Monday, February 18, 2008

MPL Week - Meet MacVirtual

It's Macs Practice Law Week over at The Inspired Solo and TechnoEsq. They have invited attorneys practicing law with Macs to share their experiences. I'm a bit of a newbie with my Mac, but I'm so enthusiastic about how it is working for my virtual law practice that I thought I'd chime in.

I waited until MacWorld was over this year before purchasing my first Mac. I went live with my virtual law practice as a solo over two years ago and have been using an older PC from my law school days. I had loved using Macs in college but after law school had been using whatever PC was available wherever I happened to be working.

This year I decided to switch back to Mac. My virtual law office is a web application rather than software so it doesn’t have to be PC or Mac compatible, it can run on both. I went with the Mac Notebook. The Mac Air, although very cool, was a bit too pricey for me as a young solo…this year. I’ll stay optimistic about the future.

The nature of a completely virtual law office is that I practice wherever I can securely access the Internet. I live by the beach and the Cape Fear River. Sometimes I like to be outside and sometimes I like to take breaks and walk. My old laptop from law school weighs a ton and the battery runs out too fast. It was time for a change.

Since I have been researching the switch back to a MAC and discussing the vlo technology with other attorneys, I’ve found there is a significant group of Mac attorneys who are eager for law office technology that is compatible with the MAC. I’m hoping to sway more Mac-using attorneys over to the benefits of a MacVirtual practice or at least using it as a client and revenue generating product to build their practices.

My top reasons why the Mac Notebook works great for my virtual practice:

1. Using File Vault to encrypt my home directory so my data is protected even
if my laptop is stolen.

2. Time Machine automatically backs up the system.

3. The Mac goes to sleep better and rarely needs to be rebooted.

4. I can get over five hours of battery time out of it. Great for someone like
me who can’t sit still in one place for very long but wants to stay online.

5. Doesn’t give me a backache lugging it around.

6. Aesthetically pleasing design.

1 comment:

Sheryl Sisk Schelin said...

Great post, Stephanie! Thanks for playing. I'm fascinated by the idea of a virtual practice (and you're just north of me, by the way - I live and work in North Myrtle Beach, SC).

I can also heartily sympathize with the idea of saving one's back ...