Because we know that the success of your work is of the utmost importance to you and your attorneys, we continue to focus on providing you with useful tips, tools and information in our e-newsletters.
To this effect, this month we have included an article which outlines the benefits of using an iPad as a legal tool, as well as helpful information on how to “fight the battle against clutter.”
As always, we invite you to send us any articles or tips you may have regarding the discovery process, so we can share them with our readers.
iPad as a Legal Tool
By Christina L. Koch, Inserra & Kelley
As technology advances, paralegals get more and more in tune with software which can assist us, personally and professionally. Paralegals are consistently looking for ways to streamline our organizational structure with technology, from word processing to trial presentation software. As technology advances, society continually looks for the smaller, more portable, most functional option.
After using an iPad for over six months, I can attest that it is a wonderful legal tool. There is seldom a day I do not use the iPad. The iPad is fairly expensive, starting at $499.00 for the 16 GB Wi-Fi models, accelerating in price to $829.00 for the 64 GB Wi-Fi plus 3G. The 3G models allow you to have service wherever AT&T has service; however, in order to get the 3G service, you must purchase a data plan from AT&T.
Everyone loves something for nothing. Marketers invest a lot of time and effort trying to appeal to that trait. A recent trend in the legal arena has seen an explosion of so-called “rebates” programs and expensive gifts and rewards to attorneys or their staff for scheduling depositions.
It is important to be aware that accepting these so-called “rebates” offered by court reporting firms may attract the attention of the Internal Revenue Service. Some secretaries and paralegals are participating in the rebate programs without the knowledge of the firm or attorney. The rebates, in the form of cash, gift cards, travel, and shopping are made to influence the selection of court reporting firms when scheduling depositions.