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Synergy Matters Automates the Capture of Client-Related Documents and Email

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers document and email manegement software that integrates with Microsoft Office and scanners to consolidate all client-related data in one location (see article below). In addition, you'll find links to the previous 11 TL NewsWire features, including our coverage of ediscovery software for quickly and inexpensively collecting and reviewing documents and email in small cases, a cloud practice management app with desktop-class features and per-case rather than per-user pricing, and much more. Don't miss the next issue.

Even the most detail-oriented lawyers find it challenging to keep all the information associated with a matter in one convenient location. You shouldn't have to develop elaborate systems to achieve this. Instead, software should do this work for you.

Synergy Matters 3.0 … in One Sentence

Launching this week, Legal Matters Software's Synergy Matters 3.0 is a document and email management system that automates the consolidation of all client-related data.

The Killer Feature

You can begin using Synergy Matters immediately after importing your client and matter information from your accounting software. As users work on matters, Synergy Matters prompts them to import their existing documents. The Outlook add-in works similarly, enabling you to import email and attachments. Legal Matters Software President John Ryan tells me that most law firms get up and running in less than a day, often just two hours.

Once you import a matter's documents and email, you can grant access rights to matters and organize the information within matters using nested folders as you see fit. From this point forward, a number of tools keep all new documents and email within Synergy Matters. Automatic email capture occurs whether you initiate messages from within a matter in Synergy Matters or from within Outlook. In the latter scenario, the Outlook add-in enables you to attach documents from Synergy Matters and save your message in the corresponding matter. A similar Microsoft Word add-in captures all new client-related documents.

Integration with scanners helps you go paperless. Built-in OCR makes these scanned PDF files searchable. Synergy Matters also captures incoming and outgoing faxes.

"The intuitive nature of Synergy Matters makes training new staff easy, and having the same interface for bringing in emails, scans, faxes and downloaded research means the documents all end up in the correct place," says Troy Berg, Manager, Information Technology at Doak Shirreff.

Other Notable Features

Synergy Matters also offers new collaboration tools. When you use the For Review tool to send a document to a colleague, Synergy Matters marks the document as out for review and notifies your colleague. If your colleague makes changes, Synergy Matters creates a new version. Click the History button for a complete audit trail of who worked on the document and when. You can revert to any prior version as well as create a new version with its own history.

"Synergy Matters 3.0 is the result of lawyers working closely with us to enhance their workflows," says Ryan. "In particular, the For Review process offers foolproof internal collaboration with an audit trail."

Synergy Matters' dashboard lists your active cases within the past 30 days. The search bar enables you to find any case. Within matters, the new Chronological View lists all the files in reverse chronological order regardless of their location within a folder.

What Else Should You Know?

Other features of Synergy Matters include Combine as PDF to merge selected documents into a single PDF file, automatic time capture of your activity for billing or proof of work when splitting fees, ethical walls, a notes tickler within each matter, and cost recovery. Synergy Matters runs on Windows PCs. Pricing starts at $125 per month for up to five users. Learn more about Synergy Matters 3.0.

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Four Habits for Busy Lawyers to Beat Back Email Overload

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Coming today to SmallLaw: Email is a necessity but it can also get in the way of your productivity. Email is email. You can't change it. But you can change your approach to email. In this issue of SmallLaw, lawyer coach Allison Shields shares many email best practices she has developed over the years, including helpful Outlook add-ins and other apps. These tips will improve your email effectiveness and even reduce the number of email messages you receive. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week for the clues that you're firm is the victim of a negative SEO attack.

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Small firm, big dreams. Written by practicing lawyers who manage successful small firms and legal technology and practice management experts who have achieved rock star status, SmallLaw provides practical advice on management, marketing, and technology issues in small law firms, as well as comprehensive legal product reviews with accompanying TechnoScore ratings. SmallLaw also ensures that you won't miss anything published elsewhere by linking to helpful articles (and podcasts and videos) about solo practices and small law firms. The SmallLaw newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Addiction Claims Life of Wilson Sonsini Partner Plus Lateral Moves and Promotions (Jul 10 to Jul 23)

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Coming today to BiglawWorld: Our editorial team has assembled links to all the partner promotions and lateral moves announced by America's largest law firms during the past week in an easy-to-scan format. You'll also find must-read analysis, rankings, trends, etc. about large law firms.

We'd like to congratulate everyone who leveled up this week. Here's a sampling:

Taft Adds Four Lawyers in Chicago

Ryan Moore Joins Benesch

Four Partners Join Nixon Peabody’s Corporate Practice

Katten Adds Former DOJ Associate Deputy Attorney General Natalia Sorgente to Environmental and Workplace Safety and Litigation Practices

Former Health and Human Services Deputy General Counsel David Horowitz Joins Hogan Lovells

Congratulations to Eilene Zimmerman of The New York Times on winning our BiglawWorld Pick of the Week award: The Lawyer, the Addict.

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Best Windows Backup Software 2017 Plus 61 More Must-Reads

Monday, July 24, 2017

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected the 62 best legal technology articles, podcasts, and videos from the past week. Below you'll find a sampling from today's issue, including our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week. BlawgWorld is free so don't miss the next issue — sign up now.

Congratulations to Jon L. Jacobi of PCWorld on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Best Windows Backup Software 2017

10 Time-Saving Tips to Speed Your Work in Word


Timing: The Automatic Mac Time Tracking App (Lawyer Review)

The Best 4K Laptops

Microsoft's Most Baffling Release Yet, Surface Laptop Is Just a Laptop

The Simple Way to Scan Documents With Your Android Phone

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Review of Onsip With Polycom VVX Phones; Cloud a Convenience, Not a Necessity; Review of Pushbullet

Friday, July 21, 2017

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Robert Rice, Review of Onsip With Polycom VVX Phones

Mark Olberding, Cloud a Convenience, Not a Necessity

Mark Olberding, Review of Pushbullet

Don't miss this issue — or any future issues.

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