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New York Mac Lawyer
Macintosh users are a dedicated group. Many like to think that they embody the spirit of Apple's latest slogan, "THINK DIFFERENT".

If general purpose Mac users are an intense group, Mac Lawyers may be even more loyal to their machines. I'm a perfect example. I still have my first MacPlus that I bought in 1986. In fact, its still used every day in my law office as a perfectly good word processor. My second MacPlus is dedicated for keeping my books, which Quicken for the Mac (http://www.intuit.com/quicken98/dlx_mac/mac_index.html)does just fine. The PowerBook 165C is more than 5 years old; but it still travels to the beach and my faithful Centris 610 has been semi-retired for the family to use at home. My new PowerMac G3 at 266MHz is a Pentium II "toaster", which serves as my legal research and drafting center, together with all my Internet functions, scheduling, and billing. That's five Mac's in a 12 year period, all still in daily use. By the way, I'm a sole practitioner with one fulltime secretary and one half-time administrator/accountant. Two and a half people and five Mac's. I would never throw one away. They're like members of the family. You get the idea.

One reason I love my Mac is that there is a lot of great Mac software for lawyers. Randy Singer has done an excellent job of compiling a list of programs. ( http://www.mother.com/~randy/index.html). The categories describe the variety of applications available:Time and Billing and Accounting Software; Litigation; Bankruptcy; Family Law;Estate Planning Software; Real Estate Software; Copyright, Patent, and Trademark;Document Management; Document Imaging; Document Assembly; Standardized Forms Packages; Forms Creation; CD-ROM- based Caselaw and Practice Guides; Commercial Online Research Services; Redlining and Document Collaboration; Outliners;Legal Dictionaries; Debt Collection Software. Randy has also put together a list of lawyers, both government and private firms, who use the Mac on a daily basis. (http://www.mother.com/~randy/attylist.html). You don't have to feel like the Lone Ranger (unless you enjoy the mask).

When Windows 95 was rolled out with its huge marketing blitz, most Mac users yawned and a few of the more puckish types coined their own