Solo and Small Firm Work-From-Home Resources

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Navigating the new work from home landscape presents challenges previously not met by lawyers. Below please find a list of resources that may help your practice maintain its operations remotely. This list is not all inclusive, but might give you a starting point in available resources.

Video-Audio Resources for consultations and group meetings:

  • Facetime
    • Cost:
  • Free Service
    • Availability
  • Only available between Apple products
    • How to use:
  • Tap the green icon with a video-camera à select the contact you want to call or dial their phone number à have meeting à tap the red button to hang up
    • Purpose & Features:
  • Video chat
  • Chat with up to 32 people when using a Mac computer with MacOS Majave 10.14.1
  • Google Hangouts
  • Cost:
  • Free trial, cost based on purchased package
  • Availability:
  • Any device, any operating system
  • How to use:
  • Go to https://gsuite.google.com to sign up
  • Purpose & Features:
  • Unified communications service that allows members to initiate and participate in text, voice or video chats, either one-on-one or in a group
  • Skype
  • Cost:
  • Free service with optional upgrades for purchase
  • Availability:
  • Available on all devices
  • Includes a Web-Browser version and downloadable App version
  • How to use:
  • Go to https://www.skype.com/en/ to download
  • Purpose & Features:
  • Provides calling, messaging, screen sharing etc.
  • Includes a chat/instant messenger during the video conference
  • Zoom
  • Cost:
  • Free Service with optional upgrades for purchase
  • Availability:
  • Available on all devices
  • Includes a Web-Browser version and downloadable App version
  • How to use:
  • Go to https://zoom.us to sign up
  • Features:
  • Members can video conference in or call in to participate
  • Host has ability to “share screen” to display your screen to viewers and show and interact with PowerPoints, outlines, videos, documents etc.
  • Includes a chat/instant messenger during the video conference

Instant Messenger/Chat Resources:

  • Slack
    • Cost:
  • Free Service
    • Availability
  • Available for all devices and operating systems
    • How to use:
  • Go to slack.com to sign up
    • Purpose & Features:
  • Messenger and file sharing system
  • Conversations happen in channels that can be organized by topic, project, or team
  • Conversations are saved for future reference

Scheduling/Voting Resources:

  • Doodle polls
    • Cost:
  • Free Service
    • Availability
  • Available for all devices and operating systems
    • How to use:
  • Go to https://doodle.com/en/ to use
    • Purpose & Features:
  • Schedule meetings
  • Take polls
  • Organize your calendar

Document Sharing/Editing:

  • Google Docs
    • Cost:
  • Free Service
    • Availability
  • Available to google email users only
    • How to use:
  • Access through your g-mail account à click the apps icon in the top right à click the docs app à add document you want to share à sent it to participants
    • Purpose & Features:
  • Share and edit documents with others
  • Observe changes made by other users
  • File storage

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