Posts Tagged legal technology

Lawyers see need, design legal software

Here’s a recipe for change: Take one motivated, tech-inclined lawyer. Mix well with needlessly time-consuming tasks. Let frustration simmer. Throw in software development talent. Expected result: a startup software company serving the legal industry. That’s the recipe that baked three recent Canadian start-ups and their products. Three

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Trend of multiple monitors continues to grow

Five monitors sit on Peter Aprile’s desk. He uses the three on the left when he’s on the treadmill under the left side of his stand-up desk. When Aprile sits, he pivots the middle monitor and clicks an icon on his desktop to create a similar three-screen

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Getting time tracking down to a science

New software captures billable hours The financial crisis of 2008 permanently changed the legal services industry. That’s when businesses began to exercise greater diligence in managing their legal spending, according to Peter Zver, who claims greater scrutiny of law firm invoices have led to more challenges of

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Mobile devices gaining importance in probes

Whether a case centres on employee theft, insurance fraud, intellectual property theft or a range of other matters, cell phones and other mobile devices can contain “relevant information that shouldn’t be ignored,” says Chuck Rothman, director of e-discovery services for Wortzman Professional Corporation. “Information on phones can

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Cut down the amount of time spent on searches

Robert Drake figures he spends about 15 hours each week searching for information. “Fifty years ago, I think the entire bar would only have knowledge of six cases in an area of law,” says Drake, an associate at Goldman Sloan Nash & Haber LLP. “Now there are

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Looking for efficiencies in a complicated system

Remember that children’s board game, Mousetrap? It’s a Rube Goldberg machine that uses an unnecessarily large number of moving parts to catch a mouse. Part of the entertainment came from wondering whether the machine would effectively transfer the kinetic energy required to catch the mouse. Now replace

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Hosted solutions shift expenses away

  This is the second instalment in a two-part series in The Lawyers Weekly offering basic advice to law firms that want to make cost-effective technology decisions. This time, we’ll look at hosted solutions. Businesses of all stripes use applications and data storage outside their own (fire)walls, and law

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Technology changes don’t need to be expensive

Automobile owners and business computer users face similar decisions and anxieties. They each rely on complex machines, rarely understand the inner workings of these machines and they often don’t know how to cost-effectively acquire and maintain them. This is the first of two-part series to offer basic advice to

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Software makers respond to spam law

Earlier this year, in reaction to Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL), various organizations flooded their contacts’ inboxes across the country with requests for permission to continue sending them e-mails. Software developers also responded, marketing systems that help businesses comply with CASL. Knowing little about CASL or the systems being

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Going online with dispute resolution

We bank online. We earn continuing legal education credits online. We even work online. But the day when Canadian citizens can resolve common, low-value legal disputes online seems a long way off.

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