When businesses need legal advice or need to consult the latest guidelines to avoid financial or marketing mistakes, the instinctive move is to turn toward a professional consultant or attorney. But these meetings can grow very costly, especially if the information businesses need can be found with a little searching. So rather than delay decisions, take risks, or hire expensive attorneys, companies should find new ways of looking up legal information. Here are five of the best mobile apps for business professionals and legal departments who need questions answered on the move:
1. IntelliConnect Mobile: IntelliConnect Mobile, available for all Blackberry and iOS devices, is a free app designed to help businesses and homeowners find key legal information in their state, particularly information that concerns financial decisions. All IntelliConnect materials are available in mobile form, providing updates on federal tax laws, rate charts for loans or depreciation, and information on a variety of state requirements.
2. Fastcase: While Fastcase is designed primarily as an app to help lawyers and law students, it can also serve as an invaluable business tool. Professionals can look up a variety of cases and statutes through several search criteria. This makes it easy to find cases similar to those you are hoping to avoid and examine the details or particular statutes that resulted. Users can save particularly important documents for a closer look at a later time. Fastcase updates its case law collection at regular intervals.
3. Bloomberg Law Reports: Bloomberg Law Reports (and the related but less expensive Bloomberg Anywhere app) offers a collection of information on latest Bloomberg BNA Law Reports, with daily reports for taxes, labor, and executive news. The Law Reports are divided by industry, such as Health Care, Litigation, Tax & Accounting, and Employee Benefits. This type of app is especially useful for HR departments, executives, and others who want to keep tabs on legal events. The app does, however, require an ongoing Bloomberg subscription.
4. The Law Guide: The Law Guide is a more general app designed for iPhone and iPad. It can help business professionals understand legal terms and situations that they may not be very familiar with. It includes a legal dictionary with more than 8,000 definitions for those who run across some dangerous contract-speak. There is also a collection of FAQs and articles to help navigate the more complex events. Forums allow businesses to join in discussions, and a lawyer direction is available to help companies find sources when they need a more personal opinion.
5. American Arbitration Association: Available on both iOS and Android platforms, the American Arbitration Association app is a simple search engine designed to help companies locate the necessary legal information they need to make wise decisions. Users can choose either a “Search Rules” or a “Codes & Protocols” section to help find specific information. This type of app is invaluable for companies that are updating their policies or working through trick legal content during a union-related negotiation. There is both a United States and an International setting, and an extra option to contact the American Arbitration Association for third party aid.
Frank Roberts writes for Swope, Rodante P.A., a Tampa law firm specializing in cases involving traumatic brain injury, wrongful death,insurance bad faith, and catastrophic injury.