21 Best Apps for Lawyers

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Today, most people take their phones everywhere—at home, abroad, and even at the office. But how much are you getting out of your mobile phone for your legal practice? With cloud-based legal technology, not only can you optimize your billable hours and customer service by increasing your availability, you can access your firm remotely. The best part? There are many apps for lawyers—designed specifically to help firms achieve their mobile goals.

Uniquely designed apps for lawyers make a difference

Creative use of your smartphone and tablet can simplify your day-to-day. Whether you’re an iOS or Android user, there are plenty of lawyer apps that you can use to build a powerful infrastructure for your practice that will allow you to work remotely.

Here’s a look at some of the top law firm apps available. Some of these apps were designed specifically for lawyers, while others simply work well in legal practice.

We’ve linked to all of these apps on the app stores for iOs and Android, so you can download them and get started right away.

OneNote and Evernote: For taking and organizing your notes

Evernote has long been an industry leader in its simple design and ability to capture notes and recordings on the fly—in a multitude of formats. In addition to taking, saving, and organizing written notes, Evernote integrates with your smartphone camera. You can capture an image from almost any surface (receipt, whiteboard, paper), rotate it, crop it, and adjust it to the dimensions required, and easily share it from your mobile device.

For Clio lawyers scanning documents, this app has the added advantage of removing creases in folded documents, and can be used to turn business cards into contacts.

For lawyers operating in a Microsoft Office environment, OneNote is another good option.

Evernote and OneNote for iOS, Evernote and OneNote for Android

Feedly: For keeping a finger on the pulse of the legal industry

With social media, we create, circulate, and consume more and more content at an increasingly rapid pace. Still, for research, marketing, competitor analysis, and more, lawyers need access to real-time content. The solution? You need a tool that lets you filter out what’s not important to create a useful knowledge base.

With Feedly, you can streamline your content monitoring and social shares so you’ll never miss a case or trending topic. Organize your content into streams, collect articles with tags, and share them easily across social media and separate accounts.

Feedly for iOS and Android

Dictate+Connect: For dictation

The original go-to for the mobile lawyer, the dictaphone, has undergone innumerable facelifts during the internet era. Dictate+Connect allows you to turn your iPad into a dictation device that can be synced with Box, within your Clio account. Simply record and sync testimonies and interrogatories to your evidence.

Dictate+Connect for iOs (free or paid) and Android (free or paid)

OneDrive, Box, Dropbox, and Google Drive: For document storage

If you’re working remotely and using your mobile phone, you’ll need a cloud data storage service that lets you access your data from anywhere. OneDrive, Box, Dropbox, and Google Drive fit the bill, with some having notable advantages:

  • Google Drive offers direct integration with Google Docs, which allows you to edit all your documents directly from your browser without needing any other programs.
  • Box offers in-document searching for enterprise-level accounts.
  • OneDrive inherently integrates with the Microsoft Office suite, making this a good option for Microsoft users.

Your data is safe in the cloud as well. Dropbox, Box, and Google Drive employ data encryption, as well as physical and electronic security protocols at their server sites. (Read the security policies for Dropbox, Box, and Google Drive. Also, here’s a post about security and OneDrive.)

OneDrive, Box, Dropbox, and Google Drive for iOS, and OneDrive, Box, Dropbox, and Google Drive for Android

Tip: If you use Clio Manage, you also have unlimited document storage with in-text searching and the ability to quickly edit documents from there, and you can view your documents from the Clio mobile app.

Penultimate and Noteshelf (iPad only): For taking handwritten notes

If you like the tactile sensation of writing, it’s worth trying out an app that lets you store your handwritten thoughts electronically. Both Noteshelf and Evernote’s Penultimate app are good options.

Need to take notes by hand but also need to stay organized? Evernote syncs with Penultimate and processes your notes so that you can search for handwritten text within the app.

iAnnotate, GoodReader, and PDF Expert: For annotating and marking up documents

Whether you’re working from your mobile phone or not, you’ll likely need to review and mark up documents. You need a robust PDF reader that allows you to redline, highlight, and add notes and comments to your documents.

Three good options for lawyers are iAnnotate, GoodReader, and PDF Expert. GoodReader syncs with Dropbox. And, iAnnotate and PDF Expert allow you to sync documents from multiple online sources such as Dropbox and Google Drive, making document management even easier.

Skype: For meeting with clients

A video calling and messaging app like Skype truly allows lawyers to practice remotely. Need to quickly meet with a client in a different time zone (or even a different zip code)? Schedule a short video call with them via Skype. Need to call an international number? Make the call via Skype at a much lower cost than mobile or landline rates.

Skype for iOS and Android

Fastcase: For legal research

Fastcase is the world’s largest free mobile law library. It’s an indispensable app for attorneys practicing law away from the office. Fastcase also integrates with Clio, allowing users to accurately keep track of time spent on legal research.

Fastcase for iOS and Android

Slack: Also for legal research (and communication!)

Slack, an extremely popular communications app, is being increasingly used in law firms. Just as Clio integrates with a multitude of apps and web services, Slack is compatible with similar integrations such as Zapier and provides for the automation of onerous legal work like legal research. By setting up an RSS feed that monitors precedents for new citations, you can create an opportunity for it to be discussed with case stakeholders and colleagues in a special Slack room, streamlining your costly research process—even while working remotely.

Slack for iOS and Android

Zapier: For everything else

While this isn’t technically an app, Zapier can help mobile lawyers save a lot of time. It seamlessly allows you to automate actions between your favorite apps by setting up Zaps between them. For example, you could designate a notebook in Evernote, where each new note will save automatically to a designated matter in Clio.

There are a myriad of options with Zapier. If you’re spending any amount of time on repeatable tasks between apps, it’s worth checking out whether you can automate them with a Zap.

Clio: For Legal Practice Management on-the-go

Finally, you’ll need a cloud-based legal practice management solution that allows you to operate your practice remotely. A mobile app solution (like Clio’s) will allow you to access your client data securely, remotely, anytime.

With the Clio mobile app, you can track time, view client information, create new matters and contacts, and more.

Also, Clio integrates with many of the other apps on this list (we have over 200 integration partners in total), which means you’ll be able to run your entire practice from one place. Better yet, Clio Manage syncs directly with Clio Grow, enabling your firm to create an excellent client experience from intake to invoice.

For more tips on working remotely be sure to check out our guide, How to Work Remotely as a Lawyer.

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