Legal Research Blog


Check Statute Currency on Fastcase

Anytime you’re researching statutes, or anything else, it’s important to know that the research you’re doing is up to date. Fastcase makes that information easy to check, with currency information for every jurisdiction available right on the main Search Statutes page.

To check how current the statutes are in your jurisdiction, go to the Search Statutes page and click the plus sign next to your state’s name.

Then just click the blue “info” link to the right of the edition you want to check.

The currency of the statutes is reported here. Above, the South Carolina Code of Laws is current through the 2013 session. The two dates that are important here are “Last updated” and “Last checked for updates.”

• The “Last updated” date shows the last time that a change was made to that jurisdiction’s statutes on the Fastcase database. Statutes don’t change very often, so this date might not be very recent.

• The “Last checked for updates” date shows the last time that Fastcase checked the official source for any changes. We check our sources every day, so this date is usually much more recent than the other one. If this date is older than a day or two, then we’ve found updates to the statutes at the source, and we’re working on adding those updates to our database. Check back again soon!

Free CLE webinars for South Carolina attorneys — first one TODAY!

Can’t make our live training today in Greenville? No problem. Sign up for our free online webinar happening at the same time (2p) and learn how to use Fastcase to research smarter. We’ve scheduled three webinars just for South Carolina attorneys you can sign up for using the following links:

Thursday, November 13, 2014 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST
Thursday, November 20, 2014 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

We look forward to seeing you there!

Live CLE Trainings to Welcome South Carolina Attorneys to Fastcase

You may have seen our earlier post about how to log into Fastcase, but what do you do once you’re all logged in? Why not learn from the experts and get some free CLE credit at the same time?

We’re heading to Greenville and Columbia to give in-person Fastcase trainings on November 12–13. Follow these links for more information and to sign up for these classes.

• Free Legal Research with Fastcase + the S.C. Bar for CLE Credit at Greenville, SC.
• Free Legal Research with Fastcase + the S.C. Bar for CLE Credit at Columbia, SC.

If you can’t make these dates, we’ll be scheduling some more South Carolina training webinars shortly — stay tuned to the blog and on Facebook for more information. In the meantime, monitor our webinars page to sign up for any of our three different monthly pre-approved CLE webinars.

Welcome to the Fastcase family.

New Ways to Organize Your Favorite Documents on Fastcase

You asked for it. You got it. As of last week, you now have the ability to organize your favorite documents within Fastcase.

Adding a case to your Favorite Documents is the best way to avoid reinventing the wheel — once you’ve found authoritative, relevant cases for a particular issue, you don’t want to have to find it again in the future. Adding the case to your favorites allows you to review the most relevant law with ease, from any computer or from any of our apps, from anywhere.

Saving your research is important, but what good is saving it if you can’t easily find it when you need it?  To those ends, Fastcase now gives you the option to sort your favorite documents into different research folders. Simply open up your Favorite Documents (My Library >> Go to Favorite Documents) and begin organizing your search results.

After adding new cases to your favorite documents, you will be able to sort them into appropriately labeled folders with a simple click, drag, and drop.  Select “New Folder” to create a new place for these documents, or highlight an existing folder before clicking “New Folder” to create new sub-folders.

In the above example, Martin v. State began as a new addition to the Favorite Documents folder when I clicked “Save to Favorites” on my case. After I dragged and dropped it from my Favorites view, it ended up in the Eyewitness Testimony sub-folder under Florida cases. Store your cases where you choose, and easily move them between folders by dragging and dropping.  Add and delete folders as you go to simplify or re-organize your research.

We hope you like the improved Favorites page and we’re sure it will save your time and improve your Fastcase experience. This is one of the many quality of life changes coming in the near future so check back here on the blog and on the Facebook page to learn about new features as we add them.

South Carolina Joins the Fastcase Family

We’re thrilled to welcome the South Carolina Bar to the Fastcase family as the 27th State Bar Association to provide its members with access to the Fastcase research service.

As of October 1, South Carolina Bar members will enjoy access to the Fastcase service by logging into their South Carolina Bar account and clicking (during this transition period) the Casemaker/Fastcase link pictured to the left.

The Bar Association will maintain the Casemaker link until November 1 when the Bar Association officially switches over to exclusively using Fastcase. In the meantime, members will have access to Casemaker to allow for a seamless transition — go ahead and re-run your old searches in Fastcase to explore some of our visualization tools and algorithmic case analysis (and so they’re saved in Fastcase for you when you need them).

Don’t forget — as Fastcase members you’ll have access to use our mobile apps. Simply search and download our Fastcase app from the App Store or Google Play, make a new account, and start accessing your searches on the go. To sync your newly-created iOS or Android account with your South Carolina Bar Association account, activate our Mobile Sync feature!

Happy searching!