Tip: Condense Research Notes into One Easy-to-Use Document

It’s often helpful to have your comments and analysis in one place for easy reference. To create such a document using Fastcase, follow the simple steps below:

Identify the relevant cases and save them as one file using the batch printing feature so that you can easily maneuver from one case to the next. Open the case either as a document in Microsoft Word or as a PDF in Adobe Acrobat.

Go through the document and identify key issues, facts, and legal points. Then if you’re using Adobe, highlight the passages or words of interest and annotate with sticky notes. If you’re using Word, highlight the passages and annotate using Review  New Comment.

To view all your notes in a concise format, hit “comments” (if you’re using Adobe) in the upper right-hand corner and they will appear in a side tab. In Word, go to Review  Reviewing Pane and they will appear in a side tab.

To print just the notes, go to Print  Summarize Comments in Adobe, or Print List of Markup in Word. This way you’ll have all your comments at hand, labeled with the page and paragraph they refer to. This is an easy way to create a master document that you can use to dictate your brief, statement of facts, statement of the law, or argument.

Hat tip to J. Burton Hunter III who shares this tip on his blog “A Small Town Lawyer.”

Visit him here: http://burtonhunteresq.blogspot.com/2011/07/practical-technology-102.html

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