The bulk of my communications are dispatched over the internet. Our utilization of services from the U.S. Postal Service is way down (really only for service of pleadings that require a proof of service by U.S. Mail). Almost all of the letters that I write are transmitted to the sender via email as pdf documents. The only shortcoming I have with this method is the lack of ability to affix a handwritten signature.
What I have been doing is affixing the Adobe authentication signature to my docs. However that is simply my name in typed text with the adobe security text next to it. Alternatively I can print out the document, color scan it, and then send it as an email attachment. That alternative adds two extra steps that are inconsistent with our paperless office. 1. Printing out the document. 2. Scanning the document.
Thanks to the new Adobe Acrobat Pro XI and Rob Borstein and his always awesome Acrobat For Legal Professionals blog there is now a solution to my problem. In XI you can take a webcam picture of your handwritten signature and then incorporate it into your XI settings where it will live permanently, waiting for you to affix it to all of your documents. This is a new feature that I have been waiting for for a long, long time.
An installation tip: If you download Version XI you will get version 11.0.0. The Use a webcam option to create your signature is a feature of Version 11.0.5 (and later). Make sure your install/update to the latest version.
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Thank you for visiting the Family Law Lawyer Tech & Practice blog. My name is John Harding. I am a family law lawyer practicing in Northern California. Long ago I realized that I could practice law more effectively and more efficiently (i.e., better and easier) by availing myself of the technological tools that are out there. I also learned that a successful law practice requires successful marketing. Hardware and software working together make me a better lawyer, and make my life easier. Marketing helps to bring in the business necessary for professional survival. By this blog I hope to share the tips, tricks, and technology that I have learned about so that others may benefit!