Tools Law Firms Use In a Paperless Office

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We published a Paperless Law Office E-Book which includes Paperless Law Office: Essential Systems (and Tools). But during related “paperless office” presentations over the past year, the same question kept popping up: Can you recommend brands of the tools that law firms use? In other words, what’s the best scanner or shredder to get? I’ve gotten lots of feedback and here’s a list of recommended tools from law firms that have gone paperless.


By far the winner is the compact but powerful Fujitsu ScanSnap. Others include Doxie for on-the-go scanning and Shoeboxed , the mobile app that scans and organizes receipts and business cards.


You’ll be shredding lots of paper as you convert to digital and there are lots of shreddres to chose from. Fellowes 450Ms 7-Sheet Micro-Cut Shredder with SafeSense comes highly recommended. You may consider outsourcing your shredding but do your due diligence. See what one such company, Iron Mountain, advises: What Every Law Firm Needs to Know About Shredding (*But May Not Think to Ask).

Document Storage

Suggestions were split between the popular Dropbox, Box, and Google Drive for storing documents. The Evernote faithful gave their two cents though it is mostly used for note taking. NetDocuments which saw a 250% new legal customer increase in 2015 also came highly recommended. Amazon Web Services is starting to make some waves for its affordable pricing, flexibility, and security measures. Of course, if you already use a cloud-based practice management system, you’re set with unlimited document storage.

Note Taking

The top three more frequently cited apps are Evernote, Microsoft’s OneNote, and Google Docs. There are tons of other options but you’re pretty set with these. Many use Google Docs along with either Evernote or OneNote.

Password Management

The more digital tools you have, the more passwords you have to remember. Create secure passwords, and for heavens sake, don’t write them down. Use a password manager. 1Password is one of the top recommendations. I’ve used it for years and it’s one of my indispensable tools. Dashlane and LastPass are two other popular options.

Dual Monitors

You’ll need at least two monitors when you go digital so you can pull up a document or video or whatever you want to reference in the project you’re currently working on. It’s essential. It increases productivity and eliminates the frustration of switching between tabs or screens. Monitor options are plentiful and inexpensive. You can get a good Dell or Acer 21-24 inch monitor for under $200 at your local electronic store.

Firms also spring for Adobe Acrobat Pro. No paperless office is complete without it. See: Going Paperless – Adobe Acrobat Tips and Tricks.

This is an ongoing conversation. As feedback comes in from more law firms, I’ll update the post. Suggestions are welcome in the comments below.

One Response to “Tools Law Firms Use In a Paperless Office”

  1. Claudia Amand

    Hey Tim – Claudia from Shoeboxed here. Thanks for mentioning Shoeboxed in this article! You provide very resourceful and relevant tips and info for lawyers and legal workers to be productive in a paperless office. We definitely agree that scanning paper is a major key to a successful paperless office. We actually have a lot of customers who are lawyers, and we are very proud to help them out by outsourcing tedious administrative tasks like scanning paper and keeping documents organized.

    If you ever need a resource of document scanning or receipt/paper management, please don’t hesitate to reach out! You can contact me at

    Thanks again!



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