Today, the Apple Apps Store has released the Total Attorneys practice management platform’s iPad and iPhone app. This clean app allows a lawyer to operate a law practice from the iPad and/or iPhone with secure access to the virtual law office platform. Case and client management features are all integrated into the app, and it syncs with the full browser version of the software. It is free for lawyers who have subscribed to the Total Attorney’s platform ($1/month for the service).
When I logged in for the first time, everything from my virtual law office was pulled in. I can view my tasks, agenda, documents, case files, contacts, leads, and billing. There is a central dashboard to show me recent activities and tasks that are marked due for today. There is also search functionality with filtering by type so that I can quickly find the files or client information that I need. There is also a timer at the top of the app that allows me to track my time. Even though I don’t use the billable hour, it’s still great to be able to record time spend on a web conference with a client or call that can be recorded into their digital file. This is really a clean, beautifully designed app that I will probably end up using more than the full browser version of the system.
Congratulations to the team at TA who were involved in making this happen (this especially includes my hardworking programmer husband who kept me informed of their progress along the way)! There has been much discussion about how lawyers need to be careful about using mobile devices for elawyering. I believe a secure system like this that carries over the encryption and other security measures from the full version is the safer way to go if you are a lawyer who intends to work directly with clients and/or with their case files or other lawyers on a cloud-based system.