Legal Apps for iPad and Tablet Users
iJuror: This app allows attorneys to enter information about jurors and keep notes about them during the trial process. It is $9.99 and available for iPad.
The Juror Rater: This app rates the probable bias of prospective jurors by evaluating four factors. The results indicate the bias toward Criminal Prosecution or Civil Defense. It is $25.00 and available for tablets.
Iannotate PDF: This allows you to collect, organize and search PDFs. It also gives the ability to “write” notes on a PDF and can be shared with other users. It sounds like a very useful app for someone who isn’t always at the office or doesn’t have the ability to print a document to read and edit or take notes on it. It is available for both iPad and tablets; however, it is $9.99 for the full version for iPad or free for a lite version.
ezPDF: This app allows you to write and type directly on the document as well as highlight or underline text. You can also fill out forms and attach images and you can listen to your documents with TTS (text to speech). It is available for tablets and it is $2.99.
Audiotorium Notes: This app allows you to take notes and record speech at the same time. You can record hours of audio in different audio formats which you can share with people via email or iTunes file sharing. You can also use other apps or serve the web while the app records. It is available for iPad and it is $5.99.
Note Everything: This app is a note taking app which allows you to take notes by painting, text or voice. You can also share your notes by sending them to a calendar, barcode, Google docs or to a clipboard. It is available for tablets and it is free.
Sign-N-Send: This allows the user to sign documents on their iPad and either save or send back to the person. It would give the ability for a paralegal to email a motion to their attorney while in court and have the attorney sign it on the mobile device and send it back to the paralegal. They can also highlight things in the document if need be. It also gives the user the ability to fill out a form and save or send as well. It is available for iPad and is $4.99.
SignDoc: This allows the user to sign documents on their tablet and save or share with someone. In addition to allowing the user sign the document with their finger tip or using a stylus, it also allows you to take a picture of the signature and save it on the document. It is available for tablets and is free.
Fastcase: This app allows the user to search case law for Federal Law, Special Courts and State Law in all 50 states. This is available for iPad and tablets and is free.
Dropbox: This allows the user to have access to all of their documents and pictures on all of their mobile devices as well as their computer. It also allows the user to share their documents with other people. This is available for iPad and tablets and is free.
Cab4me: This app allows users to find a cab quickly in your area. You can get additional information about the company like types of cars available and payment methods accepted. This app is for Android and iPhone users and is free.
HopStop: This app allows users to get detailed information regarding public transit schedules and routes aswell as walking and biking paths in the United States, Canada and Europe. It has many multiple search options to find the quickest way to get where you’re going like searching closest to your location or searching by arrival time. The app also has service alerts for major cities like New York City, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington DC. You can also share the routes via Twitter. This app is available for Android and iPhone users and is free.
Gasbuddy: This app allows users to search by current location for the cheapest gas. The information is provided by users of the app so it is constantly being updated. For every gas price you report, you earn points towards prize give-aways. This app is available for Android and iPhone users and is free.
Yelp: This app allows users to find businesses in the area like restaurants, gyms, salons and more. You can narrow the search by distance, rating, price point, what’s currently open and who’s offering a deal. This app is available for Android and iPhone users and is free.
Urbanspoon: This app allows users to find restaurants near their location and filter by neighborhood, cuisine or price. You can also make a reservation from your device and read reviews of the restaurant from newspapers, bloggers and fellow users. If you are an indecisive user, the app has a “slot machine” feature. This allows you to pick your location, type of food and price point and then shake your phone to see result. This app is available for Android and iPhone users and is free.
XpenseTracker: This app allows users to track expenses for business and personal. You can take a picture of your receipt and attach it to the corresponding entry. It also has a mileage option to keep track of mileage and type in a description for the mileage. You can email an excel spreadsheet with all of your expenses for that month to your account or yourself. The spreadsheet will include all entries with their categories, descriptions and pictures of receipts. This app is available for iPad and is $4.99.
Hotels.com: This app allows users to find hotels by price, location and/or rating. You can book directly from your phone and read other users reviews. This app is available for Android and iPhone users and is free.
Flipboard: It got great reviews for being very user friendly and beautifully presented. It appears to be a more efficient way to check and update multiple social media sites like facebook, twitter, google plus, news sites and your favorite sites. Most importantly it’s free. For someone who belongs to multiple social media sites and actively participates in them, I think it would be beneficial. It is available for iPad and some versions of tablets.
Pulse: Users of this app have the ability to gain access to over 250 publishers and blogs. I actually downloaded this one and it’s really neat! They have a “catalog” that lists categories (technology, news, sports, cooking, entertainment etc.). Within these categories are all of the publications you can “subscribe” to. These are then added to your dashboard where you can thumb through the stories/posts for the day and share them with other people. This one is also free and available for iPad and tablets.
Google Translate: This app gives users the ability to translate phrases between more than 60 languages. Users can either type or speak the phrase and the app will translate in text with the option to play an audible version as well. The app is available for Android, iPhone, iPad and tablet users and is free.
CamScan: This app allows users to “scan” a document by taking a picture of it. You can adjust the resolution and straighten the document as needed. The user can then upload documents to Google Docs, Evernote, Dropbox, MobileMe iDisk, Box.net and more. This is a great app to use in case of an emergency but wouldn’t recommend using it for everyday use. Unless the user has a perfect environment (great lighting, no shadows, perfect angle etc.) the document is still hard to read. This app is available for Android, iPhone, iPad and tablets and is free.
Task to do: This app allows users to get organized by keeping track of to-do list items. You can share the list with friends as well as access it from your phone, tablet and Astrid.com. It automatically sends you reminders when tasks need to be completed and if you share your list with someone, it will send them notification when you have completed something on the list. This app is for Android and iPhone users and is free.
Doodle: This app allows users to schedule meetings with anyone anytime without double booking or time zone issues. You can share your availability with anyone and connects with your existing calendars. When setting up a meeting, you have the ability to send multiple available times to avoid the “back and worth” scheduling conversations. This app is available for Android users for free and iPhone users for $2.99.
A useful blog to follow for Android and tablet users is www.theAndroidlawyer.com. The author is a lawyer in Oklahoma and blogs often about Android technology and how it can benefit your firm.
A useful blog to follow for iPad and apple users is www.mycaseinc.com/blog/category/apps-legal/. The author is a lawyer and blogs about the practice of law as a whole and she provides a lot of practice tips.