09 Jan Why Your Small Firm Needs E-Discovery, and Where to Get It.

In 2009, e-discovery expert Craig Ball asked an important question.  He hypothesized a small-firm attorney named Edna, with a budget of $1,000 for e-discovery, and challenged vendors to provide a solution. He called it the ‘EDna Challenge’. The software solution provided needed to: Be affordable, easy to use, and able to handle multiple file formats Have redaction features Keep file metadata, and track de-duplication of files Have an efficient workflow   In 2016, Craig Ball updated his EDna Challenge. In the EDna Challenge: Part 2 (presented at the 2016 ACEDS conference), there were modifications:   The budget was increased to $5,000 The review would take 90 days and the case would be...

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20 Dec Why Your E-Discovery Software Needs to Have OCR

E-discovery is the next big thing for lawyers. In the past, when lawyers shared files, there would be reams of paper in boxes full of folders. Fast forward to today, paper and folders are going digital. So, what do lawyers do with their paper documents? Well, a lot of the time they just scan them. Here’s the problem though: those scanned documents have text, but to a computer they are ‘pictures’ of text. So you can’t use them the same way you could a regular Word file. How does OCR help? Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is a software tool that converts scanned documents into text...

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06 Dec What is ediscovery (or e-discovery)?

What is e-discovery? Ediscovery (i.e. electronic discovery) is the process of collecting, sharing, and searching electronically stored information (ESI) – e.g. Microsoft Word files, PDFs, audio files, etc. The ‘e’ in ediscovery stands for electronic. A standard legal requirement is for opposing lawyers to share the information they have collected with each other.  In yesteryear, this involved cardboard boxes full of paper files and folders for a case – a process called ‘discovery’; today, since most of the data is available electronically, with ediscovery, lawyers can share computer files via the internet using special ediscovery software. Although, some lawyers still share paper...

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24 Aug Calendar Items (.ical) and Contact Information (.vcf) in GoldFynch

iCalendar files (iCALs) and Virtual Contact Files (VCFs): now supported by GoldFynch. When you upload batches of email from Gmail/Outlook into GoldFynch (i.e. when you import .mbox/.pst files into GoldFynch), they often have iCalendar files (.ical files) and Virtual Contact Files (.vcf files) attached. GoldFynch can now access and search these files for you. What are iCalendar files (iCALs)? iCals are files that calendar apps like Google Calendar and Outlook use to communicate with each other. When you email a calendar invite to your client, your calendar app attaches an iCal file (with all the event details) to your email. The client’s app then reads that file and enters the details...

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18 Aug Use a Password List to Save Time

Are password-protected files slowing you down? Large cases often have many password-protected files. And manually entering those passwords for each use is a waste of your time. GoldFynch has an elegant solution. Use our password list to enter all your passwords (you can copy-paste them in bulk) and GoldFynch will automatically find and use the right one when you need it.  Get the security you want, but without the hassle. Here’s how to use our password list:   Choose the ‘files’ tab to view all your uploaded files. The password-protected ones have a little lock symbol next to them.   Click on a password-protected file. The ‘password list’...

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20 Jul How to Pay Your GoldFynch Invoice

Pay your monthly GoldFynch invoice in 3 easy steps:  Step 1: Click 'Billing' on the top right of your home page. Step 2: Scroll to the bottom of the page. You'll see a list with your past account activity. Choose a month and click 'Pay Now'.  Step 3: Enter your credit card information on our secure payment page. That's it. You're done.  Here are some FAQs: >> How do I confirm that my payment has been made? Check your billing page's 'account activity list' (i.e. from Step 2 above). The payment activity line for that month will change to "paid", as shown below: >> How do I download...

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13 Jul Should I Use Cloud-Based Services? A Quick Guide

“The cloud” is likely a term you’ve seen online in recent years. And, as someone invested in the security of their data, you’re not exactly quick to move precious information onto someone else’s servers. And that’s understandable. But, as technology progresses, does the risk outweigh the reward? And should security-minded professionals be using it at all? Let’s take a closer look. What Exactly is the Cloud? Is the cloud this big, nebulous, scary thing? Is it something that I can ignore? The answer: no. And that’s becoming increasingly more apparent. The cloud is nothing new. It’s been around for decades.  Though it has a rather lofty...

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25 Jun Case Sharing across multiple accounts in GoldFynch

Introducing: Case Sharing Across Multiple Goldfynch Accounts Chances are, you’ve been in a situation where you’d like to share particulars of a certain case across two accounts. If you’ve been stumped on how to pull that off—don’t worry any longer. A new collaborative sharing feature is now available in Goldfynch: Case Sharing. With Case Sharing, you now have the ability to open a case in one account and share it with another user in a different account. To do this, simply open any case and click the “Sharing” icon on the left pane. Then, click the “Add a user” button. From there, enter the email address...

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