page of results.; e.g., you can find and assemble on one page all 67 New
York Department of Environmental Conservation official forms, permit
applications, and instructions. This is a faster, more efficient method of
finding forms than clicking from page to page within the DEC website.
The Legal Forms Center obviates the need to “bookmark” or select
individual forms as “favorites”.

Some of the forms may be a bit too general. Searches in certain areas, such
as real estate, tend to produce forms from various state professional
groups, rather than transactional documents. This means that there is still
a significant need for an attorney’s professional judgment and experience
in determining what is an appropriate form and adapting it to the specific
fact pattern.

On the other hand, you can easily find a retainer agreement for an
esoteric practice area; e.g., “collaborative law” using this search tool in a
few seconds. Download the form and save it for use. As a pdf form, you
can read and print it with the free Adobe Reader; make it interactive with
the pay program Adobe Acrobat; or copy and paste the text from Reader
into your word processor, with a slight loss of formatting.

Take advantage of 62,000 legal forms searchable by state for free:


Large firms are often asked by even larger clients to establish an extranet
to allow client and lawyer access to important documents and other
materials in closing transactions and litigation. Drafts are sent back and
forth, photos and documents scanned and stored under the aegis of an in
house IT department’s software suite. If you think such services are
beyond your resources, think again.

Your children may be using Yahoo! to listen to music or sports, for chat, or
for email; but did you know that Yahoo! offers its free Yahoo!Groups
service to thousands of individuals and businesses?

A Yahoo!Group can serve as your “virtual closing room” or extranet. As
moderator of the group, you can invite or directly admit only those

members you wish to participate; e.g., seller’s and purchaser’s respective
attorneys, the title company closer, the surveyor, the broker, the lender.
In the case of litigation, save on travel and delivery costs by interacting
with your experts through your group. You set the level of participation
as to who may send messages and documents to other participants. There
are archives for all messages, which provide a compete record of the
transaction. Members may upload and download files and photos. These
can be drafts of various documents for review and revision. Members
may share databases online. If there are links to outside sites, which might
prove useful, such links can be stored and described on the group site.

Save on conference call charges. Yahoo!Chat is available for free real time
conferences amongst any or all of the participants.

One of the most useful features of any Yahoo!Group is the shared
calendar. Group members may post significant dates on this calendar.
Events may be entered into the calendar, which automatically generates
email reminders sent to all participants. There can be no question about
when something is due.

Your group can be secured against outsiders. Messages sent through
Yahoo! have the benefit of being screened by the Yahoo! anti-virus
programs and attachments to emails are permitted. Your group may be as
private and secure as you would like it to be. If a group owner chooses to
do so, all messages can be prescreened by a moderator before being sent
and posted.


You know you need a web site; but you’ve been unable to take the time
to learn html or xml coding and still practice law. You’ve priced what it
would cost for a professional designer to produce a site and you don’t
want to give up eating all together. You’ve also heard something about
web logs; i.e., the ultimate in personal publishing on the internet. Every
law student, lawyer, or judge can publish his or her musings, thoughts,
other profundities, and free plugs for his/her services on line in something
called a “blawg” or web log for lawyers.

You can manage both a web site and a blawg with one simple and easy-to-
use program--Radio Userland (“Radio”) for $39.95. Download the Radio
software for a 30-day free trial. You edit your web page on your own
computer in your browser, choosing from a selection of templates. The
resulting pages look professionally coded because the basics were done by
professionals. You add your personalized firm information and your own
legal content relevant to your practice.

Radio’s modest price includes free hosting of your website for one year.
You get your own web address or “URL” (universal resource locator”).
There are no extra hosting fees. Radio also works with any other web
hosting service. Radio sites can be sent to any ISP. All you need to do is
enter your FTP account information. You can update your site through
Radio's one-click publishing. Files, documents, and pictures are sent to
your website by dropping them in a folder. Remote access and editing are
key Radio features. You can even post content to your site via email.

You can subscribe to Radio’s news feeds and other blawgs for legal items,
publishing your choices on your own legal news page. Clients and other
viewers may subscribe to your site. Radio works through firewalls and
includes information on your site's traffic and referrers to your site.

Radio UserLand is available in versions for Macintosh OS X, Macintosh Classic,
and Windows XP, 2000, NT and 98.


If you try any or all of the sites, services, and software suggested above
and feel that they have been of some assistance in your practice, then, as
your own “knowledge manager”, you will be interested in the online,
monthly newsletter of the New York State Bar Association's General
Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section and the Law Practice Management
Committee. wEbrief brings you practical, informative and useful information
in a technologically advanced medium. Each editions includes ten (10)
“blurbs” of useful internet information for your practice, together with
case summaries from Research Associates. If you have a specific question
about legal research on the Internet or even questions about the web
beyond law, and you think the answers would be of interest to other

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