Lawyers need to tell a (great) story

Storytelling is a common topic in leadership and marketing, but many lawyers write off this skill as irrelevant. They see their jobs as providing well-reasoned, objective legal analysis, and, when necessary, making arguments that support their clients’ cases. But a compelling story is as critical a component of adequately and zealously representing clients. We explore why, and take a look at some famous cases.

Ending Citation Frustration

For lawyers, the simple copy/paste task often ends up taking on a life of its own. Why? Formatting. MasterFile’s Drafting Minion drops perfectly formatted testimony into motions in one click.

Why annotations for notes and key information no longer work

Yellow Post-It notes worked for paper-based evidence mark-up because besides holding your thoughts, they also served as bookmarks to critical evidence. This bookmarking aspect, critical for evidence mark-up, doesn’t happen with electronic sticky notes and other techniques like point-to-point linking. In this short article, we show you how MasterFile is different.

MasterFile’s Unique Proposition Analysis Makes Multi-party Fact Assessment Simple!

If there are several suspects or hypotheses in a case, facts and evidence, etc. must be assessed as “for” or “against” each rather than just “for us” or “against us”. Proposition Analysis, (still) a unique feature of MasterFile, enables litigators, investigators, journalists and academic researchers to do just that.

Grab ‘n Go Briefs

Reporting in MasterFile is as as simple as displaying an appropriate or custom view and printing all or selected parts of it — or pasting them as a table into a new or existing Word or Excel document. In this post we show how MasterFile’s Grab ‘n Go briefs simplify the creation of polished reports in Word or PDF from a collection of such selections to present to your client, or for other uses, in a couple of clicks.

Pleadings and disclosures

Keeping track disclosures to the court and other parties is important for various reasons and so in this post we look at how you record and track pleadings and disclosures from a MasterFile perspective.

Issue Cross Tables

Issue/Topic cross-tables are designed specifically for situations where a set of issues applies to many entities eliminating the need to create and maintain duplicate sets of the issue outline. For example, let’s say your case involves several elevators with the same issues. Think of the cross-table this way: every row constitutes an issue and every column the entity it applies to. We show you how it looks conceptually and as a view in MasterFile.

Issues and Topics

Now you’re probably wondering what’s so special about linking information to issues — after all linking is quite a common feature. What’s not, however, is being able to instantly review what’s linked to an issue or topic at a glance — especially with two mouse clicks. As a client of our’s said: “Issues and Topics, a feature MasterFile offers but should more aggressively highlight, has been invaluable”. That’s what sets up apart from CaseMap and other litigation support products like Concordance, etc. In MasterFile, issues and topics act like a live index and outline, connecting everything in the case. We reveal all in this post.

Document binder tabs

Tabs look so simple we often take them for granted without imagining there is anything more to really understand! There are actually two kinds: collections of types of documents and collections relative to an issue or administrative matter. In this post, we take a look at how MasterFile’s views replace and/or enhance this dual organizational structure.

Issue linking done right

Litigation support products, including us(!), make much noise about “linking” because linking allows you to locate information quickly. Our competitors present a confusing and dizzying array of “linking” abilities: CaseMap® has 8 types, including Casemap object, issue, document, related files, and other links; Summation® 11-20, including transcript, evidence, file attachment, Summation case organizer, cross links, and more; Concordance®, on the other hand has no “linking” like CaseMap other than tagging documents or notes with issues.

In this post, we unravel some of the problems with those approaches. We explain why MasterFile’s doc-links are “issue linking done right” and eliminate the problems of broken CaseMap file links, a mishmash of CaseMap document ‘short names’ and the chaos of ad-hoc cross-links to information.