Creating a form that others can fill out online can be a little tricky unless you have the proper tools and know-how. Here is everything you need to know about creating fillable and shareable forms in Word and PDF.
Our jobs are so word-intensive that you really can’t make it all that far in law if you aren’t a natural wordsmith. Good news is there’s an app for that! Here are 10 legal writing tools to simplify your life and improve your writing.
Fortunately, preparing documents for opposing counsel has become much easier in recent years. These simple tips will help you go a long way toward having a sense of security when sharing information with your opponents.
Document management systems are fantastic – if they’re used (and used correctly). Here are five of our favorite tips to improve efficiency and ensure a smooth eFiling experience.
Today’s technologies have made the practice of law infinitely more efficient and accessible for today’s solo/small law firms to thrive!
While most of us are familiar with the process of converting a Word document to a PDF, especially as most courts now require that all eFilings be made in this non-editable format, many remain in the dark with respect to other conversions you can accomplish.
Given the prevalence of eFiling, firms are required to be nearly perfect when submitting their documents to a court. We’ve compiled a last-minute “quick check” to help ensure your next filing is a successful one!
Learn how to merge and split existing PDF documents within the most common software platforms (Adobe Acrobat and Nuance) for a successful court filing.
When the conversation turns to digital files, a paperless office, and cloud-based storage, many lawyers vow to never give up their accordion files, manila folders, and post-it notes. But the paperless law firm is definitely the wave of the future – or the present for some practices. Like it or […]
The font style must be essentially equivalent to Courier, Times New Roman, or Arial. – 2017 California Rules of Court, Rule 2.105 When the focus of your briefs must be the content and conveying vital information to support your case, it can be easy to keep the visual details of the […]
In the legal industry, and just about everywhere else, the Portable Document Format (PDF) is the gold standard of file formats, used globally to carry the permanence of a paper document into the digital space. Developed in 1992 by Adobe, the goal was to make the PDF a secure digital […]
In this age of computers, smartphones, digital voice recorders, and so on is note taking even a necessary skill for legal professionals anymore? Legal professionals attend numerous meetings and rarely show up in the conference room without a notebook (a paper or electronic one), but do they actually take notes, […]
Good grammar – following the rules for commas, punctuation, and sentence structure – is considered by many to be essential for effective writing. But in the age of informal writing via texting, social media, and email, does grammar really matter for quality legal writing anymore? Legally speaking, yes it does. […]
eFiling and eService are rapidly replacing the old way of doing things in local courts across the U.S. In Texas, for instance, almost every one of the state’s 260 local courts will soon require electronic filing (and therefore also eService) and in California, more and more courts are moving online […]
A well-formatted and -presented legal document can go a long way toward enhancing readability. However, worrying about consistent formatting can seem trivial when it’s the content that really matters. If (like me) you’re a bit of a pedant for a consistently-presented document, then you may have spent a lot of […]
There’s a good chance that you spend much of day working in Microsoft Office, and specifically the bulk of that time in Word, Excel, or Outlook. Whether you love it or hate it, it’s what you’ve got to work with. So, rather than rage against the machine, learning to make […]