Free and Low-Cost Apps Available to Help Litigators

Our Director of Library Services here at Bose McKinney & Evans, Cheryl Niemeier, has published a good, comprehensive review of free and low-cost apps available to help lawyers and paralegals.  Click here to read the article.   Most of the apps have direct uses by litigators and allow them to increase their productivity and efficiency — attributes for which we all strive in our busy practices.

In my own business litigation practice, I find it far more convenient to carry my iPad with me when I am traveling rather than a bulkier laptop.  The iPad is much easier to use in the cramped confines of an airplane and operates many hours longer than a laptop when an electric outlet is not handy.

The research tools now available for tablets are outstanding.  I also recommend the Note Taker HD app, available for $4.99 at the App Store.  Note Taker HD is one of a number of low or no-cost note-taking apps.  What I like about Note Taker HD is that it allows the user to open a PDF in Note Taker and to write and make notes on the PDF document.  One of my main reservations to going paperless is that I can’t highlight, scribble and make notes on my documents.  Note Taker solves that problem.

Please let us know your favorite apps!

About Bose McKinney & Evans LLP

Bose McKinney & Evans LLP is a business law firm, headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, serving both publicly held and privately held businesses, governmental entities and high-growth industries. Our clients include Fortune 100 companies, international manufacturers, national and regional financial institutions, agribusinesses, sports teams, university-incubated start-ups, media, utilities, cities and schools, to name a few. We strive to build strong relationships with our clients as key business advisors, to exceed expectations in the quality of our work, to be knowledgeable about our clients’ businesses and sectors, to be responsive to service needs and to continually seek to improve the delivery of client services. Our ultimate focus is on our clients.
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4 Responses to Free and Low-Cost Apps Available to Help Litigators

  1. Scott says:

    Thanks for including our iJuror app on your list.

  2. Brian Jones says:

    Good post, Steve, and a good list by Cheryl. Based on experience, I can highly recommend these apps as well:

    Pages and Keynote ($): Apple’s fantastic word processing and presentation apps; by far, the industry leaders on iPad productivity apps (go figure)
    Dropbox: absolutely essential to my practice
    iaWriter ($) : a distraction free text- writing app
    Readdle Docs: a great document management app that syncs with a number of services, including Dropbox
    Evernote: a wonderful note-taking and categorizing tool
    Noteshelf ($): for those that want to write on their iPad using a stylus, this is a must-have
    iAnnotate PDF ($): a fantastic PDF annotation app; also allows you to convert any Office document you receive or any web page to PDF for annotation
    Wunderlist: a great to-do list app
    OnLive Desktop: allows you to run a virtual Windows 7 PC on your iPad, and syncs with Dropbox and other services (does need a fairly reliable internet connection, though), for those times when you have to work in Word or Excel

    None of these apps costs over $10, and most are free. We’re still not ready to put our desktops and laptops aside, but we’re getting very, very close.

  3. Steve Badger says:


    Thanks for supplementing the list. One thing I’d like to see is a good app for taking real time depositions. Any suggestions along those lines?

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