Picking Practice Management Software: A Guide for Lawyers — NWSidebar

With all the different time and billing, practice management, and customer management programs these days, it can be difficult to choose the right one for your practice. Here are some red flags I’ve learned to recognize, as well as answers that give me confidence that lawyers are making the right decision for their practice.

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Best Business Apps for the iPhone

Are you an iPhone user?  Maybe a business owner?  Or someone who likes to learn about new apps?  If you’re in the vicinity of Central Oregon, consider taking Best Business Apps for the iPhone this October at Central Oregon Community College’s Chandler Lab.

Get the most out of your iPhone by discovering over 25 top-rated business productivity apps.

  • Learn how to scan and edit documents on the go
  • Schedule tasks with a tap of your finger
  • Sign a document on your phone
  • Share any type of file across platforms (iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac)
  • Transform whiteboard notes or sketches into an editable document
  • Connect apps and actions together with workflows to automate tasks
  • And more!

This will be a hands-on learning experience.  Download and follow along as I describe and demonstrate!  These apps are hidden gems and free to download from the App Store.  (With a few bonus paid apps thrown in.)

Prerequisite: Requires iPhone 4s or later with iOS 9.3.1 installed.

Read more and register here.

Best Business Apps for the iPhone

Calling all friends and readers in or near Central Oregon – coming this October to Chandler Lab, Best Business Apps for the iPhone.  

Make the most out of your iPhone by discovering over 25 top-rated business productivity apps.

  • Learn how to scan and edit documents on the go
  • Schedule tasks with a tap of your finger
  • Sign a document on your phone
  • Share any type of file across platforms (iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac)
  • Transform whiteboard notes or sketches into an editable document
  • Connect apps and actions together with workflows to automate tasks
  • And more!

This will be a hands-on learning experience.  Download and follow along as I describe and demonstrate!  These apps are hidden gems and free to download from the App Store.  (With a few bonus paid apps thrown in.)

Prerequisite: Requires iPhone 4s or later with iOS 9.3.1 installed.

Read more and register here.

All the Tech Tips You’ll Ever Need

Well… that may be a bit of a stretch, but this is still a goodie.

If you enjoy the ABA TECHSHOW format of 60 TechTips in 60 Minutes, you will certainly appreciate the lead-off presentation from this year’s inaugural Oregon State Bar Solo & Small Firm Conference.

Featuring Paul Unger and Barron Henley, “60 Legal Tech Tips, Gadgets, Apps and Websites” was a technology whirlwind.  I can honestly say I’ve saved the best post for last.  [If you missed out on prior posts, just time travel back to July 13 to see the beginning and work your way forward.]

Here are a few of the jewels Paul and Barron shared:

For the complete compilation, see this post on Storify.

All Rights Reserved 2016 Beverly Michaelis

Postscript

Also see the related story featuring Barron’s tips on “Superior Methods for Drafting Complex Legal Documents.”

Quick Tip: Fix Launch Problems with Outlook 2016

If Outlook 2016 hangs at the processing/start screen, odds are you have a conflict with an add-in.  For example, Kaspersky’s anti-spam add-in, which recently caused problems for me.

The link above explains how to fix this problem, but let me distill it for you:

If you are trying to run Outlook now, stop it:

  1. Use the tried and true CTRL ALT DEL combination.
  2. Select Task Manager.
  3. Click “Yes” if prompted: “Do you want this App to make changes to your PC?”
  4. At the top of the Task Manager under Apps, select Microsoft Outlook.
  5. In the bottom right hand corner of Task Manager, click on “End Task.”

Start Outlook in “safe mode.”

  1. Right-click on the Start button.
  2. Select Run.
  3. In the open box, type Outlook /safe (There is a space after Outlook)
  4. Click OK.
  5. The choose Profile box opens, click OK.
  6. Select the File tab, and choose “Slow and Disabled Add-ins.”
  7. Disable the problem add-in (in my case, Kaspersky’s anti-spam feature).
  8. Click OK.  Close Outlook.

Restart Outlook as usual.

[All Rights Reserved Beverly Michaelis 2016]