Books such as IDG’s ‘Dummies’ series are making all sorts of previously hard-to-find information, including legal information, easily and inexpensively available to consumers.
By Erik J. Heels
First published 3/14/1999; LegalResearcher.com; publisher: New York Law Publishing Company.
Lawyers and other legal professionals who are not yet afraid of the “For Dummies” series of books should be. Technology is moving fast forward. Information is everywhere. Sites such as FreeAdvice (http://www.freeadvice.com/) are pushing the envelope on what defined “practicing law,” and books such as IDG’s “Dummies” series are making all sorts of previously hard-to-find information, including legal information, easily and inexpensively available to consumers. Lawyers who do not keep up with Internet technology – or more generally, with the information marketplace – will not be able to compete in the next century. For an excellent summary of the need for lawyers to keep up with technology, see Burgess Allison’s article in the ABA’s Law Practice Management magazine (http://www.abanet.org/lpm/magazine/). IDG’s “Dummies” books are describes on IDG’s website (http://www.dummies.com/). At “Dummies Tax Central,” you’ll find excerpts from “Taxes for Dummies 1999” (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0764551256/) as well as from related books, including
“Quicken® 99 For Windows® For Dummies®” (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0764504320/), “Microsoft® Money 99 For Dummies®” (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0764504339/), and “QuickBooks® 6 For Dummies®” (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0764505211/). Then again there’s always “Law for Dummies” (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1568848609/). Hmm, perhaps we should be writing “Legal Research for Dummies”!
“Taxes for Dummies 1999” by Eric Tyson and David J. Silverman.
“Quicken 99 For Windows For Dummies” by Stephen L. Nelson.
“Microsoft Money 99 For Dummies” by Peter Weverka.
“QuickBooks 99 For Dummies” by Stephen L. Nelson.
“Law For Dummies” by John Ventura.