Lately I’ve been helping a lawyer friend of mine learn how to use Windows 7 for his business.
He specializes in many forms of law that are situated under the defense attorney niche in oxford ms located at oxford-attorney.com.
Of course he’s been using a computer all of his life for projects under microsoft word and excel, but he needed help keeping his workflow efficient and organized.
Family law requires lots of attention to detail as this area of the law needs plenty of documentation on all the matters relating to couples wanting a divorce, an agreement over child custody, or how to handle the many delicate matters surrounding child support.
For instance, it’s been very hard for him to listen to all of his notes on the voice recorder he uses for his clients so he had his assistant sign up for an evernote account which can help keep these documents in order.
And with the evernote program on his windows 7 desktop, he can go to these whenever he wants quickly and easily.
There are many other apps a lawyer can use to easily communicate with clients and move the case forward like Dropbox and the Goodreader App that helps sync all your law documents to it, Documents To Go, LogMeIn, and FastCase.
I first heard about these apps after reading this article at the aba journal.
Documents To Go allows my lawyer friend to install an app on his computer in windows 7 that lets you access everything on your pc when you’re away from it.
LogMeIn does the same thing except it helps when there is software that’s only for PC, and you need to get into it immediately from your phone.
GoodReader is an app that automatically syncs all my friend’s important briefs, pleadings, etc. into Dropbox.
All of these apps combined have helped him boost his family law services simply because he has a lot more time now!
This way, he can take on new clients, get their needs met quickly, and not spend every waking moment at his office.
I’m focusing on apps mostly in this article because as of now its 2015, and many programs will be slow or not feasible to use on windows 7.
But I also know that it’s hard to move your entire workflow over to a new system like Yosemite for Mac or Window’s latest update.
All that matters most of the time is that the computer keeps working and that a lawyer can easily access his documents as quickly as possible.
With these apps, you’ll be able to keep your computer working as it is while updating it for modern technology used in iPhones and Android compatible smart phones.
Your clients are depending on you after all to make sure their lives are as undisturbed as possible during the brutal process of divorce and attempting to look for suitable solutions to their child custody issues.
And I doubt that they’ll take the excuse of “windows 7 was running slow” as a good enough reason that you couldn’t fix their problems in time, especially if they’ve already paid for a retainer.
If you’d like to see my friend’s site, you can go over here to http://www.oxford-attorney.com/ and see how basic he’s made his site all from windows 7. Yet it still works fine!