropbox has quickly become one of the most popular cloud-based storage services among lawyers. But recent accusations leveled by one prominent security researcher may have some attorneys reconsidering the choice. The central issue is whether Dropbox employees have access to the contents of a user’s file.

Dropbox logo

For lawyers, having instant, secure access to files and documents from anywhere is a necessity rather than a luxury. To achieve that end, many are turning to cloud computing without blowing the law firm’s budget. One popular cloud-based storage service that allows law firms and attorneys to back up, sync and even allow client access to documents is Dropbox, a service that likens itself to a secure magic pocket for all of your files. Read more to find out how some lawyers are using Dropbox in their law firms.

Skype videoconfereces logo

Videoconferencing through the use of Skype has been embraced by teens as a way to stay connected with friends. Grandparents have discovered the merits of Skype as a way to bond with grandchildren. But what about lawyers? Is there a use for Skype at work? Lawyer Tech Review posed that question recently and the answer was a resounding yes. Read more to find out how Skype can be cost effective for the client and boost productivity in the law firm.