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can practice effectively alone, at home,
without staff --if you have the right software.
Here's what works.
XP: The latest version is a
complete redo, and is touted as something we
all need. I have reservations. It
won't work with some software and some
hardware. If you want to upgrade, make
sure your legal-specific software is
compatible, or you are in deep doodoo.
Don't get me wrong. XP works great. It never crashes, which is a real boon. The changeover,
however, was painful.
Assembly: Gives you the
ability to go beyond cut-and-paste in
building form files and brief banks.
Haven't tried it myself. Visit HotDocs
for a free trial, if you can get it to
download. Lawyers seem to love HotDocs, but
I'm a bit put off by their web site which
doesn't work. One of these days, I'll
between online and CD Rom based products.
You can also
use a combination of each. The
internet offers options which are very
inexpensive, and some which are very
complete. The goal, in any case, is to
get law books out of the law office.
Have you seen versuslaw.com?
Although Windows comes with some basic
programs to keep your computer running, scan
for viruses, and repair problems, you need a
good utilities program. See our Utilities
Recognition: Yep, it
actually works. Talk to your computer
and it types your dictation. I haven't
tried this myself, but hear it's great. One
universal tip is to buy a good quality
headphone set, and make sure you have a
decent sound card in your computer.
Apparently, the software needs high quality
input, and a computer that can process it.
Management: Click here to see our page.
I use Amicus Attorney, and would not think
of practicing without it. This is an
inexpensive, powerful program which does
everything but shine your shoes on the way
to court. Please send me reviews or comments
on other systems, and I can post them
- Word Processing:
See our page. WordPerfect is still the
number one legal word processor, but Word is
making a run at our old favorite. One
reason to consider WordPerfect is its Law
Office Suite, which includes Amicus
Attorney, Hot Docs, and much more.
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