Remembering TCPaul, 2016-2019

solos-do you dictate or do your own correspondence?

i hate to say it but i feel half the time i can do a better tttsolo02/08/19
I agree. There was once a time when typing was a special sk jeffm02/08/19
I used to do everything myself. The people who had legal ass fettywap02/08/19
Dictation can save lots of time, but assistants with the ab 2tierreality02/08/19
use adobe acrobat to scan the form or document then export t tttsolo02/08/19
I do that too, but sometimes the documents are to old and cr 2tierreality02/08/19
This is the same way I do it. It is fantastic. Dragon is g wcdtax02/08/19
Is Dragon NS really that good? Do you guys use it to write s isthisit02/09/19
I only use it for the mundane. I can't use it to draft a 2tierreality02/09/19
I also only use it for mundane things - letters, file memos, wcdtax02/11/19
Crazy. Didn't know this was a thing. I type everything on lolwutjobs02/08/19
I have tried dictation only a couple of times with an actual trickydick02/09/19
I prefer typing. I'm quite fast, and as I'm typing I'm read dingbat02/09/19
Not a solo. On the defense side. I dictate simple letters th yankeebirdie02/10/19
My experience is people who dictate don’t end up with good therewillbeblood02/10/19
I am the only associate in my office who doesn't dictate. I youngbuck02/11/19
tttsolo (Feb 8, 2019 - 4:41 pm)

i hate to say it but i feel half the time i can do a better draft quicker than having to fix the secretary's work. maybe i just need better staff.

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jeffm (Feb 8, 2019 - 4:57 pm)

I agree. There was once a time when typing was a special skill and you needed to hire people who were good at it. Nowadays, everyone grew up typing, so you might as well do your own.

On top of that, Google has become very good at voice recognition. I don't use it to draft letters or motions, but I use it for simple emails and texts all the time.

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fettywap (Feb 8, 2019 - 7:20 pm)

I used to do everything myself. The people who had legal assistants were always having problems with them.

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2tierreality (Feb 8, 2019 - 7:20 pm)

Dictation can save lots of time, but assistants with the ability to process it is a dieing art. I find not a lot of young assistants can do it these days.

Mostly, I only dictate file memos. But, I also like to dictate when I want to "borrow" from another form or document I find, and I don't have it in Word format (pro tip).

I use Dragon, and it can help a lot when my assistant is gone. I actually have it set up for my assistant as well, which saves her lots of time in processing. She runs it through Dragon, then listens to the dictation once and cleans it up. It saves her time do she can work on other things for me.

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tttsolo (Feb 8, 2019 - 7:49 pm)

use adobe acrobat to scan the form or document then export to word-easy game.

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2tierreality (Feb 8, 2019 - 9:11 pm)

I do that too, but sometimes the documents are to old and crusty, or it's so distorted that it won't scan well.

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wcdtax (Feb 8, 2019 - 11:02 pm)

This is the same way I do it. It is fantastic. Dragon is great, especially paired with someone else to clean it up and format it into whatever.

It saves me so much time and frees my assistant up to do other work.

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isthisit (Feb 9, 2019 - 9:10 am)

Is Dragon NS really that good? Do you guys use it to write substantive legal documents? Or do you use it strictly for more mundane things.

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2tierreality (Feb 9, 2019 - 12:58 pm)

I only use it for the mundane.

I can't use it to draft a "precise" document, my drafting habits are too ingrained. But it is perfect for "brain dump" type documents, such as file memos after client meetings or phone calls, or CYA letters.

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wcdtax (Feb 11, 2019 - 12:13 pm)

I also only use it for mundane things - letters, file memos, etc.

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lolwutjobs (Feb 8, 2019 - 7:55 pm)

Crazy. Didn't know this was a thing. I type everything on my own.

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trickydick (Feb 9, 2019 - 2:41 pm)

I have tried dictation only a couple of times with an actual assistant or software. It was slower and more cumbersome than just typing my own message. I also found it disorienting. I like to be able to see what I just said in order to help decide what I say next, which is the great advantage writing has over speaking.

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dingbat (Feb 9, 2019 - 3:48 pm)

I prefer typing. I'm quite fast, and as I'm typing I'm reading what I just wrote and seeing what needs adjusting. I also spend a decent amount of time re-writing my own words, and doing this 'live' makes a lot more sense.

Quite frankly, I don't see why anyone would dictates unless their typing speed was abysmal.

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yankeebirdie (Feb 10, 2019 - 10:25 am)

Not a solo. On the defense side. I dictate simple letters that I can do in thirty seconds and bill a .3 out of it

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therewillbeblood (Feb 10, 2019 - 11:08 am)

My experience is people who dictate don’t end up with good outcomes, no matter what they think.

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youngbuck (Feb 11, 2019 - 9:18 am)

I am the only associate in my office who doesn't dictate. I think about it sometimes, but then I hear my colleagues summarizing medical records, "Petitioner underwent a 2-level lumbar discectomy, that's D-I-S-C-E..." I'd rather just type it out myself.

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