ELAWYER BLOG

Technology v. Lawbreakers

Rapid developments in technology are improving life and causing massive paradigm shifts in all areas, and they have had a large impact on the legal profession. The same computerization of records that is assisting the medical industry also helps out the law, which may be the leading consumer and doer of paperwork in the world. Thanks to systems like phone records, email logs and scanned documentation, the files needed to pursue cases are nearly always at hand, likely through a personal computer.

Communication is greatly enhanced. No longer is it necessary to travel in order to see someone face to face – instead, you have the option of a phone call, or an email, or a text message, or video chat, or one of any number of other digital communications options. This easy and cheap access to connection technology means that lawyers and other members of the legal profession can easily get together in a digital room from all over the world for a conference whenever one is required. If you need a consult, just dial up the person on your smart-phone, take a picture or scan of the documentation in question with the phone’s camera, send it to the other party, and discuss the file in real-time.

In terms of research, the Internet is the greatest gift. Powerful search tools such as Google and the frequency of data uploads to the public domain means that the days of reference librarians may be over because anyone from a school child doing a report on the Constitution to a lawyer tracking down obscure records can find the necessary information via a computer terminal. The downside is that some additional verification may be required – with the proliferation of blogs and the “everyone-can-edit” approach of sites such as Wikipedia, there is no guarantee that the data you find is accurate or objective. Then again, that has always been the case.

The Advent of Three-Dimensional Technology

The three-dimensional, or 3D technology that has been so popular in theaters has now come to your home computer and laptop. Nvidia, which is a prominent producer of graphics chips, has announced a new opportunity on its site, titled 3DVisionLive.

This site answers the demand that has risen for this type of technology for general users. People can go to the site and share with other three-dimensional photographs that they have taken. Users can also troll through the site to see 3D works from photographers who work in the field for a living and who have posted their shots, as well. To view the 3D images correctly, you will need the right system requirements. Once you have them, you can see stunning pictures in a whole new way.

The site opens up even more opportunities for viewing various videos and trailers for popular movies coming out, all in the latest 3D technology. It also utilizes newer 3D vision technology that Nvidia has put out or past technology that requires the use of special glasses to help the viewer see in three dimensions. The newer technology works beautifully in tandem with newer computers fitted out for this type of viewing experience. This broader availability makes for greater demand from the general public.

As more people purchase the equipment outfitted for this type of experience, the market is having to deal with a number of issues. These include support for the new hardware, how to distribute content efficiently to viewers, and dealing with issues related to compatibility.

The spread of 3D technology brings exciting opportunities to several areas like photography, video, and other areas of home electronics. Professionals will also have to imagine their craft in a whole new way. Nvidia has opened up a Pandora’s box of new possibilities that people can only begin to imagine.

Legal Advice and Research

Often individuals looking for legal advice simply don’t know where to turn. With so many branches of the law and types of lawyers available, it can be an overwhelming process to find a quality and affordable lawyer. But with so many resources now available on the Internet, the process has been greatly simplified. All it takes is a quick search in order to find hundreds of lawyers within minutes of any location, and some sites offer ratings and comments from those who have previously utilized each lawyer’s services.

Another great way the Internet has helped in the legal field is the information available for research that is just a few clicks away. Individuals can perform a quick web search on past cases and rulings, and find thousands of case studies and other information, often available at no charge.

Some websites also feature updates to legal practices, billing, and other valuable information that lawyers may not have access to otherwise. One of the most useful tools is Google Scholar, which allows for searches of any United States case law. Users can easily perform free searches for opinions of cases and legal journals, in full-text format, as well as patents and basic articles. It is very easy to use, especially for those who are already familiar with Google, as the search is done in exactly the same way. A search can be performed using any information available, such as topic, citation, lawyer name, or case name.

Using advanced search limits results based on jurisdiction or the state where the case took place. This feature also offers assistance with performing a Boolean search if the case in question cannot be located. Citations are also given in search results, which show up as quoted information from the actual case.  The search also provides additional sources with further information about the case, under the “Related Documents” tab.

A Guide to Finding Legal Assistance

Often, people will hire the first attorney who speaks to them, and sometimes people may decide to hire an attorney based upon his or her advertisements, without even meeting the legal representative. Unless you want to suffer in court, this is not what you should do. Here are some guidelines to follow when looking for legal assistance:

1. Check an Attorney’s Expertise

Don’t just hire anyone; get to know their skills and abilities. If they studied medical copyrights and you have an international taxation case, that makes a big difference. A smart consumer should research the attorney to ensure that he or she is skilled in a specific area of the trial. For example social security lawyers have a different set of expertise than personal injury lawyers .

2. Fees Matter

Don’t just go with your gut! Do not hire anyone without finding out his or her average rates. Check rates and make sure the lawyer is a good value.

3. Don’t Use Your Attorney as a Therapist

Attorneys can be very supportive and such good listeners. However, many attorneys charge a fee for time spent consulting with clients. Paying $600 per hour to be heard by your attorney is not a good value. Save your consulting time to discuss things that are pertinent to your case. It’s a good idea to hire your attorney based on their professionalism and hire a good listener/therapist separately.

4. Pick a Lawyer who has a Compatible Schedule

If you and your attorney have a compatible schedule, you can find time to work together. If he or she is over-booked, you’ll find that no matter how much you pay per hour, you won’t get the service you deserve.

In short, you should do your homework and meet prospective lawyers in person to get a feel for their level of organization and professionalism. Ask important questions and find out if your schedules work well together. If you play it safe, your day in court with your attorney may go more smoothly.