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Who Do You Call?

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So you are in a small law firm or solo practitioner and you don't have the luxury of having a litigation support specialist on your payroll.  Who do you call if you need an expert in eDiscovery or processing data?  What can you do if terabytes of emails are dumped on you?   If you want to do it right, you need to reach out to an eDiscovery vendor.  It's still going to cost you money but do you really have the technical ability to spend your time trying to figure it out on your own?  You may be a whiz at using your computer and whipping out pleadings but you could be limited in processing eDiscovery data. So where do you start? Google eDiscovery or litigation support vendors in your area.  If you live in a big city, chances are there is a company there you can have a meeting with to discuss your situation.   Also, don't limit yourself to only working with local vendors.  Working remotely with eDiscovery vendors isn't as difficult as you would think especially after last

What Does DAT do?

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When working with eDiscovery and setting up electronic data to be imported into a review database, you will sometimes hear the techie folks refer to a "dat file".  This dat file is probably something you would rather not add to the memory storage of your brain but you also can't help but wonder what it is and what it does. Simply put, a .dat file is a file which databases use to import data and tell the data were to go.  The .dat file is one of the most crucial pieces of setting up a document review database.  You can open a .dat file using notepad or Excel but you probably don't want to.  If you open it in notepad you will see a bunch of text and symbols.  You won't make much sense out of it.  The dat file contains all of the information about you data.  It also points the database to the location of you images, native files and text.  So, if you are in the document database and you want to see the image, the dat file will tell the database where to pull it up so

How To Excel With Excel Spreadsheets

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One of the dilemmas law offices face in eDiscovery is when dealing with Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet files. Excel spreadsheets are typically used to organize data and perform financial analysis.  It is used for various business functions and often contains crucial data of evidentiary value.  The problem is that Excel spreadsheets can become fairly cumbersome and span information than can be held in the normal 8 1/2 x 11 page (portrait or landscape).  If you have ever printed an Excel Spreadsheet, you are familiar with what I am talking about.  Just one worksheet could take several pages to print.   When making a decision in putting this data in some sort of review platform, the choices are to either image them or only provide them in their native format. So what does that mean? When you attempt to image an Excel spreadsheet, the software is going to attempt to do the same thing as. you would if you printed it.  The decision to provide it natively only means you aren't going to image