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What kind of technology do you need? This article and this article from the ABA GP/Solo & Small Firm section provide guidance on what factors to consider when selecting technology for your office.

The SC Bar PMA's List:

  • Use the Internet to find the best prices on technology (for example: www.pricegrabber.com). Even if you buy locally, you will know how much to pay.
  • Computers - One for each attorney and secretary/legal assistant. Decide whether you need a notebook PC or a desktop PC
  • Back-up system - options include tapes, external hard drives, and Internet storage
  • For two or more computers decide what kind of network will you need - peer-to-peer, a central fileserver, or a wireless network.
  • Printer, Copier, Scanner, or an All-In-One?
  • Telephone system
  • Fax Machine (if you have a scanner, consider electronic faxing instead of purchasing a fax machine)
  • Digital dictation software and transcription equipment
  • UPS (uninterruptible power supply) for PCs and network
  • For more info go to this link or contact the Practice Management Advisor.
  • Access to online legal research service (Casemaker, Westlaw, Lexis-Nexis)
  • Software (see software for more info)
  • Network operating software (Novell, Windows, Linux)
  • Desktop operating software (Windows XP Professional is standard)
  • Office suite - word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation software (Microsoft or Corel) WordPerfect 12 is available at a special price for SC Bar members.
  • Calendaring, Docket Control
  • Time and Billing
  • Accounting, payroll
  • Case Management
  • Conflict of Interest Checking (usually done with case management or time/billing/accounting software)
  • Practice area-specific (real estate, bankruptcy, estate planning, probate, foreclosure, tax, etc.)
  • Electronics
    • Television set with VCR and DVD
    • Video camera
    • 35 mm camera
    • Instant camera/digital camera
    • Stereo system

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