Going online for cost recovery

APS, Equitrac integrate products to aid customers

Advanced Productivity Software Inc. and Equitrac Corp. have integrated their products for the cost recovery market making it possible for customers to use their Equitrac cost recovery systems with APS' Online LookUp.

Online LookUp 4.0 for Windows, a software that records and controls electronic research costs, enables firms to keep an accurate account of online usage for billing clients. It can also be used for internal cost control and managing extensive "net surfing."

Prior to beginning an online search, the user must choose up to three levels of tracking information from a "valid" list. "Validation" information is stored in a log file which tracks the search.

For more information, call Jim Tharpe at 1-800/783-9231.

Personal injury, wrongful termination updates

Advocate Software has released updates for Personal Injury-Economist for Windows and Wrongful Termination-Economist for Windows. The new updates include tutorials showing how the programs work.

Advocate's PC-Economist programs are the only Windows programs designed specifically to address damages calculations in personal injury, medical malpractice, product liability and labor law cases involving wrongful termination and employment discrimination.

For further information, contact Dennis Wonn at 1-800/800-1393.

Electronically sign your Windows documents

Torrance-based Apropos Software has developed Sign-It!, a software product that allows Windows documents to be signed electronically in a high-quality, TrueType font. The software inserts personal signatures into documents, including faxes, mass mailings, forms, expense reports, memos, checks and daily correspondence.

Sign-It! retails for $29.95 and is available for Microsoft Windows 3.1, 3.11, Windows for Workgroups 3.11, Windows 95 and Windows NT. For further information, call Kevin Ishigo, president, or Gordon Chen, vice president of marketing, at 310/543-1354 or fax 310/379-4234.

Chief Legal Officer SQL from Russell-Zorn

Russell-Zorn Computing Corp.'s case management software, Chief Legal Officer SQL 1.6 , is a new Windows-based client/server product that can be customized to suit the specific requirements of a large in-house law department.

The software has an easy-to-use interface that allows departments at all levels of technical sophistication to carry out complicated business tasks, including tracking legal matters and outside counsel fees, monitoring conflict of interest, maintaining a calendar of events, generating ad hoc reports and customizing screens.

The program's "Profiles" tool allows users to customize screens and attach relevant information to basic records of matters, invoices, people and organizations. For more information, contact the company at 214/691-9400. Russell-Zorn also can be located on the Internet at

New software makes WESTLAW searches easier

West Publishing will soon release WESTMATE 6.0 for Windows, a new graphical interface designed to make searching on WESTLAW, West's computer-assisted legal research service, easier and more efficient.

In addition to the new graphical user interface, the product includes new point-and-click context-sensitive command buttons, a project log which allows users to save searches and track research, a Windows List that allows users to quickly return to previous search results, and the ability to download data into any word-processing format. Users can also resize text and scroll line-by-line.

For more information about the software, call West Customer Service at 1-800/WESTLAW or visit the company's web site at

DepoNet now accepts payment by VISA

Legal professionals using DepoNet to find legal support services such as court reporting, process serving and professional legal videographers will now be able to use their VISA credit card as a payment option at most DepoNet network providers.

For information about DepoNet's international legal support services, call 1-800/866-9090.

New publication for DUI defense attorneys

Bancroft-Whitney has released a new comprehensive guide, California Drunk Driving Defense (second edition), which analyzes the most current law and provides strategies, techniques and practical advice for representing DUI clients.

Nationally recognized DUI defense attorney Lawrence Taylor offers expert guidance and trial tactics as well as the latest information on his close study of blood-alcohol technology, including illustrations and a detailed explanation of infrared breath analysis, the Intoxilyzer and the Intoximeter.

Sample forms, sample cross-examinations and tactics for cross-examination of the chemical expert and officer as well as new sentencing guidelines also are covered in this publication which retails for $90. For more information, call 1-800/313-9339.

Bankruptcy's as easy as point, click and file

Best Case Solutions has released a Windows-based version of its bankruptcy filing software that reduces the time it takes to prepare documents for filing with the court. Until now, the popular software was available only in a DOS-based version.

Best Case Bankruptcy for Windows produces type-set quality forms that can be edited in WordPerfect for Windows or Microsoft Word for Windows operating under Windows 3.1 or Windows 95. The software offers custom Chapter 13 plans for all districts which are guaranteed to be accepted by the local trustees.

Three packages are available: a complete package including Chapters 7, 11, 12 and 13 ($695.95); a Chapter 7 only version ($395.95); and a multi-user network version ($1,195.95). The company's DOS-based version also is still available.

For further information, contact Lucinda Fox at 1-800/492-8037 or fax 847/492-8038.

A picture is worth a thousand words

Vision Sciences Research Corp. has developed a new software package, which includes EyeView Functional Vision Analysis software, VSRC Driving Simulation System to test dynamic functional vision, expert site visibility analysis, and 2D and 3D animation capabilities for accident reconstruction and visualization.

According to a company spokes-person, this is the first package of its kind to provide "the ability to experience and demonstrate ophthalmic medical malpractice and accidents from the outside, the inside and through the eyes of plaintiffs and defendants."

For a demonstration of these services, download the file "" from the Legal Forum on Compuserve or call the company at 1-800/426-6872 to receive the demo by mail.