If you’re a lawyer who loves Android devices but you haven’t yet figured out which apps will help you in your law practice, you’re in luck! Here are some great Android apps that will help you to stay on top of your law practice no matter where you are.
First, let’s focus on the substantive legal apps developed for lawyers using Android devices.
For conducting free legal research on the fly, look no further than the Fastcase app. Another great resource is dLaw, which provides free access to federal statutes and rules along with access to Google Scholar’s legal research capabilities, and also offers paid access to various state statutes and rules.
For a functional legal dictionary, there’s LawGuide.
For specific practice area tools, there’s Karl’s Mortgage, a mortgage amortization app and QuickTax, an app that is chock full of tax-related information.
Picture it Settled is an app that is currently free, although it may start charging an access fee down the road. This app aids in settlement negotiations by using predictive analytics – including vast amounts of settlement data – to assist lawyers during negotiations.
And of course, there are apps devoted to legislative and Supreme Court topics, including We the People (the full text of the U.S. Constitution), Congress (everything you ever wanted to know about Congress and pending bills), and PocketJustice (everything you ever wanted to know about the U.S. Supreme Court).
If a mobile office is what you seek, the following apps will help you achieve that goal. First, there’s Documents to Go, which is a great, albeit somewhat pricey ($24.95), word processing app that allows you to create Word documents.
Next, ScanToPDF is a really handy app that turns your Android device into a scanner. EFax is a mobile fax app that is a really useful tool, but you have to sign up for the eFax service in order to use it. Finally, there’s SignEasy, an app makes it easy to sign a document using your finger or a stylus and then share the executed document via email.
A few apps turn your Android device into a personal assistant. First there’s SpeakToIt, an app that allows you to speak to your phone in order to obtain all sorts of information and also performs tasks and notifies you of important events. And, finally, DictaDroid ($1.99) is a dictation app that transforms speech into text.
Download a few and see how much you can get done using just your Android device.
Nicole Black is a director at MyCase.com, a cloud-based law practice management platform. She is also of counsel to Fiandach & Fiandach in Rochester, N.Y., and is a GigaOM Pro analyst. She is the author of the ABA book “Cloud Computing for Lawyers,” co-authors the ABA book “Social Media for Lawyers: the Next Frontier,” and co-authors “Criminal Law in New York,” a West-Thomson treatise. She speaks regularly at conferences regarding the intersection of law and technology. She publishes three legal blogs and can be reached at email@example.com.