Until recently, it’s been a well-kept secret of hobbying lawyers that the iPhone and the iPad, and maybe even the iPod Touch, are game-changers. After all, what thought-leading lawyer hasn’t been sitting in Starbucks foursquaring when a potential client comes up to her and says “OMG! I love your iPad!” or “Hey, aren’t you the mayor of Steak ‘n Shake?”
Now that the iPhone is coming to Verizon we anticipate more lawyers will upgrade from the Nokia 3210 and begin to appify their practices, thereby attracting more clients automagically.
A word of caution: For the lawyer who spends most days doing mundane tasks such as representing people and preparing for trial, early-adoption appification (EAA) will be difficult. We recommend downloading one new app every other hour until you get the hang of it. For more experienced social media lawyers, here are a few of the best apps (yes, they are real) for leveraging your ROI.
Funny Status Updates for Facebook
We know it’s hard to biggify your personal brand through Facebook, especially when you are dull and moronic. But apps can help. Fool your Facebook fans and potential clients into thinking you’re witty, interesting, or even post-ironic. Funny Status Updates provides you with automatic status updates that are nearly guaranteed to make people laugh at you. Cost: $0.99 (includes the status category “On this Day.”)
Real X-Ray Photo & Video Booth
Want a high-tech, responsive, and modern personal injury law practice for less than $1.00? Use Real X-Ray Photo & Video Booth to take instant X-rays in the office, giving your client immediate advice and a plan of action, all without incurring any expert witness or retainer fees. Cost: $0.99. Also available in a Lite version.
Laid-off associates interviewing for jobs and young lawyers covering court hearings often face the embarrassing problem of zits. Regrettably, this app won’t pop your pimples for you, but it’ll give you plenty of practice learning how to pop the three of the most common: blackheads, whiteheads, and full blown pimples.. Cost: $0.99. Also available in a Lite version and for the iPad.
Lie Detector Alarm
With a quick scan of a fingerprint, this app pretends to tell you whether someone is lying. Possible uses include: threatening deponents during depositions, cross-examination of witnesses at trial, and keeping those gluttonous interns out of your candy stash. Cost: $0.99.
My Virtual Girlfriend
No time for a real relationship or just too old, ugly and/or boring to get laid? This virtual gal can help. She can produce intimate dialogue and even respond to your touch. Unfortunately, she can’t touch you back. Age-restricted material. Cost:$0.99. Available in Pro and Lite versions.
Which apps are you using in your practice? We are eager to hear from real and/or hobbying lawyers on this issue.