|Attorney at Work has listed the top iPhone and iPad apps
being used by lawyers at the start of 2012 according to National
Purchasing Partners and Verizon (NPP) together with a bonus
download with descriptions and links to more than 30 of the most
popular iPhone and iPad apps for lawyers, organized by trial and
pretrial apps, reference apps and apps to aid
The top ten list is available here: "Top iPhone and iPad Apps for Lawyers" and the
bonus download from NPP is available here: "Bonus Guide: 30 Top iPhone and iPad Apps for
While some of the most popular apps are of a more general kind
(LinkedIn and G-Park for assistance in finding your car if you have
forgotten where you parked it), here is a description of some of
the more specific legal professional apps on the top 30 list:
- Things - a "to-do-app" that
helps you manage tasks, notes, due dates and projects.
- GoodReader - a PDF reader for the
iPad that allows you to read virtually anything, anywhere: books,
movies, maps and more, as well as to mark up PDFs.
- Auditorium Notes - a multitasker app
that allows you to take notes and record audio simultaneously, with
a handy way to organize, review and share your audio and text notes
from meetings, classes and conferences.
- Evernote - a webb organizer that helps
you remember anything and everything from notes to ideas to
snapshots to recordings, with instant synchronizing from your
iPhone or iPad to your Mac or Windows desktop.
- QuickOfﬁce Mobile Suite - the
essential Microsoft Ofﬁce productivity tool with advanced editing
of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint ﬁles, with integrated ﬁle management
and convenient access to multiple cloud services.
- Fastcase - an app for caselaw research
in the USA, including cases, statutes, regulations, court rules and
- TrialPad - an app for trial
preparation and presentation. It combines the features of keynote
with a robust filing interface to make organizing and presenting a
trial binder more effective in court.
Other good apps that are not included in this list, but that
have been recommended by for example, Stephanie Kimbro of Virtual
Law Practice in "Using the iPad with My Virtual Law Practice",
- SignMyPad Pro - which allows you to
sign any document from your iPad. The Pro version of the app tags
the GPS location and date/time stamp in the metadata of the PDF
when it's saved.
- LogMeIn - usable when you are
traveling and have forgotten to upload something from your laptop
to any online resource.
- Dropbox - can be used for storing
documents, but due to security issues you should not store
confidential information here.
- Skype for iPad - for basic web
In Sweden a new legal app for ABL, i.e. the Swedish Companies Act
(Sw. Aktiebolagslagen), was recently released by Swedish
law firm Glimstedt. And last month, the Apple Apps Store released
the Total Attorneys practice management platform's
iPad and iPhone app. This app allows a lawyer to
operate a law practice from the iPad and/or iPhone with
secure access to the virtual law office platform. Case and client
management features are all integrated into the app, and it syncs
with the full browser version of the software.
On the site iPad4Lawyers you can find more
good advice on how to use iPad in legal practice by Tom Mighell. At
Lawyerist.com there are also
often advice on useful software and apps, like in the post "Free software I can't live without" by Sam
Glover, where the easy file encryption software
TrueCrypt is recommended for increased data
However, when discussing the usability of iPad apps, the issue
of security need to be addressed. As Stephanie Kimbro comments in
Using the iPad with My Virtual Law Practice "Security on mobile
devices is still a concern of mine. I'm probably more conservative
in my use of the iPad than most, but then again, the majority of my
communications with my clients online are handled through a
system with end-to-end encryption of the data. I'm striving here to
find the responsible balance between security and cost and time
savings. It's that risk/benefit analysis that constantly changes as
the technology and software evolves." After having tested the
new Total Attorney's platform, Stephanie Kimbro has
a more positive view, expressed in her article "Release of iPad App for Virtual
Practice": "There has been much discussion about how
lawyers need to be careful about using mobile devices for
elawyering. I believe a secure system like this that carries over
the encryption and other security measures from the full version is
the safer way to go if you are a lawyer who intends to work
directly with clients and/or with their case files or other lawyers
on a cloud-based system."