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The quest to go paperless (access required)

In an effort to become more organized and more environmentally friendly, I am attempting to make my life paperless (or at least, my work life paperless). Throughout the course of any attorney's day, he or she will review documents, draft pleadings, take notes and read case law. My personal method of organization would be to have case-related, binder-clipped stacks of documents on my desk with either a Post-it or letter-sized piece of paper of to-do's for each case. I would also have a corresponding handwritten list, which was a compilation of everything that I had to accomplish for all of my cases. Finally, I would have an electronic version of the list saved in my firm's system in the event that someone has to take over a case because I am indisposed. (What would happen to my cases if I get hit by a bus?) I would then spend time crossing off and adding additional work from the lists. I would review pleadings and case law and documents in paper form, all the while making handwritten notes, highlighting relevant text and leaving Post-it notes to mark important sections. Then, I would have to get these notes scanned in, so I would have an electronic version of my work just in case something happened to the hard copies. (What would happen if a tornado hits my office and all of my stuff were destroyed?) This system works for me, but it was time-consuming and took extra effort to keep organized. So began my quest to go paperless and become more efficient. My goal is simple: use as few hard copies as I can, save a couple of trees, get more done in less time and decrease office expenses for the use of the copier, ink and paper. The first thing I did was get an iPad. (Actually, it was supposed to be an iPad my wife and I would share for family stuff, but since I take it to work with my every day, I think she has resigned herself to the fact that I have claimed it. I have promised to get her one for her birthday or if we win the $540 million Mega Millions jackpot). I then downloaded a few very helpful apps: