Got iPhone? Get Lawyer!

For everything, there is a season and for every need, there appears to be an iPhone app. LexisNexis filling the “void” this time with its Lawyers.com for iPhone app . Find lawyers, ratings and reviews in the app, searching by Name, Practice Area and Location (current location or otherwise). Lawyer ratings are exclusive to Lawyers.com. You can reach out and touch the firm or lawyer by email from within the app, get a map and driving directions to the lawyer’s office, access law firm history and office profiles, and share lawyer profiles with your contacts. While much of this can be done from within Safari’s browser anyway, it is hard to imagine a creative use for this app. Unless you are the sort to find oneself on the wrong side of the law at a moment’s notice and need to make that one phone call STAT!

For fun, check out LexisNexis’ other app with the lengthy if not accurate name, Get Cases & Shepardize and make sure your cases are still good law while on the go provided you are a current LexisNexis subscriber.

Sheparding Your Cases With Your iPhone

Shepards IconLike a good Shepard, your iPhone can now tend your flock of cases and ensure their safety! LexisNexis announced Thursday its new iPhone application devoted to this higher purpose. The app itself is free, but don’t be silly – you must have a valid Lexis account and password to use it. So it “ain’t” really free. You also need the iPhone 3.1 firmware.

Shepards Screen Shot

Per the release, the app, “Get Cases and Shepardize” allows users to:

  • Find and review a case instantly by reading the Case Brief – an overview of the issues, rules, and reasoning (written by LexisNexis experts) just by entering its citation.
  • Get an at-a-glance indication of how closely they need to evaluate the case with Shepard’s Signal™ Indicators.
  • Get an overview of a case’s legal treatment up front by viewing the Shepard’s Summary, right at the top of your Shepard’s reports.

Reading the comments on the release clarifies the “cost” issue, but Lexis suggests that they may consider linking to the free LexisONE, which would be a welcome update in my opinion. Nifty idea that needs a little shine.

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