Organizing Apps For Legal Professionals

At CompuScripts Court Reporting, we understand the need to stay organized.   Every day we send court reporters to locations in the Upstate, Midlands, and Lowcountry of South Carolina. We host depositions in our conference rooms in Charleston, Columbia, and Greenville. We deliver transcripts via E-transcript, TextMap, and YesLaw PDF. As the holidays approach, however, and we add parties, school performances, and family travel to the mix, staying organized becomes even more important. We’ve been researching mobile apps to help our legal industry clients stay on top of things, and these are some of the best we’ve found.

Remember the Milk

In his book, iPad Apps in One Hour for Lawyers, author Tom Mighell states, “I recommend this app first because it’s the one I use every day.”   Available for smart phones and tablets, Remember the Milk allows the user to create unlimited to-do lists, set due dates, map tasks, and sync lists with Microsoft Outlook. Attorneys and paralegals can create separate lists for individual clients or cases. There is a free version, but Mighell recommends upgrading to a Pro account ($25/year) to take advantage of all its features. Remember the Milk is available for Android, iOS, and Blackberry.

Tripit

Whether you’re going to Grandma’s house for a turkey dinner or to a construction site for legal video, it’s important to keep up with your travel details. Lawyer Tech Review recommends Tripit, saying “This free, useful app allows you to build itineraries and schedules, as well as providing maps and weather forecasts for any given location. You can even use it to make restaurant reservations or book theater tickets – should you have any time to yourself!” Bruce Balmer, CompuScripts vice president and NCRA Certified Legal Video Specialist, uses Tripit to organize his transportation and accommodations, whether he’s participating in a video deposition or addressing a legal videography conference. “I like it so much that I paid to upgrade to the Pro version ($49/year), which sends travel alerts, manages airline and hotel rewards programs, and finds alternate flight information in the event of an emergency.” Tripit is available for iOS, Android, Blackberry, and Windows Phone 7.

Things

Forbes Magazine is a big fan of Things, a task-management system developed by Cultured Code in Stuttgart, Germany, saying that it is a great tool “for actually getting things done.”   Things collects, focuses, and organizes tasks, sending the user daily to-do lists so nothing is forgotten.   Changes are sent instantly to Things Cloud, which automatically syncs the user’s devices.   Among its many awards, Things has won an Apple Design Award and a Macworld Editors’ Choice Award. Things is available for iOS, and prices vary, depending on the device.

And finally,

Carrot To-Do

If you need a bit of prodding to get organized, Carrot To-Do might be the app you’re looking for. “Carrot is basically a to-do list but it has kind of its own personality. And the personality is that of, like, kind of a friendly but also condescending dictator.” That’s how Dan Amira, senior editor at New York Magazine, described the app on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” Patterned after the vegetable on the end of a stick, Carrot To-Do allows the user to create to-do lists, and as items are crossed off, the user is rewarded with prizes as such as virtual kittens or invitations to parties… in Iceland. However, Carrot’s web site warns that if tasks are not completed in a timely manner, the app’s initially friendly mood becomes darker. “Slackers make me upset,” the app announces. “You do not want to make me upset.” Shaming and name-calling ensue. Carrot To-Do is available for iOS.

No matter how much you have to organize this holiday season, CompuScripts can help. We offer services in court reporting, video conferencing, and legal videography.   In addition to our South Carolina resident court reporters, we network with firms worldwide to accommodate your schedule, whether depositions take you over the river or through the woods. While we can’t roast your turkey or wrap your presents, we can deliver you high-quality transcripts and legal video. So happy organizing, and Happy Thanksgiving!