other annotations as hearings or other matters progress. In
addition, I can bookmark and label specific places in the documents so that I can quickly get to the part that I need. I have
also used iAnnotate to sign and send documents when I am
out of the office. I hope to create a series of intake and other
forms that clients can fill out directly on the iPad.
Similar apps – These two have worked so well for me, I
really haven’t looked into any others.
Document creation is not the iPad’s strong suit. However, it is
possible to create and print Word and Excel (or Pages, if you
are an Apple user) documents on your iPad. While it is still
easier to create documents on a regular computer, document
creation apps are handy for editing or if you need to prepare
a document and all you have available is the iPad. There is
somewhat of a learning curve, but once you learn the controls,
they actually work fairly well. The app that I use that is compatible with Word is Smart Office 2.
HOW I USE IT — Although documents can be created from
scratch, I primarily use this app if I need to edit a document.
Smart Office 2 can be connected to Dropbox, which allows me
to open the document I need in Smart Office 2. I can print
the document using one of the various apps that connect with
wireless printers, like iPrint&Scan, for Brother printers or
Print Central Pro for other types of compatible wireless printers. Unfortunately, if your WiFi printer is not compatible for
some reason, you can still print from the iPad, but you have to
wirelessly connect to a computer to do so.
Similar Apps — Pages.
This is an area where the iPad excels. I was never much of a
PowerPoint fan, but putting together beautiful presentations
is really easy on the iPad. I actually use two apps for this,
Haiku Deck and Keynote.
HOW I USE IT — I use Haiku Deck to create my slides.
This app allows you to choose a theme. Additional themes are
available for in-app purchase. Then, you can choose a layout,
import pictures and add text. The beauty of Haiku Deck is it
limits the amount of text and bullet points you can add, so
your slides don’t become too busy or boring.
Although Haiku Deck can also be used to control your slides
when making a presentation, I prefer to download the deck to
Keynote. Keynote allows you to include speaker notes and
other information that is visible to you, but not the audience. I
connect my iPad with a dongle attachment to a projector or use
Apple TV to present on a television screen. If I want to move
around the room, I can use a second iPad or my iPhone as a
controller to advance the slides and check my notes.
There are a number of apps geared specifically to lawyers.
TrialPad, for example, is designed especially for presentation
of evidence during trial. This app is used with Apple TV or a
projector. At $99, it is relatively expensive, but is well worth
the cost if you try a lot of cases. TabLit is a great app for motion practice. You can write your argument notes on the iPad
(or on your desktop computer to sync with your iPad, with a
paid subscription). TabLit allows you to include links to cases
and statutes that you may need to access during your argument. It also includes a timer and allows you to take notes,
although only via the keyboard, during arguments. This is my
go-to application for motion practice.
Similar Apps — TrialNotebook.
Because all work and no play . . . Walking Dead — This app is
based on the TV show, and requires you to make moral and
tactical decisions, which affect the story. RealMyst — Just like
the computer game. NWL
Denise Lukins is a solo practitioner
in Vancouver, WA, who practices real
estate, business litigation, and animal
law. After practicing law with various
firms for 15 years, she noticed that law-
yers tended to invest in great hardware
and software, but rarely utilized all the
features available. She decided to open
her own office and use technology for a
more efficient, cost-effective, and fun practice. She can be
reached at email@example.com.