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Lawyers have busy, demanding jobs, and fast-paced lives. This makes mobile apps incredibly useful, because when your time is limited and you have an immediate need for organization and information, there is no better place to access that information than through your mobile device. Every lawyer should have these five apps downloaded on their smartphone or tablet to stay competitive and provide their clients with the best service.

Fastcase is a free app on the Android and Apple platforms that functions as a web-based law library which lawyers can use to prepare for oral arguments, search for regularly updated U.S. cases and statutes, prepare for settlement negotiations and client meetings, and more. Search functions are highly customizable, and you can sync your mobile search history and favorites to Fastcase use on your computer. This app is essential for lawyers who want to have fast access to the most up-to-date information available and serve their clients with that information.

Legal Edge
Legal Edge is a free app for Apple devices that allows lawyers to keep updated with the most current news, streaming articles and blog posts on a variety of subjects, including banking and finance, consumer protection, intellectual property, labor and employment, health law, real estate, and much more. All content is made available through JD Supra, a leader in the practice of law. Readers can even contact writers and blogger directly through the app with any questions. Staying updated on daily legal news is always useful when your clients will be experiencing the same problems as the ones in the news, and you have valuable knowledge about the relevant issues.

iAnnotate PDF
Storing, sharing and annotating documents, forms and notes in one place has never been easier with the iAnnotate PDF app for your Apple or Android device. Upload Word documents, PDFs, images, and PowerPoint presentations to store for your own use or share with clients. Content is also searchable by filename, tag, or within text so you can find the information you need quickly. Transfer files from your computer, Google Drive, Dropbox or other cloud storage and automatically upload changes. Going paperless is easy with iAnnotate, which saves lawyers the hassle of shuffling through notebooks and folders for the information they need. An organized lawyer is the asset every client wants, and iAnnotate will always keep you organized. iAnnotate PDF is $9.99 for Apple devices and free for Android devices.

ScanBizCards HD Lite
Networking is important for all professions, including lawyers. When you scan business cards of contacts you meet at work, conventions, trade shows and meetings, you will always have their contact information when you need it. This convenience is especially beneficial for lawyers, who can provide each other with valuable insight in the constantly changing world of law. This app is available for both Apple and Android devices, listed with Android as ScanBizCards Lite. Not only does the app store scans of your business cards, it also sends contact information to your address book or allows you to merge with an existing contact, add a personal note for each business card, share business cards over email or text message, or export contact information to popular platforms like Salesforce and LinkedIn. ScanBizCards Premium offers the full expansion of features and is available from the Google Play Store for only $1.99, or $9.99 listed as ScanBizCards HD Business Card Reader in the Apple store.

Record billable hours and track employee time with iTimeKeep, a timekeeping app available on Android or Apple devices for free. As a lawyer, you should get paid for all of the time you devote to your clients and their cases both at home and on the go or while traveling, and with a mobile device, recording every task is easy. Those eight minute phone calls or 20 minute meetings really add up when you record them diligently. There is also a voice to text feature for when you need to record time quickly. Employees will be happy to record their time with iTimeKeep, and you can save money because you won’t need to purchase expensive software.