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Reduce the Size of Those Huge PDF Files (August 20, 2020)

It happens too frequently even today. A legal team scans a huge document of 100 pages because the lawyers need a digital copy with original signatures or a court filing stamp. The result is a 45 MB PDF file. Their email system does not allow an attachment that large. But the team has dealt with…

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Improve Your Google Search Strategies (August 19, 2020)

In the early days of internet searching, I was reminded of an elementary school question and, yes, the search engines did penalize you for incorrect spelling. Today, of course, if you are typing a long search into Google and misspell one or more words, Google will typically just gently let you know it is searching…

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Office Sharing Has Both Potential Promise and Pitfalls (August 18, 2020)

Today we are going back into the archives for a timeless law office management tip. Many solo or small firm lawyers share office space with other lawyers without going into partnership or intending to do so. Oklahoma City attorney James Slayton and I wrote a pair of essays on this subject a few years back…

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Google Announces Many New Pixel Phones, Including One for the Bargain Shopper. (August 17, 2020)

This month Google announced release of Pixel 5, Pixel 4A 5G, and Pixel 4A all at once (The Verge.) Fall is now the traditional time for release of new phone models. If you are a budget shopper, you may want to take a look at the Pixel 4A. You can pre-order the 4A now with…

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Improve Your Adobe Acrobat Skills with These Advanced Acrobat Tips (August 14, 2020)

Lawyers deal with many digital documents and most of those are in PDF format. Every lawyer needs a PDF editing and creation tool. Adobe Acrobat Pro DC is the tool of choice for most law firms. One of the benefits of such broad adoption of Adobe Acrobat across legal and many other sectors is that…

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Dragon Anywhere is a Powerful Out-of-the-Office Dictation Tool (8.13.20)

In yesterday’s tip, we covered Dragon Naturally Speaking and its ability to create transcriptions of voice recordings made on mobile recorders or smart phones. If you do these types of transcriptions frequently, you may want to consider a subscription to Dragon Anywhere, the “professional-grade mobile dictation makes it easy to create documents of any length…

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Dragon Naturally Speaking Can Also Do Transcriptions of Recordings (8.12.20)

There are many speech recognition tools and devices. These can be time savers for lawyers. We hope you caught our previous tip Speech Recognition Is A Great Work From Home Tool (April 21, 2020) where we covered Dragon Naturally Speaking and Microsoft 365 dictation. But, did you know that you can record dictation on your…

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A Practice Management Software Solution is a Critical Office Management Tool (August 11, 2020)

Many Oklahoma lawyers use practice management solutions. During shelter-at-home time, those who had organized all of their client file information within cloud-based practice solutions could work from home with the same interface and with the same access to all relevant client information. Those who were working from paper client files ended up carting a lot…

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Six Things to Know Before Freezing Your Credit (August 10, 2020)

Many individuals have chosen to voluntarily freeze their credit. “A credit freeze is something you can put in place to limit others from viewing your credit reports, including lenders. Freezing your credit is an extreme step, but it’s something that might be necessary if you’re dealing with identity theft and other measures, such as fraud…

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Is It Time for Some Staff Reminders about COVID-19 Related Phishing Attacks? (August 7, 2020)

“In the past six months, the way we live and work has changed beyond recognition,” states Check Point’s Cyber Attack Trends 2020 Mid-Year Report. “To put it simply – life on earth has gone online. The change was not gradual but happened seemingly overnight.” Criminals go where the potential victims are. Phishing attacks have simply…

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