Original Post By Tim Baran

Hand working with a Cloud Computing diagramWe published a Paperless Law Office E-Book which includes Paperless Law Office: Essential Systems (and Tools). But during related “paperless office” presentations over the past year, the same question kept popping up: Can you recommend brands of the tools that law firms use? In other words, what’s the best scanner or shredder to get? I’ve gotten lots of feedback and here’s a list of recommended tools from law firms that have gone paperless.

Scanner

By far the winner is the compact but powerful Fujitsu ScanSnap. Others include Doxie for on-the-go scanning and Shoeboxed, the mobile app that scans and organizes receipts and business cards.

Shredder

You’ll be shredding lots of paper as you convert to digital and there are lots of shredders to chose from. Fellowes 450Ms 7-Sheet Micro-Cut Shredder with SafeSense comes highly recommended. You may consider outsourcing your shredding but do your due diligence. See what one such company, Iron Mountain, advises in their post: What Every Law Firm Needs to Know About Shredding (*But May Not Think to Ask).

Document Storage

Suggestions were split between the popular Dropbox, Box, and Google Drive for storing documents. The Evernote faithful gave their two cents though it is mostly used for note taking. NetDocuments which saw a 250% new legal customer increase in 2015 also came highly recommended. Amazon Web Services is starting to make some waves for its affordable pricing, flexibility, and security measures. Of course, if you already use a cloud-based practice management system, you’re set with unlimited document storage.

Note Taking

The top three more frequently cited apps are Evernote, Microsoft’s OneNote, and Google Docs. There are tons of other options but you’re pretty set with these. Many use Google Docs along with either Evernote or OneNote.

Password Management

The more digital tools you have, the more passwords you have to remember. Create secure passwords, and for heavens sake, don’t write them down. Use a password manager. 1Password is one of the top recommendations. I’ve used it for years and it’s one of my indispensable tools. Dashlane and LastPass are two other popular options.

Dual Monitors

You’ll need at least two monitors when you go digital so you can pull up a document or video or whatever you want to reference in the project you’re currently working on. It’s essential. It increases productivity and eliminates the frustration of switching between tabs or screens. Monitor options are plentiful and inexpensive. You can get a good Dell or Acer 21-24 inch monitor for under $200 at your local electronic store.

Firms also spring for Adobe Acrobat Pro. No paperless office is complete without it. See our other post: Going Paperless – Adobe Acrobat Tips and Tricks.

Original Post: http://www.legalproductivity.com/practice-management/law-firm-paperless-office-tools/

TimBaranAbout the Author: Tim Baran comes to Rocket Matter from BaranCLE, his continuing legal education service venture founded in 2008. He also served as director of library services and CLE at the law firm of Anderson Kill & Olick for ten years, and prior to that, Cardozo Law School and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals library. Tim brings his social media excellence as Rocket Matter’s ambassador to the online community via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, blogs, and other channels.