One thing that lawyers, paralegals and others working in a law office are always doing is calculating deadlines. In fact, calendaring and calculating “due dates” and deadlines is one of the most important administrative tasks one can perform in a law office. Several companies offer software suites tailored solely to lawyers, which will perform this task for you. However, such packages are pricey, so what do you do if you want a gadget that will do something similar for a more attractive price?
The first thing you should do is visit Paralegalgateway.com. Paralegalgateway.com is one of the finest legal sites on the Internet. It is full of many helpful tips and resources for lawyers, not just paralegals. Recently, a colleague of mine, Lori J. Paul, of lorijpaul.com and virtuallegalconsultants.com made me aware of a handy little deadline calculator which you can use for free on the Paralegalgateway website. The link directly to the gadget is here, and a screen shot is below.
As you can see, this gadget calculates filing deadlines, which makes it very handy for calculating due dates for motions, opposition papers, and the like. And, did I mention it is totally free?? I tried this gadget myself on a deadline I needed to calculate, double-checked it by hand, and it worked perfectly.
Another good site you might want to take a look at is Timeanddate.com. Timeanddate.com has several different types of calculators and resources available, but the one I wanted to highlight here is a calculator that will calculate the number of days between two dates. The link directly to the gadget is here, and screen shot below.
If you need to calculate how many days there are between May 21, 2010 and November 15, 2010, this is the calculator that can do it for you for a price that simply cannot be beat.
I hope you find these gadgets useful. I have no affiliation or connection with either of these sites, so if you know of other sites that offer similar gadgetry which you would like mentioned in a future post, please feel free to contact me.